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Published: Thursday, Feb. 3 2011 9:00 p.m. MST

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Sugar City, ID

Some questions were raised during the Gingrich vs. Dean Debate this week that all candidates will be forced to answer. I would like to see how a Mormon candidate would answer: 1) Should an emergency room doctor be compelled to perform an abortion if it is deemed to be crucial in saving the mothers life, regardless of her/his personal opinion on abortions? 2) Did the pre- Obamacare health system need fixing and if so how? 3) Did the Bush tax break contribute to the national deficit?

CPA Howard
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA

I don't believe a Mormon can win because they would not be able to carry the south. I don't mean any disrespect to the christians in the south, but they view Mormons a cult and would not vote for a Mormon.

Abe Sarvis
Cedar City, UT

There's can, and there's will. Not the same thing.

And of course there's just how much coverage the Utah legislature gets nationally. Shine a spotlight on those boys, and LDS candidates are toast outside of Utah.

American Fork, UT

George made it. Sarah's a contender. Anything is possible.

John Pack Lambert of Michigan
Ypsilanti, MI

Utah legislators resign when they are arrested for drunk driving. This is more than we can say for members of most other state's legislatures. For example in my home district we had a state senator who got multiple drunk-driving arrests, but he was not ousted from office until he got a domestic abuse arrest.

Milwaukee, WI

Not only did Huntsman quit the governorship and ambassadorship, he dropped out of high school to be in a rock band. That has nothing to do with being Mormon, but I don't know how that will help him.

Springville, UT

The biggest obstacle to a Mormon becoming President is getting the nomination in the very political party that they think is part of their religion. The right wing of the GOP rules, and their bigotry will not allow it to happen. Mormons who have run before were moderate mainstream, and the Republican Party has gone so extreme that its past heroes would go no where today.

brookings, SD

wow, I just figured it out. Huntsman's only reason for running is to attack Sarah and the other gang of right wingers. He is to be the attack dog, grrrr grrrr. He can't get the nomination, but he can attack attack attack Sarah and Michelle and the whole gang. He can push the buttons and watch the action. He will rip rip rip.

That leave Mitt with clean hands. Whoa, I feel insightful this morning.

Got it!!!!

South Jordan, UT

Why must LDS members always wear the title? Can't they simply be the best candidate?

Third try screen name
Mapleton, UT

Rove is out of touch. He missed the signals on the Tea Party and the impact conservatism had on the 2010 midterms.
He's a RINO trainer; not exactly a prophet in the current political climate.
But I can see how he would like Jon Jon; Huntsman Jr is his kind of client.

Santa Monica, CA

Well, a nod from Mr. Rove. So respected in American politics. Never seen as extreme or manipulative in any way. If I were a candidate, I would stay as far away from this man as possible.

Sandy, UT

No it's not.

Sandy, UT

Dear Hutterite,

Bush was not elected, he was appointed. And Sarah is only a contender for den mother, or soccer mom...barely. She has no more business running for the presidency than Brittney Spears.

Salt Lake City, UT

I agree with Esquire- a Mormon is highly unlikely to get the Republican nomination because of the dominance of religious bigots in the south who will vote against any non-Evangelical.

Salt Lake City, UT

I agree with Rove- a Mormon could win the general election where political views would override concerns over religion. But it is unlikely that Republicans will nominate a Mormon- and there are no Mormons running as Democrats. Perhaps Huntsman should run as a Democrat.

Salt Lake City, UT

I am a non-Mormon Utahn. I could and have voted for Mormons (Wayne Owens and Jon Huntsman and others) and will in the future. I am as likely to vote for a Mormon as I am to vote for an atheist or member of any other religion if I agree with their political views. Can Utah Mormons say the same? Would they ever vote for an atheist if they had similar political views?

South Jordan, UT

Lia: Aren't you tired yet of that Bush lie?

Can you point to even one count in Florida that come up with Gore in the lead? No.

Do you believe the Florida state government should have followed their own constitution? Obviously not. You wanted the rules changed in the middle of the game to favor your candidate.

It's been more than a decade and I can't believe you are still holding onto a completely innaccurate and fabricated version of history. Get over it and move on with your life. How long can you let your political biases rest on a lie?

Sugar City, ID

If our primary system forces candidates to pander to a base and consequently appear as evasive, flip flopping, deceitful, or ignorant, then perhaps we should change to an instant runoff plan. Of course the status quo king makers, or power brokers, may oppose but are there other reasons? Straight on answers, about political issues or religion, will go a long way with voters in the South. If Huckleby thinks he can get political mileage in asking a Candidate, who happens to be Mormon, if Satan is a brother to Jesus then let him state if he believes that Satan exists and if so where did he come from. As a convert for the South, I believe Mormons need make no apologies about their religion. It just needs to be explained and contrasted

Bluffdale, UT

Sure a Mormon can be President. But, she'll probably be a democrat. The far right is out of control.

ute alumni
Salt Lake, UT

utahns that voted for o did.

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