Pope visits America: Republican front-runners have awkward time with Catholic leader.

How the Pope and Republican Politics Mix (or Don’t)

How the Pope and Republican Politics Mix (or Don’t)

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Sept. 24 2015 12:56 PM

The GOP vs. Pope Francis

How the pope’s U.S. visit is a thorn in the side of Republican front-runners.

Pope Francis waves from the Speaker's Balcony after concluding his address before a joint meeting of the U.S. Congress as Vice President Joe Biden (L) and Speaker of the House John Boehner (R) look on in Washington September 24, 2015.

Photo illustration by Lisa Larson-Walker. Photo by Carlos Barria/Reuters.

Listen to Episode 18 of Podcast for America!


Podcast for America is your inside look at the two-year carnival-barking competition that is a presidential campaign cycle. Your hosts this week are Mark Leibovich, national correspondent for the New York Times Magazine, and Annie Lowrey of New York magazine.

This week, pope fever spreads across the nation! As Pope Francis begins an historic trek across the U.S., we ask how faith affects the race for the presidency?

Next, we look at Hillary Clinton’s poll numbers, which are on the rise for the first time in ages. We ask, why?

Lastly, we answer questions from you, listeners! We’ll discuss Larry Lessig, a Harvard law professor and presidential candidate, and an alleged scandal that involves British Prime Minister David Cameron and a dead pig.

Mark Leibovich is the chief national correspondent for New York Times Magazine and the author of This Town and Big Game.

Annie Lowrey is a contributing editor at the Atlantic.