"I think there are those who try to use religion for political purposes. I would hope that wouldn't happen. I think one's religious beliefs are generally between you and God." - Senator Tom Daschle, according to a recent AP story headlined "Religion plays prominent role in South Dakota's Senate race."
Today, Daschle has an auto-dial message from a clergy member being sent out across the state. Below is the transcript of the message:
Hi this is Pastor Don Niedringhaus. [Retired ELCA pastor and former employee of Augustana College]
I’ve never spoken out like this before but because my friend is getting unfairly attacked I thought it was too important to stay quiet. Senator Tom Daschle has done a lot for our state and he is a good and decent man, in fact he’s one of the most genuine and finest people I know. I’ve known Tom for a long time, and I know he shares our values. He is a man of faith, honor and integrity and he cares deeply about people and especially the people of our state. The lessons he learned growing up in Aberdeen as an alter boy attending Sacred Heart School and serving in the Air Force continue to guide him every day as a father, grandfather, and servant leader of the people of South Dakota. I hope you’ll join me and other people, of faith, all across this state and voting for Tom Daschle on Tuesday. A vote for Tom Daschle is a vote for a good decent man who will always do what is right for South Dakota. Thank you for listening.