Comments about ‘Mitt Romney's 'Mormon problem' may be way overblown, new study suggests’

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Published: Friday, May 18 2012 11:09 a.m. MDT

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Jonathan Eddy
Payson, UT

The prospect of a Mormon governor from Massachusetts in the White House should not be any more alarming than a black Senator from Illinois with a questionable birthplace.

Aggielove
Cache county, USA

+1

morpunkt
Glendora, CA

Many Evangelicals, who usually disdain Romney, because of his religion will collectively coalesce around Mitt, hold their breath, and vote for the Mormon, in order to stave-off Obama's agendas.

Truthseeker
SLO, CA

Romney's Mormon problem may be overblown....

Unless Super Pacs supporting Romney launch a vicious attack on Obama using Jeremiah Wright and then

Super Pacs supporting Obama could launch a counter-attack using Mormon history.

That could get very ugly very quickly....

AZRods
Maricopa, AZ

truthseek, Romney didn't abandon his religion when the public eye focused on him.

I'll take our history (not the anti Mormon version, the correct version) and put it next to Rev Wright's history all day long.
The nice thing is that his actual history is the best source to use anyway. It doesn't need to be doctored up by anyone.
And it's beautifully documented in live video with the Obama's singing right along.

I'll actually be surprised if it doesn't come to this by November.
I suspect that Obama's advisors are avoiding the "religion" comparisions like the plaque.

Dixie Dan
Saint George, UT

Romney may not have a problem but he'll be hard pressed to explain why Blacks were denied the Priesthood for over 100 years without any revelation supporting their position.

Pagan
Salt Lake City, UT

This is simply re-hashing the same talking points from the Deseret News previously...

'Polls: Mormonism won't hurt Mitt Romney like Perry might' - By Hal Boyd, Deseret News - 09/06/11

Result....?

'Fox News host: Romney not Christian' - By Hal Boyd, Deseret News – 07/17/11

'Rick Perry backer decries Mitt Romney, Mormons' - By Jamshid Ghazi Askar, Deseret News - 10/08/11

(Robert) Jeffress described Romney's Mormon faith as a 'cult,' and said evangelicals had only one real option in the 2012 primaries. ... Asked by Politico if he believed Romney is a Christian, Jeffress answered: 'No.' "

’Cult of Mormon’ comment leads Newt Gingrich’s Iowa political director, Craig Bergman, to resign’ - By Tad Walch – Deseret News – 12/14/11

’Rick Santorum-backing pastor plays the ‘Mormon cult’ card’ – By Joseph Walker – Deseret News – 01/20/2012

'Baptist reverend: Mitt's Mormonism a bigger issue than Newt's infidelity' - Published by DSNews - 12/20/11

FYI, Obama was born in Hawaii. Nothing 'questionable' about it, unless you dislike black Americans.

xscribe
Colorado Springs, CO

@AZRods: Did Obama abandon his religion, or just his religious adviser? There's a big difference!

mightymite
DRAPER, UT

What is the agenda here DNEWS. A little biased, are we?

Roland Kayser
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Mitt Romney lost every contested primary in which the majority of voters described themselves as evangelical or fundamentalist Christians. That was always going to be his "Mormon problem", not the general election. Evangelicals and fundamentalists will vote for a Mormon over a Democrat.

Bag Man
POWDER SPRINGS, GA

Pagan
"FYI, Obama was born in Hawaii. Nothing 'questionable' about it, unless you dislike black Americans."

African Press International says it has Obama’s Kenyan birth certificate - March 9, 2012

??? Go see.

Mark B
Eureka, CA

Don't LDS missionaries go out every day looking for people willing to "abandon" their religion for something else? Isn't that "good"?

There You Go Again
Saint George, UT

With regard to Rev. Wright, Sean Hannity told listeners/viewers that ALL those running for office need to be FULLY (emphasis added) vetted.

Sean meant only President Obama's relationship with Rev. Wright?

LValfre
CHICAGO, IL

I can only hope they start attacking each others' religions. They both have a lot of explaining to do.

To the comment mentioning LDS anti-mormon history vs. actual history ... there are definitely biases and extreme speculations from some of the history as it's presented by those who are anti-mormon. There are also extreme speculations to those who defend the mormon religion with wild theories and justifications for questionable issues. There are questionable parts of the religion's history, as we all know, that are never qualmed because of the spin arounds, irrational justifications, and "i don't know" answers from it's members. The actual mormon history is questionable ... but not as questionable as the answers of why. That's where it gets ugly.

lkm55
Porterviller, CA

If Evangelicals don't vote for Romney in November because of his church affiliation, and Obama wins, they deserve what they get.

Bebyebe
UUU, UT

Romney doesn't have a Mormon problem. He has a consistency problem.

wool over eyes
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

As usual, this has turned into a pro- or anti-Mormon discussion. Why is religion even a litmus test for becoming a Presidential nominee? Yes, this has all been hashed and rehashed to the point that by now it should be a non-issue. Romney is Mormon. Period. Some people don't like that. Period. This isn't about arguing a religion's past -- be it Wright or Joseph Smith.

wool over eyes
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

"Romney doesn't have a Mormon problem. He has a consistency problem."

Has anyone tracked Obama's promises during his campaign to what he has actually delivered? Now THERE is some inconsistency. What is wrong with changing one's mind about something, and why should Romney not be given this privilege along with the rest of us? People keep going after two things with Romney: his religion and his "inconsistency." This record is scratched and old. Let's get a new tune.

LValfre
CHICAGO, IL

Trust me. Mitt Romney has a mormon problem. Huntsman didn't because he's distanced himself from his faith AND is cultured and multi-cultural married. Romney is a bread-and-butter Mormon .... you can't get much farther from finding common ground with people than that.

atl134
Salt Lake City, UT

@wool over eyes
"What is wrong with changing one's mind about something, and why should Romney not be given this privilege along with the rest of us? "

Because Romney can't seem to go a few days without changing a position. Apparently Arizona's immigration bill is not a model for the nation as he said during a debate. Apparently Romney now supports keeping the student loan interest rate low. Apparently Romney opposes same-gender adoption again after supporting it for about 2 days after Obama came out for same-sex marriage. It's really difficult to figure out where Romney stands on the issues.

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