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Obama Tackles Faith, While McCain Talks Border Security

July 1, 2008

Barack Obama wants to win over Evangelical voters, a group traditionally loyal to Republican candidates.

"In time, I came to see my faith as being both a personal commitment to Christ and a commitment to my community," said Obama.

Speaking at a ministry in Ohio Tuesday, Obama blasted the Bush administration for not spending enough on the partnership between the White House and faith-based groups. Obama laid out his plan to strengthen that connection.

"We all have to work together - Christian and Jew, Hindu and Muslim; believer and non-believer alike - to meet the challenges of the 21st century," he said.

As Obama tried to gain ground with Evangelicals, John McCain looked to shore up support from the conservative base by pledging to get tough on illegal immigrants who commit crimes.

"We will require that the federal government assume more of the costs to deport and detain criminal aliens, because this is a problem of the federal government's own making," said McCain.

Some conservatives have criticized McCain for sponsoring a bill that they say gave amnesty for undocumented workers. The Arizona Senator wants to make it clear: he's putting border security at the top of his priority list.

Conservatives want McCain to take a strong stand on the issue, but Latino voters are hoping the presidential hopeful moves forward on the pathway to citizenship he originally proposed.

Wednesday, Obama travels to Colorado for a speech focused on service, while McCain is in Colombia and Mexico for a three-day trip to talk with leaders about free trade.

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