President Obama had come out with a list of items that his campaign says will resonate with the faith community. Let's be clear, these items will resonate with the social justice crowd but NOT much of the traditional evangelical audience.
Read the full faith document here. Here is how the document begins:
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President Obama is a committed Christian who understands the importance that faith plays in the lives of millions of Americans—including his own—and he knows that America needs a President who leads with values.
The President believes that we have to reclaim the security that too many families have lost by restoring the basic values that made our country great and helped to create the American middle class. America prospers when hard work pays off and responsibility is rewarded; when everyone, from Main Street to Wall Street, does their fair share and plays by the same rules.
President Obama’s belief that we are in this together—that, as Corinthians says, “if one part suffers, every part suffers with it” and “if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it”—has anchored him as he has worked tirelessly to lead with values: basic economic security for everyone who is willing and able to work, including jobs with a salary you can raise a family and save for retirement on, affordable health care that’s there for you when you need it most, and opportunity through education.
Since his days as a community organizer on the South Side of Chicago, working with a local ministry to lift up families and neighborhoods devastated by the closure of a local steel plant, President Obama has recognized that faith and values are not only a personal anchor, they are also a powerful force for the greater good.
Some thoughts before tonight’s foreign policy presidential debate in Boca Raton, Fla.
The Benghazi Embassy situation: Obama's worst nightmare is for Romney to actually put together a coherent timeline on this Benghazi Embassy disaster and try to paint Obama as a liar. Romney must approach this situation ready to hit a home run on the cover-up aspect and how Obama lied in the last debate about what he said in the Rose Garden the day after the attack. If he doesn't, he will have lost the debate plain and simple.
The Iran/Syria Revolutions: This is where Romney can look Reaganesque and make Obama look like Jimmy Carter. The worst nightmare for Obama is for Romney to neatly weave the Iran and Syria revolutions into one big narrative on the Obama administration's silence when it comes for people yearning for freedom.
The Osama bin Laden Factor: The worst case for President Obama here is that Romney comes prepared to litigate (just like he does on the Obama economy) with facts and figures about how the world is not safer from al Qaeda just because Obama got bin Laden. He would need to explain that they take up more geographic ground today than when he took office, etc.
The Apologizer in Chief Narrative: Obama's worst nightmare is if Romney can succinctly explain step-by-step in one minute or less all of the times Obama has in essence apologized for America (bowing to Saudi King, at the United Nations, Cairo Speech, etc.) It will play well with the base.
Tying Foreign Affairs Directly to the Economy: This is a big one. Romney is best talking about the economy so Obama's worst nightmare is for Romney to show how America's leadership in the world has truly suffered because of POTUS's mishandling the U.S. economy. He must be able to tie bad economic policy to foreign policy issues like trade, Greece, and the debt, etc.