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Week in Politics: What Role Does (And Should) Religion Play In The Presidential Race?




 Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), and South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg are introduced before the Democratic Presidential Debate.
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), and South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg are introduced before the Democratic Presidential Debate.
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Jewish, Catholic, Christian -- there’s a diversity of faiths among the democratic presidential candidate pool. 

In the last debate, Senator Booker briefly talked about his bi-partisan bible group. Senator Warren has taught Sunday school. And Mayor Buttigieg has invoked his faith on several occasions. 

However, religion hasn’t been much mentioned on the Dem side of 2020. 

In a recent New York Times opinion piece, Frank Bruni made the case that Dems are running a secular race to their detriment. In a country where over half of adults pray daily and where the left is criticized for lack of traditional values, discussing religion could help win over voters. 

Most recently, Biden was refused Holy Communion by a Catholic priest because of his stance on abortion. Could that affect him negatively in the race? 

And more broadly, is the secularism of the 2020 Dem presidential race a boon or is it a detriment? What has been the historic relationship between Dem candidates and faith? How does it affect your perception of the candidates? Call us at  866-893-5722.

Guests:

Amanda Renteria, president of Emerge America, a national organization that works to identify and train Democratic women who want to run for political office; she is the former national political director for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign and has been a staffer for Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI); she tweets @AmandaRenteria

Pete Peterson, dean of the School of Public Policy and senior fellow at The Davenport Institute at Pepperdine University; he tweets @Pete4CA