President Bill Clinton started the annual tradition of hosting Muslims at the White House during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan a tradition that was continued by Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama (above).
Though many Muslims are immigrants with ties abroad, a survey conducted by the Council on American-Islamic Relations in 2008 found that Muslims vote based on domestic priorities such as education, civil rights, health care and jobs. The community teeters between the parties depending on the issue, according to Robert McCaw, CAIR’s government affairs coordinator.
“There’s a conservative vein that could be taken advantage of, but, in the current political climate, it’s not,” he said.
Former Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., candidate for U.S. Senate in New Hampshire, holds his hand over his heart during the singing of the national anthem as he waits to take the stage for his town hall campaign rally with Sen. John McCain at the Pinkerton Academy in Derry, N.H., on Monday, Aug. 18, 2014.