Senator Hillary Clinton says the notion held by some that the Democratic Party is elitist needs to be recognized and overcome.
Clinton, speaking at a Compassion Forum in Pennsylvania, was referring to a comment by Senator Barack Obama, who said recently that economically frustrated people get bitter and "cling to guns or religion."
Speaking after Clinton, Obama insisted he hadn't meant to sound demeaning. Obama said he actually has been trying to get more Democrats into church to link faith with public policy.
Both said people of faith have a right to bring their religious convictions to public life.
Clinton said she grew up hearing Bible stories and is especially fond of the Book of Esther. She said she believes that God wants people to relieve suffering.
Obama said he's "a devout Christian," but believes "Islam can be compatible with the modern world."
He added that he believes in evolution, but also believes that God created the universe.
The two are reaching out to people of faith in Pennsylvania, which holds its primary on April 22.