«I remember when Bush in the famous debate in Iowa said that Jesus Christ was his favorite political philosopher. I always thought the problem was not with that answer, which is a legitimate answer. But when he was asked to explain this, he basically said, "If you haven't had this experience, you don't know what it is."
I was offended by that, because I thought, in a sense, in a tolerant democracy, a politician has an obligation to explain things to people who don't necessarily accept their religious terms.
I had an assistant at the time who was a Democrat, no friend of Bush's, but an evangelical Christian. She was upset with me, because she said, "That's how we talk. You should understand that." I think it's those moments, when Bush speaks like that, that evangelicals know in their hearts that he's one of them.»
«I think, fundamentally, many of these Evangelical and social Christians like George Bush. They like what he's done on partial-birth abortion, they like what he's done in terms of appointees, they like what he's done in the war.
I was down in Georgia the other day talking to some pastors; and when I talk to them about the war in Iraq, they understand fundamentally, in ways that George Bush does not talk about, that this is part of a millennial crusade -- Bush got in trouble using the word "crusade" -- You talk to to some pastors in suburban Atlanta, they understand that this war is against the Muslems, against the Infidel, in a way that in fundamental ways hasn't changed in a thousand years.
They see that this is the president who's engaged in something bigger than just this moment. »