January 13th, 2012
10:59 AM ET

GOP poised to make history with non-Protestant presidential nominee

By Josh Levs, CNN

(CNN) - The race for the Republican presidential nomination is on track to break new ground: For the first time in modern political history - some say ever - the GOP nominee could be someone who is not a Protestant Christian.

Front-runner Mitt Romney is Mormon, as is Jon Huntsman. Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich are Catholics.

The only two Protestants in the race are Rick Perry and Ron Paul. Paul had strong finishes in the nominating contests so far but most political experts and Republican establishment figures say he is not favored to win the nomination ultimately. Perry has finished near the end of the pack so far but is hoping for a strong finish in the next-in-line South Carolina primary.

Neither major party has ever had a Mormon nominee. John F. Kennedy, a Democrat, was the only Catholic president.

Democrats have also nominated John Kerry, a Catholic, and Michael Dukakis, who is Greek Orthodox, but the overwhelming majority of Democratic presidential nominees have been Protestant.

Experts who follow the intersection of religion and politics say this year’s crop of Republican candidates reflects the changing electorate, the lasting significance of a Supreme Court decision, and shifting forces within American Christianity.

“Catholicism has been almost fully absorbed into the American mainstream,” says William Galston, senior fellow with the Brookings Institution.

While Kennedy faced questions from some voters over whether he would take orders from the pope, that kind of skepticism is virtually unheard of today, Galston says.

“The more interesting question is Mormonism. Because in many Protestants’ eyes, Mormons today stand roughly where Catholics did 60 years ago. They are suspect.”

But Romney, with his “unblemished personal life,” is in a unique position to help guide Mormonism into the mainstream of American politics, Galston says.

Presidential historian Douglas Brinkley says Americans have achieved enough comfort with Mormonism to make room for a possible Romney presidency.

“Are we ready for a Mormon president? I think the answer is yes,” Brinkley says.

The Mormon population is growing quickly, and more and more people have Mormon friends, he says. “It’s no longer a fringe group growing up. It’s a powerful and important religion.”

Mormons have been recruiting Southern Baptists and Methodists to join their fold, making inroads in communities across the country and raising money, Brinkley says. “The Mormon Church is booming when some of the other denominations are struggling for cash and converts.”

Mark Silk, professor of religion in public life at Trinity College, says most American voters are “prepared to think about people who are not Protestant to be president.”

The GOP field of candidates this year is “mostly happenstance” – the contenders did not rise to the front of the pack because of their religions, Silk says. But the fact that their faiths don’t seem to be hampering their chances shows “real growth in the acceptance of religious pluralism since World War II.”

There’s also a broad political force helping bond voters across different denominations.

“In the past generation, denominational differences or religious differences have become less important than the split between modernism and traditionalism within each religion,” says Galston.

“So at this point, traditional Mormons, evangelical Protestants and conservative Catholics have more in common with one another politically than they do with the more liberal elements within their respective churches.”

That break has been furthered as the issues that guide many voters’ decisions have changed over the past few decades.

“One of the big things that’s happened since the 1970s is that a lot of cultural issues have moved from the private realm to the public stage,” Galston says. “That’s happened whether it’s been abortion or gay marriage or the treatment of private schools by the IRS.”

It’s happened “much more explicitly on the conservative side than it has on the more liberal side,” Galston says.

The Supreme Court’s 1973 decision in Roe v. Wade, which said women have a constitutional right to an abortion, was a turning point.

Before that ruling, Catholics were a solid, reliable Democratic voting block, “one of the most powerful constituencies in the Democratic party,” says Brinkley.

The Vatican opposes abortion rights. And as the Democratic Party became largely supportive of the Supreme Court’s decision, the Republican Party won over Catholics who disagreed with it.

“It turned a lot of Catholic groups from Democratic to Republican,” Brinkley says. “It flipped them.”

People within each denomination who support abortion rights and take liberal stances on numerous issues, meanwhile, have formed similar bonds on the Democratic side, with religious denominations themselves playing little role, the analysts said.

About half the U.S. population is Protestant. The American Religious Identification Survey from Trinity College, published in 2009, found Protestants are 51% of the U.S. population, while Catholics are 25%. Mormons are at 1.4%, just behind Jews at 1.8%. Muslims comprise 0.3% of the population.

While a Mormon or Catholic nominee would be a first for the GOP, there’s some disagreement over whether he would be the first “non-Protestant” ever, or just the first in generations.

A December article for rollcall.com said “Gingrich’s nomination would make him the first non-Protestant to be nominated for president by the GOP.” A 2000 Slate article headlined “The Protestant Presidency” said Kennedy was the only non-Protestant “ever elected president.”

But Silk noted that it isn’t clear exactly how to characterize Abraham Lincoln’s religious affiliation.

The first Republican president “didn’t belong to any church, wouldn’t have described himself as a Protestant,” Silk said. At the same time, Lincoln expressed a deep belief in a God who is active in history.

Adherents.com keeps a list of the presidents’ religions. Four presidents were Unitarians, a movement that grew our of Protestant Christianity. Two presidents were Quakers, a group that is connected to Protestantism.

While the analysts CNN spoke to agree that the GOP field this year reflects the country’s religious pluralism, it remains centered only on Christian denominations, setting aside the question of whether Mormonism fits a traditional definition of Christian.

Just how much of a chance a candidate of another religion would have at the presidency is another question.

Some believe that Joe Lieberman, the Democratic vice presidential nominee in 2000 who ran for the party’s nomination in 2004, was not hampered by being Jewish. “I don’t think that the classic triad Catholic-Protestant-Jew makes a difference at all,” said Galston. “Joe Lieberman’s candidacy foundered, but not because he was Jewish.”

But there has never been a Jewish presidential nominee. And just how a Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, or member of any other religion would fare is another question.

For some voters, the denominations of the candidates continue to be a relevant factor, the analysts said. Last May, a survey by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life found that about one-third of white evangelical Protestants would be less likely to vote for a Mormon.

In Iowa, CNN entrance polls show that born-again or evangelical Christians supported Santorum, a Catholic, well over Romney.

In New Hampshire, CNN exit polls from the Republican primary show that Catholics and Protestants both chose Romney over the competition. More Catholics – like voters in general - supported the two Mormon candidates, Romney and Huntsman, than the two Catholic candidates, Gingrich and Santorum.

Paul, for his part, came in second in New Hampshire, and placed second among Protestants and tied with Huntsman for second among Catholics.

Analysts agree that a candidate who does not believe in God would be quickly rejected by voters nationwide – even if he or she was raised Christian.

“Whether anyone would accept a professed out of the closet atheist, no,” said Galston. “You’d probably have a better chance as a former member of the Taliban.”

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- CNN Belief Blog

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  1. El Flaco

    Romney is a special kind of Christian: a Mormon. If he accepts Mormon theology, then he believes that ordinary Christians like Baptists, Methodists, and Catholics are all going to Hell anyway.

    If they are going to suffer in Hell for a few trillion years, what difference does it make if they suffer a few scant decades here on earth?

    Is aborting a non-Mormon child a sin? The child is destined for Hell anyway.

    Is stealing the job from a non-Mormon employee a sin? He needs to get used to suffering to prepare him for Hell anyway.

    January 13, 2012 at 1:52 pm |
    • JH

      The authoritative manner in which you speak about that which you are obviously so ignorant about is appalling. We do not believe that non-mormon Christians will be going to hell... or those not born "Mormon" will be going to hell. In fact, we believe that very few individuals will be going to hell and believe God is far more merciful than many "Christians" make Him out to be. You are projecting the religious claims of other Christian denominations in regards to heaven and hell onto the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints but you are markedly incorrect.

      January 13, 2012 at 1:57 pm |
  2. Toby

    All religions are cults to those who do not believe in the supernatural. I do not want a President who looks to the supernatural or other unproven realms for answers and guidance-this is not only childish nonsense, it is dangerous! The GOP lineup of candidates is a "who's who" of charlatans and snakehandlers. Why can't the GOP find ONE person who can actually THINK for themselves without clouding the issue with supernatural childish nonsense?

    January 13, 2012 at 1:51 pm |
    • JH

      Then you would not have wanted George Washington or Abraham Lincoln.

      January 13, 2012 at 1:53 pm |
    • signalfire

      They had one, Gary Johnson. They ignored him as being too sane and he had to go over to the Libertarian party.

      January 13, 2012 at 2:00 pm |
    • sean

      No, all religions are not cults. Education really needs to be part of this election. Look up what you are attempting to write about. peace.

      January 13, 2012 at 2:10 pm |
  3. Bob Smith

    A Romney presidency would be a disaster. More wars, astronomical unemployment and home foreclosures, and a poverty rate to make any third world country proud. The rich will get richer, and the poor, poorer. Look at his record: 'rob from the poor and give to the rich.' The reverse Robin Hood.

    January 13, 2012 at 1:51 pm |
    • Joe A

      And what are your reasons? Romney is a great leader!

      January 13, 2012 at 8:36 pm |
  4. Klaus

    Long-shot win?! Ron Paul is in 2nd place and is even in some cases projected to overtake Romney.

    You don't elect or nominate candidates, CNN.

    Please stop the spin and the lies.

    January 13, 2012 at 1:48 pm |
    • sugartaste81

      Go on Fox, or watch Fox News. They hate Paul just as much as the mainsteam "left" media. (And sorry, but he won't win).

      January 13, 2012 at 1:52 pm |
    • Prometheus

      Oh, please, please, please make Ron Paul the Republican nominee! It will be fun to have absentee ballots sent in from planets in our solar system as well as the deep reaches of space. His loyal devotees number libertarians, anarchists, Randians, and conspiracy theorists in their ranks. All suffering from delusions of grandeur and a planet where people run amok. He would make McGovern's loss seem like a real horse race.

      As far as Mormons and Catholics go, no way! Our Supreme Court is unfortunately loaded with Catholic ideologues pushing their agendas of conservative poisons and religious fervor. And, I simply cannot trust anyone that believes in magic underwear or Joseph Smith and his delusions of Moroni, seer stones and the golden plates.

      I used to wonder how people bought into the Bible and the Abrahamic religions, but after watching the spread of the Mormon agenda–and let's be honest, it is an agenda–I realized that people are desparately frightened of living in a world they can't explain without magic, mythology, or voodoo. Organized religion, as practiced by the Catholics, Protestant evangelicals and fundamentalists, Muslims and Jews is a miasma plaguing mankind and turning the world to toxic waste.

      What I would like to see is a president that refuses to be drawn into religious idiocy, and simply says, "Religion is like underwear, often soiled and best kept private." Believe what you want, but keep it out of my face please.

      January 13, 2012 at 2:12 pm |
  5. Rod

    CNN sucks the head.

    January 13, 2012 at 1:45 pm |
  6. Bob

    Mormonism is its own thing, magic underwear, etc., but it is not a Christian religion.

    January 13, 2012 at 1:40 pm |
    • bob2

      Nixon was a Quaker.

      January 13, 2012 at 1:46 pm |
    • JH

      "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints" is the full name of the church and yes, we do accept and confess Him as our Savior, the only way back to God.

      January 13, 2012 at 1:50 pm |
    • Bob Smith

      Thanks, JH. Yes, we are Christians.

      January 13, 2012 at 1:52 pm |
    • Converted

      And Jesus wasn't the messiah according to the religious leader of the time. Don't be so quick to judge.

      January 13, 2012 at 2:04 pm |
    • SPA Knight

      JH, Christians also believe and accept the doctrine of the Trinity which profess the divinity of Christ. My understanding is that Mormons reject this teaching correct?

      January 13, 2012 at 2:05 pm |
    • sam

      "only way" = instant fail.

      January 13, 2012 at 2:12 pm |
    • JH

      SPA Knight,

      Your understanding is not completely correct. We do reject the Nicene Creed (created over 300 years after Christ) on which many Christians base their belief in God. We believe the Father, Son and Holy Ghost to be separate individuals (as demonstrated at the Baptism of Christ as well as the stoning of Stephen). We do however, believe that the Father, Son and Holy Ghost are One God. In our view this means they are one in purpose and mind. If you and I both have a CD by the same artist... (a very rough analogy) this could be thought of as being the same CD, even though we in fact have different CD's. These three are One God and in this sense, Jesus is literally the Father, even though the three are separate and distinct individuals. We believe in the Divinity of Jesus Christ and accept him as the only way to return to our Heavenly Father. We also accept him as the Son of God and as God.

      January 13, 2012 at 2:31 pm |
    • JH


      Jesus stated, "By this shall all men know ye are my disciples if ye have love one to another." Because of this statement, I personally believe that many are in fact following Christ who may not have ever heard of him. I think your view of Jesus Christ is probably too narrow and very concrete. God is far more merciful than many Christians believe. Jesus is in fact the only way back to God.

      January 13, 2012 at 2:34 pm |
    • sam

      JH, that's true in YOUR belief system, not all. Believing you're the only one who's got the answer is where the failure starts.

      January 13, 2012 at 2:39 pm |
  7. JacobS

    It is a shame for this country to still be raising this question of the religion of candidates. Europe would find this question not only strange but completely inappropriate for the public discourse. Europe went through the Hundred Years War which was driven by religious differences and they never want to see religion in the public square again. Here in this country we are more primitive and it shows. We feel that we are only religious if we trot it out into the public square and that has nothing really to do with religion but rather cheap populist political pimping.

    January 13, 2012 at 1:38 pm |
    • sam

      It is inappropriate. Most of these clowns will say anything to get themselves elected, and if that means touting their faith as their main platform, they'll do it. It's sensationalist pandering to the lowest common denominator. What faith someone follows gives zero insight to that person's morality or ability to do the job. Too many people are still willing to believe that just because someone can quote from the bible, or identify as part of the supposed 'moral majority', that they have anyone's interests but their own at heart.

      January 13, 2012 at 1:53 pm |
    • johnp

      While I agree that a President is the President of all the people and needs to be one who governs accordingly, one's religous beliefs should reflect who that person is. If a person claims a faith in God, but does not display that faith in all of his life, then he is a lier as he stands before God and Man and proclaims he is a believer. This would apply to anyone of any faith, or belief system. Yes religion msut be taken into account when choosing people to lead a nation.

      January 13, 2012 at 1:58 pm |
    • JustCommenting

      Why do you feel it is necessary to compare this (1) country to the entire European Continent? It is simply ridiculous. It has taken European countries CENTURIES of "mental" and societal evolution to get to where they are today (with lots of room for improvement)... not bad for the US of A what it has accomplished with a mere two. Even though we inherited all their bad and horrible habits (ie. slavery and racism) we have taken good strides as a society to clean their act. I say we are pretty mature for our ages, arent we.

      January 13, 2012 at 2:08 pm |
  8. Thom

    Wow, is the nomination process already over CNN? Seems like every article you write has Romney already elected. Have you ever heard of fair and balanced reporting and no, I don't mean FauxNews either!

    January 13, 2012 at 1:38 pm |
  9. sean

    Mormon's are protestants, more to the point it is an American cult. Maybe the writter of this article should have at least looked up the definitions of protestant, Catholic and cults.

    January 13, 2012 at 1:38 pm |
    • Toby

      All religions began as cults; small groups with beliefs and practices outside the mainstream religious belief. Catholicism and Christianity are not considered cults simply because their beliefs and practices are more widely subscribed by the credulous. Regardless, there is no reason to think that any of these belief systems are true simply because they are not considered a cult. Personally, I want a candidate that can think for himself/herself and does not look to the supernatural for answers to worldly questions. Peace.

      January 13, 2012 at 1:46 pm |
  10. Lee

    The first President who believes Jesus had at least 3 wives? wow...

    January 13, 2012 at 1:33 pm |
  11. JiminNM

    The media should be prosecuted for treason for trying to control the outcome of the election rather than simply reporting the facts.

    January 13, 2012 at 1:33 pm |
  12. Concerned American

    I wish the CNN journalist would educate themselves better. Mormonism is a Protestant religion. It sickens me the lack of intelligence they distribute, and the worst part is the American public seems to believe the garbage they peddle. Wise up America and educate yourselves!

    January 13, 2012 at 1:33 pm |
    • Real America

      Actually, several Mormons have been explaining why they are not Protestants. Something about restoration of true Christianity through the work of a 19th Century prophet.

      January 13, 2012 at 1:37 pm |
    • Lee

      Old Testament = Judiasm, add New Testament = Christian, add Koran = Islam but add Book of Mormon and it's Mormonism with a whole different view of the very nature of Deity. They aim to fool Christians by using Jesus in their name (last few decades) as saying it;s Scientology or Taoism would not fool people as well where the dominant tradition is Christian, It's a con (and it's prophet was convicted as a con well BEFORE Mormonism started)

      January 13, 2012 at 1:38 pm |
    • Bob Smith

      As 'Mormons,' we don't consider ourselves Protestant. We believe that Protestant religions 'protested' against the Catholic Church, and were formed by dedicated people seeking a better way. We (Mormons) belief that the fullness of the Gospel was restored through a modern-day prophet. The Church did not break away from any other religion, and is, therefore, not Protestant.

      January 13, 2012 at 1:46 pm |
    • Jason


      The full name of our church is "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints." This has been the name since the 1830's, not the past few decades. Joseph Smith was also never convicted of anything, though trumped up charges were brought up against him numerous times, in each instance he was proven innocent. Numerous factual errors in your post.

      January 13, 2012 at 1:47 pm |
    • Curious

      In what sense are Mormons Christian? What is minimal Christianity?

      January 13, 2012 at 1:52 pm |
    • signalfire

      Joseph Smith was a whack job and anyone who believes in Mormonism is, also. Mitt Romney got out of serving in the US military by 'serving' as a missionary in a fancy castle in France for 2 years. Now he wants to be Commander in Chief? Please. That's all we need in the Oval office, a guy who was really good at skimming huge sums of money off of corporations he took over. Bain Capital owns Clear Channel, that's all you need to know.

      January 13, 2012 at 2:07 pm |
    • JH


      In the Book of John, Jesus defined Christians this way, "By this shall all men know ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another." I guess in this broader sense, there are many that are truly following Christ and thus "Christian" who may not even know they are Christian... and there are many who claim to be "Christian" who just aren't.

      If you wish to use other criteria though (also found in the New Testament) we Believe in Christ and confess him to be the only way back to God. We are Christians.

      January 13, 2012 at 2:10 pm |
    • SPA Knight

      Bob Smith, what is it about the Gospel that needed to be restored exactly by the modern day prophet? Could it be that Joseph Smith at one point taught that Adam was our Father and God? Later he taught that he was the Archangel Michael. I respect Mormons very much but they have a distorted view of the gospel.

      January 13, 2012 at 2:20 pm |
    • SPA Knight

      JH, if you were to consider the first three verses in the Book of John it states.

      In the beginning was the Word; the Word was with God and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through Him all things came into being, not one thing came into being except through Him.

      Since Jesus was the Word incarnate, one can simply replace "word" with "Jesus" in the above passage and it would read as follows:

      In the beginning was Jesus(the Word); Jesus (the Word) was with God and the Jesus (Word) was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through Him all things came into being, not one thing came into being except through Him.

      That brings more clarity to his divine nature.

      January 13, 2012 at 2:35 pm |
  13. Jason

    Atheists don't profess "nothingness". It is atheists who stand in a neutral position, not claiming anything. It is the theists who make claims that there is a god and claim to know what it thinks and what it wants. Atheists are merely rejecting claims made with no evidence, which is what theists do all the time, EXCEPT when it comes to their god. So, it is the theists who are arrogant and biased, not the atheists.

    January 13, 2012 at 1:32 pm |
    • He who has the last laugh !

      Hmmm, lets go with Ancient Aliens. That has a glimmer of proof, just like the Bible. Had to remember but Faith = Belief

      January 13, 2012 at 1:39 pm |
  14. Marshall

    I personally think religion should not be a factor.No one should ask the candidates what their religious views are and they should never mention them.Their religious preferences have absolutely no effect on what type of leader they will be.Unless they are some kind of a religious fanatic.I think it's time for an atheist.There was not a Christian president for over the first 50 years of our nations existence.And, I do not think there has been one since.If you look it up you will find not one of our founding fathers were Christian.Not even Jefferson.I know he wrote the Jefferson bible,but,that's just because he,like the other founding fathers ,did not believe Jesus to be of divine decent.So,he kept his philosophy while removing all the mystical and dogmatic concepts.

    January 13, 2012 at 1:31 pm |
    • He who has the last laugh !

      We already have a conflicted Christian / Muslim in the house now. Give me a Budhist, anybody but the overly socialized guy we got.

      January 13, 2012 at 1:38 pm |
    • Deal with it

      The only "conflicted" are those who will hurl incongruous nonsensical insults.

      January 13, 2012 at 1:40 pm |
  15. noolibs

    The voted in a moslem in 2008 so yes it would be another liberal idea to keep the little boy in power...

    January 13, 2012 at 1:30 pm |
    • sam


      January 13, 2012 at 1:35 pm |
    • Thomas Daniels

      haha ignorance knows no bounds....did you even pass 6th grade?

      January 13, 2012 at 1:38 pm |
    • palintwit is teaming up with rick santorumtwit... America's favorite frothy one

      Get back in your trailer, teabagger.

      January 13, 2012 at 1:38 pm |
    • Jim

      Your name is wrong. It should read, " NO Brains"

      January 13, 2012 at 1:53 pm |
  16. noolibs

    And now we get the crap with religion in it again when the libs are the ones that cry it shouldn't be an issue but make it an issue anyway...hypocritical bassturds.

    January 13, 2012 at 1:29 pm |
    • Jim

      Education was never an issue with you, I see.

      January 13, 2012 at 1:55 pm |
  17. D

    Well, wouldn't our supposedly Muslim current president already be the first non-Protestant?? LOL

    January 13, 2012 at 1:27 pm |
    • palintwit is teaming up with rick santorumtwit... America's favorite frothy one

      Probably because he is not a muslim. But what do I know? I'm still waiting for Obama's death panels to start popping up.

      January 13, 2012 at 1:30 pm |
  18. Pedro

    ...Definitely, I'm voting for the individual who best understands the issues we are dealing with right now. That would have to be Mitt Romney. We, gave the chance to Barak Obama 'cause I guess we thought we'd be doing the country a big favor by electing the first black president of the US. What we failed to recognize was that this president has an agenda that simply does not match the American vision. We are not, in our core, a welfare people. We like to work, to innovate, to improve things, to create. We have been UNITED, as our country's name clearly states, in purpose, but our current president has radically changed that, to put us in the path of a welfare state and more debt than we could have ever imagined. No gracias, que se vaya para Chicago!! We need to send him back to Chicago, No Mas Obama. This administration is one of the most corrupt administrations EVER, that's the Chicago style, no question about that.

    January 13, 2012 at 1:27 pm |
    • Real America

      Pedro, could you expand on the corruption of the Obama administration? I had planned on voting for him, but after your post I'm not so sure.

      January 13, 2012 at 1:31 pm |
    • Sam kilbrow

      Pedro you will be first to send to Mexico by President Romney.

      January 13, 2012 at 1:32 pm |
    • He who has the last laugh !

      Yes, we have already seen that Obama does not like innovators and workers. I would worry Pedro.

      January 13, 2012 at 1:36 pm |
    • palintwit is teaming up with rick santorumtwit... America's favorite frothy one

      I'd like to know more about all that corruption, too. I'm impressed with Pedro's inside track.

      January 13, 2012 at 1:37 pm |
  19. Nos

    I believe America is changing when a non-religious person is nominated. Until then, nope. I doubt it will happen in my lifetime.

    January 13, 2012 at 1:27 pm |
    • raggmopp

      The USA has already had an atheist President.

      January 13, 2012 at 1:32 pm |
  20. PAT

    Not surprising. CNN has two negative articles regarding Romney's association with Bain. At the same time,Obama has a positive headline regarding his plan to cut a HUGE 3 billion from the government, which means absolutely nothing to a 15 trillion dollar debt. You will also see many more articles from the liberal press such as CNN like the story above focusing on the fact that Romney is a Morman. They will be in the guise of being "informational",but the liberal press knows that may be a negative attribute among voters. I guarantee you will see MORE and MORE the closer it gets to the election in November.

    January 13, 2012 at 1:26 pm |
    • roadrunner121249

      Totally agree. If it is so important to the media that Romney is a non-protestent, then it should be equally important to them that Obama is a non-whatever he is. They don't seem to go out of their way to point out that Obama rarely goes to church, so they should drop the fake concern about his religion.

      January 13, 2012 at 1:35 pm |
    • sam

      If Romney wins, you'll still be back here whining about what *he* hasn't done/done right/whatever.

      January 13, 2012 at 1:38 pm |
    • sugartaste81

      Some of us DO care about the religion of our next President. I'm not thrilled with the idea of a Prez who believes in magic underwear.

      January 13, 2012 at 1:55 pm |
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