Bush Finds Following in Young Conservative Christians

March 17, 2004

Source: The Dallas Morning News


On March 17, 2004 The Dallas Morning News reported, "Early in his campaign for the presidency four years ago, George W. Bush was asked in a debate which political philosopher he most admired. He replied: Jesus Christ "because he changed my heart." At the time, his answer caused a stir. Christian conservatives cheered, but political experts wondered whether his response was wise, or perhaps less than presidential. Today, as he campaigns for a second term, the president's unabashed candor about his faith is hitting the mark among an emerging group of voters: young conservative Christians... Indeed, studies and polls show that a substantial number of college students are expressing strong interest in religion, along with a more socially conservative outlook. Enrollment at conservative Christian colleges and universities is growing rapidly. Even on secular campuses, membership in religious clubs has skyrocketed."