Comments about ‘President Obama's purported 'weird'-Mormon strategy against Mitt Romney will backfire, pundits say’

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Published: Wednesday, Aug. 10 2011 11:00 a.m. MDT

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Richard Saunders
Provo, UT

@Riverton Cougar
"What a shock! A newspaper owned by the LDS Church makes an issue of Romney's religion (which happens to be LDS)!"

I'm not 'shocked' that the Deseret News targets their audience. I expect articles about the LDS church from a newspaper owned by the LDS church. They don't bother me, I'm LDS myself and a long time reader of the Deseret News. I like the Deseret News.

The contention of the article was that bringing Mormonism into the campaign will backfire on Barack Obama. We should not be angry at the President for something a democratic strategist thinks he should do, when the Deseret News has had the Romney/Mormon story angle in at least an article every week since he entered the race. I was just trying to point out that we (as Mormons) make much more of the issue than anyone else. If Romney loses, it will have much more to do with his political views than his religion.

Holladay, UT

Perhaps Obama simply needs to explain the White Horse prophecy. That should suffice to militate the non-mormons against Mitt.

Richard Saunders
Provo, UT

I think many of us disagree with Pagan's political views, but we should be looking at the point he/she is trying to make, instead of dismissing it as part of a larger viewpoint. Are we LDS (specifically the DN) trying to make this into a Mormon issue, when there really isn't one? Has Obama personally said anything about Mormons, or told his advisers he wants this to be about Mormonism? There is no evidence of such. Disagree with Obama all you want, I myself almost always do. But don't lay blame at his feet for something he hasn't done or said. A democratic strategist believes this should be his strategy, but until Obama consents to it in any demonstrable way, we are making a mountain out of an imaginary molehill. Our pioneer ancestors dealt with mobs and guns. Stuff like this should be water off our backs.

Riverton Cougar
Riverton, Utah

@Richard Saunders

Sorry I misunderstood you, but it seemed that you were displeased with the LDS-heavy stories the DN posts.

Obama's strategy doesn't make me made. As I matter of fact, I believe it will be his downfall, so I hope he does it. I agree that it would be smart for him not to touch on religion, because that will be the kiss of death for him. However, I do get upset when people use an argument as silly as "he never said it himself" to refute other people. There are pretty strong indicators that this is indeed Obama's strategy and Obama himself is involved in this strategy.

Heber City, UT

I hope this report is wrong and that Obama and his team don't attack Romney on his faith. Such attacks by either party are in bad taste. While I have no intention of voting for Romney and hope that he is not the best the Republicans can muster, I will be wholly disappointed if this turns into a mud-slinging campaign instead of a campaign of ideas.

We are a divided country and that is okay provided that we remain civil and engage in honest debate. If that were to happen, it would be an incredible step toward making the right decisions and heading in the right direction - not just the right direction for today but the right direction for the next 100 years.

Cottonwood Heights, UT

I hope anything and everything backfires on Obama - as if the economy is not enough! Can't believe the NYTimes had something good to say about a conservative.

Manti, UT

You know, it doesn't matter what Des News prints. This is a relative small newspaper and people who read it will probably vote for Romney anyway. Utah is a Republican state and to vote otherwise is in the minority. Now, if other newspapers, such as the New York Times or the Cleveland Plain Dealer would print it, the article may make a difference. Who knows?

American Fork, UT

What if 'purported' doesn't mean 'real'?

Saint George, UT

"Swift-Boating" anyone?

Brother Chuck Schroeder
A Tropical Paradise USA, FL

I'm not Obama, I'm a real Mormon Republican, not some RINO, I now speak the truth.

My views.

There's no mystery about what we have to do. It's just common sense. Mitt Romney should never get elected because as Governor of Massachusetts, Romney gloated about signing a permanent "assault weapons ban far worse than the ban pushed by Bill Clinton and Janet Reno. "[Semi-automatic firearms] are instruments of destruction with the sole purpose of hunting down and killing people, declared Romney in a press release touting his signature of the Massachusetts "assault weapons ban in 2004. This has like, never been brought up. Ban gun's, but kill babbies with the definitive abortion history of Mitt Romney ?. Ban Ethanol and all "Ethanol Subsidies" entitlements plus the Koch Brothers and Grover Norquist, in their "Field Of Dreams" called "Ethanol Subsidies." It's just plain wrong to be protecting tax breaks for oil companies and to be rewarding businesses that ship jobs overseas. Can Mitt Romney Serve Two Masters?. The Mormon Church Versus The Office Of The Presidency and the American People. "NO".

Why Mitt Romney should never get elected is because he's weird and

___________________________ fill in the blank's with truth.

Boise, ID

Democrat Harry Reid occupies the highest seat ever held by a Mormon in US history. Will the Republican party reward all the loyal LDS republicans by electing Mitt in the primary? Mitt must first overcome those of the evangelical right who are anti-mormon. Will Mitt win 1 state in the South in the primary? But it might serve Obama well to misrepresent a candidates religious beliefs (Obama/Muslim) and claim that his religion is extreme and weird(Rv. Wright) He could do well to follow the republican playbook.

Port Alice, B.C.

Swift boat Obama - did he do anything except to adopt Rev. Wright's view of America.

Pagan does seem to be a little excited.

Salt Lake City, Utah

Re: Pagan | 2:19 p.m. Aug. 10, 2011

Instead of worrying about Mitt Romney it might be a good idea if Obama started getting down to business and worrying a little bit more about our economy. The stock market dropped another 500 points today.

Logan, UT

It's the economy, stupid.

Rugeley, Staffs

Mitt Romney has a son that lives in the same ward as one of my daughters, in San Diego. When they had the Witch Creek fires there, Mitt Romney was in town visiting his son, daughter-in-law and grandchildren. He worked as hard as any of the Brethren there to clear up and help out. He got down in the dirt with the others, and spent many hours more than most doing it. He was close to being late for a meeting because he was helping to dislodge a root in a burned out tree in an elderly man's garden. He didn't want to leave until the job was done. It never made the news. Why not? Romney told the the press guys he didn't want them to, as this was not politics, it was taking care of others. If that is weird, I want to be weird.

lost in DC
West Jordan, UT

you attack romney because he said let Detroit go bankrupt.

uh, didn't you hear that GM and Chrysler DID go BK?? - Oh, and it was during the BO administration.

And since the BO administration was deeply involved in the bankruptcy, in your mind it MUST have been a good thing.

So really, you were PRAISING romney when you quote him about Detroit going BK

Springville, UT

The reality is that the Politico article was nothing more than gossip within the political campaign industry and in no way reflects the reality of campaign strategy by the people who will actually make the decision on the course of the campaign. Any negative comment about the faith stirs the persecution complex that is so ingrained in our state.

Kearns, UT

Hey Pagan, they haven't said anything yet because Obama's people are focus grouping it.

I would say that if he goes with the weird tac, then Romney ought to consider using the outright racism, anti-Americanism, and craziness of Jeremiah Wright against Obama.

Park City, Ut

he's not weird, he's just a flip-flopper who will say anything, and shift his politics to become president. He doesn't stand for anything, he doesn't come off the least bit genuine. I think Americans will see him for his ultra pro-big business/pro-corporation stance and lack of compassion more than anything else. That's all the President needs to focus on. If people don't/wont vote for him because he's a Mormon, well that's too bad for him. I'd still take a Mormon over an evagelical any day of the week, those guys scare me worse than the Taliban!

lost in DC
West Jordan, UT

nice try at twisting what I said.

nowhere did I blame BO for GM and Chrylser going bankrupt.

His misadministration WAS heavily involved in the bankruptcy proceedings.

And again you confuse the auto bailout package with the bankruptcy.

Let me again remind you of the RESULTS of the Oct 2008 financial bailout

"The government has earned $25.2 billion on its investment of $309 billion in banks and insurance companies, an 8.2 percent return over two years, according to data compiled by Bloomberg" (10/12/2010)

you forget BO campaigned and voted for TARP, so - since he's BO and you're pagan, he gets a pass while EVERYONE else involved with it should be condemned



so when one changes from a liberal to a conservative position he flip-flops, but when one goes from a conservative to a liberal position he sees the light?

All he needs to focus on is compassion? I'd like to know how that will get the economy started

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