The Catholic Vote in 2008

In an election where most of the attention has been on the Evangelical vote, the group that could help determine the result in the general contest is American Catholics.

Many American Catholics reside in the industrial heartland’s swing states, such as Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin. They could make the difference for November 2008. In 2000, Vice President Gore barely edged out President Bush for the backing of Catholic voters. In 2004, President Bush beat Senator Kerry for the Catholic vote by 52 to 47.

In a recent Sun column, I spoke to both to two former local political figures who supported George W. Bush in 2000, former mayor Ray Flynn and former governor Paul Cellucci.

At the time, Mr. Flynn, who was president of the Washington-based Catholic Alliance, said he felt abandoned by the Democratic Party on a variety of issues, including trade, health care, and abortion. Now, Mr. Flynn, who travels around the country speaking to Catholic groups, says he senses his co-religionists returning to the fold. While the unpopularity of the war in Iraq is clearly an issue, also important are traditional economic issues that have moved Catholic voters in the past. “Right now, the so-called Reagan Democrat, they’re going Democrat,” Mr. Flynn, speaking from Rome, said. “Health care, education, human rights — these issues are so compelling in this election that they’re voting Democrat.”

Cellucci says he sees Mr. Giuliani’s success among Catholic voters in New York City as a foreshadowing of what will happen in a presidential election. “I think that part of the voting population of which I’m obviously a member of is looking for a strong leader, somebody who’s going to keep America on offense against terror,” Mr. Cellucci says. “One of the things that will be important is the record the mayor had in cleaning up New York City. Forty-second Street was pretty sleazy and turned it into a place where families could go.” Mr. Cellucci adds that many Italian-Americans, a group that tends to be Democratic, he says, “are going to vote for Rudy.”

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3 Responses to “The Catholic Vote in 2008”

  1. Bill Roth Says:

    The real story is the size an effectiveness of the DNC’s Catholic Outreach and the Faith-Based outreach by each of the major campaigns. Happy to discuss if you are interested.

  2. Patrick J. McGervey Says:

    If Catholics vote for Giuliani they will be abandoning their moral beliefs.
    John McCain is pro-life, a strong leader, has high positve ratings in national polls, is the most likely to beat a democratic opponent and will be perceived by others in the world as a strong president capable of dealing immediately and effectively with military and terrorist threats. His values, his character and his wisdom should be inviting to Catholic voters.

    Patrick J. McGervey
    Avon Lake, Oh

  3. Johannim Says:

    THE BULK OF THE CATHOLIC VOTE IS FOCUSED- CROSSING ETHNIC, CULTURAL OR ANY OTHER EQUATION IS ABORTION AND THE ECONOMY. GULLIANI, CLINTON, OBAMA ARE ACTIVE ABORTIONISTS. THE WHOLE OF THE DEMOCRATIC ORGANIZATION HAS FOR FOR THE LAST DECADE MADE A SHARP TURN TO THE LEFT, FAR ENOUGH TO EMBRACE A POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY THAT HAS BECOME REDUNDANT SINCE THE FALL OF MARXIST LENINISM IN RUSSIA, AND THAT IS SOCIALISM CATHOLICS IN GENERAL FEEL ABANDON AND BETRAYED BY THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY. ALTHOUGH THERE IS A STRONG PRO-LIFE ELEMENT IN THE REPUBLICAN PARTY IT TOO EMBRACES A PHILOSOPHY THAT HAS OUT LIVED IT’S TIME CAPITALISM. THE ACTIVE CATHOLIC VOTE IN THE UNITED STATES WILL HAVE A DIFFICULT TIME IN THE 08 ELECTION FOR ON THE ONE HAND MOST DEMOCRATS ARE ACTIVE ABORTIONISTS, CATHOLICS WHETHER YOU ARE HONEST ENOUGH OR NOT TO ADMIT IT WILL NOT VOTE FOR A MORMON, BAPTIST OF CONSERVATIVE ABORTIONIST. THE TREND AMOUNG CATHOLICS WORLD WIDE SINCE THE ADVENT OF POPE BENEDICT 16TH IS A RAPIDLY GROWING RETURN TO ORTHODOX CATHOLICISM (ESPECIALLY) AMOUNG YOUNG CATHOLICS. AND IF THE “POLITICAL EXPERTS” IN THIS COUNTRY TEND TO FORGET IT THERE ARE 75 MILLION ROMAN CATHOLICS IN THE UNITED STATES AND THEIR MOOD IS DISGUST AND DISTRUST FOR THE POWER ESTABLISHMENT THAT HAS RUN THIS COUNTRY AT LEAST SINCE THE SECOND WORLD WAR.

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