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With Kaine and Pence, Religion Finally Takes Center Stage in Election 2016

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Religion hasn’t played much of a role in the presidential campaign. Sure, Donald Trump made a faux pas when he placed cash on the Communion plate. And Hillary Clinton has occasionally invoked a phrase popular among members of her Methodist faith to discuss how her religious beliefs undergird her career in government.


But mostly the major parties’ two presidential aspirants have kept faith at a distance, as did the moderator of their debate on Sept. 26.


That changed during the first and only vice presidential debate Tuesday (Oct. 4). Moderator Elaine Quijano asked a pointed religion question of Democratic vice presidential nominee Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia and his GOP opponent, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence.


“You have both been open about the role that faith has played in your lives,” Quijano said. “Can you discuss, in detail, a time when you’ve struggled to balance your personal faith and a public policy position?”


For those for whom faith is central in their lives — and for those who believe faith plays too big a part in political decision-making — Quijano’s question and the candidates’ answers made for a highlight of the campaign.


And the Twitterverse noticed that faith had entered into the discussion, from Kaine’s mention of his Jesuit education to Pence’s talk about his opposition to abortion.


Source: http://www.christianheadlines.com/news/with-kaine-and-pence-religion-finally-takes-center-stage-in-election-2016.html


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