Evangelical leader Rick Warren: I’d have a problem voting for an adulterer

ABC’s Jake Tapper is clearly, politely and obliquely, asking Evangelical leader Rick Warren about John McCain, who had an adulterous affair with Cindy while he was married to his first wife. (There are also rumors about other women as well.) Warren’s answer is clearly directed at McCaim:

WARREN: John Edwards and others like him (emphasis added) have lost the trust of America because they lied, and fundamentally beneath every affair it’s dishonesty, its deceit, its deception. They’re lying to God. They’re lying to themselves. They’re lying to their wives and they’re lying to the public. How do you trust someone who’s constantly lying? You can’t. That’s why it is a myth to say their personal life doesn’t matter. It does matter — all of leadership is built on credibility.

TAPPER: Would you have compunctions about voting for someone who had cheated on his wife?

WARREN: Absolutely I would. Absolutely I would. Because if you can’t keep your faith to your most sacred vow – “’til death do us part” — how in the world can I trust you to lead my family? My government? My nation?…Absolutely I would. I think people first need to ask forgiveness and then earn trust back over time. Can trust be re-earned? Absolutely but it takes time.

Since Tapper and Warren were still rather oblique in their reference to McCain, will the corporate media again choose to ignore McCain’s adultery, even now that a top evangelical leader has said he’d have a problem voting for someone like McCain, i.e., an adulterer?

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