Endorsements by ethically challenged or inflammatory parties provide
awkward moments for the presidential candidates. The other day, it was Obama and Farrakhan.

Now it’s McCain and Hagee.

The same tagline (sort of) winds up in both.

Intolerance and bigotry do not belong in American politics.

McCain quickly responded.

“Yesterday, Pastor John Hagee endorsed my candidacy for
president in San Antonio, Texas. However, in no way did I intend for
his endorsement to suggest that I in turn agree with all of Pastor
Hagee’s views, which I obviously do not,” McCain said today in a
statement, “I am hopeful that Catholics, Protestants and all people of
faith who share my vision for the future of America will respond to our
message of defending innocent life, traditional marriage, and
compassion for the most vulnerable in our society.”

Meanwhile, Obama is trying to make peace between his African-American and Jewish supporters.

The two may not have much else in common – and they certainly don’t
have the same number of detractors – but McCain and Obama share the
predicament of having some unembraceable supporters.

Sheila Liaugminas

Sheila Liaugminas is an Emmy award-winning Chicago-based journalist in print and broadcast media. Her writing and broadcasting covers matters of faith, culture, politics and the media....