Sam Stein On Mitch McConnell's Comments About Obama's Religion: "The Whole Idea Is To Seed Doubt"

08/23/2010 06:37 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Huffington Post political reporter Sam Stein went on MSNBC's Hardball with Chris Matthews tonight to discuss Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's (R-KY) recent comment on Meet the Press that he "takes [Obama] at his word" as being a Christian.

Sen. McConnell's comment, which echoed Hilary Clinton's 2008 jab that Obama was a Christian "as far as [she] knows," came after a Pew poll found that over 30% of Republicans believe Obama is Muslim.

"You have the commentary--you have a section of the Republican Party that's talking like this, and now we're seeing it filter into the actual Republican officials," Stein said.

Earlier today, Stein published a story on an RNC Committeewoman in Iowa who claims Obama admitted to other Muslims that he was a Muslim himself. Stein continued:

The whole idea is to seed doubt. There's so many conflicting contradictory labels they're putting on this man. It went from a black liberation theologist to a Communist to a Marxist to a Muslim sympathizer to a Muslim himself.