Running on Faith
No candidate has any the religious wing of the Republican Party more excited than Marco Rubio, the former Florida House speaker who is challenging Gov. Charlie Crist for Florida’s open Senate seat. In a recent interview with the Catholic Advocate, Rubio talked about the role his Catholicism plays in his life. “I don’t think my views should offend anyone—you can’t force religious views on anybody, but it’s an essential part of who I am, how I view the world, how I try to live, and part of that is we are all flawed and need forgiveness,” Rubio said. He added, “A society that does not respect the sanctity of life cannot make sense of anything else, and it leads to absurd and dangerous policies.” Rubio got early support from the state chapter of Christian Coalition. His face is splashed across the web site of Ralph Reed’s Faith and Freedom Coalition. His campaign coffers have been filled by socially conservative political action committees like the one attached to the Family Research Council.