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Published: Tuesday, July 19 2011 11:00 a.m. MDT

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Cedar Hills, UT

Huntsman can run as a mormon because his faith is so hard to define...you can't be hung out to dry over what you can't explain...

Richard Saunders
Provo, UT

Is it just me, or does the Deseret News post more articles about the "Mormon" issue than anyone else? If we don't want others to make issue of a candidate's religion, then we should not either. Please, Deseret News, let's leave religion out of it, unless you are dead set of making Mormonism an issue in this campaign.

American First
Merced, CA

Too late...I'm not interested in Democrat light or Mormon light. ROMNEY 2012!

Johnny Triumph
American Fork, UT

Bout time he acknowleged something about being Mormon, he was much too quiet about it before.

Salt Lake City, UT

Huntsman would be set up very well for 2016 if someone far right like Bachmann were to win the primary and then get trounced in the general.

Brother Chuck Schroeder
A Tropical Paradise USA, FL

typo repost

Then have Huntsman sign that Pledge then, if Jon Huntsman Jr. stands by his Mormon religion. Ban same sex marriage and also abortion, tee backs and Hip Hop/Rap and also rock and roll music, plus Harley's and the noise they make.

Till then.....

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Everyone except Romney is really running for 2016 anyway.

Phoenix, AZ

Religion and god is what you make of your life, what you contribute to earth and mankind, there is no taking sides, just a sliding scale of good (god). Mathamatically it is not difficult to plot. I imagine that Mr. Huntsman is fairly high on the scale.


No, Gov. Huntsman it really isn't about leadership when it comes to evangelical fundamentalists. You presume that they vote on a rational basis. However, there isn't an American alive who doesn't first do a gut-check before casting their ballot. You, or Mitt, may have my in 2012, not because of my doctorate in political science, but because you and he pass my gut-check. May the Lord bless the fundamentalists with tolerance and respect.

A voice of Reason
Salt Lake City, UT

Huntsman stood against the Church with energy sollutions.

Huntsman stood against the Church with a law that hurt a few charities.

Huntsman stood against the Church with his recent support of the LGBT cause.

Huntsman stood against the Church by 'distancing' himself for the campaign.


Huntsman stood with the Church when his 'distancing' became news.


That, my friends, is dishonesty in a campaign.

gramma b
Orem, UT

What an unbelievably misleading headline. There is nothing in the article, or in the Washington Times article, that has Huntsman "standing by" his religion. His comments are just another attempt at deflection.

Salt Lake City, UT

'Is it just me, or does the Deseret News post more articles about the "Mormon" issue than anyone else? If we don't want others to make issue of a candidate's religion, then we should not either. Please, Deseret News, let's leave religion out of it, unless you are dead set of making Mormonism an issue in this campaign.' - Richard Saunders | 11:39 a.m. July 19, 2011

I agree.

But if I say it, I'm a Mormon 'hater.'

So. Cal Reader
Escondido, CA

Love it. "During a recent interview with The Washington Times, Mr. Huntsman checked off his accomplishments as Utah governor from 2005 to 2009." I reread to see if there was any mention of how small the State of Utah is, comparable to San Diego County (2.7M). But didn't see it. Accomplishments in such a small state, working with a republican-controlled state legislature. I'll take Mit accomplishments in Mass, dealing with a democratic-controlled state legislature, any time!

Brother Chuck Schroeder
A Tropical Paradise USA, FL

The surveys showed he's nothing more then a vote stealing poster boy to help flip flop Romney get elected. Republican presidential hopeful Jon Huntsman has just proved he can keep 1,100 graduating college kids awake for 17 minutes and even led them in a popular local cheer about kicking butt. But is the understated 51-year-old Jon Meade Huntsman Jr. really the answer to the Republican Party's personnel problem? He is, after all, a pro-civil-union Mormon who has just finished nearly two years of service for Obama in the land many Americans consider the new evil empire. He is pro-environment a little too green for many in his party and hardly anyone knows who he is. But Huntsman has a particularly difficult needle to thread on religion, in that he is a Mormon, which makes him suspect to a large segment of voters. Yet he is also a Mormon of a different, stripe, one who is not overly religious and draws inspiration from many religions and philosophies. He and his wife are raising an adopted daughter from India in her native Hindu religion, and another daughter was married in an Episcopal Church (heaven forfend!).

CHS 85
Sandy, UT

What religion was George Washington? How about Grover Cleveland, Andrew Jackson, Abraham Lincoln, William Taft, Ronald Reagan, James Madison, Millard Fillmore, etc. Who cares?

Florissant, MO

I appreciate the DN having articles that tell about Mormon people, it is my only place to stay connected to my roots. And religion does play a big part in things, look at the coverage of Obama and Rev Wright and also Obama and speculation of what religion he now practices. I would compare Huntsman to Obama in their religious apologetics.

Tom in CA
Vallejo, CA

Bro Chuck:

When the vote boils down to Romney (The Mormon) v. Obama (The Muslim/Christian), I want to know who got your vote. Or, maybe you can say it now. And don't give a three paragraph response to this question.

Salt Lake City, Ut

Amazing - Judging by the comments here, the only region of the country with religious bigotry is right here in Utah! Mitt's drubbing of Jon among republicans has nothing to do with politics (look at their records) but everything about who's the "better Mormon."

Boise, ID

Has anyone asked Huntsman if he is a member in good standing? Does he have a current recommend and does he attend the temple regularly? Does he pay a full tithing and fast offerings? Does he attend 75% of his meetings?

The Atheist
Provo, UT

Anyone who makes religion a part of their campaign automatically loses my vote. It is a blatant attempt to garner votes by appeal to religious affinity rather than substance and key issues. It is cowardice in the extreme.

Keep religion in your Churches and temples and OUT of the Whitehouse, the Courts, the Legislature, and any and all other public forums.

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