Matt Smith

Matt Smith, vice-president of Catholic Advocate, was Associate Director of Public Liaison responsible for Catholic outreach under President George W. Bush.

Heeding Archbishop Gomez


If the GOP is to win back the White House in 2012, it cannot afford to alienate Catholic and Latino voters. Just as the shift of support from Catholic and Latino voters helped George W. Bush into the White House twice, it can do the same for Barack Obama. Because of its impact on these […]

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The Fury Behind Bill Keller’s Anti-Religious Rant


“And I care a lot if a candidate is going to be a Trojan horse for a sect that believes it has divine instructions on how we should be governed.” — Bill Keller, New York Times Magazine, August 25, 2011 Most people view the anti-Catholicism faced by John F. Kennedy in the 1960 presidential campaign […]

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Obama Faces Hard Times with Catholic Voters


When Barack Obama won 54 percent of the Catholic vote in the 2008 presidential election, commentators barely noticed that John McCain won a majority of the religiously-active Catholic vote (51 percent to 49 percent). This was a small margin, to be sure, but it doesn’t bode well for the 2012 presidential race, after all the […]

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