Dem Candidate Fails To Appeal To Evangelicals

Via The Washington Examiner:

South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg may have an uphill battle drawing some Iowa voters to his blend of progressive politics and religion.

 Buttigieg “comes off as a great guy,” said Bob Vander Plaats, president of conservative Iowa Christian organization The Family Leader, but “his policies don’t align with where we believe Scripture is and where we believe the faith is at and what’s in the best interest of our country.”

“If the policies don’t line up, I think Iowans — and more than that Americans who are evangelical — are wise enough to see through that,” Vander Plaats told the Washington Examiner.

Earlier this month, Buttigieg became the first Democratic candidate to hire a national faith outreach director. In June, he appeared at a forum hosted by progressive Christian leader William Barber and last week attended a black church forum in Atlanta. But in April, he turned down an invitation to a July summit hosted by The Family Leader. Vander Plaats said he invited Buttigieg and other candidates to “have an open dialogue and conversation about their faith.”