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Published: Friday, Feb. 10 2012 5:41 a.m. MST

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Demosthenes
Rexburg, ID

Any time a conservative politician honks his own religious horn too loudly as does Santorum, he loses the independent / undecided vote. Romney is smart not to do the same.

xscribe
Colorado Springs, CO

Santorum is wrong, wrong, wrong! Unless we want a theocracy! There was a quote that he wasn't forcing his beliefs on anyone, but that is exactly what he wants to do through his policies.

JWB
Kaysville, UT

There are various definitions of faith and the audience can use the definition differently than the person using the term. However, basic faith for evangelicals and Christians, including members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, it is a belief in God and Jesus Christ or in the doctrines or teachings of religion. Mitt Romney has that belief and faith in his life and the life he has lived. Is he a good example of living the teachings of Christ? Yes. Faith is more involved as it is a belief in things that we haven't seen or can't prove. We have to have trust in others that they are doing what is right for the right reason. If those things change course, as a Governor, head of a company or in charge of the Olympics, he has made the changes to keep the process on course. He has been a leader and not just a speaker on faith. Even in his Church as a leader he has made tough decisions and thousands of people trusted in him and the men and women that volunteered, as he did to be a leader. He has not had blind faith. He trusted and acted on that faith he shows daily. Look at his expressions of sincerity as he reaches out to people with conviction and principles. He looks like a Presidential candidate and acts as one also. He is not a paid actor on the stage for a show. His father set the example of a good man and leader. Mitt will continue his course with faith for our entire country. Our pledge of allegiance has "one nation, under God" and he will continue that legacy for our nation as President.

deep in thought
Salt Lake, UT

Honestly, Santorum has nothing going for him except that he has become the Captain and Preacher. He lost by a huge margin in Pennsylvania last time he ran. He has worked as a pseudo-lobbyist after he left. He voted repeatedly for huge earmarks and spending projects. He charged the state ridiculous amounts of money so his wife could home-school with some expensive program.

Santorum is riding the wave of anti-Mormonism and religious extremism, and that is the sole power behind his campaign. The reason he won in Colorado is because the center of Focus on the Family is there. A huge base for Evangelical Christians who are wary of Mormons. I'm sure they had every employee and all of their families rushing to the polls to vote for Santorum.

If Romney were a Bible thumping Baptist this election would have been over after a few weeks. Period.

JWB
Kaysville, UT

Faith is a basic principle in a person's life. The economy is a vital issue for people as we all have to have money for buying things such as food, clothing, homes, vehicles or money for transportation. The list goes on. However, if we have faith in God, then we believe he has given us commandments or rules to influence our life. We choose to go by those rules or not by our choice. Some of those rules are similarly adopted by governments and again, we choose to go by them or not. In both cases, by God or through the government we get a reward or punishment by our actions. Social issues in today's environment relate to God's laws also. Government sometimes tries to force people in a certain way for their purposes. When the government forces people against God's laws, then it becomes a social issue and may even trump the financial or political flavor of the month. People have choice but we need to think of the consequences, just like our children have to do with our rules at home.

Morgan Duel
Taylorsville, UT

Who stated, ""I have fallen on my knees with great regularity since that moment, asking God for guidance not just in my personal life and my Christian walk, but in the life of this nation and in the values that hold us together and keep us strong?"

PGVikingDad
Pleasant Grove, UT

Am I in the Twilight Zone? I thought everyone was screaming that Romney's religion MIGHT influence his politics, but the same people eat it up when Santorum trumpets that his religious beliefs DRIVE his political views. Do we want religion in politics or not? Or is there only one view that is acceptable for a would-be American Presidential candidate?

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