Barack Obama says he was erroneously “tagged as being on the left,” a reputation that served him well during the primaries. Now that he has the nomination secured, the candidate is trying to reinvent himself as a centrist. Take his endorsement Tuesday of one of George W. Bush’s signature policies, the “faith-based initiative.”

To be fair, Obama began his public life working with churches to rebuild communities in Chicago, so this isn’t exactly an about-face. He also proposed several reforms that would make the church programs more palatable to his base.

Still, the man who was once rated the most liberal senator has recently moved to the right on a host of issues, from the death penalty to that horrendous FISA bill.

AP via Google:

In recent days, with the Democratic nomination in hand and the general election battle with Republican John McCain ahead, Obama has been sounding centrist themes with comments on guns, government surveillance and capital punishment. He’s even quoted Ronald Reagan.

On Tuesday, touring Presbyterian Church-based social services facility, the Democratic senator said he would get religious charities more involved in government anti-poverty efforts if elected.

“We need an all-hands-on-deck approach,” he said at Eastside Community Ministry.

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