"Republicans fear the Lord, Democrats fear and love the Lord," the congressman told an audience in Paris, Tenn., Saturday.
The video can be seen here at HotAir.com
Ford, in a tight race with Republican Bob Corker, said he was quoting his friend and campaign chairman Lincoln Davis, who said there's "one big difference between us and misfortunate Republicans when it comes to our faith."
A recent survey of likely voters by Mason-Dixon Polling & Research showed 45 percent support Corker while 43 percent back Ford.
Corker responded to Ford's remarks in a Fox News interview, saying:
"Obviously this is not the kind of thing you'd expect somebody who is running for the United States Senate to say," Corker said. "It's very offensive, I think, to people of all walks of life, whether you're Republican, independent, or Democrat, to be claiming that one group of people love God more than another."