Comments about ‘Marco Rubio, likely not Romney's VP, describes Mormon past in book’

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Published: Tuesday, June 19 2012 1:42 p.m. MDT

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Henry Drummond
San Jose, CA

I believe Marco Rubio has the chance to be a great leader in the United States Senate. I hope he will stay there and help put some sense back into the Republican Party.

AZRods
Maricopa, AZ

Here's an example of a respectful man who simply found the LDS church not for him, at least his father did.
Perhaps some of the bitter former members might learn from this man on how to say...no thank you.
-The end.

DRay
Roy, UT

There are many whom I have heard express admiration for the principles espoused by the LDS Church, but said no thank you to an invitation to join, because they found it to be "too strict."
It is not an easy church, as I have witnessed Apostle Boyd K.Packer say, there are lots of those to choose from, if its easy you are looking for. Its just the only true Church of Jesus Christ upon the earth, if that is what one is seeking. I've heard him say it, while sitting next to investigators, and I cringed a bit...they did not, but joined because they believed in it.
....I hope Mitt will choose a VP who is truly up to the task of taking over as President if the occassion should require it, someone seasoned and steady, like maybe Jeb Bush, or Jake Garn...

patriot
Cedar Hills, UT

Being Catholic doesn't require much in fact it requires nothing at all. There really isn't a code of conduct or morality - there are beliefs but they are more like suggestions. Catholics are decent people - just sort of casual about their beliefs for the most part. Rubio is a great man and I suspect he will be president some day.

atl134
Salt Lake City, UT

@patriot

"Being Catholic doesn't require much in fact it requires nothing at all."

Catholics are attacked by some protestants because of the Catholic churches emphasis on works. After all, they're the ones that are even against birth control. Just because they don't have some of the LDS rules doesn't mean they require nothing, they still think we'll be judged on our actions (as well as our faith of course) like the LDS church does. So what do you want from them? For them to pry into people's lives more completely? To make confession more mandatory rather than optional? To do more judging on earth rather than leaving it to God?

wrz
Salt Lake City, UT

@Henry Drummond:

"I hope he (Rubio) will stay there and help put some sense back into the Republican Party."

I hope so, too. We don't need a Veep who favors amnesty for illegals. And amnesty means allowing illegals to reside and work in the US whether they are citizens or not.

Reagan tried this back in '86. He gave amnesty/citizenship to millions with the goal of closing the borders to stem more illegal immigration. And what happened? Reagan's action only encouraged more to come for the same treatment. And they came. So, we have, what, 15 to 20 million illegals now. Furthermore, much of the illegals in this country came with legal visas, and overstayed. Securing the borders will not stop cheaters who overstay visas.

Americans need to do something about this grim situation before it's too late and we are overwhelmed and managed by Hispanics. It may already be too late as we can see that our elections are being seriously influenced by the Hispanic vote.

JoeBlow
Far East USA, SC

"Catholics are decent people"

Let me help you out patriot.

Some Catholics are decent people, some are not.

Some Jews are decent people, some are not.

Some Mormons are decent people, some are not.

Your broad brush misses lots of spots.

Mad Hatter
Provo, UT

So he quit the Mormon Church. What's the big deal? Maybe Mitt Romney would have a problem, being a true believer, and it might be very difficult having a running mate who found the presidentail candidate's religion a bit far-fetched and unbelievable. But, what the hey, Rubio won't fixed Romney's hispanic problem. Better he find a credible Tea Party heavyweight.

Salsa Libre
Provo, UT

@ wrz
Salt Lake City, UT

"We don't need a Veep who favors amnesty for illegals. And amnesty means allowing illegals to reside and work in the US whether they are citizens or not."

Might you define "illegal citizen"? One can understand if you consider any citizen who has a cultural background you don't like as illegal. Then it just becomes simplistic jingoism to rant against non-European immigrants. Or do you prefer going back and just revoking citizenship for any and all immigrants who at one time entered this country illegally and now are bonafide citizens with all the rights that gives them?

Maybe you can ask them to "self-deport" once you strip them of their citizenship and remove their ability to make a living. Of course, you would want to do this without judicial review because you'd probably be long gone before the first case came to trial.

don17
Temecula, CA

Who vetted the Author saying Rubio is not on the short list? According to Mitt Romney only two people know who is on the list. Mitt Romney and Beth Myers. Ann Romney does not have the list so how does "Karl" make his statement of knowing? Actually he was just looking for a headline but has again no facts to back up his guess! Liberal media just wanting to know who it is or guess who it is to tell us all to take the anticipation out of the announcement! Why? To cause less people to pay attention to the Republican convention. Having the possibility of Rubio, Martinez(NM) or Sandavol(NV) will cause millions of Hispanics to tune in and hear about an economic plan not based on funny money, massive deficit spending, failed loan guarantees and devisive ideals of who to tax!

Wow, American Exceptionalism, Rational Spending and Integrity will be on the agenda.

Mitt Romney plays it close to the vest and will this time as well. He is being deliberate and has appointed an excellent person to lead up the vetting.

Dadof5sons
Montesano, WA

This such a non issue. Whooptie Dooptie DOO!So he quit the church, Who cares? I as a member believe we all have our agency and are free to choose. May God bless him and his family with what ever religion he embraces.

Aggielove
Cache county, USA

We are all capable of being great people.
Church helps refine us though.
People who judge, are not refined.

EnglishAlan
Rugeley, Staffs

I am unashamedly LDS, having converted from Catholicism as a teenager. That was my choice, and I am more than comfortable with it. Mr Rubio's family chose to go back to the Catholic Church, and are comfortable with that. Surely, that is the "American Way," to have the freedom to choose. (I am not American, and do not live in America, and so maybe it is none of my business.

Over the last several months I have read various people saying that they could not vote for Mitt Romney because he is a Mormon. My belief is that to use your vote in that way is wrong. A man is good enough for office, or he is not good enough judged by his abilities, and not by his religion. As an active LDS I believe that it is equally wrong if Romney refuses to have Rubio as a running mate because the latter left the Church. That smacks of hypocrisy, and would, I believe, lessen Romney's credentials as a potential President of your great nation. If it is wrong to hold Romney's religious beliefs against him, it is wrong for Romney to hold Rubio's against him.

penny 4 thoughts
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

EnglishAlan:
It is good to hear some thoughts from outside Utah, let alone outside the United States. I agree with your statement that to vote against someone because of his religion is a wrong use of a vote and that a man is either good enough for office or not good enough -- Mormon or not.
However, I don't think anyone has said anything about Mitt not wanting Rubio as his running mate because Rubio left the church. It would be hypocrisy if that were the case, but, by all indications, Rubio has not been shunned by Romney for choosing Catholicism over Mormonism.
Thanks for your thoughts, though.

photographermom
South Jordan, UT

I would much rather vote for a man or woman of any religion that has the integrity to stand by those beliefs rather than a president whose beliefs blow in the wind and will take a stand on something just because it is politically popular on any given day.

Obama is a man of zero integrity.

LDS Liberal
Farmington, UT

Jon Hunstman Jr. was read the riot act by Utah Mormons for his "questionable" Mormon beliefs.

Rubio gets a free pass for rejecting Mormonism all together.

Double Standard?
Hypocrisy??

LDS Liberal
Farmington, UT

photographermom
South Jordan, UT
I would much rather vote for a man or woman of any religion that has the integrity to stand by those beliefs rather than a president whose beliefs blow in the wind and will take a stand on something just because it is politically popular on any given day.

Obama is a man of zero integrity.

4:32 p.m. June 20, 2012

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Please PLEASE don't tell me you are then a Flip-Romney supporter!?...

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