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Does faith have a place in politics?

The Republican presidential candidate debate may be over in Arizona, but there is one topic in this race that still has plenty of folks talking.

Some say faith has been used as a tool to win votes and also a means to criticize other candidates.  So, does faith have a place in politics?

"I think if somehow or another because you're a person of faith and you believe in good and evil is a disqualifier for president, we're going to have a very small pool of candidates who can run for president," said presidential nominee Rick Santorum in an interview with CNN.

From one to another, faith has been a discussion point for GOP presidential nominees

"Our founding document which is the base of our government says we are endowed by our creator," said presidential nominee Newt Gingrich.

Some have even been said to question President Obama's religious beliefs.

"I think he questioned people's character and questioned people's faith and I don't think that belongs in our politics," said Obama's re-election spokesman Robert Gibbs.

However, some local churches say politics is one of the places faith is needed most.

"My political viewpoints are based on values I get from God's word and from my faith.  So, faith has everything to do with who I vote for, what they stand for.  It's got to be congruent with what I believe," said Pastor Dennis Lacy with North Highland Church.

Lacy and other members of North Highland Church gathered and prayed for our country's next president whether he is a Democrat or Republican.

"We don't ever endorse a political candidate.  That would not be right but what we do say is that vote for candidates that stand upon a platform that is basically based on the word of God because we believe our country was based on the word of God."

Some people we found in Columbus think the candidates need to spend less time on religion and more on the issues.

"The economy and jobs and getting the country back in order basically just getting things moving," said David Crooke.

This will be the first time Hartley Barron will be able to vote in a presidential election.  She says faith is an important factor when trying to determine who she will vote for, but she sees a different need not made who is elected for the presidency.

"The most important thing that I have pulled from this election because it is my first election and it is my first is to support and pray for whatever candidate is elected," said Barron.

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