U.S. Catholics divided over presidential race

A year ago, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden made a number of visits to restaurants in Los Angeles, trying to court voters.

Minerva Munguia-Sanchez, a Catholic school principal, happened to be at one of them. She recalls feeling moved to present the candidate with a gift: her rosary.

"He tells me that the gift that I gave him, he didn't take lightly, and he proceeded to show me the wrist. His wrist, his left wrist and he has a rosary that he carries all the time."

The Biden campaign shared an image of the interaction on social media.

Munguia-Sanchez says the encounter moved her as a Catholic.

"That day, I got to observe his demeanor. I got to observe how he treated others. And it was different. And it impressed me."

A survey by the Pew Research Center earlier this month found that American Catholics are divided over whom to support for the White House.

Overall, 51 percent of Catholics said they were supporting Biden. Forty-four percent are backing Republican President Donald Trump.

Biden is Catholic, and often references his faith. As vice president he spoke about his experience meeting Pope Francis following the death of his son, Beau.

"He provided us with more comfort than even he I think, will ever understand."

Donald Trump retains the staunch support of White Evangelical protestants. The Pew Survey shows 78 percent of them back the president. In August, Trump claimed Biden was "against God."

"He's following the radical left agenda. No religion. No anything. Hurt the Bible, hurt God. He's against God."

Biden called Trump's attacks "shameful" and said his faith has been the “bedrock foundation” of his life.

And unlike Trump, who rarely appears in a church outside of campaign events, Biden has made repeated visits to church in Delaware.

The Democrat has been criticized for his stance on abortion. But Munguia-Sanchez says Biden's Catholicism will help him lead.

"Politics is the service for people, and I believe that and no politician is perfect. Being Catholic should only guide, like your moral compass."

Video Transcript

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- A year ago, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden made a number of visits to restaurants in Los Angeles, trying to court voters. Minerva Munguia-Sanchez, a Catholic school principal, happened to be at one of them. She recalls feeling moved to present the candidate with a gift, her rosary.

MINERVA MUNGUIA-SANCHEZ: He tells me that the gift that I gave him, he didn't take lightly. And he proceeded to show me the wrist, his wrist, his left wrist. And he has a rosary that he carries all the time.

- The Biden campaign shared an image of the interaction on social media. Munguia-Sanchez said the encounter moved her as a Catholic.

MINERVA MUNGUIA-SANCHEZ: That day, I got to observe his demeanor. I got to observe how he treated others. And it was different and it impressed me.

- A survey by the Pew Research Center earlier this month found that American Catholics are divided over whom to support for the White House. Overall, 51% of Catholics said they were supporting Biden, 44% are backing Republican President Donald Trump. Biden is a Catholic and often references his faith. As vice president, he spoke about his experience meeting Pope Francis following the death of his son, Beau.

JOE BIDEN: He provided us with more comfort than even he, I think, will ever understand.

- Donald Trump retains the staunch support of white evangelical Protestants. The Pew survey shows 78% of them back the president. In August, Trump claimed Biden was, quote, "against God."

DONALD TRUMP: Because he's following the radical left agenda. No religion, no anything, hurt the Bible, hurt God. He's against.

- Biden called Trump's attacks shameful and said his faith has always been, quote, "the bedrock foundation" of his life. And unlike Trump, who rarely appears in a church outside of campaign events, Biden has made repeated visits to church in Delaware. The Democrat has been criticized for his stance on abortion, but Munguia-Sanchez believes Biden's Catholicism will help him lead.

MINERVA MUNGUIA-SANCHEZ: Politics is the service for people. And that, I believe that. And no politician is perfect. Being Catholic should only guide your, like your moral compass.