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Published: Tuesday, Oct. 26 2010 12:00 a.m. MDT

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Plano, TX

Less government is good for all, regardless of party or religion.
Common ground all should feel good about voting for.

San Diego, CA

Some of the comments here--the ones that imply that if you understand the gospel, LDS doctrine, etc., you must of necessity be Republican--these comments disturb me. I don't live in NV but CA, but if I lived in NV I certainly would vote for Harry Reid over Sharon Angle, and I voted for Obama in 2008 (largely because Mcain chose Sarah Palin as his running mate).

Yes, you can be a dem and a Mormon; you can understand LDS doctrine, the gospel, have been on a mission, go to the temple, hold leadership callings (all of which I have done and continue to do), etc., etc....and still be a dem.

Shocking, isn't it?

Tremonton, UT

Whose side is Pastor Reed on?

If Pastor Reed alienates the Mormon vote, and the vote of all friendly neighbors of Nevada Mormons, he is going to get Sen. Reid re-elected. Can't he see that there are plenty of people in Nevada that don't like Sen. Reid's political viewpoints and his meanspirited comments to get someone else elected.

Unless that "someone else" goes and makes a lot of really stupid statements. Which is probably what Pastor Reed is trying to do - draw attention away from how poorly the Republican candidate is doing right now.

If we get Reid for another term it will not be because of the Mormon vote. It will because of the poor choice for opponent.

Cedar Hills, UT

"minor doctrinal differences?" There are major differences between the LDS church and other churches that have fallen/broken off from the church. Just as there are major differences between the Catholic churhc and all the reformers.
Speaking of doctrine, I seem to remember Jesus as the one who put forth a plan that include free agency. The other plan that was put forth sounds and looks alot like what we are being forced into by our benevolent government.

Salt Lake City, UT

To A Guy With A Brain: I'm not sure that you belong to the same LDS Church that I do. I personally feel that many of President Obama's iniatives (Healthcare reform) in particular are not at all at odds with our Mormon beliefs about caring for the needy and so-forth. I am one active Mormon that thinks Harry Reid is doing a great job and if I lived in Nevada I would vote for him in a heart beat. Sounds like your more comfortable with Mormon politicians like Orin Hatch who believe heathcare is "a priviledge and not a right". Well, we all know who gets the "priviledges" in Amereica - its the wealthy Americans like Mitt Romney and Corporate America who will continue to just buy off our elected officials so that they can preserve those priviledges for themselves. So I guess you don't speak for all Mormons do you?

Idaho Falls, ID


Man, you' are way off topic here, Mormonism to Obamacare and Wealth Distribution to Majority of Debt created by Republicans. I would say that you are very much misinformed. Under the US Constitution, the federal government cannot spend any money that has not been approved by congressional appropriations; and, by congressional precedent, appropriations bills originate in the House. "No money shall be drawn from the Treasury, but in Consequence of Appropriations made by Law," says Article 1, Section 9, Clause 7 of the Constitution. "By precedent, appropriations originate in the House, with the Senate following suit," says the House Rules Committee in an explanation of the appropriations process. Congress create the debt, not Bush or Obama (while I could effectively debate that Obama's policies have led to $3 Trillion in new debt so far). I am not speaking only to this and previous congress under House Speaker, Nancy Pelosi, that has added, according to the Bureau of the Public Debt, approximately $5 Trillion but to every congress that has taken part in the entitlement programs this country has embraced. Perhaps next time you will come to the discussion with more that emotional arguments and discuss principles.

Gilbert, AZ

An underlying item here is that outside of Utah and Idaho and Arizona, the tea party is dominated by people who hate Mormons. The LDS in the mountain west need to be wary of the tea party.

Cottonwood Heights, UT

Who cares?

If people refuse to vote for someone just because he/she's a Mormon... who cares? It's their perogative!

But if we KEEP voting for people just because of their religion... or their party affiliation... or their position on one or two hot-topics... the government will continue to be as disfunctional as it is now.

Vote for people with INTEGRITY, INTELEGENCE and HONOR! Regardless of their religion or party!

Bakersfield, CA

Whether or not you can trust someone depends on the person. not their professed religion. Be wary of people who use religion to convince voters.

Durham, NC

Free Agency - yes. Freedom of responsibility to our fellow brothers and sisters, nope. I would love to find even the smallest section of scripture, pick what ever you may, that talks in even the most indirect terms about the capitalism, building of personal wealth, or the lack of responsibility to pay taxes. Just one...

At another level, we are the government. We will be judged for the priorities that our representative body does in our name. If personal wealth is your priority, it will act accordingly. If taking care you fellow brothers and sisters is a priority, it will likewise act accordingly. It is not a foreign power here to enslave, it represents us as a society and we collectively are responsible for its actions.

The church has been ever so clear about the standard it expects of its members when it comes to political debate. Evidently shouting down the other side is worth ignoring that direct admonition. For those who seem to know so much about what and how the budget is spent, they seem to not be very clear on the standard the church leadership has asked its members to live by. It include defaming others...

Provo, UT

This article doesn't have all of the details but I hope it was understood at the rally that Vandersloot is LDS. Its only going to increase anti-Mormon sentiment if Mormons are making it sound like other Mormons might vote as a block.

Cottomwood Heights Guy
Cottonwood Heights, UT

The the person who claimed Harry read was pro-Life, Look ta his voting recod since becoming Democrat leader, Not one pro-life vote. As for Gay marrage, Harry Reid attacked the federal marriage amendment, that the church heavilly pushed.

Brother Chuck Schroeder
A Tropical Paradise USA, FL

Mormonism and politics don't mix in any campaigns. There are NOT enough LDS in America to make a difference here. Church beliefs such as abstinence from alcohol or its practice of baptism by proxy for people who have died may seem exotic to some. Others associate it with polygamy, even though the church renounced the practice 120 years ago. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid faced allegations from his Republican opponent's pastor that he is a member of a cult. Reid is a Mormon convert. Republicans accused Mormon Democrat Keith Allred of pandering to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to wrest the governor’s office from incumbent C.L. "Butch" Otter. About a third of Idaho’s population is Mormon, and candidates’ success could hinge on how well they court the LDS vote. Mitt Romney, one of the most prominent Mormon politicians, faced skepticism during his 2008 presidential run among voters who questioned if his allegiance would be to the country or to church leaders in Salt Lake City. The focus on his religion was so intense, it became dubbed Romney’s "Mormon moment."

T. Party
Pleasant Grove, UT

Our religion says "care for the poor," not "force everyone else by threat of fine or imprisonment to care for the poor." The Savior would want us to care for the poor with our own money, not someone else's.

The poor are right here among us. It's dumb to send our money on a wasteful round-trip through Washington, D.C., when it's needed right here.

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Salt Lake City, UT

Whatever Harry Reid's politics, some of which I disagree with, above all else, he is my brother, a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Brotherhood trumps all. I will defend my brother in his religious faith, which I share.

Holladay, UT

I think a Mormon candidate has a much better chance running as a Democrat then a Republican. I lived in the South and the main reason why we're not considered Christian is that we think of the Trinity differently then most main stream Christianity. Also the fact we have the Book of Mormon, and a few other things. But, I don't know why Mitt wants to be president anyway. You are responsible for a nation at war, among other things. I don't know why anyone would want that responsibility.

Pocatello, ID

When I vote....
I vote for the person. Not a party, not a religion, not a vote on looks or if he/she is a good speaker and says what people want to hear.
I vote on the person, on their record, what they have done in the past compared to what the SAY they are going to do in the future.
All this bellyacking over a persons religion is just plain STUPID !!!!!!
Yes, people, LDS people can be good Americans (unless your Tom Hanks).
LDS vote Republican and Democrate.
I know that some LDS even voted for gay marraige....

I think that to keep a good LDS person out of office just because they are LDS is bigoted and defanately not based on the principals that this country SHOULD stand on!

No, I would not vote for a person just because they were LDS and I believe that is wrong, just like I believe that it is crazy and in my view point un-American and un Christian to keep a good person out of office just because they happened to be LDS

layton, Ut

@Mormon Liberal, Do you agree,with the Mormon block? "When our leaders speak, the thinking has been done. When they propose a plan, it’s God’s. When they point the way, there is no other which is safe. “Ward teachers message” 5/26/45.
“You may not like what comes from the authority of the church. It may contradict your political views. It may contradict your social views. It may interfere with your social life...let’s keep our on the President of the Church.” Harold B Lee,conference report.

Danbury, CT

I am offended when someone tells me that I am not a Christian because I am a Mormon. I think it is equally offensive when we LDS tell fellow LDS that they are not good members when they uphold principles of one party or another (most frequently, we pick on Democrats). While not a Democrat myself, we have no grounds to comment on someone's worthiness, etc. based on party affiliation.

Let's all stop this...remember the counsel of Pres. Uchtdorf and President Hinckley to be more tolerant.

DR Hall
Clearfield, UT

I would suggest that more people should be informed of a variety of issues, then look at what you know of the candidates and vote by whom you feel will be the best qualified candidate. The previous 10 years the Republicans had their way with Congress and the country. The only reason the Democrats have increased the debt is becaused the Republicans allowed businesses to near destroy our economy and put millions of people out of work. The voters got rid of the Republicans, but not the problems they caused and supported. I would have not given any money to big businesses to keep them afloat, but let them sink to where ever. I would have put that money into direct jobs for the unemployed to get our economy going again. Both parties are not doing right, but the Republicans would be far worse off for America as for what they would start doing again. We would lose every thing this time.

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