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Published: Wednesday, Aug. 8 2012 12:00 a.m. MDT

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liberal larry
salt lake City, utah

Mitt's playbook has called for him to stay below the radar, not take many questions, and disclose as little of himself as is possible. The idea being, that he is terrible at speaking "off the cuff", and any revelations about his finances, personality, or religion, would turn off some segment of the unhinged right wing Republican base. This tactic has made Mr. Romney look like a very secretive and incomplete person. Instead of people filling in the blanks with positive impressions many have filled in the blanks with negative perceptions, this is especially true with his tax returns and possibly with his religion, which is very unfamiliar to many Americans.
If Mitt wants to win the election he is going to have to start answering questions about himself, his religion, and his finances. He can't just sit back and win by blaming the economy (and everything else) on Obama.

Mark B
Eureka, CA

Gerson's mistake is in thinking that Mitt controls the campaign, and can talk about whatever he wants. The donors and handlers have him so tied up that he can't even talk about his little shopping trip, other than to say he'd bought "hardware stuff". Mitt being spontaneous is about as welcome in this campaign as malaria. And of things NOT talked about, Mormonism is near the top of the list.

Doug Forbes
Greenfield, IN

Talking about Mormonism would help Mitt Romney? Baloney. Talking about "Mormonism" or anything other than the economy will help Obama. Keep talking about 8% unemployment Mitt.

A Scientist
Provo, UT

Gerson has lost his mind!

The last thing Mitt needs to talk about is his religion. Mitt's problem is not that people MISperceive his religion or his personality. Mitt's problem is he has no clear, identifiable platform that makes any sense! And the "planks" in whatever convoluted platform his campaign does try to cobble together, cannot be trusted because each one contradicts positions he has taken in the past.

Gerson is up in the night. What Mitt Romney needs to talk about are clear, specific, viable proposals for:

- reducing the national debt and the budget deficit without throwing the economy into a depression or hyper-inflation (he has failed completely here)
- improving foreign relations through a healthy, balanced leadership role in the world political and economic scene, instead of war-mongering, arrogant, elitist rhetoric (he has failed miserably in this regard)
- improving the civil rights and equality positions of ALL Americans, not just the 1% and not just those who profess religious belief

But since Mitt cares more about claiming the Presidency as a trophy for his mantle than he does about actually improving the country and the world, he is speechless!

RanchHand
Huntsville, UT

Talking about Mormonism wouldn't help Romney and it might hurt Mormonism.

The more the FACTS come out about the religion, the more them MEMBERS will realize they've been lied to and cheated by "the church". That only leads to people leaving, it won't help Mitt.

JoeCapitalist2
Orem, UT

People don't leave the church because certain "facts" come to light. They generally leave it because they are either unwilling to put forth the effort needed to live its teachings or they become bitter when the church will not tell them that their "favourite sin" is not acceptable behaviour.

Mitt should avoid distractions and instead focus on the economy which has proved to be a disaster under the policies of the current president. While it may be tempting to defend his personal financial decisions, he should avoid the traps laid by his opponents.

A Scientist
Provo, UT

JoeCapitalist2 wrote:

"People don't leave the church because certain "facts" come to light. They generally leave it because they are either unwilling to put forth the effort needed to live its teachings or they become bitter when the church will not tell them that their "favourite sin" is not acceptable behaviour."

That is absolutely not true. More importantly, it is yet another way to demonize those who believe differently than you, and to place yourself above others in a self-righteous way that reeks of the Zoramites!

Why is it so hard for "the faithful" to acknowledge that good, honest, worthy, NOT sinful people leave the Church all the time simply because the stories don't add up!?

no fit in SG
St.George, Utah

Talk all you want about your church, Mitt Romney.
Stories you could tell the voters! Would that ever create some interesting public and media interpretations!

LValfre
CHICAGO, IL

@JoeCapitalist2

"People don't leave the church because certain "facts" come to light. They generally leave it because they are either unwilling to put forth the effort needed to live its teachings or they become bitter when the church will not tell them that their "favourite sin" is not acceptable behaviour."

I've never met an ex-Mormon who left b/c they couldn't drink or because it was too hard for them to follow.

Why don't you ask Ex Mormon's why they left before posting their reasons?

atl134
Salt Lake City, UT

@JoeCapitalist2
"People don't leave the church because certain "facts" come to light. They generally leave it because they are either unwilling to put forth the effort needed to live its teachings or they become bitter when the church will not tell them that their "favourite sin" is not acceptable behaviour."

Do you have any statistics to back that up? I don't either actually, I just know that I'd be an exception to your generalization since I left due to sincere lack of belief in the church.

freedomingood
provo, Utah

Nope, I'm hearing the anti-mormon stuff with a couple liberals. They are bringing out all the dirt from nooks and crannies I've never heard of. Some is true and missunderstood and some are complete falshoods.

Look, Mitt has the anti-Obama vote, but I really don't think he has the evangelical vote if religion is made an issue. And don't blame liberals, conservatives always make religion an issue except for this one time when it's not in thier numerical favor.

OZLIGHT
London, 00

Just like releasing his tax returns, inviting questions on or talking about his faith would be political suicide.

Can you imagine...

So Mitt, you went to Brigham Young University didn't you. Perhaps you could explain to our viewers why Brigham Young fathered 57 children to 16 different women? Was this because Joseph Smith received a revelation directly from God telling him to introduce the practice of polygamy?

Better to remain silent and appear a fool than open your mouth and remove all doubt. (Mark Twain)

one vote
Salt Lake City, UT

To effectively do that he should go on a mission again. Maybe he will receive a calling before being nominated.

RAB
Bountiful, UT

The goal of Romney’s opposition is to keep Romney constantly on the defensive. It doesn’t matter what it is, as long as they keep the focus off Obama’s failings and creates the illusion that Romney is a bad person.

If Romney brings up his religion, they will try to make him defend every possibly implied doctrine, every spontaneous word spoken by a member of the church, and every allegedly controversial event in its history. They already try to make him defend every decision made by anyone in the entire history of his company. They only want his tax returns so the national conversation will spin towards that irrelevance.

News Flash: Good people don’t have to defend themselves.
The fact that Obama’s campaign is so desperate to find fault and so obsessed with putting Romney on the defensive exposes the truth: Obama cannot defense his own record.

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