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

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Orem, UT

How does Harry Reid honestly answer the question Are you honest in your dealings with your fellow men? Oh right, he can't. He must lie to cover up all the backhanded, under-the-table, shady deals he makes in the Senate. If anyone has sullied Mormonism, it's Harry Reid.

Centerville, UT

Well apparently someone in Salt Lake City thought Romney was a pretty good representative of the church. He was a Bishop and Stake President. Harry Reid should have NEVER brought religion into this. He is stirring up people to contend one with It's fine to say he disagrees with Romney's politics. He needs to issue a formal apology to Mitt Romney and his family and then stop speaking.

Idaho Falls, ID

@ falasha Remember "judge not"? Why does it matter so much to you what Mitt does with his money? We have our God given agency to do what we think is best with our money. Perhaps Mitt is looking out for his wife who has MS when he builds an elevator. I honestly don't know nor do I can to police what the rich do with their money. If they want to stash it in the Caymen Islands, fine! If they want to buy 6 BMWs, that's up to them. it's probably best to let God judge Mitt in these matters.

LDS Lib...It amazes me that folks like you are taking Mitt's word so literally. Have you even once tried to see his 47% statement in terms of a campaign strategy? It doesn't take that much intelligence to figure it out. And yet the most vociferous libs along with the mainstream media (aka Obamites) can't seem to grasp the notion of a public speaker using exaggeration to excite his audience. Which is all Mitt was doing.Dems clulessness on this is ironic since Obama does it all the time.

Sacramento, CA

How easy it is, I imagine, to think that Romney's LDS-ness is not taken as representative of the whole group if one is among many of the same group. But any of us who were raised knowing that we might be the only LDS person many people who meet us may know are aware, as Romney should have been, as a Michigander, that everything he said or did is considered as representative of his unusual faith. I was always aware of that, never lost it, although I have lived in Utah and now in CA, where there are many of my faith and who know of it. Senator Reid is right, Romney is not "the face" of our faith, if he means by that, representative of our behavior and way of treating others, as far as I see, and the Senator knows him. I agree, the Savior is indeed the face of our religion, we are to emulate Him. But Mr. Romney is, sadly, who many think of when they think of us. I wish they would also think of the Savior, for Whom our church is named.

Park City, UT

Senator Reid is a hypocrite. Those that criticize Romney for this 47% statement are out of step with Mormonism. The Church has always taught the principles of helping those in need. But not in the way Mitt Romney was criticizing. We have always taught that you show compassion but return the individual to self sufficiency as soon as their able. Romney's comment on the 47% reflect on those that have become dependant on a system which does not create self sufficiency. Obama has recently eviscerated last requirements in the federal welfare system of trying to separate the United States from the European welfare systems that have created the economic disaster that is occurring there.

Sen. Reid needs to quit supporting an individual in Pres. Obama who epitomizes everything that opposes religious freedom to not enforcing obscenity laws to trying to create an unsustainable welfare state.

I know Mitt Romney he helped me get to a point of having a successful life. Politicians like Reid have only tried to make my life harder. In my opinion Harry Reid is the one who has sullied my religion.

Henderson, NV

We now know that it was Hillary Clinton’s campaign that first questioned Barack Obama’s birthplace and religion, as she battled against him for their party’s nomination (see Wikipedia article on BO citizenship conspiracy theories). Look at how many today are convinced that he is not a U.S. citizen and is a practicing Muslim, based on lies.

Conversely, when Harry Reid chose to claim that Mitt Romney paid no taxes for the past 10 years, he also chose the reality that Romney, a fellow Saint, will now be identified by some, even down through history, as a tax cheat.

Bearing false witness/lying is no small matter to the Lord. He informs us that: “Those who love and make a lie”, will inherit the same place as sorcerers, adulterers and whoremongers in the Spirit World. (D&C 76:103).

American Fork, UT

Harry Reid said he agreed with another person that Mitt Romney is not the face of Mormonism, which he is not so why is everyone up in arms. I would think that members of the church would never want a politician to be the face of their religion. The religion is based on Christ, and Christ should be the face of Mormonism not a power-hungry politician.

Woods Cross, UT

This is not about Romney, it is about Reid. Yep this is the same guy who said Romney has not paid taxes for 10 years and keeps an elephant hidden. He is unhinged. He is the same guy in a talk last year at BYU questioned the value of living prophets and continuing revelation. Do not judge Romney by the untruths spoken by the Obama campaign. The Obama campaign has taken the very things they have done and are guilty of and pretended like they are Romney's policies. Reid is simply their least credible spokesman and frankly an embarassment to his profession, and a lot more.

Idaho Falls, ID

I feel some compassion for Harry Reid since I, too have stuck my foot in my mouth and have made public unrighteous judgements. It doesn't feel good. He's probably feeling like a dolt.

It's funny to me that for all the service and charity Mitt has rendered over the years, even when there were no cameras around to catch it, for all the money Mitt has given to charity above and beyond tithing,and for all the times he has explained that he does indeed care about the poor, the main stream media will not report on it. They insist on harping over and over ad nauseum on Mitt's unfortunately captured words, forever twisting their context, contending that they know better than the man himself does what he meant.

Sadly, those who buy into the tainted, viscious and mean-spirited message and repeat those words intentionally trying to label him as selfish, rich and uncaring...those hwo vote for his opponent based on empty promises are shooting themselves in the foot. Ultimately a vote for Obama is a vote for failure of our country.

Sandy, UT

It really scares me to think that Reid is the "face of Mormonism," or even a representative of a free United States republic. He's obviously the kind of person who will not only be used by others, but will sell his soul to gain favor with some sleazy power brokers who make dishonesty their stock and trade. We're seeing dirty politics at the extreme, as people try to take our eye off the ball (and the issues) and portray Romney as a heartless thug. I wish Harry had joined some other denomination--maybe he could even be the face of Islam, but I doubt they'd want him either.

Pleasanton, CA

Okay, two things: One, Reid himself has "sullied" Mormonism, or at least himself, by his recent repetition of the canard that Romney hasn't paid his taxes in ten years. Second, Greg Prince needs to understand the distinction between the responsibility of the church to care for the poor (primary) and that of the state (secondary at best).

Woods Cross, UT

Sorry to break it to you Mike in Cedar City but the 47% number is from the administration and it is a fact. Romney's comments were right on and illustrate the way the liberal agenda has disenfranchised those who were there most ardent supporters the poor, innercity, young and struggling and the middle class and small business. These are the ones who Obama's economy, taxes and opressive burden have hurt he very most. Yes Obama is the one that has done all these things to his own constituents then when they are hopless and their opportunities to better themselves are gone, he gives them foodstamps and welfare and tells them to go their way and be healed. The Republicans offer hope and opportunity to us all, they don't throw scraps of fish to us, they teach us to fish and clear the way so we can do it ourselves. This is true compassion. The liberal agenda blows smoke and when it clears we are worse off and when we look up they say that we just need to lower our expectations and vote them in again as they lavish themselves as Emperors.

Saint George, UT

I am convinced that many members of the LDS crowd, Harry Reid included, do not understand the concept of Agency. Jesus never believed in force and yet there are members of the LDS faith who either don't understand the difference between force and agency, or who willfully give their agency to something that can and is being used to deny it, and thereby are complicit in this satanic inspired devotion. This war, once fought before this life and decisively won in favor of agency, is being fought again on the grounds that the ends justify the means. Hitler, Lennin, and others felt the same way. Oh, but this is a America, you say. It is different here. Sorry, humans the world over are the same if given the power to deliver on their evil designs. Wake up!

blue springs, MO

i find harry reid a bit of sour grapes. he supports issues which are not really good standards. romney was raised with dignity and to work for a living. yes brother romney is wealthy, he has worked hard for the income. harry reid seems to be black balling the election to make sure he has a seat to sit on and a chance to vote. personally i am sad to see his comments in news papers. i have non member friends whom ask me about reid and why he stands for abortion and other issues.

Lake Havasu City, AZ

Boy, Satan can use almost anyone at anytime. I suggest that Harry Reid get down on his knees and ask for some help. It really appears that he needs some. I think we are back in time to when people voted Democrat, or Republican, whichever they desired, without having any knowledge about the candidates themselves. This happened in the 30's amd 40's because communication was not as good as it is today. I guess we all need to pray for both Mitt Romney, and for Harry Reed, for two different reasons.

Brother Reed, it would be interesting to know what church callings you have had, and if your are active at this time, or is politics taking up too much time and does not allow you to attend your church meetings?

Captain Green
Heber City, UT

We can only pray for Brother Reid. He needs all the help he can get. So senile at such a young age... I truly feel sorry for him.


Harry Reid is the biggest liar that I have ever seen. Harry Reid is the one who claimed Mitt Romney hadn't paid taxes for the past 10 years. Mitt Romney submitted 20 years of tax summaries for the press. If Harry Reid were in my ward I would not raise my hand to sustain him. Harry Reid is a traitor to our country and to our religion. The man has been Majority Leader of the Senate for the last four years and submitted one budget. It is his Constitutional Duty to submit a budget. What does this say about the man?

Flower Mound, TX

I appreciate the fact that Mitt is a faithful LDS "person", but as far as politics and the election go, I could care less what religion he is. He could be a member of the Community Church of Timbucktoo and still be a better choice to lead this Country than Obama could ever dream of being.

For those who claim to be liberal and LDS, I can't help but see you as either hypocrites, uninformed or uneducated. Compare the church teachings with the entire Democratic platform, keyword "entire". The church teaches self-reliance, not government-reliance. I can't imagine supporting the party that would "boo" when forced to include God in their Party platform, gay marriage, abortion, etc., etc., should I go on? A vote for Obama gives you all those items, whether you like it or not, you're not free to pick and choose - that is your party's beliefs.

You're either a follower of church teachings or you're not. Matthew 6:24 "No man can serve two masters..." As far as Harry Reid, we know which master he follows.

Salt Lake City, UT

3 Nephi Ch. 12
22 But I say unto you, that whosoever is angry with his brother shall be in danger of his judgment. And whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council; and whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.

23 Therefore, if ye shall come unto me, or shall desire to come unto me, and rememberest that thy brother hath aught against thee—

24 Go thy way unto thy brother, and first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come unto me with full purpose of heart, and I will receive you.

I guess that since Harry has made his condemnation of Mitt public, we should someday see a public reconciliation made. That will be a cold day in hell.

Mike in Cedar City
Cedar City, Utah

JDS1 You need to do some research outside of fox news. There have been many incidents of dishonesty including Romney saying that OBama is going to change the welfare program so that work will no longer be required.

It’s been three weeks since Mitt Romney first took fire for asserting that the Obama administration “gutted” work requirements in welfare. When the first ad was released, PolitiFact took the lead in debunking its claim that under Obama’s plan, “they just send you your welfare check,” giving it the highest rating of “Pants on Fire.” FactCheck.org followed suit, and the Washington Post’s Glenn Kessler offered a similar denunciation, giving the ad “four Pinnochios.”

Just one example.

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