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  • FDRfan Sugar City, ID
    Feb. 3, 2011 9:54 p.m.

    Some questions were raised during the Gingrich vs. Dean Debate this week that all candidates will be forced to answer. I would like to see how a Mormon candidate would answer: 1) Should an emergency room doctor be compelled to perform an abortion if it is deemed to be crucial in saving the mothers life, regardless of her/his personal opinion on abortions? 2) Did the pre- Obamacare health system need fixing and if so how? 3) Did the Bush tax break contribute to the national deficit?

  • CPA Howard Rancho Santa Margarita, CA
    Feb. 3, 2011 10:10 p.m.

    I don't believe a Mormon can win because they would not be able to carry the south. I don't mean any disrespect to the christians in the south, but they view Mormons a cult and would not vote for a Mormon.

  • Abe Sarvis Cedar City, UT
    Feb. 3, 2011 10:20 p.m.

    There's can, and there's will. Not the same thing.

    And of course there's just how much coverage the Utah legislature gets nationally. Shine a spotlight on those boys, and LDS candidates are toast outside of Utah.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Feb. 3, 2011 10:47 p.m.

    George made it. Sarah's a contender. Anything is possible.

  • John Pack Lambert of Michigan Ypsilanti, MI
    Feb. 4, 2011 12:08 a.m.

    Utah legislators resign when they are arrested for drunk driving. This is more than we can say for members of most other state's legislatures. For example in my home district we had a state senator who got multiple drunk-driving arrests, but he was not ousted from office until he got a domestic abuse arrest.

  • truthlover Milwaukee, WI
    Feb. 4, 2011 4:00 a.m.

    Not only did Huntsman quit the governorship and ambassadorship, he dropped out of high school to be in a rock band. That has nothing to do with being Mormon, but I don't know how that will help him.

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    Feb. 4, 2011 6:34 a.m.

    The biggest obstacle to a Mormon becoming President is getting the nomination in the very political party that they think is part of their religion. The right wing of the GOP rules, and their bigotry will not allow it to happen. Mormons who have run before were moderate mainstream, and the Republican Party has gone so extreme that its past heroes would go no where today.

  • Gentile brookings, SD
    Feb. 4, 2011 6:36 a.m.

    wow, I just figured it out. Huntsman's only reason for running is to attack Sarah and the other gang of right wingers. He is to be the attack dog, grrrr grrrr. He can't get the nomination, but he can attack attack attack Sarah and Michelle and the whole gang. He can push the buttons and watch the action. He will rip rip rip.

    That leave Mitt with clean hands. Whoa, I feel insightful this morning.

    Got it!!!!

  • KamUte South Jordan, UT
    Feb. 4, 2011 6:51 a.m.

    Why must LDS members always wear the title? Can't they simply be the best candidate?

  • Third try screen name Mapleton, UT
    Feb. 4, 2011 7:17 a.m.

    Rove is out of touch. He missed the signals on the Tea Party and the impact conservatism had on the 2010 midterms.
    He's a RINO trainer; not exactly a prophet in the current political climate.
    But I can see how he would like Jon Jon; Huntsman Jr is his kind of client.

  • bgl Santa Monica, CA
    Feb. 4, 2011 7:27 a.m.

    Well, a nod from Mr. Rove. So respected in American politics. Never seen as extreme or manipulative in any way. If I were a candidate, I would stay as far away from this man as possible.

  • Lia Sandy, UT
    Feb. 4, 2011 8:17 a.m.

    No it's not.

  • Lia Sandy, UT
    Feb. 4, 2011 8:19 a.m.

    Dear Hutterite,

    Bush was not elected, he was appointed. And Sarah is only a contender for den mother, or soccer mom...barely. She has no more business running for the presidency than Brittney Spears.

  • other Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 4, 2011 8:22 a.m.

    I agree with Esquire- a Mormon is highly unlikely to get the Republican nomination because of the dominance of religious bigots in the south who will vote against any non-Evangelical.

  • other Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 4, 2011 8:24 a.m.

    I agree with Rove- a Mormon could win the general election where political views would override concerns over religion. But it is unlikely that Republicans will nominate a Mormon- and there are no Mormons running as Democrats. Perhaps Huntsman should run as a Democrat.

  • other Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 4, 2011 8:31 a.m.

    I am a non-Mormon Utahn. I could and have voted for Mormons (Wayne Owens and Jon Huntsman and others) and will in the future. I am as likely to vote for a Mormon as I am to vote for an atheist or member of any other religion if I agree with their political views. Can Utah Mormons say the same? Would they ever vote for an atheist if they had similar political views?

  • joe5 South Jordan, UT
    Feb. 4, 2011 8:35 a.m.

    Lia: Aren't you tired yet of that Bush lie?

    Can you point to even one count in Florida that come up with Gore in the lead? No.

    Do you believe the Florida state government should have followed their own constitution? Obviously not. You wanted the rules changed in the middle of the game to favor your candidate.

    It's been more than a decade and I can't believe you are still holding onto a completely innaccurate and fabricated version of history. Get over it and move on with your life. How long can you let your political biases rest on a lie?

  • FDRfan Sugar City, ID
    Feb. 4, 2011 8:59 a.m.

    If our primary system forces candidates to pander to a base and consequently appear as evasive, flip flopping, deceitful, or ignorant, then perhaps we should change to an instant runoff plan. Of course the status quo king makers, or power brokers, may oppose but are there other reasons? Straight on answers, about political issues or religion, will go a long way with voters in the South. If Huckleby thinks he can get political mileage in asking a Candidate, who happens to be Mormon, if Satan is a brother to Jesus then let him state if he believes that Satan exists and if so where did he come from. As a convert for the South, I believe Mormons need make no apologies about their religion. It just needs to be explained and contrasted

  • Razzle2 Bluffdale, UT
    Feb. 4, 2011 9:02 a.m.

    Sure a Mormon can be President. But, she'll probably be a democrat. The far right is out of control.

  • ute alumni Salt Lake, UT
    Feb. 4, 2011 9:04 a.m.

    other:
    utahns that voted for o did.

  • sergio Phoenix, AZ
    Feb. 4, 2011 9:09 a.m.

    Perhaps, it would be a good thing to have a Mormon president and then he could use his power of office to explore and find the Book of Mormon lands thus solving a major American religious question.

  • Flashback Kearns, UT
    Feb. 4, 2011 9:17 a.m.

    Christians in the South? Not in my experience (except for the Mormon ones).

  • bkcharles Snowflake, AZ
    Feb. 4, 2011 9:28 a.m.

    "dissecting the tenets of a religion in conjunction with a candidate is inappropriate" What Mr Rove says is true, but that hasn't stopped it from happening in the 2008 Presidential Race.

    I am sure that Huckabee entered the presidential race as a legitimate choice for president from the "Religious Right". But I am also sure that he stayed in the race, even though he had no reasonable expectation of winning, because he wanted to make sure that Romney - and more specifically - a MORMON would not be elected

  • Whazzup Rawlins, WY
    Feb. 4, 2011 9:45 a.m.

    I guess if an undocumented Kenyan can become president, why not a Mormon?

  • Lia Sandy, UT
    Feb. 4, 2011 9:53 a.m.

    Bitter? nah..Just glad that the improvident lack-wit is a memory. A BAD memory.

  • Belching Cow Sandy, UT
    Feb. 4, 2011 10:53 a.m.

    @Lia
    Hopefully after 2012 our current lack-wit will be nothing more than a bad memory.

    In case you were not aware there are quite a few presidents who where former governors. Not sayin she would be a good president but she is every bit as qualified as the current lack-wit. You thinkin that Brittney Spears is as qualified as a former governor sheds some light on how Obama got elected.

  • kiaoraguy Provo, UT
    Feb. 4, 2011 10:58 a.m.

    The far right is out of control? So does that mean the left is full of stable people and ideals, that they have every thing under control and the country is doing great with no problems, other than the ones the right causes? Oh my heck...

  • Pagan Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 4, 2011 11:53 a.m.

    'So does that mean the left is full of stable people and ideals, that they have every thing under control and the country is doing great with no problems, other than the ones the right causes?' - kiaoraguy | 10:58 a.m.

    Iraq
    Afghanistan
    Financial Meltdown
    Guantanamo


    Obama didn't create any of these.

    So, long and short?

    Yeah.

    Yeah, they are. I will grant you the left has problems. And it's origins can be traced to the right.

    Example?

    'I guess if an undocumented Kenyan can become president, why not a Mormon?' - Whazzup | 9:45 a.m. Feb. 4, 2011

    Still waiting on a 'Kenyan' birth certificate. One BESIDES the last four that was proven fraud.

    If you can only present questions as your point, you don't have any facts.

  • LVIS Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 4, 2011 12:11 p.m.

    sergio | 9:09 a.m. Feb. 4, 2011
    Phoenix, AZ
    Perhaps, it would be a good thing to have a Mormon president and then he could use his power of office to explore and find the Book of Mormon lands thus solving a major American religious question.

    Ooooh. Yeah. Just like Harry Reid has done.

  • Anti Bush-Obama Washington DC, MD
    Feb. 4, 2011 12:28 p.m.

    Hopefully the person will be a real Mormon and working for the NWO like Reid, Hatch, and Romney.

  • KJB1 Eugene, OR
    Feb. 4, 2011 12:29 p.m.

    It never ceases to amaze me that so many Mormons are so loyal to a political party that is happy to take their votes and then sits back and does nothing as its' extremists brand them as non-Christian and a cult. Meanwhile, Harry Reid serves as the Majority Leader of the Senate and nobody bats an eye.

    Yes, a Mormon may be president someday, but he or she won't be a Republican for a VERY long time.

  • Murray Dad Murray, UT
    Feb. 4, 2011 1:57 p.m.

    Re Whazzup
    It appears that the benzene has affected your ability to track - move upwind and get some fresh air.

  • Belching Cow Sandy, UT
    Feb. 4, 2011 1:59 p.m.

    @Pagan
    "Yeah, they are. I will grant you the left has problems. And it's origins can be traced to the right."

    That statement is funny. Shows that you are part of the problem. Blaming the right for EVERYTHING.

  • awsomeron1 Oahu, HI
    Feb. 4, 2011 2:13 p.m.

    No. Because for some he will be to Mormon and others Not mormon enough.

    Always a he, can you even wrap your mind around the idea of a Female Mormon President.

    1st Sister with an RM Mr.

  • Pagan Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 4, 2011 3:14 p.m.

    'That statement is funny. Shows that you are part of the problem. Blaming the right for EVERYTHING.' - Belching Cow | 1:59 p.m. Feb. 4, 2011

    No, no.

    Just:
    Iraq
    Afghanistan
    Financial Meltdown
    Guantanamo

    Oh and:
    Waterboarding
    No WMDs

    Or are you saying that the last Republican President for 8 years was a liberal?

    Because that would be seen as distancing yourself from the core principles of the self-proclaimed 'right.'

  • Yorkshire City, Ut
    Feb. 4, 2011 3:34 p.m.

    Oh great.

    Rove wants to help the 'Mormon for President' cause.

    Thatll be the kiss of death.

  • SimonSays Riverton, UT
    Feb. 4, 2011 3:54 p.m.

    What did you expect him to do? Come to Utah and say that he thinks a Mormon cannot win? Duh!

  • In Arizona Mesa, AZ
    Feb. 4, 2011 4:20 p.m.

    Is it a Mormon that is running for President?
    Is it a Catholic that is running for President?
    Is it an Evangelical that is running for President?
    Is it a Muslim that is running for President?
    OR ....IS IT An AMERICAN that is running for President? A Fellow American!
    When will we get over this labeling ritual???

  • UteMiguel Go Utes, CA
    Feb. 4, 2011 4:36 p.m.

    "1) Should an emergency room doctor be compelled to perform an abortion if it is deemed to be crucial in saving the mothers life, regardless of her/his personal opinion on abortions?" I can't think of a question that is less relevant to selecting a President of the United States. How much say does Obama have for example, on this issue? None. This question is more appropriate for someone running to be a board member of a medical association or a local hospital.

  • Penguin Inc. Salt Lake City, Utah
    Feb. 4, 2011 5:37 p.m.

    Whew...now I can sleep in peace.

  • Vanka Provo, UT
    Feb. 5, 2011 1:56 p.m.

    I don't think Rove really understands Mormonism.

    LDS candidates cannot be trusted because of their religious beliefs.

    The media and voters are not the ones bringing up religion. It is Mormons themselves who push religion into everybody's face and into everything they do. They wear their religion on their sleeves.

    Socially, to a Mormon, you are either a fellow member or a "non-member" (also known as a potential investigator). Trying to be friends with a Mormon is like trying to be friends with a MLM-er. They are always trying to get you to "join".

    Politically, they believe they are supposed to prepare the world for the coming of Jesus, when their theocracy will rule for a thousand years, when "every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that [the Mormon] Jesus is the Christ" (Philippians 2:10-11; Mosiah 27:31; D&C 76:110; D&C 88:104).

    They aspire to "put an end to all nations" (D&C87:6) that Zion (the New Jerusalem) will be built upon the American continent (in Missouri); that Christ will reign personally upon the earth.

    This is the kind of thinking that tears the world apart.

  • Hank Pym SLC, UT
    Feb. 5, 2011 3:00 p.m.

    re: Pagan | 11:53 a.m. Feb. 4, 2011

    As a libertarian, The left is more likely to be rational IMO.

    Why use facts when you can pander to the beliefs of others and play on their fears w/ hot button issues?

  • Larry Willard, UT
    Feb. 6, 2011 11:44 p.m.

    No Mormons in the White House.