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Published: Monday, Aug. 8 2011 11:00 p.m. MDT

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Richard Saunders
Provo, UT

Forgive me if I have a Freudian slip and call her Ainsley Airhead, Bringhurst said about the broadcaster."

As a Mormon, may i say that calling names does nothing to earn us respect, demonstrates no Christian virtue, and is a stain upon all of us as members.

"Bringhurst said that rank-and-file members of the church have leaned toward Romney"

As a 'rank-and-file' member, whatever that means, I will not vote for either Jon Huntsman or Mitt Romney. Absolutely will not. If you look deeper than religion, there is no reason that LDS who like Romney shouldn't support someone like Tim Pawlenty, but it is telling that they do not.

The LDS Church does not endorse any candidate or party, so we should look for good men and women with whom we agree and defend principles we believe in. Church leaders have often praised our Constitution as 'inspired', and worthy of defense. Both Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman have shown no special deference to the Constitution, but more to political expediency.

Salt Lake City, Utah

I'd be much more interested in how Mitt Romney would addressed our national financial crises and a whole lot less worried about who he prays to in the privacy of his home.

Dixie Dan
Saint George, UT

Kennedy would never have signed a bill legalizing Gay Marriage like Romney has done. Nor would he had flipped-floppped on so many issues.

Merritt Island, Fl

Let me speak as straight as I can.
I do not care what religion you are or are not. I am a Catholic, but miss Mass more than I attend. I often tell people I am a practicing agnostic. I believe I am a good person, I contribute to the community by volunteering, my level of hate for some in politics is minimal and I pay my taxes.
Please stop characterizing anyone based on their religion. Mitt Romney is currently high on my list of Presidential candidates. I'll judge a person on their character and ability before anything else. That goes for both parties.

Honor Code
Denver, Colorado

Time for Mitt to step up and show America where the real "Leadership" is!!!

Sugar City, ID

a recent Gallup poll that stated that Romney was the 85 percent choice of the state, while Huntsman had just 11 percent of the vote.

The country elects a President. Mitt Romney's Mormonism will only be a problem to the Bachmann and Perry crowd. His Republicanism will be a concern to the country.
His outburst over the budget deal reveals that he is identically aligned with the objectives of the Tea Party. We will see just how popular they are in 2012.

Salt Lake City, Utah

Re: Dixie Dan | 6:20 a.m. Aug. 9, 2011

President Kennedy might not have signed a bill legalizing Gay Marriage but then again Mitt Romney wouldn't have dated Marilyn Monroe.

Salt Lake City, Utah

Re: FDRfan | 7:23 a.m. Aug. 9, 2011

Utahn's know how popular Mitt Romney was when he rescued the foundering 2002 Winter Olympics after the Olympic scandal and brought the games in under budget to the tune of about $50 million dollars.

If that's what the Tea Party is all about I'm 100% for them.

Fender Bender
Saint George, UT

I disagree that the perception of a Mormon President would be similar to JFK. With all due respect, this isn't the 60's. They didn't have the Christian Coalition back then, and religion didn't play so heavily into the national political debate as it does now. The Republican Party now faces more pressure than ever to produce a candidate that meets the approval of the far-right "Christian" political activists. This is evident when you consider how George Romney's LDS membership was scarcely even mentioned during his presidential campaign, but Mitt Romney's Mormonism is now one of the biggest obstacles he faces in his own presidential bid.

Salt Lake City, Utah

The big difference between President Kennedy and Romney is that Kennedy did not push the Catholic Church's agenda on the US. The new Romney definitely will push the Mormon Church's agenda on the US.

Sugar City, ID

Rifleman | 8:17 a.m. Aug. 9, 2011
Salt Lake City, Utah

You sure have a lot of confidence in the arm flesh - the right arm. The Utah Olympics were much bigger than the state of Utah. It could have succeeded in spite of Mitt Romney. And why not let Huntsman be the man? Bringing in Romney from the outside was a classless move by those who did not like Huntsman's politics. Policies like removing taxes on food are very unpopular in Idaho and Utah. I wish someone could explain that to me.

Brigham City, UT

Mr. Romney's past business tactics will hurt him more than where he worships. Yes---Mr. Romney knows more about trade and economic growth than most---even much more than Mr. Obama-----yet it will come out how he made his $200 million. Packs of angry ex-employees are lining up (as they have for 15 years) to speak how he would buy a company, fire 25 percent of them, grow a profit, then sell the company in 2-3 years. This may be legal but is it right? We need more economic growth in this country and Mr. Romney would make a great president------let it be a shared -- by-- all-- economic-- growth.

Salt Lake City, Utah

Re: sam3915 | 8:39 a.m. Aug. 9, 2011

What Mormon Church agenda did Mitt Romney push when he was Governor of Massachusetts?

New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM


And how exactly do you know that? Please cite specifics.

Huntsville, UT

Romney recently signed NOM's pledge to push for a Constitutional Amendment denying equal treatment under the law to GLBT Americans.

That is NOT the sort of person I want leading my country.

West Valley, UT

@Sam3915: The President actually has very little power when it comes to advancing a personal agenda. Policy making resides with Congress and the courts, the President is really only there to direct them which way to go.

Of the LDS Church's primary agenda, gay marriage seems to be a moot point now... it's going to happen one way or another... and you can forget about anything being done to change the nation's policy on alcohol.

The LDS agenda only does well here in UT b/c the state is 66% LDS. The rest of the nation is maybe 6% LDS so there isn't much of a chance for success there.

Election should be a shoe-in for Romney now that Obama has shot himself in the foot. Unless there is some miraculous economic recovery between now and election day Obama doesn't have a chance. Let's just hope the GOP (that means Tea Party too) can get together behind a sensible candidate who can bring JOBS back to this nation.

Reasonable Person
Layton, UT

Can anyone explain HOW a President is supposed to "bring jobs back to this nation"?

Obama suggested cutting tax breaks for companies who shift jobs overseas.
The Republicans screamed.
Obama wanted a larger stimulus, to create infrastructure improvements.
We know who screamed.

Eugene, OR

Al Smith was a Catholic. His loss to Roosevelt was partially because he was a Catholic. When Smith ran, much of America was rabidly anti-Catholic ...including the Mormons in Utah.
That long-standing bias dated at least to the arrival of numerous Irish Catholics in the 1848 potato famine. It was inflamed by the arrival of many Southern European immigrants in the first decades of the twentieth century. The Klu Klux Klan was everywhere and Catholics were almost as hated by that ilk as blacks.
World War II threw Americans of all backgrounds together in the military and civilian production efforts. Attitudes about not only blacks but also Catholics changed greatly. Overt acts of hatred lessened.
But even into the fifties, children all over the country were taught in school that one of the reasons America was great was that we had a "Protestant work ethic" -- code for "Catholics are lazy".
Kennedy was a war hero. He was Irish not Italian. He came from a big, prosperous family.
His voters included millions of Catholics. He started with a big religious base.
He won.
He changed perspectives.
But he won very, very narrowly.
He had no mandate.



"Romney recently signed NOM's pledge to push for a Constitutional Amendment denying equal treatment under the law to GLBT Americans."

You're confusing equal treatment with special privileges.

Eureka, UT

There was no question about gay marriage when Kennedy was president.

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