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According to JMU Assistant Professor Brian T. Kaylor, “In every [presidential] election since 1972, the white Catholic vote has gone with the victor. It is the biggest swing religious group in modern American politics.”

Brian T. Kaylor

Assistant professor of communication studies, James Madison University

kaylorbt@jmu.edu

http://www.briankaylor.com/

Kaylor is a one-time Baptist minister, the author of two books on religion and politics, a blogger and a communication studies assistant professor at JMU. At JMU Kaylor teaches courses in advocacy, political communication, rhetorical methods and public speaking. In addition, he occasionally teaches a special-topics course, “Communication, Religion and Politics.”

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“Every [presidential] election since 1972, the white Catholic vote has gone with the victor. It is the biggest swing religious group in modern American politics.”
“[Romney’s VP pick Paul Ryan] was a very interesting pick for this campaign. It definitely shows the focus on the Catholic outreach this year.”

“The Catholic bishops … are for health care reform in general but they are against the actual health care law that was passed. They do not fit the conservative argument completely."

“Obama talks more about his own prayer life, about his individual beliefs. Romney makes more references to God in general, to religion and faith in general. That is an interesting split this year. One is getting very personal whereas the other is making more religious references.”

“Simply put, (political) candidates invoke God to justify their positions and visions because it works.”

Published: Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Last Updated: Thursday, October 20, 2016

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