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Published: Tuesday, Feb. 1 2011 12:36 p.m. MST

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working class
Salt Lake City, UT

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.

Hanksboy
Cottonwood Heights, UT

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.

ncmom
Winston-Salem, NC

"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.

newslover
Salt Lake City, UT

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...

2 bits
Cottonwood Heights, UT

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.

Lee B
Salt Lake City, UT

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.)

ObamaRepublican
Chandler, AZ

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!

Hutterite
American Fork, UT

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?

JoeBlow
Miami Area, Fl

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 that.

liberal larry
salt lake City, utah

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.

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