Presidential candidates and Catholic Digest

Two days ago we posted an entry on the major parties’ presidential candidates responding to an e-mail interview in the October issue of the U.S. Catholic magazine. It turns out Catholic Digest’s October election issue also contains interviews – conducted by phone and e-mail – of the two candidates.

Republican Sen. John McCain told the magazine’s contributing writer Kerry Weber that faith played a significant role in his life long before he entered politics. He also said he prays for “guidance and to do the right thing.” Democratic Sen. Barack Obama told the magazine’s managing editor Julie Rattey that prayer strengthens him and guides him through the day. He also said a president shouldn’t “shy away from applying principles that are important” to the work that needs to be done.

The candidates also spoke about the economy, parenthood, the troops in Iraq and whether a good president can change his mind on a given issue.

The election issue of Catholic Digest, published by the Bayard Magazine Group in New London, Conn., also contains a voting guide, a discussion of Catholics’ duty to vote by San Francisco Archbishop George H. Niederauer and a link to a webcast about the Catholic perspective on election issues by Bishop William E. Lori of Bridgeport, Conn.

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