President Obama is trying to repair his relationship with Catholic voters following a policy dispute over contraceptives even as Republicans are trying to convince voters that the president has declared war on religion.
"Catholic voters will be the swing vote this year," Ralph Reed, founder of the Faith and Freedom Coalition, told thousands of conservative voters at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington.
Since winning 54 percent of the Catholic vote in 2008, the president's approval rating among Catholics had fallen to 39 percent in the latest Rasmussen Reports poll. And Republicans are eagerly trying to drive that wedge between Obama and Catholics even deeper.
"Our religious freedoms are under attack by the Obama administration," Texas Gov. Rick Perry, a former presidential contender, told CPAC. "This administration is assaulting the Catholic Church."