Tuesday, April 08, 2008

McCain reaching out to evangelicals

The Brody File has this:

The Brody File has been accumulating information about how John McCain is planning to reach out to Evangelicals.

An informed source tells me there's a plan developing to come up with something called a "Committee of 50."

Basically this will be a key list of 50 religious and opinion leaders that the McCain camp will target when it comes to their outreach. It will be made up of "new guard" and "old guard" figures.

The list is still in development, but the bottom line here is that the McCain camp has no desire to start a dialogue with folks who want to beat up the senator over some of his views. They're looking for people who are open to listening to him, convinced that they will like what they hear.

Don't expect the McCain team to set their sights just on national leaders. The team that is currently being assembled will really be active on the local level, going pastor to pastor, church to church.

Now, as for that "Compassion Tour" we reported on last week, look for it to start in two weeks. This tour isn't going to focus heavily on faith. They'll be some crossover on that but the idea here is to go to places where Republicans haven't gone before.

For example, McCain will travel to places like Thomasville, Ala., where nearly half the population is African-American. McCain will venture into the rustbelt when he visits Youngstown Ohio, a place devastated economically.

The Brody File understands he'll even be going to Spanish Harlem in New York City. Not your typical Republican strongholds.

What do you guys think of that?