Obama vows to establish own faith office

Mr. Obama announced his faith-based agenda in the swing state of Ohio, where he fared poorly with religious voters and lost the Democratic primary to Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton 54 percent to 44 percent. Catholics and Protestants, who made up about 55 percent of Democratic primary voters in Ohio, picked Mrs. Clinton 62 percent to 36 percent, an MSNBC exit poll showed.

Mr. Obama edged out Mrs. Clinton among other Christian voters 54 percent to 46 percent and among voters without religious affiliation 52 percent to 45 percent, according to the exit poll.

“The fact is, the challenges we face today - from saving our planet to ending poverty - are simply too big for government to solve alone,” he said Tuesday. “We need all hands on deck.”

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