The candidates’ religions

What religions do the leading presidential candidates practice and how often do they attend services? The Associated Press asked. Here are the answers it got from the campaigns:


•  Sen. Joseph Biden of Delaware: Roman Catholic, attends services at either St. Patrick’s or St. Joseph’s in Wilmington, Del., when his schedule permits.
• Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York: A “practicing Methodist who attends church as often as possible.”
• Sen. Christopher Dodd of Connecticut: Catholic, attends services in Washington, Connecticut and when traveling.
• John Edwards, former North Carolina senator: Methodist, is a member of the Edenton Street United Methodist Church in Raleigh, N.C., but is looking with his wife, Elizabeth, for a church near their new home in Chapel Hill.
• Rep. Dennis Kucinich of Ohio: Catholic, member St. Aloysius in Cleveland, attends services “not often.”
• Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois: Christian, Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, attends services “frequently, when at home on Sundays.”
• Gov. Bill Richardson of New Mexico: Catholic, attends St. Francis Cathedral Parish in Santa Fe, N.M., “on a fairly regular basis, and attends services on the road when possible.”


• Sen. Sam Brownback of Kansas: Catholic. He attends two services on Sundays — Mass in the morning at Christ the King Catholic Church in Topeka and then services at Topeka Bible (Evangelical Christian) with his family. “He tries to go to daily mass whenever he can, wherever he is. When in Washington, he attends St. Joseph’s on Capitol Hill.”
• Jim Gilmore, former governor of Virginia: Methodist, a member of River Road Methodist, Richmond, Va., “attends his home church as often as his travel schedule allows.”
• Rudy Giuliani, former mayor of New York City: Catholic, “The mayor’s personal relationship with God is private and between him and God.”
• Mike Huckabee, former governor of Arkansas: Southern Baptist, a member of The Church at Rock Creek in Little Rock, Ark., attends services “every Sunday he’s in town.”
• Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif.: Baptist, a member of Trinity Baptist Church in El Cajon, Calif., attends services almost every Sunday, but usually elsewhere because he’s often traveling.
• Sen. John McCain of Arizona: Episcopalian, but his four youngest children are Baptist and he attends the North Phoenix Baptist Church when he is home.
• Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas: Baptist, a member of the First Baptist Church in Lakewood, Texas.
• Mitt Romney, former governor of Massachusetts: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; attends services weekly at a Mormon temple in Belmont, Mass.
• Rep. Tom Tancredo of Colorado: Presbyterian, member of the Cherry Hills Community Church in Highland, Colo., attends services “every week I am home.”
• Tommy Thompson, former governor of Wisconsin: Catholic, is a member of St. Peter’s in Madison, Wis., attends services weekly.

You might recall that the AP also asked the candidates a series of 14 “personal side” questions on everything from their favorite foods to their bad habits.


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