Mitt Romney-Mike Huckabee feud flares up again

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  • Transaction7 Commerce, Texas
    Feb. 26, 2011 11:42 p.m.

    Here we go again. A retired lawyer, Ive been an active values and economic conservative and thus a Republican for over fifty years, but way too much of the current Republican party and crop of people seeking, allegedly seeking, or capable of seeking or winning the nomination, among other leading politicians, would rather fight each other than get behind anyone who could actually mobilize enough live voters and win both the nomination and the election and handle the Presidency and the most pressing problems in these critical times.
    Since I presume that they would prefer and vote for any conceivable Republican nominee in preference to Obama, and, for example, prefer whoever any Republican President would appoint to anyone Obama would appoint, I think that the various factions in the Republican and Tea Party coalition should already have got, and had better get, together and choose, and start preparing to elect, the best possible candidate for the jobs of getting the nomination, winning the election, and leading the country through this critical time.

  • Hank Pym SLC, UT
    Feb. 26, 2011 4:03 p.m.

    re: fresnogirl | 10:58 a.m. Feb. 23, 2011

    Isn't consistent politician an oxymoron?

  • Andermart Pullman, WA
    Feb. 24, 2011 9:40 p.m.

    Why all the fuss? I thought this was an election for a President of our country who can help America return to financial greatness, not for a leader of your religion. Who cares if he is Mormon? He knows how to turn America around. He knows how to get people working again. He knows how to get America working again.

    Just cool your biased Religious phobia and help America get back on track. We need fewer egotistical, religious bigots and more Americans who want our country to be great. Romney is just what America needs. He is a Christian as well. He is hard working. He believes in family, in marriage, and in us. Please don't be that crab who pulls down anyone who wants to get us out of this mess. Let's get behind him and give him a lift. Think of your children. We need a champion.

  • A Guy With A Brain Enid, OK
    Feb. 24, 2011 2:33 p.m.

    What about a ticket with Mitt as President and Newt as VP?

    Or maybe Mitt as President and Sheryl (sp?) Bachman as VP?

    Or Mitt and Ron Paul. AHH! THAT would be interesting.

    Business sense (Romney) to satisfy those who think Obama couldn't lead a group of Girl Scouts out of a wet paper sack and a Constitutionalist (Paul) to appease the Tea Party.

    We shall see!

  • A Guy With A Brain Enid, OK
    Feb. 24, 2011 2:24 p.m.

    I stopped liking Huckabee when he 'innocently' made that statement about Mormons believing Christ and Satan are brothers and then claimed he didn't know if that was true or not. Huckabee was a former theology student and knew full well Mormons believed it and said it simply to stir up trouble.

    The guy is a chameleon with a lying tongue.

    Sad, because without him splitting the vote, Mitt would most likely earn the nomination and give America a fighting chance to repair the destruction that Obama and the other liberal fools have done.

  • bikeboy Boise, ID
    Feb. 24, 2011 12:21 p.m.

    Is a candidate's religion, or lack thereof, a major factor in the minds of voters? How does that factor compare with the candidate's ability to rally the citizens, and execute foreign policy, and conduct the fiscal business?

    Judging from the comments following this story, religion is first and foremost in the minds of the commenters.

    (Our current president seems to be generally non-religious, but he has also polarized the citizens and doesn't seem to have much of a gift at management or foreign affairs, either. Will he be rewarded with another 4 years of photo ops and White House parties?)

  • friedeggonAZstreets Pembroke, NC
    Feb. 24, 2011 7:42 a.m.

    OK. I am going to try to post this again and hope I get to see this on here.

    Huckabee needs a reality check and I hope the media remembers he did this....While governer of Arkasas he (according to the press in 2000)set free many 'hardened criminals'. Yes, folks, to save money he put criminals on the streets again. Two of which ended up committing murder. One even killed a cop.

    What's he thinking if he decides to run? He will only serve to distract people from any viable LDS candidate by making it all about religion. Besides, what does which religion you belong to have to do with being a good president? Example: JFK and now we only have to see our current one to see you can say what you want to get elected (I'm a Christian), but what matters is what you do. Are you going to stand for the majority of the wants of America and what is right? Or what a few want?

  • Mormon Ute Kaysville, UT
    Feb. 23, 2011 11:50 p.m.

    Anyone who believes a person's religion disqualifies them from serving as President doesn't deserve our vote. Huckabee torpedoed Romney in Iowa by playing the religion card. He should never again be considered a serious candidate. One of the most basic founding principles of this country is freedom to follow the religion of your choice. The pilgrims came here for that. Religion should not be a factor in the Presidential race.

  • Razzle2 Bluffdale, UT
    Feb. 23, 2011 10:36 p.m.

    A side not to all this...America is so cool. We act like the difference between the American left wing and the American right wing are so far apart. But, coming from South America with 30 parties or more; Americans in general really have the same end goal just some slightly different means.

  • Wally West SLC, UT
    Feb. 23, 2011 9:24 p.m.

    re: Max | 5:03 a.m. Feb. 23, 2011

    Good call. Isn't his show filler between Professor Beck & Hannity's rah rah hour?

  • cmtam lake forest, ca
    Feb. 23, 2011 6:14 p.m.

    JM:"We understand,and the Bible supports it, that we are saved by grace, but everyone is rewarded according to their works. "Context,
    "For it is by grace you have been saved through faith and this not of yourselves,it is a gift of God, not by works so that no one can boast, For we
    are Gods workmanship[work of art],created in Christ Jesus to do good works,Which God prepared in 'advance' for us to do.(Ephesian 2:8-10 )

    JM,"LDS actually believe(that Jesus,is Creator of all, AND FIRSTborn of many. "Context,
    He is the image of the 'INVISIBLE God' the firstborn (prototokos) over all creation.(Col 1:15)Vines Biblical words p.240,or google it,for the Christian view. His priority to and preeminence over creation, not in the sense of first
    to be born". Example, "I will appoint him(David) my firstborn the most exalted of the Kings of the earth.(Psalm 89:27). King David was not literally the first born.

  • Alfred SLC, Utah
    Feb. 23, 2011 6:01 p.m.

    @The Reader:

    "There is not a republican in sight that can beat Obama."

    Obama can be beaten very simply. Just bring up the birth certificate issue and he's toast. Ask him to produce his as a condition to run fof pres.

    Hawaii's Governor Abercrombie couldn't locate the certificate and opined that one did not exist.

    I think Mitt should print his birth certificate on T-shirts and hand them out to his supporters. Would make a great campaign statement.


    @sergio: "The Book of Mormon people and land have no reality. That is the thought I was expressing. If I am wrong I will appreciate your correcting me."

    The book was written by Smith in about three months. An amazing fete for a young lad in his early 20s.

    "I would love for the Book of Mormon to be true. But I do not believe it."

    Don't form an opinion until you've read it.

  • johnnyboy Coeur D Alene, ID
    Feb. 23, 2011 6:00 p.m.

    If it comes down to huckster and Obama I will vote for big "O"

    hopefully it won't but we''ll see

  • Arm of Orion Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Feb. 23, 2011 5:58 p.m.

    Through which we draw closer to our God and become no longer enemies but servants, children, and friends. Yet still they who oppose will read what has been written and remain in darkness as to the truth of what I have said and not attempt to redact their false words. For they choose to be blind and are as the pharisees who say that "When it is evening...It will be fair weather: for the sky is red. And in the morning, It will be foul weather to day: for the sky is red and lowring."

    Furthermore you bring in religion where it is not needed for was it not Christ who said "Render that which is Caesar unto Caesar and unto God that which is God's"? So with this presidential race is this not a thing of Caesar's, in other words of civil governments?

  • Arm of Orion Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Feb. 23, 2011 5:51 p.m.

    I normally try to stay out of these ridiculous religious debates that Evangelical "Christians" seem to enjoy starting up. There is one that makes the fiery indignation of Paul seep into my being and that is the assertion that members of the Church of Jesus Christ do not think that Christ is the sole reason why we can obtain salvation and exaltation. The aforementioned assertion is fallacious at its best and at its worst a lie deserving of punishment found in the 9th Bolgia of Dante's Inferno.

    I affirm again that I as a member do indeed hold to the fact that Christ is the sole reason for salvation. For, assuming that there was no redemption and resurrection, the world would be "angels to a devil" and "shutout from the presence of God" to "remain in misery" (2 Ne 9:9). Furthermore the Church declares that we are unprofitable servants for the works that we do are not done of our own power. No, they are done according to the strength that Christ gives us through his Grace. (see Grace LDS Bible Dictionary). The only things that we can possibly do is repent. Not once but everyday.

  • D. Jeremy Spring, TX
    Feb. 23, 2011 4:59 p.m.

    Dixie Dan said: "[LDS] fail to realize when buying [Palin's] books or attending a talk, [Palin] dispizes (sic) the LDS religion."

    How in the world did you conclude this? Do you have any facts to back up this unsupported accusation? While Palin may not be the most experienced politician, I feel that she is probably one of the more level-headed and tolerant out there.

    Plus, she is a frequent guest on Glenn Beck's radio show and spoke at his 8/28 rally in DC. If she "despises" the LDS Church so much, as you assume, why would she freely associate with one of its more prominent members?

  • Riverton Cougar Riverton, Utah
    Feb. 23, 2011 4:29 p.m.

    "If Romney was all that, he wouldn't have to worry about Huckabee or anyone else for that matter now would he?"

    Theoretically this statement is true, but remember we are talking about the same group of American voters who elected Obama as president.

  • Springvillepoet Springville, UT
    Feb. 23, 2011 4:03 p.m.

    I have a pony.

    Seriously? People's perception of Mormonism is what most of you choose to debate?

    Calling Obama a socialist or Romney a RINO are both absurd generalizations, and debating over someone's faith is even less useful. 80% of the U.S. population falls within the centered 10% of the political spectrum, including every presidential candidate since the two-party system was solidified. They have to be if they are going to get elected.

    If the Tea Party isn't careful, they will kill a conservative run for the presidency even before it gets going. Quite a few elections have created a win for the other team because of strong third party runs.

    What does all of this mean? The real distinction between Huckabee and Romney is not very large at all. If people keep fighting over their supposed religious backgrounds because that gives them distinction, those efforts will actualy work against the GOP in 2012.

  • D. Jeremy Spring, TX
    Feb. 23, 2011 4:00 p.m.

    Sergio said: "It is not a matter of historical christian believe, but the believe in the non-historical Book of Mormon. It is like asking how much confidence do you put in a politician who believes there is a santa claus work shop some where in the north pole. Would this kind of unreassonabe thinking have an effect on how one functions in the highest office in the land."

    Ridiculous! Did JFK's belief in transubstantiation (e.g., the doctrine that Christ is literally re-sacrificed upon the altar during Catholic mass and congregants literally partake of his literal flesh and literal blood) affect how he functioned in the highest office? Most Christian religions vehemently reject transubstantiation, but it made no difference in electing the man.

  • JM Lehi, UT
    Feb. 23, 2011 3:29 p.m.

    Sadly, many Christians have been taught to hate members of Christ's Church, even thinking they do God service by attacking them.

    LDS have been taught to love all, and that, while the philosopher's creeds, and those pushing them, have caused many tortures etc, still, all of God's kind loving children will go to Heaven, and our mutual Father and God, Jesus Christ, loves all and died for ALL: Catholic, Protestant, Buddhist etc.

    We understand, and the Bible supports it, that we are saved by grace, but everyone is rewarded according to their works.

    It isn't surprising that many hateful people are here attacking LDS, some calling themselves Christians. Some have admitted to dishonesty (on Mike Ash articles), but say that lying leads to salvation etc. (I know, i don't get it either : ))

    Most feel it's ok twist views of LDS although they understand what LDS actually believe(that Jesus, is Creator of all, AND FIRSTborn of many, and while He was God before and is still God, He was once "man" born of Mary, and is exalted etc)

    I would have a hard time supporting Huckabee, with his hateful heart for my people.

  • cmtam lake forest, ca
    Feb. 23, 2011 2:55 p.m.

    fresnogirl,"Christianity is not an episode of Survivor where you get to vote on whether or not someone belongs on the island. Only God gets to do that." So True,
    For He(God) Predestined us(Christians) to be to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Chris in accordance with his pleasure and will.(Ephesians 1:5)
    or It does not therefore depend on mans effort but on Gods mercy.(Romans 9:16) Gods Sovereign Choice not Ours.

  • fresnogirl Fresno, CA
    Feb. 23, 2011 2:12 p.m.

    donn, unfortunately for your argument, Christianity is not an episode of Survivor where you get to vote on whether or not someone belongs on the island. Only God gets to do that.

  • anti-liar Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 23, 2011 12:24 p.m.

    Never going to forget Huckabee's snide "brother of Jesus bit." He showed his true colors on that occasion. I doubt anything has changed.

  • sergio Phoenix, AZ
    Feb. 23, 2011 12:04 p.m.

    @American First, you need to take a good look in the mirror.

  • American First Merced, CA
    Feb. 23, 2011 11:44 a.m.

    In my mind there's no better testimony of the truthfulness of the LDS Gospel than the actions of the frantic demons who thrash against it.

  • JohnJacobJingleHeimerSchmidt Beverly Hills, CA
    Feb. 23, 2011 11:31 a.m.

    Yaaaaawn, nothing is actually happening.

  • donn layton, Ut
    Feb. 23, 2011 11:19 a.m.

    fresnogirl,"Since when do other people get to vote as to whether I or God consider me a Christian?"
    Christian Scientists deny the resurrection of Jesus,are they Biblical Christians?

    Ye shall know them by their fruits and Beware of false prophets. Fruits can be doctrines and Jesus gives Christians (Catholic,Protesant,Orthodox) the right to be fruit(doctrine)inspectors. Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment (John 7:24).
    Mormon Doctrine, "From LDS Revelation, however, we learn that Jehovah is the English form of the actual name by which the Lord Jesus was known anciently.(D&C. 110:3;Abra. 2:8)." Wrong,Google Tetragrammaton. JS saw the KJV not Jesus,poor judgement.

  • Ernest T. Bass Bountiful, UT
    Feb. 23, 2011 11:04 a.m.

    re: Brian "No Mormon can win without the support of the Evangelicals and no Evangelical can win without the support of the Mormons so get used to Obama"

    Repubs can and will win without the LDS vote. They win most conservative states without the needing the LDS vote to win.

  • hardware Erda, Ut
    Feb. 23, 2011 10:58 a.m.

    Huckabee should just stick to tv. I would never vote for him .

  • fresnogirl Fresno, CA
    Feb. 23, 2011 10:58 a.m.

    I'm LDS, but am not a Romney fan. His politics change depending on who the potential voters are.

    I want someone who has a consistent record so I know what to expect from them should they win. I also want someone who actually follows the Constitution. That would be extremely refreshing: no undeclared wars, no Presidentially appointed Czars, no suspending an American's rights because you label them a "terror suspect"....

    As for this "feud," one bigot taking pot-shots at another man for his religion is not a feud; It is a man who is showing his true character. I, for one, do not want ANY bigot (regardless of where his hatred lies) in the highest office in the land.

  • Illya Waterloo, Iowa
    Feb. 23, 2011 10:53 a.m.

    I was in Iowa during the last primary run by Romney and Huckabee. Romney was the candidate endorsed by most of the Republican power base. Huckabee entered the race late with the slogan "Huckabee, the Christian candidate." Every protestant and fundamentalist preacher in the state knew exactly what was being said, and they rallied the troops. Romney won the cities and lost the rural counties. Huckabee acted coy and innocent in public statements, but his campaign was purposely directed to those who think that Mormons are automatically disqualified from national office because of their religious affiliation. Huckabee is either a bigot himself, allows himself to be used by others, or is remarkably cynical.

  • fresnogirl Fresno, CA
    Feb. 23, 2011 10:42 a.m.


    Since when do other people get to vote as to whether I or God consider me a Christian? That is a completely illogical argument.

    Furthermore, the very idea of a group of people VOTING on what a religious doctrine should be is intrinsically flawed. Groups of people decide things poorly all the time: Hitler, slavery, the Armenian genocide....

  • Mr. Rotunda Cedar Hills, UT
    Feb. 23, 2011 10:18 a.m.

    Huckabee will never get my vote simply because he is responsible for that awful, pointless, directionless show on Fox News.

    Humor aside though, the man is a snake-oil salesman. That is to say a person who puts on a certain face for the public's eye, but privately harbors deep routed prejudice and grudges.

    The man still hasn't forgiven Romney for running negative campaign ads in the 08 election. These ads weren't any different from any other ad aimed at any political rival in any race, yet the Huckster felt somehow he was wronged in a cruel and unusual manner, and he still folds his arms and murmurs about it even to this day. (might I add that the ads were 100% accurate in pointing out Huck's shortcomings by the way.)

    Also the man still hasn't forgiven Romney for being a Mormon. Could anyone in good conscience elect an Anti Semite? Then why or why would anyone think to elect an Anti Mormon, or anti anything for that matter?

    Do the country a favor. Say no to Huckabee.

  • Owl Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 23, 2011 10:13 a.m.

    Just who doesn't think their own religion, or lack of religion, is correct? Dektol has taken a page from old anti-Mormon hate literature. Something more relevant and factual should be the basis for any criticism of Romney.

  • NT Springville, UT
    Feb. 23, 2011 10:08 a.m.

    morpunkt: excellent comment and analysis. the left leaning media can help to ensure a re-election (by default) of the Obama administration by doing their best to reduce the message of the Republican/conservative/tea-party movements to these types of squabbles.

    Let's do our best to not get caught up in such tactics. To do so will further take our great nation down.

  • RanchHand Huntsville, UT
    Feb. 23, 2011 9:30 a.m.

    Oh, the joys of being a presidential candidate (again).

  • morpunkt Glendora, CA
    Feb. 23, 2011 9:19 a.m.

    Don't discount Mitt Romney. As a resident in So. Cal. and who meets many people working in health care, I can tell you, most of my contacts (and even patients) wanted Mitt, in 2008.
    What the media fails to report, is that the larger voting block for Reps is not the Evangelicals of the South, but the nationwide Independent voters.
    And the vast majority of them, according to the polls, want Mitt for 2012.
    This time around, even many of the Evangelicals are beginning to wake up and give Romney a second look.
    Not all Evangelicals are knee-jerk idiots, like the media portrays them. Many of my Evangelical friends told me they also would have voted for Romney, last election.
    Don't believe all of the "divide and conquer" tactics of the Left leaning media. They want to stir up the pot with the GOP.

  • The Reader Layton, UT
    Feb. 23, 2011 8:52 a.m.

    Huntsman is a good man. He could be a good president, but it will never happen. He is an active Mormon. Because of his religion he could never be elected president. At this time - it just would not happen. Huntsman would beat Romney easily. Romney is too busy sticking his finger in the air to see which way the wind is blowing. a real flip flopper!!

  • Ernest T. Bass Bountiful, UT
    Feb. 23, 2011 8:30 a.m.

    I would love to see Huckabee become the repub nominee just to watch repubs in this state squirm.
    What would all those LDS repubs do, the ones who believe political views and religion are synonymous?
    Could they vote for a mormon bashing born-again christian?
    I'm torn though, seeing Palin try to run a campaign would be a lot of fun as well.
    If repubs were smart they would get behind Huntsman. He's the only repub who would make a good president.

  • Dixie Dan Saint George, UT
    Feb. 23, 2011 8:16 a.m.

    What amazes me is the so many LDS in Utah would vote for Sarah Palin who supports the same religious views as Mike Huckabee. They fail to realize when buying her books or attending a talk, she dispizes the LDS religion. But because she is a Republicans, LDS people compromise their feelings and support her.

  • Doug10 Roosevelt, UT
    Feb. 23, 2011 8:14 a.m.

    Tempest in a teapot.

    Lots of GOP peopkle here with their feelings exposed and hurt as Mitt is taking heat.

    What goes around comes around. Mitt has been trashing Obama instead of leading out and making himself the clear leader.

    Did he or anyone think Huckaby was going to ride off into the sunset?

    Now the GOP is bereft of leadership. As a member of the GOP I am looking to vote for the leader who will actually cut defense spending and spend more on education.

    Since the election last year when we showed the dem's the door I have yet to notice how life has improved in our country. We are still broke, out of work and the debt load is increasing. I feel so much better now.

    Does anyone see a pattern here? Red or blue it doesn't matter who gets elected they do whatever they want not what they were elected to do.

  • Grundle West Jordan, UT
    Feb. 23, 2011 7:55 a.m.

    Our biggest concerns as a nation are economic. I think Romney can lead us through these times better than any other candidate. Is he the perfect candidate?

    No...The perfect candidate isn't here...he hasn't returned yet.

  • sergio Phoenix, AZ
    Feb. 23, 2011 7:54 a.m.

    %Alfred SLC,UT: I understand what you are saying and I agree with you. I think the difference between the historical Christian Bible and the non-historical Book of Mormon is that the Bible has roots; there is a geographical location and identifiable social and written history of its being. As you say some of the stories are beyond believe, but they can be traced to a real land and civilization. The Book of Mormon people and land have no reality. That is the thought I was expressing. If I am wrong I will appreciate your correcting me. I would love for the Book of Mormon to be true. But I do not believe it.

  • The Reader Layton, UT
    Feb. 23, 2011 7:52 a.m.

    This fuss about Romney or Huckabee shows how shallow the choices are on the Republican side to run against President Obama. There is not a republican in sight that can beat Obama. Especially now in the tea party continues to dominate on the republican side. They are not even thinking - they just want to slash and burn. Their idea to make a big fuss over a small slice of the budget instead of intelligently working on Social security, medicare and mecicaid shows how shallow they are and how unlikely the republicans can find a person who can beat Obama.

  • Lagomorph Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 23, 2011 7:34 a.m.

    I read this story online Tuesday evening and thought it to be a trivial bit of metajournalism fluff, a rehash of what a few blogs are reporting. I was flabbergasted to see it given A1 above-the-fold treatment in this morning's print edition. The DesNews is suffering from its newsroom shake-up.

  • MrsB1971 Pittsfield, MA
    Feb. 23, 2011 6:20 a.m.

    If Romney was all that, he wouldn't have to worry about Huckabee or anyone else for that matter now would he?

  • fanUVU Orem, UT
    Feb. 23, 2011 6:17 a.m.

    Mitch Daniels looks better all the time.

  • ? Fort Knox, KY
    Feb. 23, 2011 5:54 a.m.

    Its difficult to represent everyone in America, but that is what the president does to the best they are able. Would Mike Huckabee do his best to represent me as an American Mormon? Im not so sure. But the same question could be asked from any other individual of any other candidate. Would any of the candidates represent anyone else to the best of their ability? How will any candidate work to represent all of us, and tackle all of the issues that we are dealing with and come up with the most fair and workable solutions to these issues? I think we all of us want security, whether it is security from enemies of the U.S, financial security, security in our property, jobs, education, health, and to believe as we will. How will any candidates insure our security?

  • Max Syracuse, NY
    Feb. 23, 2011 5:03 a.m.

    Huckleberry's jealousy of Mitt is simply astonishing and sad to say the least. He needs to stay where he is, playing in his little band on his little TV program.

  • California Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA
    Feb. 23, 2011 2:37 a.m.

    I believe "Huckleberry" stated the feud with his anti-mormon comment during the last election. If you recall our dear "Huckleberry" said "Don't Mormons believe that .....". You fill in the blank. "Huckleberry" said this during his political tour of the south. Unfortunately, it backfired and if he does win the Republican nomination many of the wise LDS would be better served to deny this bigot the Presidential office. Anybody but "Huckleberry".

  • Janell Ventura, Ca
    Feb. 23, 2011 2:23 a.m.

    I'm sorry, I don't see a Romney/Huckabee feud.

    I have seen a small man (Huckabee) attacking Romney and the LDS Church at every opportunity, but haven't seen any such response from Romney since the last election (and even then Romney didn't attack Huck's religion).

    Is it really a feud when only one person it spewing vitriol?

  • wrz SLC, Utah
    Feb. 23, 2011 1:26 a.m.


    "Mark Sanford, a Republican, betrayed his wife and his status in the Republican party has vanished. Bill Clinton, the Kennedy brothers, Spitzer, all Democrats and adulterers and hypocrites, are worshiped by the Democrats."

    You have inadvertently identified the difference between a conservative and a liberal. Conservatives get dinged for faltering. Liberals are expected to falter so they get off scott free... and are even worshiped, as you point out.

  • Brian Wasilla, AK
    Feb. 23, 2011 1:04 a.m.

    No Mormon can win without the support of the Evangelicals and no Evangelical can win without the support of the Mormons so get used to Obama.

  • Alfred SLC, Utah
    Feb. 23, 2011 1:03 a.m.


    " It is not a matter of historical christian believe, but the believe in the non-historical Book of Mormon."

    I don't get it. Parts of the Christian Bible, although supposedly historical, is a bit strange, and many people such as Huckabee actually believe it. Actually, more strange than the B of M ever thought of being. Try Jonah in the belly of a whale or the Noah and his ark with two of every kind on the face of the earth story.

    Huckabee hates Mitt for his religion which totally disqualifies Huckabee for the office of president. Because any candidate for that office is duty bound to ignore the religion of other candidates.

  • JJL Eugene, OR
    Feb. 23, 2011 12:53 a.m.

    Huckabee's trashing of Mitt in 2008 gave rise to That Old Guy-Palin ticket that gave us Obama. Therefore, it Huckabee's hatred of the LDS religion gave us "Jimmy Carter's 2nd Term." Thanks so much Mike. I haven't really enjoyed seeing 10 % permanent unemployment and additional trillions added to the national debt.

  • scambuster American Fork, UT
    Feb. 23, 2011 12:06 a.m.

    It is no secret that Huckabee hates Mormons. He showed his prejudice in the last election. I'm not sure why Utahns like Republicans so much when they hate Mormons so badly.

  • sharrona layton, Ut
    Feb. 22, 2011 11:01 p.m.

    Panamadesnews: "Mormons ARE Christians. we believe that Christ was born by way of a virgin[birth]conceiving, we believe the Bible to be the word of God[as translated correctly].
    Joseph Fielding Smith They tell us the Book of Mormon states that Jesus was begotten by the Holy Ghost. I challenge that statement. The book of Mormon teaches No such Thing! Neither does the Bible! Doctrines of Salvation, Vol 1:19. Check Alma 7:10 and Mt 1:18.
    Our belief is a bit different, in that we believe God, Jesus Christ and the Holy Ghost are three separate personages(3 gods see Mormon doctrine pp 576-577), or polytheism ,Christians are monotheist.
    There is a big difference. It's hard to fool me, I left the church years ago when I became a Christian.

  • Riverton Cougar Riverton, Utah
    Feb. 22, 2011 10:41 p.m.

    A couple years ago when I lived in Chicago we were visiting someone who happened to have the radio on. He was listening to Michael Savage. Savage was talking about the usual, then the topic turned to Mormons. He said he didn't get why people hated Mormons so much, and that Reid and Romney are not bad people. Then he flat out said that Mitt Romney is the best man for President of the United States.

    Romney will have support. I know not all Mormons like him, but many of those are not politically-educated people who live in liberal places that brainwash everyone. Huckabee hates him enough to run just to prevent Mitt from winning, but hopefully many people will recognize Romney's credentials, swallow their pride and vote for him because they want what's best for America.

  • Kathy. Provo, Ut
    Feb. 22, 2011 10:18 p.m.

    I lived in Iowa for the 2008 campaign. There is a whole industry there in the Midwest of traveling scare mongers. They preach things that were discredited 150 years ago as pure bunk as doctrine of the LDS church.
    Entire congregations accept this garbage by people making a living selling it. They get paid their mileage to drive there, a fee and or a free will offering. I guess it's a good living and takes little effort, just regurgitate and never investigate the truthfulness.

  • one vote Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 22, 2011 10:12 p.m.

    In that party religion matters. Romney has no hope unless he changes to a Baptist.

  • morpunkt Glendora, CA
    Feb. 22, 2011 10:03 p.m.

    LOL. I can't wait to see which Mormon the Bible belt circuit candidate will attack the most.
    Romney or Huntsman?
    Get used to it Dixieland. We're everywhere.

  • B Logan, UT
    Feb. 22, 2011 9:36 p.m.

    I heard Chris Christie is forming a exploratory committee for 2012. He said he wasn't interested in 2012 but he probably looked at the Republican field and realized now is as good a time as any. I am a Mormon but I think, ideally, I would like to see Christie for President, Romney for Treasury Secretary, and Huckabee and Palin can keep their t.v. shows. I agree with a lot of what Ron Paul says, but I am sorry to say that he is not electable.

  • Brother Chuck Schroeder A Tropical Paradise USA, FL
    Feb. 22, 2011 9:23 p.m.

    Now this is strange, (a Mormon also) Glenn Beck has been heavily attacked by organizations funded by George Soros for comments Glenn made while exposing the "puppet master" over the past few months. I feel that Mitt Romney is more a "puppet master" (another Mormon) then Mike Huckabee is. What if the shoe was on the other foot, and, Glenn Beck has been heavily attacked by organizations funded by Mitt Romney and his anti-tea-party click?. What would Sarah Palin say then?. We all know that Mike Huckabee will trash a Mormon candidate any time and any place. Being more then politically correct here now, is these two love each other so much, then get a room, if they hate each other so much, then, get into a boxing ring and really slug it out, see who walks out of the ring wearing the thrown. As far as The White House is concerned, both need to "walk away", stand down, and don't even think about it, we don't need John McCain to skateboard into it, and crash the planet again, like he did in 2008, because of these two. That's my view.

  • panamadesnews Lindon, UT
    Feb. 22, 2011 9:12 p.m.

    To Donn:
    Your first point - WRONG! Mormon missionaries are taught to not discuss politics as they meet with people. Mitt's name will not even be brought up. If asked, they will state that yes, he is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
    If they wanted to know what Mitt believes, they would merely need to listen to the teachings of the missionaries and they would know.
    Second, Mormons ARE Christians. We believe in the Godhead, we believe that Christ was born by way of a virgin conceiving, we believe the Bible to be the word of God, we accept Christ as our personal Savior, and we dedicate our entire lives to Him and to Heavenly Father. Our belief is a bit different, in that we believe God, Jesus Christ and the Holy Ghost are three separate personages, but that they are ONE in PURPOSE. That difference does not make us non-Christians. Our church is even named after the Savior. We believe there is truth in all religions, respecting their teachings.
    Our Prophet, Gordon B. Hinckley said, "Come and bring all the good things from your churches and let us add to them.

  • samhill Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 22, 2011 9:10 p.m.

    "Does Mike Huckabee really hate Mitt Romney so much he'd run for president just for the chance to throw haymakers at his old rival?"

    Hmmm. After observing Huckabee in the 2008 race and since, I'd say the guy has a passive-aggressive streak that is a mile wide. And, that he views Romney as a representative of a LOT of what he hates.

    So, yes, I'd say he REALLY hates Mitt Romney. But, perhaps not enough to actually reenter the grueling race for the Presidency. In that case, his passive overcomes his aggression. But, you can bet he'll continue to take pot shots from afar.

  • ThePinkFloydian Bountiful, UT
    Feb. 22, 2011 8:52 p.m.

    I am voting for root canal to be President. It is far less painful than the presidential candidates we have had in the past few years.
    Unfortunately Mitt Romney is one of the best people who might run. I am LDS and i do not care what religion Romney is. I would rather vote Sarah Palin or Ron Paul.
    Mike Huckabee is terrible. He would make a terrible President. He might be the worst presidential hopeless to ever run next to David Duke. And biggoted.

  • panamadesnews Lindon, UT
    Feb. 22, 2011 8:31 p.m.

    To sergio - Arizona

    The Book of Mormon is another testiment of Jesus Christ. If you don't believe me, then read it cover to cover, not just bits and pieces. When you get to the end, you will know that it teaches the Gospel of Jesus Christ. That said, would someone, then, who believes in the Bible also not qualify to be president of the U.S? Your comparison using Santa Clause and the north pole, is ludicrus and hilarious.

  • Tom Smith Sandy, UT
    Feb. 22, 2011 8:17 p.m.

    Coming out of the last Presidential campaign, Huckabee has found his spot with Fox News. If people truly rise to the level of incompetence, Mr. Huckabee has arrived. He should plan on retiring with Fox.

  • Mike W Syracuse, UT
    Feb. 22, 2011 7:29 p.m.

    I'm not a church member, but I'd much rather see Romney as president than Huckabee... Huckabee is barely a step above Palin on the moron scale.

  • Razzle2 Bluffdale, UT
    Feb. 22, 2011 7:16 p.m.

    How would a religious bigot handle the Middle East and China?

  • Veritas Aequitas Fruit Heights, UT
    Feb. 22, 2011 7:09 p.m.

    Huckabee's "talkshow" is painful to watch...

    Him playing bass with world class musicians, then his "Glen Beck" type speech on world issues at the end.

    Let the guy run, and fuel his own destruction of his own campaign...

    I'm not a "Mitt Fan", but Huckabee is a joke...

  • Tom in CA Vallejo, CA
    Feb. 22, 2011 6:57 p.m.

    @Dektol 12:04pm:

    "We claim the privilege of worshiping Almighty God according to the dictates of our own conscience, and allow all men the same, to worship how, where, or what they may".
    As educated as you are I am sure you know the source of this quote.
    If ever there was a man of tolerance, it was the founder of the "Mormon" Church.

    "... only they have a pipeline to God..." Who said this??

    "He should not be in any elected office at all".
    Powell, OH

    Based on your "opinion" - it is clear how tolerant you are.

  • JSB Sugar City, ID
    Feb. 22, 2011 6:50 p.m.

    Problem with Newt is his morals. Mark Sanford, a Republican, betrayed his wife and his status in the Republican party has vanished. Bill Clinton, the Kennedy brothers, Spitzer, all Democrats and adulterers and hypocrites, are worshiped by the Democrats. Both Romney, Huckabee and Palin and I think most other Republicans who are front runners, have good marriages. Why is it that feminists tend to lean Democrat when it is obvious that Republicans have much more respect for women?

  • Razzle2 Bluffdale, UT
    Feb. 22, 2011 6:47 p.m.

    It is poor logic to follow...All Mormons believe this, ...Mitt is a Mormon, ...therefore Mitt believes the following...

    Let the man speak for himself!

    What does Obama really think of the Godhead? Who cares?!!!!!

  • Kimball Woodruff Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 22, 2011 6:40 p.m.

    This is not a fair fight. Huckabee needs only to mention the word "Mormon" 3 or 4 times to the wacky evangelicals that are the core of the Republican party and it's once again over for Mitt.

  • Gr8bald1 San Diego, CA
    Feb. 22, 2011 6:26 p.m.

    I personally do not think either Mitt or Mike care for one another -- nor do Sarah or Newt. I do not think this is hatred, but none of them care for the rest of the field.

    I do find Huckabee slick as a used car salesman of luxury autos. I do not trust him. He seems full of deception and guile -- seems self-centered, arrogant (yet not nearly as much as Obama) and an opportunist.

    I do want Newt to run. It will raise the level of the competition -- dramatically.

    I have read both "No Apology" and "To Save America". Both are excellent. I would be pleased with either Mitt or Newt as our next President.

  • Truthseeker SLO, CA
    Feb. 22, 2011 6:21 p.m.

    Newt Gingrich???
    Get serious.

    On January 21, 1997, the House voted 395 to 28 to reprimand Gingrich, including a $300,000 cost assessment to recoup money spent on the investigation. This was the first time in the House's history that the Speaker had been disciplined for ethics violations.

    Gingrich is a serial adulterer.
    Gingrich began an affair with House of Representatives staffer Callista Bisek (now his 3rd wife) who is 23 years his junior; they continued their affair during the Lewinsky scandal.

  • wandrew Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Feb. 22, 2011 6:08 p.m.

    The real question here still seems to be whether this newspaper is playing cheerleader for a particular candidate, apparently based on religion. Maybe that is just my perception; but it is a perception that this paper does seem to encourage.

  • GWB West Jordan, UT
    Feb. 22, 2011 5:56 p.m.

    And now you know why the NY Post, who is owned by Fox News' Rupert Murdoch, ran an article yesterday attacking Mitt.

    Huckabee is an employee of News Corp and Murdoch wants one of his own as President.

    Wait until Huckabee joins the race and you will see the Fox people like Hannity, O'Reilly, and Glenn Beck line up behind Huckster.

  • Richie Saint George, UT
    Feb. 22, 2011 5:53 p.m.

    After Huckabees 2008 performance I wouldn't vote for him for dog catcher. While he was Governer of Arkansas he pardoned a murderer who went on to murder a lady in the state of Washington. Sort of reminds us of Dukokus in 1988. He one of two people I see on Fox News that I change stations when they show their dumb face. The other one is Obama. I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and quite happy, However, I would vote for Newt, Mitt or any of the Republican candidates except Hickabee or Palan. Competence means a whole lot more then religion.

  • Peter Lemon Providence, UT
    Feb. 22, 2011 5:51 p.m.

    This what "conservative" evangelicals look for in a candidate.

    1. Pro-Life
    2. Pro-Guns
    3. Non-Mormon

    and of course, the promise of never ending welfare checks.

  • ute alumni Tengoku, UT
    Feb. 22, 2011 5:50 p.m.

    good luck campaigning for a one term president....o

  • JSB Sugar City, ID
    Feb. 22, 2011 5:47 p.m.

    Back in 2008 I was very impressed with Huckabee. I had confidence in him because of his apealing demeanor and good answers. But, when I looked at his web site and read a whole bunch of anti Mormon diatribe, I was very disapointed even shocked. He's smooth on the outside but one thing we don't need is a religious bigot no matter how self righteous he tries to appear. Every time I look at him I see a phoney. I have several good friends who are evangelical and we often correspond about religious things but I never, never have mocked or tried to distort their beliefs. Do do so is anti Christian and "Christians" who mock and distort other's beliefs are just using their profession of Christianity to vent their hatred. Their methods reveal the being in whom they really plcace their trust. Huckabee needs to apologize to Latter-Day Saints for his vicious and ugly lies about them when he ran before. I'd vote for Obama before I'd vote for Huckabee and I can't stand Obama.

  • Led Zeppelin II Bountiful, UT
    Feb. 22, 2011 5:41 p.m.

    Once again our presidential hopefuls are hopeless.
    Our choices are cancer and AIDS which means Obama wins again.
    I am LDS and do not like Romney. So stop the sterotypes. I do not like what Obama has done to the country one bit and think he had done a horrible job. Obama is Bush on steroids.
    But I would vote for Obama over Mike Hickabee anyday. Huckabee should be in prison for releasing all those dangerous killers and criminals out of prison. Just look what he did as govennor. Think what he will do as President. People who hate one group of people always hate lots of other groups of people also. Have you ever been to the south before?
    It is no secret who Huckabee really is.
    I wish Sammy Hagar would run for President. Like the old Montross song Sammy Hagar would "Rock the Nation"!
    Other great people to run for President would be Alveda King Clint Eastwood Tom Sellek and Charles Barkley!
    We dont have much of a choice. I doubt Sarah Palin will even run. I would vote for her.
    I might just vote for Ron Paul who has no chance to win.

  • Still Blue after all these years Kaysville, UT
    Feb. 22, 2011 5:25 p.m.

    Funny, "conservative" evangelicals would rather elect Obama than a Mormon.

  • frelsi Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 22, 2011 5:12 p.m.

    The problem here is that both of these men are Governors.To govern a state requires a certain amount of Socialism by nature where as the job of President should be limited to presiding over the Country as provided by the Constitution. And nothing more.

  • LOL holladay, utah
    Feb. 22, 2011 5:09 p.m.

    Oh, those funny, funny conservatives.
    They can't even get along with each other - the big sillies.

  • coleman51 Orem, UT
    Feb. 22, 2011 4:59 p.m.

    I don't think there is much to this story. It doesn't strike me any more than heresay and rumor. Obviously, in '08 there was the posturing and nay-saying that goes with the political process and it did get personal when Mitt's religion became an issue. However, Huckabee is correct when he states that a lot of personal sacrifice goes into a campaign and to just base it on one's dislike of a certain candidate and his religion is ludicrous. There would have to be a whole lot more reason for Mike Huckabee to get into a presidential campaign than a dislike of Mitt Romney.

  • On the other hand Spanish Fork, UT
    Feb. 22, 2011 4:38 p.m.

    @donn, I can easily imagine a Romney presidency doing Mormonism as much harm as good, but in any case I don't think it will make a very effective selling point for the missionaries. I certainly doubt people were flocking to George Bush's or Barack Obama's churches as a result of their presidencies...

    As for the car mechanic bit, I guess when God is walking you step by step through the repair process, you don't worry about job titles.

  • HCB63 Orem, UT
    Feb. 22, 2011 4:36 p.m.

    Huckabee is conveniently forgetting that the Constitution forbids any religious test as a condition of the presidency.

    A candidate's religion (or lack thereof) is irrelevant. It is the individual's credentials and character that are most important.

    Too bad the media are so quick to jump on the religion bandwagon whenever Huckabee speaks. They are doing the country a huge disservice by continuing to highlight what should be a non-issue.

  • christoph Brigham City, UT
    Feb. 22, 2011 4:25 p.m.

    It is not Mr. Huckabee's fault that Iowa (evangelical) is the first state in the primary process. I like Huckabees sense of humor (he teases Baptists---saying with 2 Baptists in a room there are 7 opinions on an issue), and I like his playing the guitar, and his being a preacher gives him a talent to think on his feet that not even Harvard could teach.

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    Feb. 22, 2011 4:22 p.m.

    As a Mormon, I would be proud, just proud, to do what I did in 2008, and that is actively and openly support that great American and leader, who has restored my faith in America, President Obama!

  • Say No to BO Mapleton, UT
    Feb. 22, 2011 4:17 p.m.

    I might just vote for Obama in 2012 because he does such a great job of energizing the conservative movement.

  • American First Merced, CA
    Feb. 22, 2011 3:56 p.m.

    Sergio, if main stream Christians build their moral foundation on just plain old stories that have simply evolved into fantastic fables over time (I do not believe that they do), and there is no belief in Miracles or a Higher Power then why have a religion at all? There are plenty of fables, legends and myths through out World History from many ancient cultures and people that have wise and positive messages. I've seen some of the programs on so called "educational" television that reduce the stories of the Bible into more "worldly" more "beleivable" terms, but how does that exercise Faith? Alot of people now see their Church as a place to simply improve their standing in the community, a status symbol, not as a place to strengthen their Faith. The Stories of the Book of Mormon are from ancient times, the difference is that they have not been altered to fit the political agenda of Kings and Rulers throughout the Dark Ages. It only makes sense that Gods hand would be extended to help guide his people through these perilous times when the Devil runs free.

  • MoJules Florissant, MO
    Feb. 22, 2011 3:48 p.m.

    We are not electing a religion, many wonder if Obama is Muslim, what if he is? That has nothing to do with how he runs the country. I have never considered religion to vote for or against a person. I would not vote because someone is the same religion or race as I am, I vote for what they can do for this country.

  • washcomom Beaverton, OR
    Feb. 22, 2011 3:47 p.m.

    Mike and Mitt need to have a closed door luncheon, where they can air everything out on the table.

  • donn layton, Ut
    Feb. 22, 2011 3:46 p.m.

    Romney would be used by the Mormon missionaries and others as a selling point or tool for the Mormon Church.
    Mormons are excluded from the 'PALE' of Christianity by The Manhattan Declaration: A Call of Christian Conscience is a manifesto issued by Catholic, Orthodox Christian, and Protestant leaders to affirm support of "the sanctity of life, traditional marriage, and religious liberty". It was drafted on October 20, 2009 and released November 20, 2009, having been signed by more than 150 American religious leaders. United by the Tri-une God of the Bible.
    Catholic Answers considers Mormonism a non-Christian religion. Just becaue you have a car in the garage does not make one a mechanic.

  • other Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 22, 2011 3:41 p.m.

    True, Ben Franklin wasn't held to the same standard as Gingrich will be. But then again, Franklin never preached intolerance the way Gingrich does and Franklin never ran for President. Franklin was not a hypocrite.

    There is a big lack of tolerance in the right wing of the Republican Party- and much of this includes the attitudes of many towards Mormon beliefs. Utah Mormons like to think they are part of the religious right and Tea Party, but reality will show otherwise if there is a pitch battle between Huck and Mitt.

  • Independent Henderson, NV
    Feb. 22, 2011 3:25 p.m.

    "Newt Gingrich is a genius and a brilliant communicator. However, he has a really messy personal life that will bite him in the butt if he decides to run."

    This is true, but just how long should we hold this against him? Just think of all of the political wisdom we would have missed out on if they had held Benjamin Franklin to the same standard.

  • Independent Henderson, NV
    Feb. 22, 2011 3:20 p.m.

    "Would this kind of unreassonabe thinking have an effect on how one functions in the highest office in the land."

    It's pretty sad when we can't just respect each other's religious beliefs, and instead we just call them unreasonable. Hundreds of thousands if not millions of reasonable people accept the Book of Mormon on faith. Not because they can prove that it's a historical record, but because they have a sincere, honest religious conviction that it is God's word. You are certainly free to disagree, but to call us all unreasonable and disqualify us from holding political office because of it, is well...unreasonable. I suppose you are free to be unreasonable.

  • DogsBarking Provo, UT
    Feb. 22, 2011 2:48 p.m.

    Mike is a bigot. I thought he changed but he's one of those on-so-nice to people while he secures their loyalty and vote but inside he's extremely intolerant. Not presidential material in many more ways than that.

    It doesn't help that he has a women-like jealously of Mitt's good looks either...

  • Furry1993 Somewhere in Utah, UT
    Feb. 22, 2011 2:47 p.m.

    I see nothing of value in either of them. Both of them are merely politicians, saying what they think is necessary to get themselves elected. There is nothing to recommend either of them for president.

    I guess I'll be voting for my son's cat again.

  • Barack Obama Phoenix, AZ
    Feb. 22, 2011 2:01 p.m.

    Both men are running for president, doing their research, organizing their teams, analyzing their chances, and making the best decisions they can. Huckabee would never run for president simply to make Romney's life difficult.

  • sergio Phoenix, AZ
    Feb. 22, 2011 1:59 p.m.

    %American First, I appreciate and I understand your point. However,I think the disconnect is centuries of time in fables. I don't think there are many people today baseing their life on Noah or Moses dated stories. But, the Book of Mormon is the living bases of current believe and way of life and the search for the identity of the Mormon People and the location of the Book of Mormon lands is a question of reality and intellectural thought. Please understand: I do not know the answer, and niether do you. Nevertheless, I enjoy the walk.

  • codger Southwest Utah, UT
    Feb. 22, 2011 1:58 p.m.

    I like Mike Huckabee. We are almost in total agreement politically. But he and his ilk will trash a Mormon candidate, largely because the Mormons' concept of the godhead is somewhat different from theirs. Now, if I am a Mormon, by using Huckabee's very own stupid logic, I cannot support him.

  • So. Cal Reader Escondido, CA
    Feb. 22, 2011 1:57 p.m.

    Even if Huckabee doesn't run just for that matter, don't be surprised if Hunstman does. Doesn't seem to be any love loss between those two either!

  • skitarghee Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Feb. 22, 2011 1:53 p.m.

    To Huck: Slang for chuck,heave, throw.
    Mitt: Something to catch a ball or object thrown
    Huck-a-bee: To throw a bee/Utahn/Mormon
    Use in a sentence: Didn't we see a Huckabee caught by Mitt when anti-Mormon forces were unleashed in Iowa?

  • LOL holladay, utah
    Feb. 22, 2011 1:50 p.m.

    I can just see the debate now.
    One guy quoting from The Bible - the other The Book of Mormon. Things get tense. Both men slamming the other in every way they can (as is the nastiness of Conservative politics).
    Then, when all else fails, Huckabee will as Romney:
    "What do you mean God hasn't spoken to man since Moses."
    The result: Americans believing in the Constitution's separation of church and state will reject both of these holier-than-thou people.

  • EgbertThrockmorton Layton, UT
    Feb. 22, 2011 1:31 p.m.

    The more I see Huckabee do the Evangelical TipToe around what he has said about the LDS Church and Romney, the more disgusted I am. I'm NO fan of Romney, but Huckabee? He's just another opportunist, and not much better than are resident Yewtaw state legislators. He's less of a buffoon than Buttars or Herr Wimmer though, only slightly so.

  • Belching Cow Sandy, UT
    Feb. 22, 2011 1:31 p.m.

    Dektol is obviously not very educated so cut him/her some slack.

  • merich39 Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 22, 2011 1:22 p.m.

    We the People... is Huckabee more hateful than say Chris Buttars or Gayle Ruzicka?

  • American First Merced, CA
    Feb. 22, 2011 1:21 p.m.

    Sergio, aren't you saying that anyone who beleives that Prophets have Communicated with God is a fool? Wouldn't that disqualify every President we've ever had in your mind? Please point out how beleiving that Noah built an Ark to carry two of every animal or Moses dividing the Red Sea isn't any more of a leap of Faith than also believing that Jesus Christ visited the Ancient America's and that the Church of Jesus Christ has been restored through a Prophet in the last days. Think about it.

  • DEW Sandy, UT
    Feb. 22, 2011 1:19 p.m.

    Oh brother, another Mickey Mouse Race.

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    Feb. 22, 2011 1:15 p.m.

    Romney was favored by 19%,
    Huckabee 18%,
    Sarah Palin 10%,
    Donald Trump 8%,
    Newt Gingrich 7% and
    Tim Pawlenty 5%


    You've GOT to be kidding me!!!
    Looks like 6 more years of Pres. Obama.

  • We the People Sandy, UT
    Feb. 22, 2011 1:05 p.m.

    Huckabee is a hateful man who has no place in our political landscape.

  • Considering Stockton, UT
    Feb. 22, 2011 1:04 p.m.

    Let's see:

    Romney and Huntsman Jr are RINOs who like socialism lite. Romney is at least pretty good on fiscal matters whereas Jr shows no evidence he is. Both are socially liberal.

    Obama is socialism heavy who is terrible on both fiscal and social matters.

    Huckabee was far less conservative as governor than he was as presidential candidate. And he shows significant signs of being a serious religious bigot.

    Palin upsets the left but with only two years as governor is not ready for the top of the ticket.

    Donald Trump is another rich celeb with zero political experience.

    Newt Gingrich is conservative and has a brilliant political mind, but extramarital affairs limit his ability to win with conservatives.

    Jindal seems to have faded.

    My goodness, where are the real conservatives with decent credentials?

    Maybe Christe or Walker?

  • ute alumni Tengoku, UT
    Feb. 22, 2011 1:03 p.m.

    Mitt has forgotten more about the economy than o has ever known. upchuckaby is a typical bible thumping southern that can't stand the fact that
    a. Mitt is sucessful
    b. Mitt is very good looking
    c. Very smart
    Most of the prospective candidates don't enjoy one of these traits, let alone all three.

  • Cats Somewhere in Time, UT
    Feb. 22, 2011 12:58 p.m.

    Dektol is COMPLETELY off base about his/her characterization of Mormons and Mormonism. But, anti Mormons always distort and mischaracterize when they attack.

    Huckabee comes across as an affable character, but he is, at heart, a mean politician. His hatred of Mitt is a combination of jealousy and religious bigotry. If he's smart, he'll stay where he is. He can't win and he can never raise the money necessary for a successful campaign.

    Newt Gingrich is a genius and a brilliant communicator. However, he has a really messy personal life that will bite him in the butt if he decides to run. I love Newt, but I wish he hadn't made such poor personal choices. His recent conversion to Catholicism isn't going to help him. He needs to keep on what he's doing now. He's doing a great job.

  • American First Merced, CA
    Feb. 22, 2011 12:57 p.m.

    That's right Ted H. I was once asked by an Evangelical Christian why Mormons think they're the only ones going to heaven. I explained to him that was a simplistic half truth and a tactic used by critics of the church to attempt to exclude Mormons from main stream Christianity, and that Mormons believe all who keep their Covenants with the Lord will achieve a Degree of Glory after this life. I then asked him the same question, if he thaught only Evangelicals would go to heaven. In a very rehearsed manner he said that "only a person who has accepted Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior can be "saved""...I asked again and got the same answer, we did the dance, and I asked if as a Latter Day Saint I could be saved. He just kept repeating the same thing. At that point I assumed he was indirectly telling me that an active Mormon nor any other person who is not an Evangelical cannot be saved. It seems Dektol has become confused about who thinks all other religions are wrong.

  • Considering Stockton, UT
    Feb. 22, 2011 12:52 p.m.

    Those who want to attack mormonism need to find a better slant than the LDS claim of singular authority. Such a claim is also held by Catholics, by Jews, by Baptists and by many evangelicals. Sure, evangelicals may not claim that any specific "church" has unique authority, but if your interpretation or understanding of the Bible or the Gospel differs from theirs in the least, they will let you know how wrong you are, and generally with far less tact than either the LDS or Catholics might use.

    Those who wish to attack mormonism also need to find a better reason than that some doctrines or practices of mormonism appear strange to those outside the faith. The same thing is true of most religious beliefs and atheists are quite good at making any and all religious belief appear strange.

    Really, those who wish to attack mormonism need to get a life and find something positive to do rather than just tearing down and attacking. I enjoy a comparative religion discussion so as to learn more about others' beliefs. I can't imagine spending any serious time or effort attacking or mocking someone else'e beliefs. That is childish.

  • sergio Phoenix, AZ
    Feb. 22, 2011 12:51 p.m.

    %counter intelligence and Independent, I think maybe you are missing the point. It is not a matter of historical christian believe, but the believe in the non-historical Book of Mormon. It is like asking how much confidence do you put in a politician who believes there is a santa claus work shop some where in the north pole. Would this kind of unreassonabe thinking have an effect on how one functions in the highest office in the land.

  • nomo Draper, UT
    Feb. 22, 2011 12:48 p.m.

    Not being a mormon, I am an American and Mitt Romney is the best candidate for what this country needs right now..Who cares what religion the president is, he is either good for the country or he's not period. Dektal grow, up you have no idea what it takes to run a country, one's religion is the least of it. But I guess since you are a "REAL" Christian you can tell all the rest of us what we should do. As far as Huckabee is concerned there is one word to describe the fued between him and Romney "Jealousy" pure and simple. Huckabee could care less about this country he's so jealous of Mitt he's blinded by his own envey...

  • whoisjohngalt Holladay, UT
    Feb. 22, 2011 12:36 p.m.

    Both socialist. Romney-care or obama-care? No thanks.
    RON PAUL defender of the constitution for president!

  • Independent Henderson, NV
    Feb. 22, 2011 12:35 p.m.

    I find it sad that Newt Gingrich, who is probably the most intelligent of the bunch, polls below even Palin. If Republicans actually pick Palin, they deserve what they get. Even I will vote for Obama in that scenario.

  • Independent Henderson, NV
    Feb. 22, 2011 12:33 p.m.

    Dektol, couldn't we say the same about Catholics? The fact that many Christian denominations do not claim any special authority from God does not prevent LDS people or the LDS church from being good neighbors and cooperating with people of other faiths, or no faith, for issues and causes on which we agree. Why are you getting so hung up on it? I'm sure Mitt Romney beleives as I do that Elders of the LDS church are the only people on earth authorized by God to baptize in the name of Jesus Christ, but last time I checked, baptism was not a role of the President of the United States. Why is this an issue? Furthermore, your pipeline to God statement is inaccurate to say the least. While LDS doctrine teaches that the President of the Church is the only one on earth you can receive inspiration from God for the whole earth, we also believe that very many, if not all, people not of our faith may and do receive inspiration for themselves, their families, and the people they lead. We do not believe we are the only ones with a pipeline to God.

  • Big_Ben Centerville, UT
    Feb. 22, 2011 12:17 p.m.

    Oh man! Looks like as of right now, my choices for president are

    1. Barack Obama
    2. Mitt Romney
    3. Mike Huckabee
    4. Sarah Palin
    5. Donald Trump

    Can you say "write in vote"?

  • Ted H. Midvale, UT
    Feb. 22, 2011 12:15 p.m.


    All other religions think Mormons are wrong. If they didn't - they'd do things like the Mormons do. It's why so many choose to get offended.

    We would be lucky to have a business genius like Mitt in the White House, unlike the guy who currently thinks the best thing to help us financially is to spend on anything possible.

  • Dektol Powell, OH
    Feb. 22, 2011 12:04 p.m.

    It is simple, Mormons believe ALL other churches are wrong and only they have a pipeline to God. All real Christians are offended by this as well as all other religions the world over. Romney is a mormon and part of this thinking and his allegiance is to his Church long before his nation and Constitution.

    He should not be in any elected office at all.