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Readers' forum: Huntsman and Romney

Published: Tuesday, June 28 2011 12:00 a.m. MDT

I recently read an interesting article ("Mitt Romney, Jon Huntsman Jr. compete in Mormon primary," June 23). The article pointed out a little-known fact: Mitt Romney is a great-great grandson of early Mormon Apostle Parley P. Pratt and Jon Huntsman Jr. is a great-great-great grandson of Pratt.

I have heard Mitt speak in Omaha, Nebraska, and as the article noted, "Romney struggles to chat up voters on the campaign trail, awkwardly filling in the silences with small talk."

By contrast, when I met and shook hands with Jon Huntsman Jr. in his governor's office in Salt Lake in 2007, he was warm, cordial and jovial with me.

I sometimes wonder: "What would Parley P. Pratt think today?" I think he would be pleased that two of his descendants are seeking the presidency of the United States. I think, he would urge them to cooperate and not compete. Huntsman has presidential leadership qualities, while Romney is best-suited for a vice-presidential role.

If they don't learn to cooperate and mesh their strong talents and minimize their weaknesses, the campaign could turn into the potentially "nasty, intra-faith contest" the article spoke of.

James A. Marples

Provo

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