Thursday, May 15, 2008
McCain's Wife Sells Funds With Holdings in Sudan
Cindy McCain, the wife of John McCain, sold $2 million in mutual funds yesterday after inquiries from a news organization about the funds' holdings in Sudan.
The presumptive Republican nominee has called for international sanctions against the Sudanese government for mass killings in the Darfur region. The Associated Press reported that his wife sold her interest in American Funds' EuroPacific Growth Fund and Capital World Growth and Income Fund. Both funds have holdings in companies that operate in Sudan.
Cindy McCain's decision to sell the investments comes after several other presidential candidates, including Democrat Barack Obama, last year chose to divest Sudan-related stocks and mutual funds. Her investments in the mutual funds are listed on disclosure forms McCain is required to file as a senator and candidate.
-- Michael D. Shear
POLITICS AND RELIGION
Obama Brings Back 'Cross' Flier To Try to Reach Kentucky Voters
Barack Obama has recycled his startling "Cross" flier to appeal to Kentucky voters.
The pamphlet has circulated in other primary states and is striking for its overt appeal on religion. The words across the top read "Faith. Hope. Change." Obama is pictured at a church pulpit, with a large illuminated cross in the background. A quote at the bottom reads: "My faith teaches me that I can sit in church and pray all I want, but I won't be fulfilling God's will unless I go out and do the Lord's work."
On the flip side is a photo of Obama in front of a stained-glass window. A few paragraphs describe his work as a community organizer in Chicago and tell of how some people he met encouraged him to attend church one Sunday: "That day Obama felt a beckoning of the spirit and accepted Jesus Christ into his life." The words along the side proclaim "Committed Christian."
One aim of the flier is to counteract the persistent and false belief held by some voters that Obama is Muslim. And circulating it in Kentucky suggests that while the Obama campaign expects to lose the Bluegrass State, it would like to avoid another wipeout like the one it suffered in West Virginia.
But it also signals Obama's determination to compete for evangelical voters, who may not be as enthralled with John McCain as they have been with past Republican presidential nominees.
"I know the conservative policy purists will say that Obama is liberal and therefore Evangelicals won't buy his 'Evangelical speak.' Not so fast," Christian Broadcasting Network correspondent David Brody wrote in his Brody File blog.
-- Shailagh Murray