John McCain is making a new effort to rally Christian conservatives.
Political analysts believe McCain will need their strong support to win the White House in November. The presumptive Republican Presidential nominee met with conservative Christian leaders Thursday in Cincinnati, Ohio.
During the hour-long meeting, the leaders urged McCain to talk more about social issues.
"If he doesn't start talking about the social issues, I don't see how he can possibly win Ohio," said Phil Burress, president of Citizens for Community Values.
The Arizona senator asked the leaders how he could win more conservative support.
"We made it very clear to him that if he doesn't start speaking on family issues, he's going to lose Ohio," Burress explained. "He needs to make the issues he agrees with us on very clear."
Ohio Christian Alliance president Chris Long said, compared to Barack Obama, McCain is "more of a quiet man when it comes to his personal faith."
But Long believes McCain's positions on abortion, marriage, and Supreme Court justices will attract Evangelicals. He added that McCain could bolster Christian support by choosing a socially conservative running mate.
"That will go a long way to welcome conservative voters," Long said. "If it's a pro-choice candidate, there is a segment that would be disheartened."
McCain's campaign has announced that he will meet with Franklin Graham, the president of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association on Sunday in Ashville, N.C. Graham is the son of evangelist Billy Graham.
Sources: The Associated Press, NBC, The Wall Street Journal