A veteran of Democratic Party politics and a former aide to representatives Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) and James Clyburn (D., S.C.), Burns Strider was senior adviser and director of faith-based outreach for Hillary Clinton's 2008 presidential campaign. After the Clinton campaign ended, he founded the Eleison Group, a communications firm that specializes in strategic planning for politicians and faith communities.
How is this election year different from 2004 when it comes to the role of religion?
On the political side, there is a Democratic Party seeking conversations with and working in the faith community. In the evangelical community, there are new leaders and younger people wanting to have a conversation that goes beyond the two or three hot-button issues that have been the focus. They want to talk about a number of values that impact their families and their communities. A more holistic conversation is going on.