'Faith Moms' May Transform Election

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The selection of Sarah Palin for the GOP vice presidential candidate may have energized a sleeping giant: women with children who are active in church.

The director of the Christian Defense Coalition calls them "faith moms" and says the epidemic is not something that is being hyped by the media or being manufactured by the campaigns.

Faith Moms consider the Alaska governor one of their own, a Christian woman balancing career and family.

"There is a true, honest, sincere bonding that is going on that is quite extraordinary," Rev. Patrick Mahoney told CBN News' David Brody.

"Politics these days is so orchestrated -- it comes as a breath of fresh air when something completely unexpected breaks on the scene," he said. "They sense that she is one of them and for the first time understands their struggles and hopes."

In fact, many of these women are so motivated by Palin's nomination, that there are plans underway to organize a "Faith Moms" rally for the vice presidential candidate when she takes on her counterpart, Sen. Joe Biden, at the October 2 debate in St. Louis, Mo.

The rally is being organized by unnamed evangelical groups. The McCain camp is uninvolved.

Mahoney predicts that like "soccer moms" and "security moms" in past elections, faith moms could tip the balance in this year's presidential election.

"A good friend, who owns a business in Virginia, got up at 6 a.m. with her daughter to see Palin," Mahoney said of a woman he knows. "These are professional women, well-educated women, stay-at-home moms, who have been captured by the Palin Mystique."

Mahoney says faith moms are the women who do most of the work in churches but are often overlooked, both there and in the political realm.

"Most of these women, all women of faith, have never gone to a political rally before and I think this kind of energy will translate into votes and passion this November," he said.

Source: CBN News, The Associated Press

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