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Beck acts as a bridge between Romney and evangelical Christians

Published: Friday, July 31 2015 2:17 p.m. MDT

In this piece from the New York Times, Amy Chozick discussed how Glenn Beck became the bridge between evangelicals and Romney's Mormon faith. (Knrs Radio) In this piece from the New York Times, Amy Chozick discussed how Glenn Beck became the bridge between evangelicals and Romney's Mormon faith. (Knrs Radio)

Our take: Glenn Beck has become a divisive political commentator in the past few years. But as controversial as his commentary may be, he has managed to help bridge the gap between two unlikely allies. In this piece from the New York Times, Amy Chozick discussed how Glenn Beck became the bridge between evangelicals and Romney's Mormon faith.

On radio and on his Internet network, the influential conservative pundit Glenn Beck frequently invokes God, religious freedom and the founding fathers, but he does not regularly discuss his own Mormon faith.

But in early September, he broke with practice and hosted a special one-hour show, asking his audience, “Does Mitt Romney’s Mormonism make him too scary or weird to be elected to president of the United States?”

Mr. Beck has not always supported Mr. Romney. (“I think he’s an honorable man, but I don’t trust him,” he said last year.) But as perhaps the best-known Mormon after the Republican presidential candidate and a major influence on evangelical Christians, Mr. Beck has emerged as an unlikely theological bridge between the first Mormon presidential nominee and a critical electorate.

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