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September 5th, 2008
04:09 PM ET

Gumbo, evangelicals and Palin

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/09/05/art.rnc08.balloons.jpg caption="Delegates look up as the balloons fall after Republican presidential nominee John McCain concluded his speech at the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minnesota, Thursday."]Ismael Estrada
AC360° Producer

We have been on quite the adventure tour the past couple of weeks...all to talk with you, the voters, all over the country. What seems like forever ago, we started our travels in Encinitas, CA where we watched the DNC with some senior citizens.

We moved on to Arizona to talk with Latinos and on to Louisiana to talk with young professionals. It was a mad scurry to a sporting goods store to pick up rain gear when we stopped for a few days in New Orleans to get nice and wet while covering Hurricane Gustav.

We then we packed up the cars and drove to Florida to kick back up our voter tours. It was in Pensacola that we talked with conservative evangelical Christians and hopped another flight up to Virginia to talk with women.

It’s been fun talking with voters to get a real sense of what our country’s voters are thinking. We chatted with so many great people while watching the conventions and dining over everything from fish tacos to gumbo to burgers.

We watched reactions to Obama’s acceptance speech, to the selection of Gov. Sarah Palin and McCain’s performance last night. The opinions were very interesting, some very passionate, many still undecided.

We are now sitting in a hotel putting together our stories on how evangelical Christians and women reacted to the conventions which you will see tonight.

soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. Jacqueline P.

    What a sad state of affairs at this time...as an African-American Christian conservative, who has voted Republican for 16 years, I will be voting for the Democrats this time around...I truly believe in lowering taxes, family values based on the Judeo-Christian faith, and keeping this country safe, but after seeing the RNC this week I no longer feel they have the interests of ALL US CITIZENS at heart...
    Seeing a convention which lacked cultural diversity, had only 1 item on the agenda: JOHN MCCAIN'S BIO even though this country is sadly going through one of the worst economic times ever, and Sarah Palin's unprofessional and belittling demeaner toward her opponent,
    have convinced me I will not vote for John McCain. I am saddened at even a Republican official in Georgia who called Barak Obama "uppity" and pretended to not understand this word can have
    several cultural meanings and is not to be used by ANY PUBLIC OFFICIAL in discussions with the media under any circumstance.
    GO FOR CHANGE and I VOTE FOR BARAK OBAMA!

    September 5, 2008 at 8:11 pm |
  2. olga

    Obama should have picked Hillary. His lack of foresight will cost him the election.

    September 5, 2008 at 7:23 pm |
  3. Marcus

    Ok first I have heard it all.. at a mccain rally in michaga there is an 8 year old white girl singing in front of a Mccain crowd, and she is singing the theme to the jeffersons. Then Palin mentions that because John Mccain voted for a troop surge U.S Civilian lives have been saved. Can you say Fear Mongering, not only that, they are the big fat cats. The Republicans have controlled the white house for 8 years and the house of senate for 6. She lobbied for earmarks, then asked for money for the bridge for nowhere, rejected the bridge but kept the money. We as Americans have seen this way to many times. The Republicans never mentions the protesters who have stood up to protect our rights. What is this chant of “Drill Baby Drill”, my friends, Palin is not Hillary. We need to change and “Drill Baby Drill” is not the change we need.

    September 5, 2008 at 6:41 pm |
  4. B. Ray

    I see why unemployment with up. Palin likes cutting jobs the cook and the driver. How many more jobs is is going to cut in Washinton?

    September 5, 2008 at 6:31 pm |
  5. Joe

    Catholics should be wary of Palin. He church has declared that Catholics are not Christians and are therefore subject to eternal damnation. I thought evangelicals were patriots, well Palin's husband is a member of the Alaskan Independence Party, they want Alaskan secession from the Union. We don't know much about how this Palin character feels about the issues, but the more we find out about her personal life the more this V.P. pick looks like a disaster.

    September 5, 2008 at 5:28 pm |
  6. mw

    I wonder if Palin would support a woman's right to choose if her own daughter developes lethal complications during her pregnancy which could only be resolved by terminating the pregnancy. I wonder if she would just let her daughter die since she openly states that she is against choice under any circumstance.

    September 5, 2008 at 4:57 pm |
  7. Paula

    Palin is not for women's rights–she's not for a woman's right to choose even in the case of rape or incest and she's not for equal pay for equal work. Her main decision making motivation is to be popular, according to her own Anchorage Newspaper. She has absolutely Zero foreign affairs experience and says she has been too busy with her local government to pay any attention to world affairs. She doesn't believe the human beings have anything to do with climate change and global warming. She wants Creationism taught in our public schools–she believe that the earth is only 10,000 year old and that dinausors romped the earth with people. She evidently would rather believe that the Flintstones is a documentary than believe in archeology, carbondating, radiometering and other such science. And this would be our President if 72 year old McCain died or became incapacitated. Give me a break people! Put on your thinking caps and stop watching Fox propaganda newstation. Palin has lied about her being against the "Bridge to Nowhere" per a 2006 interview and she's under investigation for abuse of power, sounds like the Bush Administration all over again. Palin hired a lobbist to go to Washington to get more pork-barrel money, and when she was Mayor of Wasilla she left behind 20 million dollar of debt–not the reformer they are trying to paint her out to be. McCain showed incredibly reckless and poor judgement in choosing Palin as his running mate. We've 8 years of lies, corruption, abuse of power and recklessly poor judgement–we certainly don't need another four years of that!

    September 5, 2008 at 4:46 pm |
  8. David R. Vancouver, WA

    At least Obama didn't pick some podunk unknown from Alaska.

    September 5, 2008 at 4:45 pm |
  9. terry

    It still baffles me why obama did not pick HRC. According to CNN at the DNC only 6% of deletgates would have gone with Biden.

    September 5, 2008 at 4:40 pm |
  10. carol kesling

    sarah palin is mcsame"s PUPPET!!!!!!! same old B. S. just a different speech, which by the way was not even their own!!!!!!!! look at the job losses this a.m. that came out 605,000 jobs lost just this YEAR ALONE !!!! no more bush terms for this white house, this white house also belongs to the citizens of the u.s. not just the wealthy!!!!!

    September 5, 2008 at 4:38 pm |
  11. Anban

    The equation of this year’s presidential election is simple: Obama has already attracted 90% of the black votes, and he only needs to get 40% of the rest to win. On the other hand, McCain needs to get 60% of the non-black votes, which seemed to be an impossible task one week ago. However, Sarah Palin has changed the whole dynamics. Thanks to the arrogance of Obama and his ultra-liberal advisors, how could they have ignored Hillary Clinton? Palin has shown that she can excite republicans and Hillary supporters. John McCain’s respected character and his push for reform appear to be more trustworthy than Obama’s slogan of change. After the conventions, it seems possible that the McCain-Palin ticket can capture Ohio and win in the general election.

    September 5, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  12. Cindy

    Ismael,
    Sounds like you had a long road trip. Hope that you at least had some fun and that the food was good! Get your report done then get some rest!

    Cindy...Ga.

    September 5, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  13. david /coon rapids

    i should be obvious from the past two days that most femanists are not actually for women's rights, but rather they are for liberal rights

    September 5, 2008 at 4:19 pm |