Frank Pignanelli & LaVarr Webb: What will the nation do with two Mormons in race for president?

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  • ALJS Bountiful, UT
    Feb. 8, 2011 10:34 a.m.

    I'd probably vote for Huntsman for dogcatcher and absolutely for President. The U.S. Senate would be a first good step. The dear old USA needs that kind of international savvy. Romney? Nope! Can't tell where the guy stands from day to day.

  • JoeBlow Miami Area, Fl
    Feb. 7, 2011 3:49 p.m.

    Its not exactly rocket science. Republican Candidates MUST move to the RIGHT to get the nomination.

    Then they must move More to the center to win the general.

    Reagan would have been panned by todays Tea Party.

    What this country needs is a Fiscal Conservative and a Social Moderate.

  • Anti Bush-Obama Washington DC, MD
    Feb. 7, 2011 12:25 p.m.

    Are these guys real mormons? They seem to support the tyrannical establishment too much. If they start talking like Chuck Baldwin, I will vote for them.

  • Emajor Ogden, UT
    Feb. 6, 2011 10:17 p.m.

    T. Party,
    I think it's the curse of having to make it through the primaries. You have to pass the litmus tests. And once someone does you have to wonder if it is genuine. In politics you are marketing a product more than living an ideal. I frankly don't know what Mitt Romney stands for. It's a real Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde scenario. McCain did the same kind of thing during the presidential election, come to think of it.

  • T. Party Pleasant Grove, UT
    Feb. 6, 2011 5:59 p.m.


    That's the proper question. I can't shake the feeling that the real Mitt is closer to your ideal than to mine. I don't know whether I can get past Romneycare and his migratory position on abortion.

    Should it be this hard to detect his principles?

    It's not just the ancient history, either. His endorsement of Bailout Bob wasn't all that long ago.

    Don't even get me started on Junior Huntsman.

  • Gus Talwynd Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 6, 2011 4:53 p.m.

    Nothing. Religion gets in the way. They wouldn't make it through the Republican primaries. They fail the evangelical litmus test.

    And, as attested in this thread, there is too much baggage even for Utah wingnuts.

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    Feb. 6, 2011 12:51 p.m.

    Great column, guys. Some good comments.

    @ Flashback, I'm Mormon and I wouldn't vote for Romney for dog catcher. Why are you supporting a Massachusetts politician?

    @ MPS, are you kidding me? What's the altitude in Kirtland, NM?

    As a Mormon, I think Obama best represents true Christianity and should serve a second term.

  • MPS Kirtland, NM
    Feb. 6, 2011 10:25 a.m.

    Harry Reid is proud of his faith and never squirms. But he is also a Democrat. The Democratic Party may not control the media, but media does have a bias toward the Democratic party. Bash the Republicans on any and every front at hand, ignore the same issues in a Democrat. That is the real reason Harry Reid avoids any controversy over his religious faith.

  • Hank Pym SLC, UT
    Feb. 6, 2011 10:20 a.m.

    I have had real hard time voting for either major party.

    Though, I really have to think hard if there was a moderate Republican who did not pander to the religious right or cave to whatever Limbaugh says.

    In short, A Reagan era Republican i.e. A social moderate and fiscal conservative.

    It sounds like Huntsman, junior *may* be my ideal candidate.

  • JMT Springville, UT
    Feb. 6, 2011 10:10 a.m.

    Vote for the fiscal conservative. Oops, both go down in smashing defeats by New Hampshire. Romney-care and Huntsmans Utah/Kyoto Protocol are mill stones about their respective necks.

    Both are great guys. Both failed in two massive policy areas. One socialized medicine, other radical environmentalism.

    Next candidate please.

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    Feb. 6, 2011 10:06 a.m.


    Good in-sight for the most part.

    The first paragraphs in the article about Huntsman's intent seem most accurate.

    As well as the final paragraph about Senator Harry Reid being the sterling example of how a Mormon politician should handle his membership in the political spot-light.

    It's interesting how all those atheist, God hating Liberals never mention anything about Brother/Senator Reid being a "Mormon".

  • Emajor Ogden, UT
    Feb. 6, 2011 9:05 a.m.

    Short memory? When Romney was governor of Mass., he was very moderate, and even-keeled. Once he hit the national stage for the 2008 primaries, though, boy he went straight to being an obnoxious right wing idealogue. I couldn't believe some of the baseless partisan garbage that came out of his mouth during that time.

    So which Romney do you hope will run for President? Moderate Mitt, or Calling Down the Thunder Mitt? And which is the real one?

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Feb. 6, 2011 8:33 a.m.


  • Flashback Kearns, UT
    Feb. 6, 2011 1:02 a.m.

    I'm Mormon and I wouldn't vote for Huntsman for dog catcher. Romney? I'd vote for him in a heartbeat.