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Published: Sunday, Sept. 2 2012 12:00 a.m. MDT

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Cottonwood Heights, UT

Dishonesty? If you're going to throw out the accusation, you need to be specific or you sound like you're one of the 10 people that watch MSNBC. And don't just drink the kool-aid offered by the "fact checkers." What a crock they are. Be responsible and learn the facts for yourself. As for his ability to swing back with knock out blows shows discipline, strategic skill, and political will. Though you may not have been paying attention to the primaries, he never took the first swing but he certainly knows how to finish the fight (ergo Gingrich, et. al.). You watch as the real campaign now unfolds. The gloves will come off, but Mitt will not take personal shots as opposed to the "Amateur" incumbent. Mitt's punches will be direct to the issues at hand and the failures and excesses of the the current administration. As the chosen challenger to the current debacle in the White House, it is Mitt's job and responsibility to drive home those issues with the hardest knockout blows as he can. Politics is a contact sport, and Mitt is the Full Back (think Nagurski, Riggins, Cambell, or Brown).

Jennifer in San Diego

Part deux: Of course, I am Romney's judge. WE ALL ARE. He is running for POTUS. It would be stupid to NOT judge his words, his behavior, his ethics, etc. His honesty is not between him and God; his honesty is between him and us, the voters.

Is Romney pro-life? Not according to his record.

Has ever worried about getting a pink slip, like he said last December? Ha! He's never been in a position where it was even possible to be fired.

He he lived in the "real streets of America"? Is he kidding? What real streets? He went to Harvard! He grew up in a wealthy family. He lives in mansions.

Did he create over 100k jobs at Bain? Not while he was with Bain. And funny how he never mentions all the mass layoffs when he was there...

It's not judgmental to call Romney a liar. It's the truth. I don't say this as an apologist for Obama. I'm a conservative. I have always voted Republican. This time I'll sit it out. I thought Palin was a joke. Jeesh. This party gets worse and worse.

Kaysville, UT

You nor Mitt Romney can divorce his beliefs and running for President. His beliefs, whether in religion or in government, are what made him what he is. His character comes from following the teachings he received from his family, schools, university, church and from meditation and study and especially his works show that. He has committed himself to doing what is right for his country, family and God. He has integrated those principles into his life and which has prepared him to be ready to defend our Constitution of the United States of America and the freedoms we enjoy of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. What a blessing to have people that have studied the teachings and beliefs of our Founding Fathers. Those great people and their families didn't all believe in the same things all the time but they came to a consensus to give us the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution. Their document for us can have amendments under strict rules and in over 200 years has been modified very few times. Congress and Presidents have attempted to do otherwise but have not succeeded. God bless us in this time.

Logan, UT

I am not a member of either political party and find I am more concerned about the core of a person and how they treat people. I don't consider a person's religion relevant to how they will govern this nation of people from incredibly diverse backgrounds. The President is not just president of one group of people; he is the president for everyone and needs to do what is best for us overall. It is more important to look at his or her integrity, communication abilities , and abilities to understand the problems we all face. Therefore, in the vernacular of this campaign, Mr. Romney is not a "surrogate" for the LDS church. He is only a surrogate for himself. He does not represent me as a devout Mormon or my views, and he does NOT represent "the church" nor its doctrines or policies. Look at the man and vote for him if you will, but leave the church out of it.

Kaysville, UT

As history has shown over the millenia, if a person is religious and a country was established for religious freedom, even though some may state differently, you cannot separate their total character from their religion. Mitt Romney has not wanted to bring that into his equation for running for President of the United States of America. The other Republican candidates in 2008 and 2012 have made it one of their top priorities of bringing religion up in all of the various debates in both cycles. The people of South Carolina made it a big issue also this spring. Governor Romney, in running for U.S. Senator and Governor of Massachusetts didn't run either of those campaigns as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints but it always surfaces. People since the 1830s have shown their bias against the Church, even devout members who are trying to live a good life. Politicians of the opposing party will not divorce religion from their advertising campaigns as people have come to relate religion and politics the same.

The military is always prepared for the other side's opposition and you need to be ready for what falls.

Logan, UT

Certainly there has been bias against the church. There has also been bias within the church against other religions and other races. Although by in large the people I know try hard to be good people, but I have many friends who tell of behavior by Latter-day Saints that was reprehensible. We all need to get past all of this and quit looking for ways to be offended. Let's move forward and stop the fighting. There is nothing we can do about the past, but we can do something about the future. As we do, we can take responsibility for ourselves and do everything we possibly can not to perpetuate misunderstandings and disenfranchisement for ALL of God's children, who are, after all, our brothers and sisters.

Craig Clark
Boulder, CO

"Mormonism is only about forty years old, but its career has been full of stir and adventure from the beginning, and is likely to remain so to the end." - Mark Twain

I don't know what makes Mr. Marriott think that Mormonism has been languishing in obscurity. Joseph Smith was a nationally know figure during his lifetime and the Mormon religion was controversial from the outset.

Altamont, UT

JF, I totally agree. Our Bishops stresses every month that testimony meeting is for "bearing pure testimony". This one sound like a campaign meeting for Mitt Romney. Was the Spirit there? It's doubtful.

I was cringing the whole time I was reading this article.

Craig Clark
Boulder, CO

Mormon liberals do a better job job than Mormon conservatives in following the admonition from Church leaders to leave their politics at the door on Sunday mornings. But because so many of the General Authorities themselves are conservative Republicans, a lot of Latter-day Saints seem to assume that political conservatism is practically a tenet of the faith.

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