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Mitt Romney's 'Mormon problem' may be way overblown, new study suggests

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  • Jonathan Eddy Payson, UT
    May 18, 2012 11:28 a.m.

    The prospect of a Mormon governor from Massachusetts in the White House should not be any more alarming than a black Senator from Illinois with a questionable birthplace.

  • Aggielove Cache county, USA
    May 18, 2012 12:00 p.m.

    +1

  • morpunkt Glendora, CA
    May 18, 2012 12:02 p.m.

    Many Evangelicals, who usually disdain Romney, because of his religion will collectively coalesce around Mitt, hold their breath, and vote for the Mormon, in order to stave-off Obama's agendas.

  • Truthseeker SLO, CA
    May 18, 2012 12:14 p.m.

    Romney's Mormon problem may be overblown....

    Unless Super Pacs supporting Romney launch a vicious attack on Obama using Jeremiah Wright and then

    Super Pacs supporting Obama could launch a counter-attack using Mormon history.

    That could get very ugly very quickly....

  • AZRods Maricopa, AZ
    May 18, 2012 12:33 p.m.

    truthseek, Romney didn't abandon his religion when the public eye focused on him.

    I'll take our history (not the anti Mormon version, the correct version) and put it next to Rev Wright's history all day long.
    The nice thing is that his actual history is the best source to use anyway. It doesn't need to be doctored up by anyone.
    And it's beautifully documented in live video with the Obama's singing right along.

    I'll actually be surprised if it doesn't come to this by November.
    I suspect that Obama's advisors are avoiding the "religion" comparisions like the plaque.

  • Dixie Dan Saint George, UT
    May 18, 2012 1:03 p.m.

    Romney may not have a problem but he'll be hard pressed to explain why Blacks were denied the Priesthood for over 100 years without any revelation supporting their position.

  • Pagan Salt Lake City, UT
    May 18, 2012 1:14 p.m.

    This is simply re-hashing the same talking points from the Deseret News previously...

    'Polls: Mormonism won't hurt Mitt Romney like Perry might' - By Hal Boyd, Deseret News - 09/06/11

    Result....?

    'Fox News host: Romney not Christian' - By Hal Boyd, Deseret News – 07/17/11

    'Rick Perry backer decries Mitt Romney, Mormons' - By Jamshid Ghazi Askar, Deseret News - 10/08/11

    (Robert) Jeffress described Romney's Mormon faith as a 'cult,' and said evangelicals had only one real option in the 2012 primaries. ... Asked by Politico if he believed Romney is a Christian, Jeffress answered: 'No.' "

    ’Cult of Mormon’ comment leads Newt Gingrich’s Iowa political director, Craig Bergman, to resign’ - By Tad Walch – Deseret News – 12/14/11

    ’Rick Santorum-backing pastor plays the ‘Mormon cult’ card’ – By Joseph Walker – Deseret News – 01/20/2012

    'Baptist reverend: Mitt's Mormonism a bigger issue than Newt's infidelity' - Published by DSNews - 12/20/11

    FYI, Obama was born in Hawaii. Nothing 'questionable' about it, unless you dislike black Americans.

  • xscribe Colorado Springs, CO
    May 18, 2012 1:19 p.m.

    @AZRods: Did Obama abandon his religion, or just his religious adviser? There's a big difference!

  • mightymite DRAPER, UT
    May 18, 2012 1:28 p.m.

    What is the agenda here DNEWS. A little biased, are we?

  • Roland Kayser Cottonwood Heights, UT
    May 18, 2012 1:45 p.m.

    Mitt Romney lost every contested primary in which the majority of voters described themselves as evangelical or fundamentalist Christians. That was always going to be his "Mormon problem", not the general election. Evangelicals and fundamentalists will vote for a Mormon over a Democrat.

  • Bag Man POWDER SPRINGS, GA
    May 18, 2012 1:56 p.m.

    Pagan
    "FYI, Obama was born in Hawaii. Nothing 'questionable' about it, unless you dislike black Americans."

    African Press International says it has Obama’s Kenyan birth certificate - March 9, 2012

    ??? Go see.

  • Mark B Eureka, CA
    May 18, 2012 3:01 p.m.

    Don't LDS missionaries go out every day looking for people willing to "abandon" their religion for something else? Isn't that "good"?

  • There You Go Again Saint George, UT
    May 18, 2012 3:23 p.m.

    With regard to Rev. Wright, Sean Hannity told listeners/viewers that ALL those running for office need to be FULLY (emphasis added) vetted.

    Sean meant only President Obama's relationship with Rev. Wright?

  • LValfre CHICAGO, IL
    May 18, 2012 4:04 p.m.

    I can only hope they start attacking each others' religions. They both have a lot of explaining to do.

    To the comment mentioning LDS anti-mormon history vs. actual history ... there are definitely biases and extreme speculations from some of the history as it's presented by those who are anti-mormon. There are also extreme speculations to those who defend the mormon religion with wild theories and justifications for questionable issues. There are questionable parts of the religion's history, as we all know, that are never qualmed because of the spin arounds, irrational justifications, and "i don't know" answers from it's members. The actual mormon history is questionable ... but not as questionable as the answers of why. That's where it gets ugly.

  • lkm55 Porterviller, CA
    May 18, 2012 4:15 p.m.

    If Evangelicals don't vote for Romney in November because of his church affiliation, and Obama wins, they deserve what they get.

  • Bebyebe UUU, UT
    May 18, 2012 4:22 p.m.

    Romney doesn't have a Mormon problem. He has a consistency problem.

  • wool over eyes SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    May 18, 2012 4:29 p.m.

    As usual, this has turned into a pro- or anti-Mormon discussion. Why is religion even a litmus test for becoming a Presidential nominee? Yes, this has all been hashed and rehashed to the point that by now it should be a non-issue. Romney is Mormon. Period. Some people don't like that. Period. This isn't about arguing a religion's past -- be it Wright or Joseph Smith.

  • wool over eyes SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    May 18, 2012 4:41 p.m.

    "Romney doesn't have a Mormon problem. He has a consistency problem."

    Has anyone tracked Obama's promises during his campaign to what he has actually delivered? Now THERE is some inconsistency. What is wrong with changing one's mind about something, and why should Romney not be given this privilege along with the rest of us? People keep going after two things with Romney: his religion and his "inconsistency." This record is scratched and old. Let's get a new tune.

  • LValfre CHICAGO, IL
    May 18, 2012 4:47 p.m.

    Trust me. Mitt Romney has a mormon problem. Huntsman didn't because he's distanced himself from his faith AND is cultured and multi-cultural married. Romney is a bread-and-butter Mormon .... you can't get much farther from finding common ground with people than that.

  • atl134 Salt Lake City, UT
    May 18, 2012 4:57 p.m.

    @wool over eyes
    "What is wrong with changing one's mind about something, and why should Romney not be given this privilege along with the rest of us? "

    Because Romney can't seem to go a few days without changing a position. Apparently Arizona's immigration bill is not a model for the nation as he said during a debate. Apparently Romney now supports keeping the student loan interest rate low. Apparently Romney opposes same-gender adoption again after supporting it for about 2 days after Obama came out for same-sex marriage. It's really difficult to figure out where Romney stands on the issues.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    May 18, 2012 5:07 p.m.

    The best way to get rid of the mormon problem would be to get rid of the religion problem as a whole. Focus on what the country needs, which is not your religion no matter what it is.

  • Brother Chuck Schroeder A Tropical Paradise USA, FL
    May 18, 2012 8:06 p.m.

    Mitt Romney's Mormon problem, don't mess with us "SENIORS" Mitt.

    We went to breakfast at a restaurant where the 'seniors' special' was two eggs, bacon, hash browns and toast for $2.99.

    'Sounds good,' my wife said. 'But I don't want the eggs..'

    'Then, I'll have to charge you $3.49 because you're ordering a la carte,' the waitress warned her.

    'You mean I'd have to pay for not taking the eggs?' my wife asked incredulously.

    'YES !' stated the waitress.

    'I'll take the special then,' my wife said..

    'How do you want your eggs?' the waitress asked.

    'Raw and in the shell,' my wife replied.

    She took the two eggs home and baked a cake.

    DON'T MESS WITH SENIORS !!!
    WE'VE been around the block more than once !

  • Canyontreker TAYLORSVILLE, UT
    May 18, 2012 9:03 p.m.

    The Mormon Moment was in 2002 during the world Olympics. The rest of this is just elementary.

  • Abinadis friend Boise, Idaho
    May 18, 2012 9:24 p.m.

    I hope everyone is paying atention to the truthfulness of Mitt Romney. His stand on moral issures. His efforts to
    stick to the problems that are plaguing the United States and only using Obamas record to convience us, the American voters that he, Mitt Romney, can do a better job. I for one believe without a doubt that he can, and will do a better job if given the opportunity.

  • my two cents worth Ridgefield, WA
    May 19, 2012 2:43 a.m.

    What I worry about is not whether Romney will have a problem in the election because he is a Mormon but rather how "black an eye" the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints" will get from the poor example Romney is by his pandering and stretching the truth. Let's see how far he goes to get elected.

  • iron&clay RIVERTON, UT
    May 19, 2012 5:44 a.m.

    Voluntarily serving in a church whose founder has said as an article of faith that '.we believe in being honest, true, chaste, benevolent,virtuous and in doing good to all men'

    The above sounds like a good thing to have on your resume.

  • Utah-Hawaii Alum Dallas, TX
    May 19, 2012 7:49 a.m.

    The problem with Mitt Romney is he is Mitt Romney. He reminds me of Forrest Gump in terms of social skills. Gooooooo Obama!

  • zoar63 Mesa, AZ
    May 19, 2012 1:26 p.m.

    @Dixie Dan

    "Romney may not have a problem but he'll be hard pressed to explain why Blacks were denied the Priesthood for over 100 years without any revelation supporting their position"

    What about the Dred Scott decision of the Supreme Court in 1857 which said that people of African descent brought into the United States and held as slaves or their descendants, whether or not they were slaves were not protected by the Constitution and were not U.S. citizens?

    Both the Church and the government have remedied those injustices. It is past history now.

  • sharrona layton, UT
    May 19, 2012 1:42 p.m.

    RE: zoar63 "Romney may not have a problem but he'll be hard pressed to explain why Blacks were denied the Priesthood for over 100 years without any revelation supporting their position"

    By 1978, Brazil was one of the strongest reasons why the ban was lifted. The opening of its new temple in Sao Paulo, the LDS Church was ordaining hundreds of Brazilians to its priesthood. Did the LDS Church ignore Brazilian history? Between 1538 and Brazil's abolition of slavery in 1888, about five million African slaves were brought to that country. Through mixed marriages, Mulattos make up a substantial portion of the Brazilian population. How would the LDS Church possibly know whether or not those being ordained were qualified? With the dedication of this temple only a few months away, it would seem imperative that the church either lift the ban or face the possibility of a public relations nightmare.

    For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile, the same Lord is Lord of All and richly blesses All who call on him, for, Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord WILL BE SAVED(Roman 10: 10-12).

  • LValfre CHICAGO, IL
    May 19, 2012 4:29 p.m.

    Sharona is dead on. It's hard to know what's believable and what's not? What's revelation and what's societal pressure? The constant change is difficult to follow ...

  • atl134 Salt Lake City, UT
    May 21, 2012 2:56 p.m.

    @zoar63
    "What about the Dred Scott decision of the Supreme Court in 1857 which said that people of African descent brought into the United States and held as slaves or their descendants, whether or not they were slaves were not protected by the Constitution and were not U.S. citizens?

    Both the Church and the government have remedied those injustices."

    It's not quite the same though. People are readily able to acknowledge that the court was wrong and condemn the decisions. A church decision though... as long as the LDS church believes that the priesthood ban was correct for the period that it was in place (regardless of what unknown reasons were used for it) then Romney has to either agree with that position or condemn the church's position on the matter just like Huntsman did.