May 21st, 2012
03:58 PM ET

Truce between Obama and Romney on faith?

By Eric Marrapodi, CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Washington (CNN)– A political truce may be brewing between the Obama and Romney campaigns on the issue of the candidates' faith and religious practice.  An all-out war over such issues nearly erupted last week, but neither campaign would take up arms.

The controversy began after word got out of a Republican Super PAC's proposal to try to put a spotlight on President Barack Obama's fiery former pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright, Jr., just like in 2008. But Mitt Romney, the presumptive GOP nominee for president, slapped the effort down before it even got off the ground (and the Super PAC's leaders insisted the Wright campaign was just one of several ideas).

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"I repudiate that effort," Romney told reporters on Thursday. "I think it's the wrong course for a PAC or a campaign. I hope that our campaigns can respectfully be about the future and about issues and about a vision for America."

Romney's lifelong membership in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is seen by some as a major liability, especially among evangelical voters and voters who don't know much about Mormonism.

After word of the proposed Wright campaign, Democratic pundits argued that if Obama's old pastor was back on the table, Romney's Mormonism should be, too, including the church's checkered history on the issue of race.

On Sunday, during CNN's State of the Union with Candy Crowley, senior Obama campaign strategist David Axelrod said that his camp repudiates attacks against Romney's faith.

“We've said that's not fair game. And we wish that Gov. Romney would stand up as strongly and as resolutely consistently to refute these kinds of things on his side,” the Obama strategist told Crowley.

"We both ought to take the right position," Axelrod said.  He proceeded to take a few shots at Romney, noting the former Massachusetts said in February that Wright was fair game.

Either way, both campaigns are now on the record saying the tinder box of their rival's faith is now off the table.

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soundoff (188 Responses)
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    June 13, 2012 at 10:39 pm |
  2. Joe

    II knew liberals would quickly "evolve" past their assertions that they wanted to keep religion off the table. We all know their only option is to be dishonest about Mormons. Can't run on anything Obama has done well.

    I think it would be fair to look at religion, if we look at all three of Obama's and Mitt's one religion.
    ON racism for example- Obama is still a Muslim, Muslims still have some major issues with racism, and they indirectly started American slavery. They established routes in Africa, and taught it to the Spanish when they occupied Spain. The Spanish brought it to America.

    Obama's nominal UCC/Congregationalist Church is more white than Mitt's Church, and they have a more serious racist past.

    Mormons have condemned all racism, past and present, and research and history show that LDS are among the most progressive and non-bigoted of peoples.
    Liberal activists, on the other hand, have some major ongoing issues with bigotry and racism.

    May 29, 2012 at 6:20 pm |
    • peter

      Joe–i never have nor will vote for obama like the vast majority of republicans– I voted for santorum and will be sitting out the gen election because i don't vote for mormons. Cursed is your prophet and his christ that he preached and wrote about in the book of mormon,another testament of jesus christ.

      May 30, 2012 at 4:29 am |
  3. Joe

    I think it would be great if we put faith on the table.....only problem is Obama has at least three CURRENT faiths (Islam, Atheism, and nominal Christianity (according to Rev Wright, Obama is still a Muslim, he tried to bribe Wright into silence, but that didn't work, Wright had this "problem" that he has "to tell the truth."

    May 29, 2012 at 6:06 pm |
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    May 26, 2012 at 1:53 pm |
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    Do a wiki search on the White Horse Prophecy. Then tell all your friends

    May 25, 2012 at 12:05 pm |
    • Joe

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      May 29, 2012 at 6:08 pm |
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    Prayer changes things.

    May 24, 2012 at 8:12 pm |
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    May 24, 2012 at 8:11 pm |
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