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Published: Friday, June 22 2012 12:00 p.m. MDT

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Salt Lake City, UT

"Blacks are very Opinionated folks and to vote 95%+ Obama tells you it is racial but let's not forget that whites overwhelmingly voted for Obama too"

First off, what you should be noting is that Kerry got roughly 90% of the black vote, so it's mostly a Democratic preference rather than a racial one though he did get a few extra points for being black. Consider that Romney has 80% of the LDS vote in a recent poll, this is pretty similar since something like 70-75% of LDS members vote Republican anyway so Romney being LDS gets him a few extra points, just like Obama.

Second, Obama won the election 53-47 while having about 2/3 of hispanics, a majority of asians and 90+% of black voters so by default he had to have less than 53% of the white vote which is not "overwhelming white support".

Kaysville, UT

All you have to do to look at some polls and their results is watch Jay Leno on the street asking people the basic dumb questions and those educated people not knowing the answer. In the 1950s and 60s even Readers Digest aimed at their audience at an 8th grade level. Just because this is the United States of America, doesn't mean that we are smart.

I have noticed that some of President Obama's speeches are sounding by the tone of voice very much like Jeremiah Wright's type of voice and demeanor. That type of preaching is a way for the President to bring in religion through the tone of voice. The President has always spoken down to us as a nation, but now he is using his preaching voice for his campaigning.

People don't always know what religion means in today's world. They can't hear because of the noise around them, whether in Utah or other places. The President will bring in what he thinks is religion to motivate people. I looked at the people in Egypt who have not had freedom and they want a revolution. President Obama went there criticizing USA

SLC gal
Salt Lake City, UT

These articles are disgusting.No wonder we as a nation are in trouble when we look at superficial things, but not the content of their character.

(I know for many, religion is so NOT superficial, but there are different levels everywhere you go. Harry Reid is a Mormon, and Southern CA would have to be absolutely encased in ice and snow before I'd vote for him).

Mission Viejo, CA

Sadly, Romney strikes me as a phony. Unlike Obama, who may go overboard with his intellectual, nuanced dialogue, Romney's blithe statements like, "Iran will have a bomb under an Obama administration, under a Romney administration, they will not." defy a rational justification. Uh, how you gonna do that, Mitt?

Here is a quote from a prof I used to know: "There is a great surplus of simple answers, but a huge shortage of simple questions." Romney speaks only to the simple. Hoping they will believe him, forgetting that he is 180 degrees off from his 2008 campaign. I remember. I campaigned for the 2008 Romney.

I'll vote for the 2012 Obama.

Boise, ID

Kevin LANGEMEIER: You have stated the problem precisely. Many, and as many more learn of the teachings of Mormonism, have learned Mormonism is not Christianity. I think the fact that Mormons in the last few years have decided to try and move toward inclusion in Christianity is why there is 18% to begin with. The Mormon faith is what it is but it is not Christianity and that is why so many Christians have a problem with this election. Even as Liberty University welcomed Mitt Romney to speak at the 2012 convocation, the school teaches Mormonism as a cult. This creates great unrest in Christian voters. I am afraid many voters may just not vote because they believe they have no moral choice. It is unfortunate the GOP embraced a Mormon candidate. Prejudice aside, this Presidential race and what is at stake in our country is just too close for the GOP to have taken this path.

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