Obama Reaches Out to Faith Community

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Democrat presidential hopeful Barack Obama reached out to a group of well-known Christian leaders from several denominations, in a private meeting in Chicago Tuesday.

"Just about every Christian stripe was represented in that room," said mega church pastor Bishop T.D. Jakes of The Potter's House.

During the two-hour meeting, the group prayed and talked about issues such as gay rights, abortion, the war in Iraq, and more.

Obama asked participants to share "anything that's on your mind that is of concern to you," said Rich Cizik, with the conservative National Association of Evangelicals,

A source close to the Obama campaign said the meeting "is one of several meetings he will have over the coming months with religious leaders."

Also in attendance where Franklin Graham of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, best selling Christian author Max Lucado, prominent conservative Catholic constitutional lawyer Doug Kmiec, Rev. Luis Cortes of Esperanza USA; and Paul Corts, president of the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities and others.

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