EXCLUSIVE: McCain Takes a Leap of 'Faith'

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GOP Presidential hopeful John McCain is finally breaking his silence on the subject of his faith. Today his campaign released an excerpt of the senator's memoir Faith of My Fathers to conservative grassroots groups nationwide.

"Many of you have asked about John McCain's faith…. Excerpts directly from John McCain's family memoir entitled, Faith of My Fathers, best explain the shaping and content of John McCain's faith," read a press release by the McCain campaign.

Read CBN News' The Brody File for analysis of the move by the McCain camp; and, if it will be enough to satisfy the Republican Party's conservative Christian base.

The senator's campaign defended the candidate's silence, saying that although "McCain is a strong Christian, he believes that, in the context of the campaign, his faith is a personal issue."

The book seemed to emphasize that belief.

"My father didn't talk about God or the importance of religious devotion. He didn't proselytize. But he always kept with him a tattered, dog-eared prayer book, from which he would pray aloud for an hour, on his knees, twice every day," the memoir read.

But the 'private' defense didn't hold water with National Clergy Council Head Rob Schenck who has been critical of the senator's lack of candor.

"We live with a mandate to preach the gospel, to unashamedly testify what Christ has done in our lives, to generously share that information with others," One News Now quoted Schenck. "... And John McCain has yet to give that kind of public testimony, and it's undermining the confidence of evangelicals in John McCain."

The move on the part of McCain's campaign is meant as gesture towards the Republican Party's conservative Christian base, shoring up perhaps one of McCain's weakest areas.

Sources: McCain Campaign, OneNewsNow

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