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Published: Friday, May 13 2011 12:24 a.m. MDT

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atl134
Salt Lake City, UT

"They just want everyone to believe that Huntsman is the candidate that Democrats most fear because he is more like a Democrat then the rest of the Republican field."

Yeah, that's why they fear him. Huntsman would be brilliant with independents and would be a strong general election opponent. That's why after the election Plouffe said that Huntsman was the only one he feared for 2012.

Rutland vs. Medfield
Seattle, Wa

You know, the tenet "let them worship how, where, and what they may..." applies to all men (and women). And yet, a lot of posters here seem to think they know more than this man's bishop about Jon Huntsman's spirituality and standing in the church. Judging JHJ's faith based on a Time Magazine article? Shameful.

Diving deep into someone's personal religious beliefs should be kept out of politics. The ultra-right tried to do that to President Obama during the last presidential campaign--and to Utah favorite son, Mitt Romney. Whether it's Barack Obama, Mitt Romney, or Jon Huntsman, take them at their word on matters of religion, and judge them on their politics. They are, after all, running for political office, not to be chief theologian of this nation.

atl134
Salt Lake City, UT

"The Dems would like nothing more than to be opposed by a RINO governor from Utah. "

Absolutely not. Democrats may and do like Huntsman (those who know of him) more than the other republicans but the thing we absolutely do not want is to have a Republican president rubber-stamp the insanity that comes from a republican congress (one would assume if the republicans take the presidency they're probably also flipping three senate seats). A RINO governor makes that scenario highly likely.

atl134
Salt Lake City, UT

"A couple of interesting things to note: any other candidates out there asked about their faith except Republican Mormons? Let me know if they are."

Barack Obama. (All that muslim stuff and the Rev. Wright stuff...).

atl134
Salt Lake City, UT

@cats
"Huntsman is either a member or he's not."

So he's hot or cold, yes or no, in or out, up or down, wrong or right, black or white? Does this standard apply to everyone? If it does then I guess this inactive LDS member has a letter of resignation to write.

USAlover
Salt Lake City, UT

As a huge Romney supporter, I think Huntsman would win my vote if it meant we could have Barack Hussein Obama move out of the White House.

gizmo33
St. George, Utah

I dont care what Huntsmans personal beleifs are my decision to never vote for him has nothing to do with his personal life my decision is based on political differances and I will never vote for Romney either and I also dont care what religion he belongs to. his political view is something I would never support.

BYU_Greg
South Jordan, UT

It depends on what the definition of "Is" is... Sounds like a past political figure that had problems telling the straight truth with a simple answer. Interesting.

catcrazed
Eagle Mountain, UT

I would rather be true to my faith, than to be a politician. It has fewer eternal consequences. The man has lost my vote.

JohnJacobJingleHeimerSchmidt
Beverly Hills, CA

What is very evident in these comments are the people who are just like the people you attend church with in your local wards, the judgmental ones that think they can do no wrong. The same people that spread rumors about how someone isn't as faithful as they are to the LDS Church. They are the ones who judge another's relationship between an individual and God.

Huntsman is running for President of the United Staes, not for President Monson's Presidency. Don't like Huntsman, don't vote for him but don't go on a forum tearing down his character to make yourselves feel holier than thou.

SoCalChris
Riverside, CA

So far he strikes me as a decent guy, with decent positions. As long as he has good character, I'm not going to be concerned with how active he is in Church.

dc260
roy, ut

Disappointing, but not surprising. Reed Smoot, former prominent LDS senator from this state took a lot of heat for being Mormon and had to fight just to be seated because of the prejudice against him for his religion. He later established himself as one of America's premier statesmen of his generation. According to the account in Bryant S. Hinckley's book "The Faith Of Our Pioneer Fathers", Senator Smoot was offered the Republican Presidential nomination twice, the catch that he had to renounce his LDS faith. Senator Reed is to have declared, "I would rather be a deacon on the LDS church than to be President of the United States." Shame on Huntsman. A Reed Smoot he ain't.

stevep38now
Provo, UT

Huntsman was a bad governor, why would anyone want him for President?

JohnJacobJingleHeimerSchmidt
Beverly Hills, CA

dc260 | 3:14 p.m. May 12, 2011
Roy, Ut
"Shame on Huntsman."

Just who are you to shame someone? Who do you think you are? What makes you so much holier than thou?

Sandy
Salt Lake City, UT

Never have voted for Johnny Junior, not because he's too liberal, but too slippery. And this article confirms it. Junior John keeps slipping on . . .

eastcoastcoug
Danbury, CT

Another goof-ball Mormon candidate. Why can't we get someone who is not a flip-flopper??

Next....

Jay Linds
Salt Lake City, UT

Huntsman would make a good defense attorney

dalefarr
South Jordan, Utah

I believe Mr. Huntsman's answer is both honest and refreshing. Ambiguity exists in our lives and our faith. I often ponder what religious teaching do I really believe in and why. Certainty becomes variable.

buckbeaver
Lake Forest, CA

Problem with voters is they would rather vote the easier path along "party lines" than look at each candidate or issue and vote for the one that best personifies their beliefs. JHJ lost my confidence when he resigned as governor and accepted a position that would further his political career. Mitt Romney is not much better. But to then cover his personal or religious beliefs is nothing more than being a "wolf in sheeps clothing". Of course, I am now waiting for him to come out and say he was misquoted.

Hank Pym
SLC, UT

Freud once said, "Loss of Religious faith isa sign of maturity."

Its politicians like Huckabee, W, Palin, etc... that are so hooked on hocus-pocus that you have to worry about.

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