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Political parties talk faith during national conventions

Published: Wednesday, Sept. 5 2012 9:32 a.m. MDT

Former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland speaks to delegates at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012. (Lynne Sladky, ASSOCIATED PRESS) Former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland speaks to delegates at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012. (Lynne Sladky, ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Our take: Who has been giving and getting more religion at their respective political conventions, Republicans or Democrats? David Gibson for the Religion News Service takes a look at the speeches, platforms and prayers at the respective conventions to find out how each party has embraced faith.

Who says only Republicans can use faith as a political tool? Opening night of the Democratic convention, and former Ohio (cue “battleground state” line) governor Ted Strickland cited the Gospels for an Old Testament jeremiad against Mitt Romney’s offshore wealth:

“In Matthew, chapter 6, verse 21, the scriptures teach us that where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. My friends, any man who aspires to be our president should keep both his treasure and his heart in the United States of America.”

Ouch. But Republicans were not about to yield the mantle of sanctimony and noted that the Democratic platform does not mention God even once, while theirs cites the Almighty 10 times.

Democrats tell CNN that the word "faith" appears 11 times in the platform, "religion" or "religious" 9 times, "church" 2 times, and "clergy" 1 time. So there.

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