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The Anti-Mitt for VP Campaign

posted by dgilgoff

TIME’s Swampland reports on an online petition aimed at dissuading John McCain from picking Mitt Romney as his running mate. The effort is reportedly run by a fringe Christian Right group. But God-o-Meter would guess that McCain would improve his […]

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Josh Romney on the “Mormon Factor”

posted by dgilgoff

As he mulls a run for Congress in Utah, Mitt Romney’s son Josh tells the Deseret Morning News that the Mormon factor mattered in his dad’s primary loss largely because Mike Huckabee made it an issue: Huckabee, a Southern Baptist […]

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Evangelicals Opposed to Mormons? Never!

posted by dgilgoff

Echoing Hot Air’s response to God-o-Meter’s op-ed on the Christian Right’s failure to help its favored candidate, Mitt Romney, by candidly discussing his Mormonism, conservative Idaho blogger Adam Graham says: I’ve always looked at a person’s values, not their particular […]

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The Christian Right Nominated McCain

posted by dgilgoff

God-o-Meter has an op-ed in USA Today arguing that the Christian Right helped secure the GOP nomination for its archenemy, John McCain, by neglecting to have a public discussion about the Mormonism of its favored candidate, Mitt Romney. Check it […]

A Romneyite Critiques Romney

posted by dgilgoff

God-o-Meter promises to let go of Mitt Romney soon, but please indulge it another post or two. GOM caught up yesterday with Matthew Spalding, a scholar at the conservative Heritage Foundation who did some advising and speechwriting for Romney—not connected […]

Evangelical Against Huck

posted by dgilgoff

After Mitt Romney announced his withdrawal from the race yesterday, God-o-Meter phoned Mark DeMoss, a prominent evangelical PR man and Romney backer who spent most of January traveling with the Romney campaign to various primary states. Like others on the […]

The Mormon Factor: a Romneyesque View

posted by dgilgoff

Gary Marx, the conservative coalitions director for Mitt Romney, spearheaded the campaign’s outreach to the conservative Christian community. After Romney withdrew from the race yesterday, God-o-Meter asked Marx how big the so-called Mormon factor was in stopping Romney candidacy: It […]

The Mormon Factor

posted by dgilgoff

Was Mitt Romney’s Mormonism a factor in the failure of his candidacy? Definitely. Was it the factor? That’s less clear. For all his fundraising success, organizational superiority, and obvious qualifications, Romney was beset with a number of big hurdles throughout […]

Going Out Like a Culture Warrior

posted by dgilgoff

In announcing he’s suspending his candidacy, Mitt Romney sounded every bit the Focus on the Family spokesman that he he’s sounded like throughout his campaign: ….Perhaps the most fundamental of these is the attack on the American culture. Over the […]

Dobson Backs Huck and Romney

posted by dgilgoff

A day after denouncing John McCain, Focus on the Family’s James Dobson said today he’d be willing to vote for Mike Huckabee or Mitt Romney. From Focus on the Family Action’s daily CitizenLink email update: Around noon today, Dr. Dobson […]

Dobson for Romney?

posted by dgilgoff

Here’s the Christian Broadcasting Network’s David Brody on James Dobson’s McCain denouncement. He sees it as a probable tacit endorsement for Romney. As a former Focus on the Family newsman, Brody would be one to know. I guess my first […]

Santorum Calls for Romney

posted by dgilgoff

After endorsing him last week, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum has taped a robo-call for Mitt Romney that will go into a handful of Super Tuesday states. Script of the call comes courtesy of Jonathan Martin’s Politico blog: “Hello, this […]

Opening Up on Mormonism?

posted by dgilgoff

God-o-Meter doesn’t fully buy this AP article, headlined “Romney Opens Up About Mormons,” but there’s some interesting stuff here nonetheless. Check out this take on an AP-Yahoo poll about how few Republican Mormon skeptics have budged on Romney: An AP-Yahoo […]

The Santorum Endorsement

posted by dgilgoff

A few weeks after bashing John McCain as “weak on values,” former Pennsylvania Senator and Christian Right darling Rick Santorum is endorsing Mitt Romney. Here’s Santorum on Laura Ingraham (listen to it here): “I spent an hour and a half […]

Huck: Mitt’s Evangelical Spoilier

posted by dgilgoff

David Brody’s right. If it weren’t for Huckabee denying him a decent share of the evangelical vote, Romney would probably be the GOP frontrunner: Huckabee caught fire in Iowa and took crucial votes away from Romney. It left Romney with […]

Romney’s Evangelical Failure?

posted by dgilgoff

In reporting about Romney’s ties to Mormon Church Gordon Hinckley, who died this weekend, The Politico points out that it introduces the Mormon factor for the 1,627th time in the race. True enough. But Politico gets it wrong in making […]

Former Christian Coalition Chief Backs Romney

posted by dgilgoff

Another member of the Christian Right elite for Mitt Romney. From the campaign’s press release announcing the endorsement of former Christian Coalition executive director Randy Tate: “In his four years as Governor of Massachusetts, I was impressed by Mitt Romney’s […]

Romney vs. Dobson. Both Sides Win.

posted by dgilgoff

So there’s a public rift between the Romney campaign and Focus on the Family Action over a comment in Focus’s recent video voter guide that the Mormon Mitt Romney has acknowledged he’s not a Christian, right? Actually, according to God-o-Meter’s […]

Romney Camp: Dobson’s Group Wrong on Mormonism

posted by dgilgoff

The Romney camp says a Focus on the Family video in which a top organizational official says Mitt Romney “has acknowledged that Mormonism is not a Christian faith, and I appreciate his acknowledging that” has its facts wrong, according to […]

In Fla., Major Christian Right Gets for Mitt

posted by dgilgoff

For a few days there, it seemed to God-o-Meter that Mitt Romney, after winning the Michigan primary on his economic message and placing fourth in South Carolina because of anemic evangelical support, was deemphasizing religious conservative outreach. Over at Townhall, […]

Try Him Again for the First Time

posted by dgilgoff

Taking advantage of Fred Thompson’s exit from the race and Mike Huckabee’s continuing struggle to get traction outside his evangelical base, the folks over at Evangelicals for Mitt are asking born again Fred Heads and Huck-a-Fans to reconsider the former […]

Romney’s Off-the-Charts Mormon Support in Nevada

posted by dgilgoff

Speaking at a press conference after being declared winner of today’s Republican caucuses in Nevada, Romney was asked whether his victory was due to the large share of Mormons who turned out. Romney pointed out that his margin of victory […]

Winning Michigan, Romney Also Wins Evangelicals

posted by dgilgoff

Tonight’s exit polls out of Michigan, where Mitt Romney has been projected to be the easy victor, show that he won evangelical voters in a bare plurality, his first victory among that group in this cycle. A Michigan native son, […]

Romney’s Big Michigan Christian Right Endorsement

posted by dgilgoff

Mitt Romney announced a big Michigan Christian Right endorsement today: Marlene Elwell. Not exactly a household name, Elwell was a key advisor to the 1990s-era Christian Coalition and helped engineer Pat Robertson’s strong finish in 1988’s Iowa presidential caucuses. More […]

Do Romney’s Elite Christian Endorsements Matter?

posted by dgilgoff

On Wednesday, Mitt Romney announced an endorsement from Domino’s Pizza founder and conservative Catholic financier Tom Monaghan. God-o-Meter notes that this is the latest example of the gap between Christian Right leadership and rank-and-file gap that began opening between Romney […]

Romney Counts on Michigan Evangelicals

posted by dgilgoff

Just because Mitt Romney is pulling his ads in South Carolina doesn’t mean he’s not banking his candidacy on serious evangelical support. For the time being, though, it’s not Southern evangelicals he needs. A senior Romney aide tells God-o-Meter that […]

Is Romney Still Dogged by Mormon Questions?

posted by dgilgoff

Leave it to The Salt Lake Tribune, the Church of Latter-day Saints’ hometown paper, to keep insisting that Mitt Romney’s Mormonism is a drag on his candidacy. As God-o-Meter sees it, the only problem with these stories–and there have been […]

Team Romney: Huck’s Iowa Evangelical Surge an Anomaly

posted by dgilgoff

Wondering how the Romney team sees its chances among “values voters” after badly losing evangelicals to Mike Huckabee in Iowa, God-o-Meter swung by Romney’s New Hampshire headquarters in Manchester this afternoon. It found Tom Tancredo–there for an anti-immigration press conference, […]

Romney: ‘Had I been a Baptist Minister…’

posted by dgilgoff

After a year of campaigning to be the Christian Right’s candidate of choice, God-o-Meter was surprised to read this morning that Mitt Romney is calling Huckabee out on his evangelical strategy in Iowa and is publicly doubting the plan’s ability […]

Huck Wins Evangelicals Over Romney 2-to-1

posted by dgilgoff

Check out the entrance polls over at CNN, which show that Mike Huckabee won 46-percent of caucus goers who identified as evangelical or born again Christians, compared to just 19-percent for Mitt Romney. With six in ten GOP caucus goers […]

Romney Slammed by Christian Right Coalition

posted by dgilgoff

A coalition of Christian Right leaders, mostly representing state-level groups, has issued a new 10-point argument against Mitt Romney. The memo’s mostly Massachusetts-based signers argue that Romney’s gubernatorial record casts doubt on his pro-life transformation and his stated opposition to […]

Attacking Huckabee’s ‘Christian Test’ from the Right

posted by dgilgoff

National Right to Life general counsel James Bopp, Jr. has a piece attacking Huckabee over at National Review Online that stands out to God-o-Meter for two reasons. For Bopp, Mitt Romney’s top outside advsor on “life issues,” whacking Huckabee is […]

Romney Lands Big Christian Right Endorsement

posted by dgilgoff

As Mitt Romney has trumpeted endorsement after endorsement from evangelical and Christian Right figures, God-o-Meter has often been skeptical about their impact, feeling they reveal more nervousness than confidence in the Romney camp about getting evangelical votes. But that’s not […]

Romney’s Latest Evangelical Endorsement

posted by dgilgoff

Mitt Romney today announced the endorsement of Robert Wolgemuth, an evangelical best-selling author and former chairman of the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association. God-o-Meter wonders how many other evangelical endorsements the Romney camp has in its pocket to announce in the […]

Another Evanglical Discusses his pro-Romney Ad

posted by dgilgoff

A couple days after reporting that prominent evangelical publicist Mark DeMoss has taped radio spots for Mitt Romney for broadcast on Christian radio, another evangelical Romney booster—Supreme Court lawyer Jay Sekulow—tells God-o-Meter he has also recently taped radio ads for […]

Romney’s Planned Parenthood Visit

posted by dgilgoff

As if Mitt Romney needed another highly public reminder of his formerly pro-choice position, ABC News reports that he stopped in at a Planned Parenthood fundraiser in connection with a $150 contribution his wife made to the group in 1994. […]

Can Mormons Give Romney an Edge in Iowa?

posted by dgilgoff

The Wall Street Journal reports on a small but dependable bloc of Romney supporters in Iowa: Mormons. Here’s how they stack up mathematically: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints says it has more than 22,500 members in Iowa […]

Romney Taps Top Evangelicals for New Ads

posted by dgilgoff

Locked in a potentially fateful battle for evangelical Iowa caucus goers with Mike Huckabee, God-o-Meter has learned that Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has enlisted prominent evangelical publicist Mark DeMoss to tape ads on his behalf for broadcast on Iowa […]

Bork Backs Romney

posted by dgilgoff

Former federal judge Robert Bork, a hero to the Christian Right since his 1987 nomination to the Supreme Court was torpedoed largely over his opposition to Roe v. Wade, endorsed Mitt Romney today. Here’s how Bork explained his decision: “…No […]

Some in Romney Camp Question Huck’s Apology

posted by dgilgoff

After watching Mitt Romney accuse Mike Huckabee of inviting questions about his evangelical Christian faith on the Fox News Channel yesterday, God-o-Meter wondered whether the Romney camp really had accepted Huckabee’s apology for asking whether Mormons believe that Jesus and […]

Romney and Faith-Based Affirmative Action

posted by dgilgoff

Check out this line from Mitt Romney’s interview yesterday with ABC News’ Charlie Gibson: “We never selected our president based on which church he went to. That would be a very sad day if we were ever to do so.” […]

Is Romney a Bigot?

posted by dgilgoff

As Beliefnet co-founder/CEO/editor-in-chief Steven Waldman noted last week, Mitt Romney’s plea for religious tolerance excluded a pretty big chunk of the American religious landscape: the nonreligious. Is this Romney’s attempt to transcend the Mormonism/traditional Christianity gap by exploiting the overarching […]

Dobson Phones Romney; Robertson Emails

posted by dgilgoff

Is God-o-Meter imagining things, or is the most powerful figure in the Christian Right, Focus on the Family’s James Dobson, becoming more bullish on the Mormon Mitt Romney than on evangelical wunderkind Mike Huckabee? Check out this tidbit, buried in […]

If You Haven’t Seen Romney’s Speech Yet…

posted by dgilgoff

…Watch it here and let God-o-Meter know what you think. (Or read it here and do the same.)

James Dobson Praises Romney Speech

posted by dgilgoff

Is God-o-Meter becoming the Romney-o-Meter? Give it another day or two to digest the fallout from Romney’s “religion speech” and it promises to return to normal. But this is pretty big. Focus on the Family’s James Dobson, ruler of the […]

A Leading Evangelical on Romney Speech

posted by dgilgoff

Fuller Theological Seminary president Richard Mouw, a leading evangelical voice, didn’t have very kind words for Mitt Romney before his speech: In the few times he’s addressed the [religion] issue, he talks about the importance of religious values and dips […]

Family Research Council Applauds Romney Speech

posted by dgilgoff

In an interview with Beliefnet earlier this week Family Research Council President Tony Perkins said he was unlikely to endorse any of the Republican presidential candidates during the primaries. But God-o-Meter just received a very laudatory review of Mitt Romney’s […]

How’d He Do? Early Romney Reaction

posted by dgilgoff

God-o-Meter doesn’t know how much stock to put in the opinions of religious/political/academic elites in judging how Mitt Romney fared in this morning’s “Faith in America” speech. After all, this is an instance in which only polls can truly tell […]

Romney’s Speech: The Key Excerpt

posted by dgilgoff

How many times did Mitt Romney mention the word “Mormon,” or some variation thereof, in his “Faith in America” speech this morning? Once, by God-o-Meter’s count. Here’s the reference and what GOM takes to be the key passage of the […]

Has Romney Blurred Lines on Mormonism/Evangelicalism?

posted by dgilgoff

When Mitt Romney stands before the nation tomorrow to deliver his much-anticipated “religion speech,” evangelical Christians will be listening particularly intently. Though polls show that one in four Americans feel squeamish about voting for a Mormon president, an even higher […]

About that Mormon speech…

posted by dgilgoff

Yet more evidence that Romney’s “Mormon speech” will largely skirt the Mormon issue, this time from the New Hampshire Times Leader: Mitt Romney said today he will not try to defend his Mormonism or teach any lessons about it during […]

Is it a “Mormon Speech” after all?

posted by dgilgoff

Will Mitt Romney’s much-ballyhooed “Mormon speech” this Thursday end up de-emphasizing Mormonism? That’s the word this morning from The Los Angeles Times: Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney said Monday that he would not focus on his Mormon beliefs in a […]

Romney: Not Channeling JFK

posted by dgilgoff

Mitt Romney’s “Mormon speech” this Thursday will be delivered in College Station, Texas, less than 100 miles from the site of John F. Kennedy’s 1960 “Catholic speech” to the Greater Houston Ministerial Association. But that may be where the parallels […]

A Vote for Huckabee is a Vote for Rudy?

posted by dgilgoff

National Right to Life general counsel and Mitt Romney backer James Bopp Jr. told the Iowa Christian Alliance last week that a vote for Giuliani is a vote for Rudy Giuliani, The Washington Post reports. God-o-Meter remembers sitting down with […]

What Will Romney Say? What Should He Say?

posted by dgilgoff

Expect this week to be chock-o-block of pundits prognosticating about what Huckabee should/will say in his Faith in America speech this Thursday. God-o-Meter does not expect the lion’s share of prognostications to be terribly enlightening, but The Brody File hits […]

Romney to Deliver Religion Speech

posted by dgilgoff

Mitt Romney’s campaign has just confirmed a report over at Mark Halperin’s Page blog that the former governor’s long awaited “Mormon speech” will arrive this Thursday in Texas, the state where JFK delivered his famous 1960 speech on Catholicism. Here’s […]

New Ad Hits Romney on Abortion

posted by dgilgoff

A new TV ad that begins airing in Iowa and New Hampshire this weekend showcases Mitt Romneys’ past pro-choice views, further complicated his attempts to shore up conservative Christian support. Republican rivals Fred Thompson and Mike Huckabee have also stepped […]

Romney, Mormons, and the Bible

posted by dgilgoff

Were you, like God-o-Meter, wondering why Mitt Romney appeared to be tripped up by a question about whether every word in the Bible is true during Wednesday night’s Republican presidential debate? The New York Times Caucus Blog sheds some light […]

Romney Team Delays “Mormon Speech”

posted by dgilgoff

As outside pressure mounts on Mitt Romney to deliver a “Mormon speech” in the style of John F. Kennedy’s 1960 address on his Catholicism, the Romney campaign has reached an internal decision to delay such a speech at least until […]

Orrin Hatch Urges Romney’s Mormon Speech

posted by dgilgoff

Add Utah Senator Orrin Hatch, a Romney supporter and fellow Mormon, to the list of those urging the former Massachusetts governor to deliver a “Mormon speech.” The AP has these quotes from Hatch, given in an interview after the Senator’s […]

Romney Talks “Judeo-Christian Tradition”

posted by dgilgoff

In an interview with the Washington Times, Mitt Romney says his faith is part of America’s Judeo-Christian tradition: “I think as people come to know my faith they’ll recognize that the values of my faith are — they very much […]

Romney’s Mormonism Benefiting Huck

posted by dgilgoff

A moment of truth may be approaching for Mitt Romney and Mormonism. Till now, he’s chosen to deflect questions about specific Mormon beliefs and how his faith would influence his presidency, lash out at clear attacks against his faith, and […]

Romney: No Muslims in Cabinet

posted by dgilgoff

Mitt Romney, the presidential candidate most disadvantaged by his personal religious faith, said earlier this month that “based on the numbers of American Muslims [as a percentage] in our population, I cannot see that a cabinet position would be justified.” […]

Romney: Giuliani and Hillary Share Values

posted by dgilgoff

With just weeks to go before the ’08 primary season is officially under way, Mitt Romney is ratcheting up his Rudy-bashing on family values. This morning’s Washington Post has the story, but you can go straight to the source by […]

Romney Struggles Over Abortion Switcheroo

posted by dgilgoff

In Part 2 of National Review’s interview with Mitt Romney, the former Massachusetts governor defends his abortion turnabout, from adamantly pro-choice to adamantly pro-life. Interviewer Byron York argues that Romney’s habit of glossing over the particulars of his transformation continues […]

Romney Again: No Mormon Speech (For Now)

posted by dgilgoff

In his recent sit-down with National Review’s Byron York, Mitt Romney says it again: for now, he has no plans to deliver a so-called Mormon speech. God-o-Meter thinks we in the media who want the speech so badly might try […]

Romney’s Unveils Another “Pro-Family” Ad

posted by dgilgoff

Is anyone besides God-o-Meter struck by how many of Mitt Romney’s appeals to religious conservatives seem custom-made to win over the still-undecided James Dobson of Focus on the Family? In a new TV that begins airing today in Iowa and […]

Romney Responds to Anti-Mormon Calls

posted by dgilgoff

In an interview with CNBC, Mitt Romney spoke out about recent reports of anti-Mormon push polls being conducted in Iowa and New Hampshire. Watch the video here. Romney repeatedly called the attacks un-American: This is the week of Thanksgiving. This […]

Romney Subject to Anti-Mormon Push Polls

posted by dgilgoff

Mitt Romney is responding forcefully to reports of anti-Mormon push polls being conducted via telephone in New Hampshire and Iowa. The Romney campaign says the New Hampshire attorney general will conduct an “expedited investigation” into the calls. Here’s the statement […]

Paul Weyrich Editorializes for Romney

posted by dgilgoff

Moral Majority cofounder Paul Weyrich, who endorsed Mitt Romney last week, lays out his case in this morning’s Washington Times. Weyrich tackles the Mormon question right up top, noting that “Nearly every critical message against my endorsement used the governor’s […]

Romney Ponders JFK Redux

posted by dgilgoff

God-o-Meter was pretty surprised by Mitt Romney’s recent admission that he’s inclined to give a “Mormon speech” but that his political advisors have waved him off. Shouldn’t someone campaigning to be the nation’s chief executive be calling the shots in […]

Romney: No ‘Mormon Speech’—For now

posted by Jeff Sheler

Personally he’d like to, but for now he won’t. That’s what Mitt Romney is telling supporters about whether he will give a speech explaining his Mormon faith. Pundits and others have been advising the former Massachusetts governor for days that […]

Romney Scores a Big Endorsement

posted by Jeff Sheler

Vying for the hearts and minds of religious conservatives, Mitt Romney is pulling ahead in the all-important name game. Moral Majority co-founder Paul Weyrich is the latest social conservative A-lister to throw his support behind the former Massachusetts governor. Romney […]

Romney the ‘only one’ for evangelicals?

posted by Jeff Sheler

Up two notches in two days? Even God-o-meter is impressed. Campaigning in Decorah, Iowa, Mitt Romney showed just how determined he is to win the hearts of evangelical voters. In a speech at Luther College, reported by the Rocky Mountain […]

New Romney Advisor Urges “Mormon Speech”

posted by dgilgoff

A day after The Brody File reported Gov. Romney’s coup in signing up Bill Wichterman, a former Fred Thompson advisor known for his strong connections in the conservative Christian world, including at groups like Focus on the Family and The […]

More Mormon Advice for Romney

posted by dgilgoff

Bloomberg today does Mitt Romney the service of inventorying the various and sundry advice he’s being offered how to handle his Mormonism so as to maximize support from wary evangelical voters. The weightiest quote–and the reason his God-o-Meter rating is […]

Romney Loses Evangelical Backer

posted by dgilgoff

The New York Times Caucus blog reports that a prominent evangelical who had endorsed him is taking it back: The Rev. Don Wilton, who is the immediate past president of the Southern Baptist Convention in South Carolina, was one of […]

Romney’s Mormon Catch-22

posted by dgilgoff

God-o-Meter is relieved that somebody finally said it. Amid all the clamoring by pundits–and some religious conservatives–for Mitt Romney to deliver a “Mormon” speech in the vein of JFK’s 1960 address about his Catholicism, a glaring discrepancy between the two […]

Mitt Dodges Mormon Questions. Again.

posted by dgilgoff

When Face the Nation’s Bob Schieffer asked Mitt Romney yesterday whether questions about his Mormonism were fair game (video here) Romney nodded in agreement: “I have no problem with that. I’m not going to try to distance myself in any […]

Romney a Hit at Values Voter Summit

posted by dgilgoff

Watching Mitt Romney’s speech at the Values Voters Summit tonight, God-o-Meter had an easy time casting a verdict; The Massachusetts Governor hit out of the park with the audience here, easily outshining any of the candidates to speak so far: […]

Another Evangelical Not Against Mitt

posted by dgilgoff

Mitt Romney’s greatest hurdle in the GOP primary may be winning ordinary evangelical voters, but evangelical leaders are becoming the most vociferous apologists for his Mormonism. The latest came last night on Larry King from Joel Osteen, the televangelist whose […]

Bob Jones III backs Romney

posted by dgilgoff

In coup for Mitt Romney, who’s still working overtime to pick up Christian Right support after a year of trying, Bob Jones III announced yesterday that he’s endorsing the former Massachusetts governor. The chancellor of the fundamentalist Bob Jones University […]

Evangelical Publicist Flacks Romney

posted by dgilgoff

It’s one thing for a Republican presidential candidate to get the tacit blessing of an evangelical leader, the kind John McCain got from Jerry Falwell by speaking at Liberty University last year. But God-o-Meter feels that it’s quite another to […]

Key Christian Right Leader Bullish on Romney

posted by dgilgoff

On a call with political reporters this morning, Family Research Council President Tony Perkins praised Mitt Romney, saying that of the 2008 Republican presidential field, “he has been the strongest on the core social issues.” “He has made these issues […]

Romney’s Mormon Speech is Written (May Need Editing)

posted by dgilgoff

God-o-Meter tips its needle to Robert Novak for exposing Romney’s “The only people who ask about my Mormonism are reporters” line as the malarkey it is. Novak notes that Romney is asked about his Mormonism by practically every audience he […]

Romney Gets No Love From Protestant Churchgoers

posted by dgilgoff

If a Republican candidate’s God-o-Meter rating is way up high, it must mean he’s getting the job done, right? Wrong. Case in point: a new analysis from the Gallup Poll shows that Mitt Romney’s strong Mormon identification (keeping God-o-Meter’s needle […]

Romney releases anti-gay marriage ad in Iowa

posted by dgilgoff

Who was it that predicted a few weeks ago that a ruling by a Polk County, Iowa judge would turn into a gift for Mitt Romney? Oh, right—that was God-o-Meter! Romney is out with a new radio ad in Iowa […]

Romney pays Mormon magazine to reach its readers

posted by dgilgoff

With the avalanche of stories about Romney’s so-called Mormon problem, God-o-Meter almost forgot that being an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints also has benefits for White House aspirants. After all, Romney has raised more […]

Romney slams Iowa judge for overturning state gay marriage ban

posted by dgilgoff

In 2004, the Massachusetts Supreme Court gave President Bush a gift by making the Bay State the first to legalize gay marriage; The ruling enraged social conservatives nationwide and led to a wave of state ballot initiatives to ban gay […]

Romney calls goal of a federal abortion ban “aspirational”

posted by dgilgoff

Previous God-o-Meter reading: 6. Romney attracted some tut-tutting from the news media last week for telling a newspaper columnist he’d let states decide on whether to ban abortion—the practical effect of overturning Roe v. Wade—just a couple weeks after voicing […]

Politico: Romney throws Craig under bus

posted by dgilgoff

Given that Larry Craig was Romney’s co-liaison to the U.S. Senate and chairman of his Idaho effort, God-o-Meter would think it difficult for him to score political points from the disclosure that the Idaho senator pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges […]

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