The McCain campaign placed thousands of these calls in Michigan on Monday night Feb. 21 and late on primary day, Feb. 22, 2000.  The campaign initially denied making the calls.  Bush responded angrily to "calls that call me an anti-Catholic bigot."  The calls remained an issue in the campaign right into Super Tuesday.  Strategist Mike Murphy wrote the copy. 

This is a Catholic Voter Alert.  Governor George Bush has campaigned against Senator John McCain by seeking the support of Southern fundamentalists who have expressed anti-Catholic views.  Several weeks ago, Governor Bush spoke at Bob Jones University in South Carolina in South Carolina.  Bob Jones has made strong anti-Catholic statements, including calling the Pope the anti-Christ and the Catholic Church a satanic cult!  John McCain, a pro-life Senator, has strongly criticized this anti-Catholic bigotry, while Governor Bush has stayed silent while seeking the support of Bob Jones University.  Because of this, one Catholic pro-life Congressman has switched his support from Bush to McCain, and many Michigan Catholics support John McCain for president.

Copyright 2000  Eric M. Appleman/Democracy in Action.