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

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willows, ca

A politician whose positions change according to what will win an election rather than conviction is not a good example, but neither is a policitian as shady as a Harry Reid.

cambodia girl
Phnom Penh, Cambodia

I love the title "Junkyard Dog" for Harry Reid! Perfect!!

Tom in CA
Vallejo, CA

Mike In Cedar City said:

"This sheer dishonesty of the Romney campaign has been a sad surprise to me .... "

We have 4 Americans murdered in Libya, and your boy told a bald faced lie to the American public from the get go about it.

Is this also a "sad surprise" to you, Mike In Cedar City???

Salt Lake City, UT

"So Harry Reid, when you get a temple recommend, you are asked if you are honest in your dealings. Were you honest about Romney not paying taxes and are you being honest by not doing your paid job, which requires a budget?"

As opposed to Romney who has blatantly and repeatedly lied about Obama saying that he got rid of the work requirement for welfare, despite numerous factchecking agencies finding that false, and Obama was only agreeing to something suggested by governors like Sandoval (R-NV) and Herbert (R-UT)?

Anti Government
Alpine, UT

Gee, let me think.

Maybe Harry ought to check his party platform.


Gay marriage?

Government removing peoples free agency?

Government replacing accountability/reponsibility with dependence on govt programs?

The actual answer is neither man is "the face" of mormonism but if you are looking for a person who more closely mirrors the tenants of the religion, well that is a no-brainer.

Harry is a disgrace and embarrassment. Period. Regardless of religious ideology.

West Jordan, UT

I have to laugh at some of the posts I have read today!

I am assuming that "LDS Liberal" is a Mormon. I too am Mormon.

I would claim both of us as one of the faces of Mormonism and yet you probably could not find a more diametrical opposed viewpoints as ours.

He sees white I see black, He sees down, I see up.

Despite that, I believe that we share a faith. A faith that lends itself to many approaches. One of the things I observe in the LDS church is the penchant for judgement among the members. We love to rate our activity, faithfulness, and devotion by arbitrary standards, some political.

I know Mitt Romney as a local leader. He is a good and decent man who is a true believer.

That being said, I am not supporting him because of our shared faith or because I believe he represents my faith, I am supporting him because we need someone to fix this economy.

We need someone who can undo the damage done by both political parties over the last 6 years.

I believe that Mitt Romney is that person.

Saint George, UT

Delusional? What is more delusional than a democrat that believes that the same government that was going to end poverty 50 years ago only made it much much, much, worse are the same followers who believe that government is going to solve all the rest of our social ills? How can anyone argue for more government involvement considering the record of such attempts? This is ludicrous! Wake up? Karl Marx espoused the same philosophy as the progressive liberals. He was going to solve the problems of society by taking control of everything and look at what happened? How naive can you be to believe that communism is the answer? When the powerful are in control and making decisions (government leaders), they only do one thing, exercise 'unrighteous dominion'. Anyone familiar with LDS scriptures ought to know what happens when you give people power? The only people that are hurt are the ones whom Harry Reid and government say they want to help, the poor. Harry is taking care of Harry Reid and getting more miserable in the process! Communism,or something similar, will only destroy America. Wake up!

Cedar Hills, UT

As a 50 year active member of the LDS church and returned missionary I can say with 100% confidence that what Mitt said about the 47% being victims or having a victim / entitlement mentality is ABSOLUTELY TRUE. At what point do we reject truth over political correctness in the Church?? Now who knows if it is 47% or 41% - doesn't really matter. The point is there is a LARGE number in this country who maintain this victim mentality that the Democratic party falsely pushes and as members of the Church we have the obligation to seek after truth - not follow popular political trends or views. Sometimes the truth is not pretty - sometimes the truth down right hurts but truth is truth! Polling data supports Mitt's claims especially in the BIG cities of America. Harry Reid is apostate in much of what he represents and legislates so we won't be listening or caring about Harry. Reid supports late term unrestricted abortion and gay marriage both of which are contrary to Church standards and beliefs. Reid recently slandered Mitt about his taxes - completely bearing false witness.

Cedar Hills, UT

Just a couple of notes... my brother is in a stake presidency in Las Vegas and believe me when I say that brother Harry is NOT in good standing with his politics and the Church. Enough said. Secondly, I am so tired of the lying - the constant lying - that is foundational in the Democratic party... especially nationally. This disgraceful party is about as far from Christian values as humanly possible. We can go point by point but I don't have near enough words in this message board. The entire Obama campaign - along with the disgraceful media (NBC, ABC, CBC) represents a new low for America no question. There is GREAT reason to worry for ALL Americans if Obama gets a second term but even more reason to worry if there are 50% or more who maintain the ignorant, victim, entitlement mentality which seems to represent the bulk of the Obama voting block.

Herriman, UT

If Mitt has "Sullied" his religion, I am sure that someone higher than a member of that faith and a Politician would have said something to Mitt. The fact that it comes from a Democrat that places socialism over freedom makes it even less credible.
Facts being what they are, Mr Reid D-Nevada has done more to sully not only his religion, but his state and country than Mitt ever would or could.
Serving a political party that wants to take God out of everything should not be judging someone on religious grounds and whether they've "sullied" it.
At best, even if Mitt did "sully" his religion, it would be a case of the Pot calling the Kettle black.

Ogden, UT

The face of Mormonism...if you want to call it that, should be the President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. You want to see someone who lives a completely different lives the Reid or Romney, why don't others try and take a look at his life as he exempifies what mormonism really is by the way he lives and dedicates his life.

Mount Laurel, NJ

It's great that Romney is successful, but does he need to tear down his $12M La Jolla, CA home and rebuild at twice the size (11k sqft)? Why does he need a $50k car elevator in his new house? As Joseph Smith said, our expenditures for the poor should be so excessive that it makes it very difficult to afford luxuries. In other words, "I am sorry dear, but we spent another $5M on autism therapies and research this month, I don't know if we can afford to buy another Cadillac - can it wait?"

Alma1:30 And thus, in their prosperous circumstances, they did not send away any who were naked, or that were hungry, or that were athirst, or that were sick, or that had not been nourished; and they did not set their hearts upon riches; therefore they were liberal to all, both old and young, both bond and free, both male and female, whether out of the church or in the church, having no respect to persons as to those who stood in need.

salt lake city, UT

DNews really hit a home run with this national story. I met Mitt's Dad on many occassions growing up. A great, great man. I never looked at him as a Mormon and would not do the same with his son. This election is not a referendum on the Mormon church. The choice is between 2 men and the policy positions they would pursue.

Salt Lake City, UT

Jealousy has made Harry Reid even less rational than before, if that were possible. He and Joe Biden are becoming soul mates. I'm not judging Mitt Romney's face, but Sen. Reid is only the face of an ambulance chasing Las Vegas personal injury attorney who loves the attention of left wing politics.

St George, UT

@ Craig Crowd. Liberals who call themselves LDS need to remain a timid crowd at church, because one cannot embrace the democratic platform and maintain LDS values. Pure and simply...Hypocrisy.

Sugar City, ID

This is a needed conversation as millions of people see the Mormons either through Mitt Romney or Harry Reid. What is most interesting to me is the face of Utah Mormons as may be reflected in the Congressional race. Lest Utah Mormons dismiss every negative comment about them as an attack on their faith, I wish DN would conduct a survey of Utah based Mormons living outside of Utah and see how they feel about raising their families in side Utah. I've heard far too many comments from very active Mormons concerning this to not realize that there are different perspectives.

curious george
Orem, UT

Mr. Reid is nothing more than an arrogant fool doing his masters biding so that he might maintain his position in office. Having watched his actions for years it is obvious he is the least qualified to lecture about who might be the face of Mormonism. Dem. or Rep., the people of Nevada should have run this guy out of office long ago. He is truly an embarrassment to his constituents, Latter Day Saints and this country as a whole.

Saratoga Springs, UT


You're spinning the 47% / People not caring, etc, etc. and you know it. Spin it however you want. You and the left are much like those who know one scripture in the bible but claim to understand the entire book. You spin it to fit your own mold and what you do. Like I said, you know exactly what Romney was talking about and how he meant it.

I don't know if Romney is going to win, I hope so. If he doesn't I have to live with it, albeit I have to watch the country I care about go further and further down the drain. How anyone like you or anyone else could want to vote for Obama again after these last four years is beyond me.

Anyway, look at it how you want. But instead of pounding your way about it, try being a little more open minded. Like I said, you know what he meant.


To TheHOYT, I agree 100% with your comment. To Everyone else, I don't know the web address, but yesterday I read seven articles about the things Mitt has done privately and quietly. No press. No "look at how good I am". Romney is the read deal, Harry Reid ... I agree with JDSI!


Although Mitt Romney is not the face of Mormonism, because of his visibility to the general public, he is for many individuals the most visible Mormon they are aware of. I would like to add that Mitt Romney's pristine values, integrity, observance to living the ten commandments, his faithfulness to his wife of 43 years, coupled with his lifetime of service within the Mormon Church, make him an ideal face to identify with Mormonism, unlike that of Harry Reid. While Harry Reid has many good qualities, his depth of devotion to Mormonism is not even close to that of Romney's. Through no fault of his own, he grew up outside of the Mormon Church and later became a convert. Romney's devotion to the high principles of Mormonism are difficult to challenge as he has been incredibly faithful and devoted throughout his entire life. Harry Reid is hardly in the same category with a man of Mitt Romney's devotion to goodness and higher laws.

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