John McCain the Baptist?

ABC News' Bret Hovell Reports: Amid talk about his religions persuasion, Senator and presidential candidate John McCain on Monday attempted to clarify remarks he made about his religious denomination.

"I have attended North Phoenix Baptist Church for many years," McCain said. "And the most important thing is that I'm a Christian."

McCain, R-Ariz, was speaking to reporters after a rally on the final day of his 'No Surrender' tour.

Curiosity about his religion was sparked Sunday when McCain, who has long been identified as an Episcopalian, was asked what role his Episcopal faith plays in his life.

"It plays a role in my life. By the way, I'm not Episcopalian. I'm Baptist," McCain told the Associated Press after a rally in Hilton Head, S.C.

But the Senator's biography in the 2007 edition of the Congressional Directory lists his faith as Episcopalian. And at a recent Fox News debate each candidate was introduced with a short description that included religion. McCain's was described as Episcopalian, and neither the candidate nor the campaign issued a correction or clarification.

McCain's wife, Cindy, is Baptist and so are their children. The campaign describes his faith as a private matter.

Later in the day Sunday, after his comments in Hilton Head, McCain was asked if he would be making a public declaration of his faith.

"I've made that hundreds of times," he said.

ABC News' Teddy Davis contributed to this report.

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