I think that religion is a much bigger deal for Republicans. In fact, if
Huntsman wants to wait until 2016 and become a Democrat, I would vote for him,
for president, in a heartbeat. He really has that rare ability to connect with
people using his public speaking talents. I think he would also be a strong
foreign policy president.
You seem to misunderstand the concept of "no religious test". It has nothing to do with peoples free will to vote based on their own
criteria.Many people let religion play a part when voting. Just as
they do with gender and race.And they are certainly entitled to do
If all this exercise is about is religion, the numbers say mitt loses. How about
making the campaign about numbers and policies and program plans, stuff like
that? Let's cut the ballot back to the candidate name and party affiliation, and
take religion off of it. We harp about following the constitution to the letter
all the time, what about that 'no religious test for office' stuff?
It is sad but true, the GOP will never tolerate a Mormon at the head of the
Party. If you think your tent is big enough for a Mormon President you are sadly
mistaken. Harry Reid can lead those crazy liberals, I suppose they are more
tolerant! A moderate mormon Democrat would have a far better chance of becoming
president.The GOP will continue to toss Utah and Mormon politicians
scraps from the table of the Defense Budget to keep you voting in line but if
you raise your head from the gopher hole be ready to be hit with a shovel!
Working Class - Your post, "However, the fact that two republican
candidates are Mormon confirms that same is essentially a one party
faith,;" shows your ignorance.NCMOM - Senator Reid is not a
"former Speaker of the House". He is the current Senate Majority
Leader and as you pointed out a Democrat. Rep. Jim Matheson (D-Utah) is also a
Mormon as is Leonard Boswell (D-Iowa) and Thomas Udall (D-New Mexico). In
addition Eni F.H. Faleomavaega (D-American Samoa) is an elected delegate to the
House (as AS is not a State). I believe there are currently 16 Congressman who
are Mormon, and the majority Republican but the most powerful Congressman
currently (Reid) is still a Democrat.As to the Presidential race, I
have meet both Romney and Huntsman and believe either would be a great
President. (BTW - I am a Mormon and an Independent.)
working class | 12:13 a.m.I thought Democrats were supposed to be
the more "open minded" and "tolerant" thinkers of the two
groups.Now your saying Democrats are a bunch of Bigots... who will
apply a religious test? Who won't be able to get over religious prejudice and
tolerate religious diversity???Make up you mind!Are
Democrats open minded, tolerant and diverse... or intolerant bigots... when it
comes to religion?I personally think Republicans would have more
problem with his faith that Democrats.Just my opinion.
No JFK moment... no matter how many mormons answer Huffingtons poll. Sad truth
is... no person of the LDS faith will ever be elected President... people are
too scared of the faith. Huckabee will help fuel this...
"However, the fact that two republican candidates are Mormon confirms that
same is essentially a one party faith"Don't forget that
Democratic Senator Harry Reid, formerly Speaker of the House is Mormon. There
are probably more Republican Mormons than Democrat, but it's an indivdual
decision, not part of the religion by any means.
Romney is embracing his Moromon faith, Huntsman is trying to distance himself
from his. Romney also has much stronger economic/financial experience and
credentials than Huntsman. There will be other candidates to consider but
between these two I'll go with Romney...hands down.
However, the fact that two republican candidates are Mormon confirms that same
is essentially a one party faith, and either of these guys is going to have a
tough time appealing to Democrats of any stripe.