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Published: Tuesday, Nov. 22 2011 11:00 p.m. MST

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Kiyo
Washougal, Washington

Go Mitt in 2012.....His election to the presidency will signal the beginning of the end to most of the bigotry surrounding The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

Fender Bender
Saint George, UT

"For most Republican voters, Mitt Romney's faith is not an issue."

You just keep telling yourself that, Republican Mormons.

The reality is that the left will continue to shy away from LDS candidates because of differences in political ideology, and the right will continue to treat Mormons as second-class citizens in the political arena because of differences in religious beliefs.

atl134
Salt Lake City, UT

There's a bit of difference in question wording though. One asks if you're unwilling to vote for a Mormon, the other asks if him being Mormon makes a difference. If you're someone unwilling or less willing to vote for a Mormon but you're strongly against Romneycare, then you may not have been voting for him anyway so the Mormon thing wouldn't make a difference.

JoeBlow
Miami Area, Fl

"88 percent of Republican and Republican-leaning voters say they are either unaware of Romney's religion"

That is A LOT of very uninformed people.

JoeBlow
Miami Area, Fl

Romney's recent add is one of the most dishonest political adds I have ever seen.

He takes a clip of Obama quoting John McCain, out of context and passes the words as Obamas own.

I understand that politics can be a dirty business, but this is over the top.

So much for how "religious" Romney is.

Susan in VA
Alexandria, VA

I cannot even express my disappointment in Romney... I thought maybe for the first time in my life I would be voting Republican... and yet, in his effort to unseat Obama, Romney has taken Obama's words so out of context that I now cannot trust anything that Romney says. Why do politicians feel the need to lie to gain votes? Not only has Romney lost my vote, but he has also lost my respect. Didn't Heavenly Father say something about "Tho shalt not bear false witness"?

FDRfan
safety dictates, ID

Gingrich seems to be the only one that has read and agrees with the Utah Compact. I cringed when he said that America would not be so cruel that it would break up families. He will have to except the Mormon state of Utah.
Mitt Romney is an elitist in the ugliest sense. He would welcome with open arms the worlds brightest and wealthiest and completely turn his back on the poor and destitute. His view on charity is typically Republican increase the soup kitchens (with tuxedoed servers) and stock the food banks with cans of food produced in China. In other words glorify the rich and humiliate the poor.
What led Bloom to conclude that the Church was an oligarchy of plutocrats? I don't think he could have formed that opinion if his contacts were with the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve. But what about others?

Irony Guy
Bountiful, Utah

The Bible Belt won't vote for a Mormon, and no Republican can win nationwide without the Bible Belt. The evangelicals will stay home.

Dennis
Harwich, MA

Mitt's faith IS the issue. Period.
Religious (implied) fanaticism is always viewed as a problem. To the world outside the Salt Lake corridor, it's fanaticism.

Baron Scarpia
Logan, UT

The reality is that the GOP is not enthusiastic about Mitt, and this will lead to Obama getting a second term.

The Democrats will exploit several of Mitt's vulnerabilities, from how ObamaCare is modeled after RomneyCare to the American jobs Mitt downsized from his corporate enterprises and off-shored to make a buck for himself to his flip-flops on social issues.

While his Mormonism may not be a primary reason not to vote for him, it becomes simply "another thing" for traditional GOP voters to contemplate in light of his other bigger problems.

Aside from Huntsman, he's probably the most balanced of GOP candidates in the field. The latest sudden GOP interest in Newt will fade as people are reminded of his marital infidelity and involvement with the financial mess. Too bad the GOP doesn't have anyone else to consider...

For too many independents, such as myself, Mitt's not authentic enough. His debate comment not too long ago that he can't have any illegals working in his yard because he was running for president seemed to just smack at that he'll do/say anything to be president.

Tekakaromatagi
Dammam, Saudi Arabia

I guess the problem that I am having is that given the choice between Trump, Bachmann, Cain, Perry, Gingrich and Romney, a lot of people in the polls have to think about it. Romney doesn't jump out to them.

Like someone said on a Yahoo message board, "Gingrich? Ha! Ha! That's funny. But seriously, who are the Republicans going to nominate?"

RShackleford
Saint George, UT

I'm a Republican Mormon, Also a State Delegate. And I'm Not sure what Church Ron Paul goes to. But I am fully behind him. What is it about liberty and person responsibility (and accountability) many republicans don't understand?

As for Mitt, I don't think this country can afford his big government policies. It has nothing to do with his religion. He is a RINO and people need to look at his record in MA, not his church attendance. He is no Fiscal Conservative.

JoeBlow
Miami Area, Fl

apologies, My cut and paste didnt come through correctly.

Should have read.

"88 percent of Republican and Republican-leaning voters say they are either unaware of Romney's religion or it will make no difference in how they vote."

bobosmom
small town, Nebraska

I'm not real impressed with the candidates be it Republican or the current president. I've voted in every presidential election since I was old enough to vote. The field isn't to exciting.

m.g. scott
LAYTON, UT

To Susan in VA, Just what are you talking about? Give an example please.

This election is going to be the all time biggest mud slinger. Obama has nothing positive to run on. So much so that some in the Democratic Party are suggesting he step aside and let Hillary run. Won't happen of course but that just shows how bad his re-election prospects are. So what will happen is the Democrats and the mainstream media will attack the Republican like we have never seen. Romney will present a huge problem due to his scandle free life style. Talk about political lying, Susan, you ain't seen nothing yet. They are going to make up stuff about Romney that would even embarrass Bill Clinton.

xscribe
Colorado Springs, CO

But apparently it's an issue for the Des News, as they keep putting these stories out. There was already a national story at least a month ago that dealt with that issue, but the Des is fixated on Mormonism. I know he's Mormon and I would vote for him, and I don't even believe in God. Religion, or the lack thereof, plays a zero percent role in who I would choose for president, and that should be the same for everyone.

Vince
the boonies, mexico

The mans faith rightfully so is not the issue it's his mentality of me, me, I,I!

atl134
Salt Lake City, UT

"So what will happen is the Democrats and the mainstream media will attack the Republican like we have never seen. "

As opposed to Republicans and conservative media attacking Obama like we haven't seen since... every day since he became a legitimate threat to win the Democratic nomination in 08.

one old man
Ogden, UT

I didn't know that flip-flopping was a religion.

ClarkKent
Bountiful, Utah

Well that's good news. When he loses the election we won't have to see all the excuses about him not being elected BECAUSE he is a mormon.

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