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Democrats get standing O's from evangelical crowd.
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Howard Dean is getting standing ovations from evangelicals?!


WASHINGTON - A convention of evangelical Christians gave standing ovations this week to Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean and Sens. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., and Barack Obama, D-Ill.

And that's news, because pro-choice, pro-gay rights Democrats are not usually favorites of evangelicals. But that could be changing as the Democratic Party tries to reconnect with so-called values voters,
and some evangelical leaders try to extend religious debates beyond same-sex marriage and abortion.

''It's been terribly politicized and polarized. Moral values can't be narrowed to those two,'' said the Rev. Jim Wallis, leader of the Sojourners. His ''progressive evangelical'' group organized a three-day conference in Washington this week to lobby politicians on behalf of the poor.

Six hundred clergy and their followers attended workshops, listened to speeches and visited their congressional representatives.


The DNC confirmed that this was part of a larger program to reach out to religious voters.

Good going Howard Dean!
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