|USA||BUSH PERCEIVED AS ANTI-CATHOLIC AFTER VISIT TO PROTESTANT UNIVERSITY|
Texas Gov. George W. Bush's visit to a South Carolina fundamentalist Christian university cost him Catholic votes, according to political analysts.
After a day in which both candidates traded accusations of using religious scare tactics, Arizona Sen. John McCain topped Bush 50 to 44 %, with 39 % of precincts reporting.
Bush, campaigning on Tuesday in Michigan, where a third of the Republican primary voters are Catholic, accused the McCain campaign of telephoning voters to say he was hostile to Catholics because of his visit to Bob Jones University in South Carolina.
"Governor Bush spoke at Bob Jones University in South Carolina. Bob Jones has made strong anti-Catholic statements, including calling the pope the Antichrist, the Catholic Church a satanic cult," according to a text of recorded telephone messages the Bush campaign alleged were being made by McCain backers.