Robert Bennett: Would America vote for a Mormon?

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  • Anti Bush-Obama Washington, DC
    Oct. 18, 2011 12:42 p.m.

    It's a very foolish thing to vote for someone just because they claim to belong to the same religion. I tend to look for wolves in sheep's clothing by seeing what kind of people they were when they were a governor, senator, or in some other office.

  • MAYHEM MIKE Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 18, 2011 12:14 a.m.

    As a Mormon and having read the bigoted comments from Pastor Jeffress and others, along with Perry's refusal to indignantly distance himself from them, I have to ask myself the question: "If only an evangelical were running against Obama, would I vote for him/her?" My response might be, "I'd probably have to, but wouldn't want to!"

  • skeptic Phoenix, AZ
    Oct. 17, 2011 10:03 p.m.

    Leadership is much about how one thinks, as a man thinks, so is he. If a man thinks voodooism and chicken sacrifice is an answer to a problem and he calls it his religion; then religion is important in demonstrating his ability to think realistically and reason truth. Therefore, the religion of candidates for president of the USA should be considered as very important.

  • silas brill Heber, UT
    Oct. 17, 2011 9:34 p.m.

    Living in Utah, obviously we've all voted for Mormons. I'd vote for Huntsman for president.

    Someone in the SL Trib today asked a similar question: Would a Mormon vote for an atheist?

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Oct. 17, 2011 5:47 p.m.

    If you're not going to prevent religion from being brought to the campaign, you have to accept that it will bite you.

  • Screwdriver Casa Grande, AZ
    Oct. 17, 2011 5:11 p.m.

    We'll see. No doubt many conservatives have been prepared to vote against Obama from day one no matter who the candidate is.

    Romney isn't all that honest though. I'm not looking forward to having the first Mormon president be someone like him.

  • kstuart FARMINGTON, UT
    Oct. 17, 2011 2:16 p.m.

    Romney needs to drop out of the election and here is why. He will win most of the northeast, mid-west and west in the GOP primaries. He is by far the most polished candidate and will win in these regions and thus be the GOP nominee. This is not good as the Democrats will exploit the LDS church and the enmity held by the evangelicals in the southeast. It was cause the GOP to lose Florida and possibly North Carolina and Virginia, which will cause Obama to win a second term. Romney may win back New Hampshire, Colorado, New Mexico and Nevada; but it will not be enough electoral votes to win. Romney may even win the popular vote.

    The bottom line is that when the Evangelicals are faced with the decision of a Socialist or a Mormon, they will not select either. This will tip these sensitive states in the South to Obama. This means four more years of Obama, meaning we will be so far down the socialist road (if we are not already there), we wont be able to recover.

  • no fit in SG St.George, Utah
    Oct. 17, 2011 1:44 p.m.

    Would America vote for a Mormon who's father was born in Mexico?
    What's up with that? What was Dad's family doing in Mexico? What kind of rules made it so Dad got to run for President?
    Has anyone seen their birth certificates?

  • marxist Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 17, 2011 1:40 p.m.

    It's difficult for most Americans to make a decision on this matter, because to understand Mormonism one must live in it or have lived in it. Most Americans have absolutely no idea what Mormon life is about, so they cannot understand what makes Romney (especially) and Huntsman tick.

  • StandAlone South Jordan, UT
    Oct. 17, 2011 1:13 p.m.

    Why not? They had not problem voting for a Communist.

  • JoeBlow Miami Area, Fl
    Oct. 17, 2011 10:41 a.m.

    Dektol, you are entitled to vote based on your opinion.

    I look at everyone on a case by case.

    I believe that there are "some" LDS who would be too sensitive to their church leadership (prophet) to make a good president.

    Same could be said about a Catholic.

    I would not vote for people that I felt were that way.

    I do not believe that Romney or Huntsman fall into that category.

    Dont paint with such a broad brush.

  • Flashback Kearns, UT
    Oct. 17, 2011 10:36 a.m.

    Dektol just does not use his brain in a proper manner. He's obviously not ever read any of Ezra Taft Benson's talks on the Constitution.

  • David King Layton, UT
    Oct. 17, 2011 10:25 a.m.

    Would America vote for a candidate they agree with, but doesn't "seem" the most presidential? Would America vote for a candidate that is completely devoted to Constitutional principles? Would America vote for a candidate that names specific large cuts that s/he would make to balance the budget? Or do they prefer a relatively small cut of 5% discretionary spending, and then the promise of an extremely difficult to pass balanced budget amendment? (the latter is Romney's plan)

    I think these are the questions we should be asking, and talking about real issues. Bigots will be bigots, especially in the secrecy of the voting booth. Time spent on trying to shame them into dropping religious prejudices is, in my opinion, time wasted, and time that would be better spent examining the specifics of the the various proposals put forth by all the candidates.

  • The Deuce Livermore, CA
    Oct. 17, 2011 10:08 a.m.

    In this day and age, to read a comment that an individual would disqualify a candidate based on where he goes to church on Sunday shows both a lack of knowledge of the religion and the issues facing our country. I am not of the LDS faith but have never read, heard or seen any indication that LDS members do not honor and support the constitution. I have taken the time to simply read the LDS "Articles of Faith" where is states that Mormons believe in hornoring and sustaining the law of the land. To me that reads supporting the consitution. The comment made by Dektol | 9:11 a.m. Oct. 17, 2011
    Powell, OH - simply does not make sense if this individual had taken time to understand this religion. Yes, take time to understand the issues and the individuals and base your vote on real issues not made up propaganda.

  • Brother Chuck Schroeder A Tropical Paradise USA, FL
    Oct. 17, 2011 9:49 a.m.


    Now this part should be from the University of Utah's Hinckley Institute of Politics, but it is not, nor talked much about from Robert Bennett. Would America vote for a Mormon?. That depends on the truth. First off, The Koch brothers' father, Fred, was among the select group chosen to serve on the Birch Society's top governing body. In a recorded 1963 speech that survives in a University of Michigan archive, he can be heard warning of "a takeover" of America in which Communists would "infiltrate the highest offices of government in the U.S. until the president is a Communist, unknown to the rest of us." That rant could be delivered as is at any Tea Party rally today. The other major sponsor of the Tea Party movement is Dick Armeys FreedomWorks, which, like Americans for Prosperity, is promoting events, not GOP jobs. We know Mitt Romney had several meeting's with the Koch Brother's. That's open public knowledge. Here's the question, Would America vote for a Mormon for President, if, they knew first, he was a Communist?. A Communist at the same time could be a Mormon to, you know?. This a case of "like-father, like son's?.

  • Brother Chuck Schroeder A Tropical Paradise USA, FL
    Oct. 17, 2011 9:46 a.m.


    DN moderator, should we discuss Moral Relativism today, or answer Bennett's question?. The most powerful man in television news, using his instincts about on-air talent and the assault on American values, ROGER AILES has set the new agenda for TV journalism. Throughout this remarkable run, Ailes, 71, never lost his self-image as a renegade challenging the media elites comprehension of blue-collar Americans. His intellect has altered the parabola of television news, pioneering a new type of programming that caters to conservatives and independents. Roger is a tenacious and wily competitor, he fights with brass knuckles, and he rarely loses, a winning and tough-as-nails reputation he earned. Ailes has positioned Fox News to dominate the news business in both ratings and influence, and its success has mirrored the increasing anger, hate, and envy that the establishment media, and America's left, direct at Ailes and Fox. THAT'S why Glenn Beck is "NOT THERE" anymore. Robert Bennett, asked a question, would America vote for a Mormon?. That's a loaded question that "ROGER AILES" would ask. It depends how many secret meetings Mitt Romney or Jon Huntsman had with the Koch Brother's. I would say no.

  • tenx Santa Clara, UT
    Oct. 17, 2011 9:37 a.m.

    Dektol is from the city of the Mission home of the Columbus Ohio Mission. Maybe he has had some bad experience. However, he for sure doesn't know what he is talking about. Still some believers in horns and plural marriages out there.

  • Mike Richards South Jordan, Utah
    Oct. 17, 2011 9:25 a.m.

    The post made by "Dektol" is one of the most disturbing posts that I have ever read. He seems to have said that "Mormons" are a class of citizens who should be denied office because of their religion. LDS Liberal pointed out that "no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States." (Article 6). Is religious bigotry so profound that "Mormons" would be denied the rights extended to any other citizen?

  • The Real Maverick Orem, UT
    Oct. 17, 2011 9:08 a.m.

    I think a big issue might be Mitt Romney's inability to connect with people.... Average Joe-Sixpacks. I know he connects with those who can pay $500 dollars a plate to eat with him at his 15k square foot castle in Park City.

    But what about Joe the Plummer?

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    Oct. 17, 2011 8:18 a.m.

    They did for Speaker of the Senate of the United States of America.

    Maybe the questions we should be asking is - Would Mormons vote for a Mormon?
    Why do you want to keep trampling article VI of the Constitution?

  • Richard Larson Holladay, ut
    Oct. 17, 2011 7:34 a.m.

    I suppose some will.
    I won't!