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Published: Friday, Sept. 28 2012 8:00 a.m. MDT

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Craig Clark
Boulder, CO

I disagree with Senator Reid on this. Mitt Romney hasn't sullied Mormonism. Mitt Romney has only sullied himself.

Wally West

No, Willard (luckily) is not the face of the LDS faith.

An argument could be made the he and Glenn Beck are (sadly) the 2 most prominent memebers of the denomination. Sorry Donny & Marie?

Are You for Real?
Salt Lake City, UT

Shame on you Brother Reid. The Face of Mormonism is the face of the nearly 15 million members of the church. Each face looks different because each member's trials and circumstances are different. Mitt is certainly the face of Mormonism the same way every member is the face of Mormonism.

The Left and the media are allowing Harry Reid to be the attack dog on Romney's church membership which no one else dares to touch for fear of being intolerant so let the Mormon bash the Mormon. It is in very VERY poor taste.

Third try screen name
Mapleton, UT

It fascinates me that Deseret News would pick up this story and run it.
This political trash talk is an embarrassment to church members world-wide. Reid is being judgmental here for a few political points. Such talk has no place in the political process and adds smoke but no light to the issues of the day.


well the face of mormonism sure isn't Reid either! To define any group by its most public members will cause all kinds of misconceptions. Bill Gates is not the face of college drop-outs. Most people in a group fall somewhere in the middle living quiet lives.

Mike in Cedar City
Cedar City, Utah

This sheer dishonesty of the Romney campaign has been a sad surprise to me. We could have expected a much more principled campaign from a man who has been a Bishop and a Stake President. The 47% statement tells us much about his economic philosophy, but multiple incidents of outright political lying reveals much about core morality of the man. Romney is not the face of Mormonism, but sadly too many will think he is.

Durham, NC

The funny thing is more people know Steve Young and the Osmonds are Mormon then they do know Romney is. It is a sad statement at several levels.

But I do agree.... you don't need to support Romney.... but you don't need to use religion in thus way, ever.

Craig Clark
Boulder, CO

Senator Reid and the blogger are absolutely within their rights to take Romney to task for his comments about the 47%. But they were dead wrong to bring Mormonism into the equation. But on Reid's comment calling Romney the most secretive Presidential candidate since Richard Nixon, Senator Reid hit the bull's eye with that shot.

Farmington, UT

Doesn't Harry Reid have enough work to do in Washington, such as fixing the economy he and Pelosi damaged beyond belief or submitting a budget for the first time in years, to not get bogged down in name-calling, bearing false witness and stirring the political pot? It's pretty obvious that he has left undone the things that matter most while espousing the things that matter least. But then, that's what makes headlines I suppose.

Harry should thank his lucky stars that the Republicans in Nevada didn't chose a half-decent alternative ti him this last election or we'd see him doing something different for a living.

Does this statement by Reid really surprise anyone? Get to work on real stuff, Harry, and make yourself valuable to the republic, not just a drain on the treasury.

Sanpete, UT

In my opinion, I believe Joseph Smith would be the face of Mormonism. No offense to any of the other guys.

ute alumni
Tengoku, UT

colorado craig,
why don't you look into your hero's contrived history and then tell us romney is sevretive. obama is the manchurian candidate. you might try reading and investigating him, but then that might take some effort.

Salt Lake City, UT

Reed has sold his morals for a bowl of porridge!!

DR Hall
Clearfield, UT

Romney is the face of self centered people thriving to get ahead profit wise as fast as possible and not caring about building up the companies or employees that are apart of that company. Many who are the face of Mormonism are common people who go out of their way to help others. Some have extra money and several times will share it with the less fortunate. A good face of Mormonism is the people who do their darndest to do their job well and are honest and full of integrity and teach their children the same. They build up others and encourage to do their best and are respectful.

phoenix, AZ

Harry Reid needs to look in the mirror. THAT's not the face of anything.

Counter Intelligence
Salt Lake City, UT

If Mitt is the face, what part is Harry?

Bountiful, UT

The face of Mormonism - or the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day saints - is Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the Savior of all man kind.

Meadow Lark Mark

Harry Reid is not the face of Mormonism is absolutely correct. One problem I have with Harry Reid is that if Mitt Romney did something bad with his tax returns then don't just make the attack him but show us your evidence also to confirm your attack. I've not seen where Reid has done that. And the religion thing, good grief we could debate forever who is a good Mormon and who is bad. Let it go! I often find that I don't have time to go after others. There is enough wrong in my own life that I don't have time to get after others. Perhaps Reid should look at himself a little harder.

Provo, UT

Romney only spoke the truth. Those numbers he used are the people who think that this country owe them a living.

Eagle Mountain, UT

Time to vent - First off, the video referred to in this article really busts my chops. It was clearly a hidden camera, Romney didn't know he was being filmed, and it just seems sleazy to me. One could argue that, we're seeing the 'true' Romney. No, we're seeing a less careful Romney speaking to a specific audience, and who doesn't know he's being filmed. And, when he says that he 'doesn't worry about' the 47%, he wasn't saying he didn't care about them, or was going to, somehow, cast them off if he became president. No, in context, he was referring to a campaign strategy, and what votes he needs to go after to win the election. The nation isn't split 50-50, but it's pretty close, and he was simply saying that it's the moderate middle that swings elections, in most cases. So, no, Mitt Romney isn't some rich pig that is willing to trod on the faces of the poor, he's a presidential candidate with a strategy to win specific votes.

St George, UT

Sorry Mike in Cedar City, Romney has not been dishonest in anything he has said and done. I'm proud to be LDS and have upstanding people like Romney be of the same faith. On the other hand, I'm completely embarrassed that Harry Reid has the nerve to call himself LDS.

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