Mitt Romney tells '60 Minutes' about his nightly prayers

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  • atl134 Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 28, 2012 4:47 p.m.

    "God listens to prayers. "

    Sure, but that doesn't mean that the people making the prayer requests get what they want.

    "Many are against him because he has done well, both with his family, business, volunteer work and with government endeavors."

    That's silly. Most people are against him because they hate their policies. Him being wealthy isn't a problem in and of itself. However, having a wealthy guy talking about how we need to make hard choices for deficit reduction and then picking a VP nominee whose budget would have eliminated the capital gains tax effectively knocking Romney's tax rate to 0... that annoys people and makes them think he only cares about the rich.

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    Sept. 27, 2012 8:50 a.m.

    When I see that type of business type activity from President Obama in Ohio, I know that someone in his camp must have some smarts. Or it could be that they are just matching what Governor Romney's camp is doing to balance out the efforts.

    Of the battlegrounds, Ohio has so much for Obama due to the auto bailout and the Unions he has in his hip pocket.

    Governor Romney is going after the people of Ohio as a whole and not just those specific industries. He wants to be the President of the whole United States of America and not specific pockets.

    Many are against him because he has done well, both with his family, business, volunteer work and with government endeavors.

    He doesn't want all this partisianship that the Democrats have made over the past 50 years. Many decisions have been made by states and the federal government to aid in getting votes by entrenching people into entitlements.

    We are a country and people that give for others to gain in knowledge, power and prestige. However, when you give so much, later generations perceive that as a handout that is earned by them forever and ever.

  • NedGrimley Brigham City, UT
    Sept. 26, 2012 11:59 a.m.

    Please be sure to point out that BOTH candidates have been seen at their $25,000, $40,000, $50,000 a plate dinners, not just one...or the other. Latest tally shows President Obama has spent over $47 million in advertising just in Ohio, Mitt Romney over $44 million. I don't make that distinction to show one paid more than another, just that to throw stones at one or the other based on money received or money spent is disingenuous.

    2 candidates. $90 million in one state. Remind me again what the job pays annually?

  • NedGrimley Brigham City, UT
    Sept. 26, 2012 11:52 a.m.

    Wow, how refreshing that we can all pick little pet names for each of the candidates. Makes you feel like you're back in elementary school...

  • Furry1993 Ogden, UT
    Sept. 26, 2012 10:37 a.m.

    I really don't see how Willard's prayers are anyone's business but his and our Heavenly Father's. This isn't news.

  • Claudio Springville, Ut
    Sept. 25, 2012 12:57 p.m.


    Wives=more than one

    You would do well to learn the distinction, less you promote the idea that Mr. Romney still continues the polygamy of his ancestors.

  • no fit in SG St.George, Utah
    Sept. 25, 2012 10:49 a.m.

    Mitt Romney explains NOW, how he wants sick people to go to the hospital emergency room.
    Mitt has come full circle with his opinions/proposals for our country. He has multiple answers for every subject that is important for voters. His answers change with the tide, change with the weather, change with the seasons, change with his location, change with his audience, change with his clothes, change with his increasing wealth, or whatever.
    This United States Presidential candidate does not even understand the concept of pressurized cabins inside of airplanes.
    And...there are supposedly intelligent, wealthy, patriotic big whigs financing/running this man's campaign?
    Will the United States of America awaken up from this Republican Conservative nightmare soon?

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    Sept. 25, 2012 10:20 a.m.

    Does an IPhone make us a powerful nation? Is it the nuclear capability we have with an Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines that are dedicated and have been taught with conviction? We are a powerful nation because we have people that prayed to God and asked for his help as they deliberated and thought about the process for our government and the Constitution of the United States of America. They were not in a vacuum. They had different religious beliefs but believed in a God that helped get them to this area of the new world. God had a place for these men and women of integrity and were God-fearing to come and bring the peoples of the world a better place. A place that is still sought after with law and order and justice, so far.

    What a blessing to have this kind of past with good people defending the rights of others around the world, at a cost to our own nation and people. We are blessed by a God that still loves us and will answer our prayers for our good. There are plenty that want to take away that freedom as we live today.

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    Sept. 25, 2012 9:46 a.m.

    God listens to prayers. This is a God-fearing nation and I am glad that people have had a glimpse of a man that doesn't believe in just his own power. He trusts in God but knows the country can't survive without those General Washington and Founding Father's moments of prayer and meditation. It cannot be done just be man's and woman's power.

    Those Pilgrim, Quakers, and many others came and still come to our country to get what no other country can offer in a way we do. They come for a stable environment to raise a family and have the opportunity to excel in whatever trade or ability they have and can learn.

    We don't live in a country that was made to force people to live a certain way. They have the opportunity to blend in with others.

    Having lived in so many countries that don't have the opportunity to feel safe and secure, phyically, as we do, they live in fear of the governmet to come and take away their property and rights without a review process. I have seen people taken away and accosted by the authorities.


  • Esquire Springville, UT
    Sept. 25, 2012 6:06 a.m.

    In the same interview, he said that anyone without health insurance could just go to the emergency room. This man is appalling. And quoting Jennifer is akin to quoting Rush Limbaugh. The writer of this story is as partisan and in the bag as they come.

  • Susan in VA Alexandria, VA
    Sept. 25, 2012 5:34 a.m.

    hmmmm... not a very balanced article is it? I have come to expect more of Deseret News and I'm very disappointed.

  • Shelama SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Sept. 25, 2012 1:13 a.m.

    Is there any evidence-based data on the effectiveness of prayer by candidates for influencing election outcomes? I'm personally kinda thinking that She doesn't pay much attention but I don't have any real evidence. But considering that She's black, I have to wonder if She's not smiling on Obama.

  • BYUalum South Jordan, UT
    Sept. 24, 2012 10:08 p.m.

    I, too, hope Mitt Romney and my prayers are heard and answered. He's a great man and will make a wonderful president of the United States.

    God bless America! Romney-Ryan 2012

  • Shaun Sandy, UT
    Sept. 24, 2012 9:47 p.m.

    Why do republicans say you are responsible for your economic situation when a republican is in office but when a democrat is in office it is the presidents fault?

  • NeilT Clearfield, UT
    Sept. 24, 2012 9:32 p.m.

    I wonder who he prays for. The 53 percent of the 47 percent that he considers freeloaders. That would be senior citizens collecting social security benefits, and relying on medicare. Or would the 47 percent include veterans going to college on the GI bill or getting healthcare at the VA hospital. Or maybe college students receiving some form of financial aid. Just wondering. If Romney had said I want to get people off welfare, food stamps and unemployment and back to work I would have applauded his comments. Unfortunatley that is not what he said. All his supporter can do is claim he was misquoted. Really.

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    Sept. 24, 2012 9:03 p.m.

    Idaho Falls, ID

    Are you sure Mitt really doesn't care about the poor and needy? ...He buys milk for a veterans home for years out of his own pocket.

    [He also deducted it from his taxes...probably puttting him is his own 47%.
    And just to keep things in their proper perspective, saying Mitt Romney is a nice guy for buying milk for a veterans home is like saying I'm a nica guy for buying a ONE gallon of milk for kindergatern party. He makes 1,000 time more than I do, so singing his praises for a $1,000 gift is like singing my praises for giving $1 to the panhandlers at Temple Square. Perspective -- you people just can't seem to realize how insanely wealthy the wealthy really are. Where much is given, much is expected.]

    Florissant, MO
    @LDS Liberal, my you are popular. Now remind me, with taxes and charity, what percentage of Mitt's income did he give away? 20% ...I am sure half of that went to tithing,

    [wrong, read his 2011 return. Mitt Romney gave $1.1 million to the LDSchurch...out of $13.7 million in earnings]

  • xscribe Colorado Springs, CO
    Sept. 24, 2012 6:38 p.m.

    @A1994: If there is a God, hasn't he/she/it done the same thing with all nations? Or are you insinuating that he/she/it tends to favor America over all other nations that came before it?

  • A1994 Centerville, UT
    Sept. 24, 2012 5:55 p.m.

    I believe the God of Heaven has a very keen interest in this particular nation. He has protected it and shaped it from the beginning. I have no doubt that the people will get the leadership (or lack thereof) we deserve.

    I cannot imagine looking at the past several years and thinking that this is the best we can do. Rather than just asking, "Are you better off than you were four years ago?" people need to look at the current administration/national situation and ask, "What if this is as good as it gets?"

  • Getting it Right Sunnyvale, CA
    Sept. 24, 2012 5:18 p.m.

    Our Nation is at the period of the cycle where people are prideful, prosperous, fearing of men than God and worldly . You know what comes next... Destruction! God forbid. Imaginary friend? Get back to me when you are in your death bed or in a foxhole.

  • MoJules Florissant, MO
    Sept. 24, 2012 5:14 p.m.

    @LDS Liberal, my you are popular. Now remind me, with taxes and charity, what percentage of Mitt's income did he give away? He didn't have a choice where the taxes went to, probably some teacher making $75,000 a year, not wanting to be evaluated. And the 20% of his income, I am sure half of that went to tithing, but the other half probably went to disaster aide, wounded soldiers and maybe even horses for those who have MS. Let's talk about his wives horses, my closest friend really was helped with her MS by using horses, just yesterday my heart broke when I saw a family friend who could hardly walk with her MS. Sure I would love to have a few thousand dollars handed out to me, but I also would love to see those who are hurt by disasters, disease and a dying economy to be helped out. I get people knocking on my door for donations to things, I tell them that I give to the charities that I wish to give to, how blessed we are to be able to do that. No one is forced where to give, TOTALLY!!!

  • Pa. Reader Harrisburg, PA
    Sept. 24, 2012 5:06 p.m.

    After headlining Mitt's piety through his prayer ritual, you unearth an irrelevant onservation from an obscure blogger to portray the president in the most negative way possible.
    At least you could be just a little more clever in your shameless promotion of Romney.

  • O'really Idaho Falls, ID
    Sept. 24, 2012 5:03 p.m.

    To all of you who just can't give up the "47%" thing, why are you so insecure and offended? YOu are all acting like helpless victims. Did he mean you? Is there a reason for you to be squeemish about it? or are you just parroting tired old rhetoric. Honestly, if you can't see that statement for what it was, something meant for those on the inside of his campaign that have a high stake in it and interested in voting numbers, then you're getting distracted from the real issues. The left wants you to be hurt, offended and distracted from Obama's lousy record as president.

    Are you sure Mitt really doesn't care about the poor and needy? He gives 4 million to charity in a year and only made that public because he was forced to. He buys milk for a veterans home for years out of his own pocket. He gives his own time helping victims of a wildfire WITHOUT one single media camera around.

    I'm certainly grateful he prays because he'll need all the help he can get fixing this country when he's president.

  • Instereo Eureka, UT
    Sept. 24, 2012 4:25 p.m.

    I'm glad he prays for wisdom and understanding. I just worry that the answers he receives to increase his understanding of things he says he doesn't understand are answers that benefit people like him and not people like me. He says in public he's concerned about 100% of the people in our country but in private he discounts 47 % of us. His platform also hurts many citizens in our country. I hope the God he prays to answers his prayers for all of us and not just half of us.

  • Fitness Freak Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 24, 2012 4:04 p.m.

    @LDS liberal When did Mitt Romney "bash" anyone?

    When liberals don't tell the truth, they lose credibility. Even on this forum.

  • Belching Cow Sandy, UT
    Sept. 24, 2012 3:23 p.m.

    @LDS Liberal
    "Maybe Mitt should be spending more time listening to Him and what he told us to do [i.e., feed the hungry, heal the sick, clothe the poor, ect.] rather than listenig to his political handlers and uber-wealthy donors..."

    Mitt has given millions to help feed the hungry, heal the sick and clothe the poor. How much have you given?

  • Truthseeker SLO, CA
    Sept. 24, 2012 3:09 p.m.

    In an interview with Diane Sawyer about Libya, President Obama said he does “a lot of praying,” every night before he goes to bed.

    “I am praying that I'm making the best possible decisions, and that I've got the strength to serve the American people well,” he said.

    At the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington last month, Obama described how the shooting tragedy in Tucson, Ariz., had deepened his faith and how watching his daughters grow up makes him lean on God a little bit more.

    "My prayers sometimes are general: Lord, give me the strength to meet the challenges of my office," he said. "Sometimes they're specific: Lord, give me patience as I watch Malia go to her first dance. Where there will be boys, Lord, have that skirt get longer as she travels to that dance."
    (ABC news March 2011)

  • atl134 Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 24, 2012 2:52 p.m.

    "Mitt will win by at least 5 points and will carry Ohio, Florida and possibly Pennsylvania"

    He currently trails by 3.7 nationally (RCP average) and is losing those three states by 4, 3, and 8 respectively.

    I'm pretty sure we've reached the point where asking God for a Romney win would qualify at putting the Lord to the test.

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    Sept. 24, 2012 2:50 p.m.

    Perhaps he should spend more time talking with the poor and the needy, the sick and down-trodden, rather than bashing them at $50,000 a plate dinners.

    We all know how Great God is,
    Maybe Mitt should be spending more time listening to Him and what he told us to do [i.e., feed the hungry, heal the sick, clothe the poor, ect.] rather than listenig to his political handlers and uber-wealthy donors...

  • JoeBlow Far East USA, SC
    Sept. 24, 2012 2:47 p.m.

    Thinkman writes

    "Mitt will win by at least 5 points and will carry Ohio, Florida and possibly Pennsylvania and even may pick up New Mexico."

    May want to change your moniker to Hopeman or OptimisticMan.

  • Utah Businessman Sandy, UT
    Sept. 24, 2012 2:06 p.m.

    I would simply like to refer all to a marvelous message today from Star Parker--"Time for Truth, Not Word Games"--very pertinent comments regarding the current presidential campaign. If you are not familiar with this very wise lady who has been on both sides of the government "nanny state", I suggest you become familiar with her story--it is very enlightening and inspiring for anyone interested in the basic principles that made America the greatest nation in the world--freedom, personal responsibility & accountability.

    If you prefer that we move in the direction of Greece, Portugal, etc., then you likely will not be interested in her story.

  • Republicantthinkstraigh Anywhere but, Utah, Utah
    Sept. 24, 2012 1:53 p.m.

    It's people like Mitt Robme you can thank for that Cow.... Not Obama.

  • BigRich Orem, UT
    Sept. 24, 2012 1:33 p.m.

    Wisdom and courage, and faith, dictate that we elect someone who is both moral and God-fearing. The day we don't will signal the end of the U.S. and the foundation it was built on.

  • Belching Cow Sandy, UT
    Sept. 24, 2012 1:31 p.m.

    If Obama makes it for another term we are going to be doing a lot more praying. This year is the first time the company I work for is losing money. At the same time the cost of living is skyrocketing. Not sustainable. It boggles my mind that anyone would vote for Obama. Like a dog eating it's own vomit.

  • Wally West SLC, UT
    Sept. 24, 2012 1:26 p.m.

    Not to one up one old man or MoJules but...

    I plead with who or whatever is in charge to deliver our country from Ivy Leaguers in DC & on Wall St.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    Sept. 24, 2012 1:23 p.m.

    Ah, Red, it's sad to see that you're still having problems with reading comprehension.

    Didn't you know that all the Stripling Warriors were Democrats?

    It's true.

    They had the courage to stand up and fight for what was right back then. It's still true today.

  • FT salt lake city, UT
    Sept. 24, 2012 1:16 p.m.

    When will we have the wisdom and courage to elect an agnostic or athesit? That's when we can really start to solve our country's problems.

  • Californian#1@94131 San Francisco, CA
    Sept. 24, 2012 12:52 p.m.

    It's a wonderful thing to see so many praying people.

    I too, pray. I've been praying, "Dear Father in Heaven, please send us another Presidential candidate."

  • RedShirt USS Enterprise, UT
    Sept. 24, 2012 12:49 p.m.

    To "one old man" lets get this straight. You want to be delivered from Romney and the Democrats. So that counts out major canidates for President.

    Tells, who are you going to vote for President since you have expressed your disdain for Romney and all Democrats.

  • DEW Sandy, UT
    Sept. 24, 2012 12:45 p.m.

    Amen and Go Mit Romney

  • kishkumen American Fork, UT
    Sept. 24, 2012 12:43 p.m.

    Ok, so Romney has daily conversations with an imaginary being. At some point, it would be great for him to have some productive conversations with real people too. The real people would like some more specifics about how he would specifically reform taxes, what his tax returns looked like during the past 10 years, and I personally would like to know if he truly thinks the senior citizens and military families who don't pay any income tax really think they are victims.

  • Caprice PROVIDENCE, UT
    Sept. 24, 2012 12:34 p.m.

    I personally believe Mitt Romney is a great man with a magnificent vision of America and how to restore jobs and leadership to a failing nation. He is far more compassionate and connected than his detractors try to paint him. His anonymous acts of kindness and help to those in need are never mentioned because he never talks about himself in terms of his personal service to his fellowman. In truth, there is not a finer man or a more capable individual to become the president of the United States. The pettiness of people is disgusting as they knit-pick at any possible flaw. No one alive is better prepared and more committed to preserving the American Dream than Mitt Romney. Love him or hate him, he is still our best hope of restoring America to greatness. Obama's failed presidency is a disaster, yet there are those who can't see the forest for the trees. Obama's playing down the murder of four Americans is hardly a "bump in the road." That alone should be a giant red flag to Americans.

  • MoJules Florissant, MO
    Sept. 24, 2012 12:31 p.m.

    I pray every night, too.

    "Heavenly Father, please deliver us from the likes of Obama and his band of Gadiantons."

  • liberal larry salt lake City, utah
    Sept. 24, 2012 11:43 a.m.

    Heaven help us if Mitt's prayers are answered, and he gets elected! He seems to hold sway with about half of the Republican Party, and none of the 47% left leaning moochers. Mitt has shown zero ability to stand up to the delusional far right. If Mitt gets elected the left will consider it pay back time for the GOP's treatment of Obama, and President Romney will spend all of his time trying to veto bills proposing that America get out of the U.N., and squashing amendments that we return to the gold standard.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Sept. 24, 2012 11:19 a.m.

    Everyones' relationship with the almighty should have one thing in common. It's a personal, private thing.

  • RockOn Spanish Fork, UT
    Sept. 24, 2012 11:06 a.m.

    Our great presidents have always sought, through prayer, inspiration from a higher source. It shows humility and hope. Love his agenda or hate it, but, M. Romney is a good person and deserves respect. I also think B. Obama demonstrates that he is a good husband and father. I respect him as well while disagreeing with his understanding of economics, entrepreneurship and desire to have government solve everyone's problems.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    Sept. 24, 2012 10:59 a.m.

    I pray every night, too.

    "Heavenly Father, please deliver us from the likes of Mitt Romney and his band of Gadiantons."

  • xscribe Colorado Springs, CO
    Sept. 24, 2012 10:41 a.m.

    He also told 60 minutes that those making between $100,000 and $250,000 were the middle class - which I agree - but his economic plan intends to hit those very people with a tax increase. However, he says he will not raise taxes on the middle class. Well, which is it, Mitt?

  • Happy Valley Heretic Orem, UT
    Sept. 24, 2012 10:39 a.m.

    He should be praying that no one watches that interview because we got to hear some of his healthcare plan...

    "Well, we do provide care for people who don't have insurance," he said in an interview with Scott Pelley of CBS's "60 Minutes" that aired Sunday night. "If someone has a heart attack, they don't sit in their apartment and die. We pick them up in an ambulance, and take them to the hospital, and give them care. And different states have different ways of providing for that care."

    Totally disconnected.

  • Thinkman Provo, UT
    Sept. 24, 2012 10:31 a.m.

    Mitt will win by at least 5 points and will carry Ohio, Florida and possibly Pennsylvania and even may pick up New Mexico.

    Glad he prays. We need more leaders who seek divine guidance and wisdom if only to help them in their stewardship and responsibilities.

    Prayer can also be a time and often is, to meditate, reflect and become one with oneself.