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Will Romney’s Faith Hurt His Campaign?

A 2008 campaign manager for presidential hopeful Mitt Romney tells the National Journal that the former Massachusetts governor’s religious roots are a stumbling block towards his race to the White House.

Carl Forti, Romney’s deputy campaign manager and political director in 2008, told the National Journal Insiders Conference that the yet-undeclared candidate in 2012 will face prejudice because of his Mormonism.

“It’s not something you can test. It’s not something you can poll,” Forti said after a bipartisan panel at the Grand Hyatt in Washington handicapped the 2012 field. “There’s just a bias out there.”

Democratic pollster Mark Mellman agreed, calling it “the last socially acceptable religious prejudice.’”

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  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment C.quinn

    We went through and overcame the same predjuice with John Kennedy. Mr. Romeney is the most qualified and the most presidential candidate we have so far.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Grumpy Old Person

    Ole Flip-FLOPper Romney is “the most qualified and the most presidential candidate we have so far”???


  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Grumpy Old Person

    Besides, in America, there aren’t supposed to BE “religious tests” to hold public office, so how could his religion POSSIBLY even BE a factor?


  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Henrietta22

    Probably the only thing that would hold Romney back from being president is Romney. If Harry Reid was running for Democratic President I might consider him, his being Morman wouldn’t matter. Reid knows the difference between political affairs and religious affairs, not sure about Romney though. He bounces all over the place.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment nnmns

    Will American Christians vote for non-Christians? Occasionally they’ll vote for a Jew but beyond that it’s quite rare. And of course there are polls that indicate the least likely “faith” to be elected is an atheist.

    If Romney were worthy of being president I’d feel sorry for him but he is not. The best thing he did was invent Obamacare. But he’s flip-flopped all over since then and he clearly has no moral fibre.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Gwyddion9

    While we supposedly do not have a “religious tests” to hold public office, They still do it. To the majority of Christians, especially conservative Christian, Romney’s religion is not considered Christian. Because of that, they won’t vote in support of him. Remember the last presidential GOP run off, Huckabee made a point of saying how he isn’t Christian and shouldn’t be voted for. It’s very plain, if you are not conservative Christian, especially in the South, you’re not anything.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment pagansister

    It really shouldn’t matter what religion a candidate followed or if they didn’t follow any faith. Unfortunately, some folks base their votes on whether they like what some candidate thinks about JC or Buddha or whoever.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment cmaglaughlin

    We ALL have biases. We all don’t eat the same food. We all don’t drive the same car. We all watch different TV programs. Get over it pollsters. We are in such a financial mess that we need someone with a business background. I would have hit the button for Romney last time. Then I got caught up on all his flip-flopping. Right now I’m watching and hearing “the Donald” on Riley. He just said, “I’m tired of Obama kissing everybody’s ass”! Now THERE’S someone who doesn’t need the job and has enough business experience, both good and bad, to at least qualify for my vote. And he sure doesn’t need the money! I’ve been to Mara Lago.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Henrietta22

    He doesn’t believe in SS Marriage, and he’s fine with a lot of other things that GLBT are fighting against for their freedom as citizens of America. I guess it’s a Republican thing for some of the wealthy Republicans.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment cmaglaughlin

    He doesn’t believe in a lot of things I do, but for the good of the country, he knows what to do with the Chinese. That’s the biggest problem we’re facing today economically. Put everything else on the back burner, or we’ll ALL be eating rice, if we’re lucky!

  • Sanjiv

    It’s one thing to say that there ought to be no religious test for being President, but it’s quite another to pretend that religious beliefs don’t matter. I very much doubt that America will be able to stomach a Scientologist for President, for instance. Or a Jew for that matter. And the Mormon religion does espouse some quite disturbing beliefs, particularly for a multi-racial country like America.

    After all, it’s been only 23 years since the LDS Church withdrew from its theology that, according to God, dark skinned people are a priori spiritually inferior to whites. As far as I know that was the church that Romney was raised in. Anyone else find this troublesome?
    (Secrets & Wives: The Hidden World of Mormon Polygamy)

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment cmaglaughlin

    I’d rather have someone who is honest, right up front, white or black, Jew or gentile, Mormon or whatever, who has an official birth certificate he could show all of us, and not fight it in the courts, spending millions to keep us guessing.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Grumpy Old Person

    Nice slur of the current President there. Too bad it’s inaccurate. Obama’s Certificate of Live Birth in Hawaii has been verified.

    It’s only the nutsy-cuckoo Teapublican asshats that perpetuate such nonsense. Grow up, as Joan Rivers would say.

    America has some serious problems and “official birth certificates” is not among them.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment cmaglaughlin

    Hey watch it Fart Breath! Read it and weep. You need to get caught up to speed.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Henrietta22

    Sanjiv, now that you mention it, yes, but only because it’s Romney. The birth certificate question is really old, it makes the people who carry it on appear fringe.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment cmaglaughlin

    Henrietta…Quit believing the lie and get caught up to speed. Here is link that will prove the only ones still concerned about the missing “real” birth certificate are truth seekers. Their minds are not already made up. A mind is like a parachute. It only works when it is open.

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