ABC News’ Tahman Bradley Report: Arguing it’s time for "a better Christian witness in politics," the Evangelical group, Matthew 25 Network, is preparing to make a $20,000 television ad purchase touting its support for Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., during Saturday’s compassion and leadership forum at Rick Warren’s Saddleback Church.
The group hopes to cast Sen. Obama as a devoted family man and a new kind of politician, who is able to energize the faith community around not just the sin issues, but compassion issues.
A federal political PAC, first created during the Democratic primaries, Matthew 25 Network has run a series of radio advertisements in key November battleground states, Colorado, Ohio, Michigan and Virginia. In one ad, the group defends Obama from comments made by Focus on the Family’s James Dobson, who back in June said Obama had "a fruitcake interpretation of the Constitution" and was deliberately distorting the Bible to justify his own world view.
One of Matthew 25′s most prominent members who will be featured in the TV commercial is Pastor Kirbyjon Caldwell, a black preacher from Texas who recently officiated Jenna Bush’s wedding and spoke at President Bush’s Inauguration. Caldwell supported Bush’s during the 2000 campaign but now backs Obama.
He says he doesn’t think the presumptive Democratic nominee gets enough credit for his commitment to his family. "You can discern quite a bit about a person’s character based on how he or she treats their family," Caldwell told ABC News.