by John McCormick
In what is perhaps the most obvious effort yet by Sen. Barack Obama to invoke religion in his Democratic presidential bid, his campaign said this afternoon that it is launching an “Embrace the Change” gospel tour later this month.
The campaign said some of the nation's top gospel music artists will tour South Carolina, where Obama is in a battle with Sen. Hillary Clinton of New York, especially for the support of African-American women, a group that could decide the primary there.
The tour will visit Charleston, Greenwood and Columbia.
“This is another example of how Barack Obama is defying conventional wisdom about how politics is done and giving new meaning to meeting people at the grassroots level,” Obama's national religious affairs director, Joshua DuBois, said in a statement. “This concert tour is going to bring new people into the political process and engage people of faith in an unprecedented way.”