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August 14th, 2012
11:50 AM ET

Romney-Ryan ticket makes U.S. religious history

By Josh Levs, CNN

(CNN) - In selecting Paul Ryan for his running mate, Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney has made modern political history: a major party ticket with no Protestant Christian.

Some historians call it the first ever. Others say it's technically the first since Abraham Lincoln. And there is an argument to be made regarding Dwight Eisenhower.

But in any case, "this Republican ticket really symbolizes the passing of an era," said William Galston, senior fellow with the Brookings Institution.

Romney is Mormon. Ryan is Catholic.

It's a trend also reflected in the Supreme Court. Once dominated by Protestants, there are now none among the nine justices, Galston noted. "All the groups that make up the new American population, as opposed to the population of 50 years ago, are now participating on equal" terms, in politics and American society in general, he said.

"It's quietly dramatic."

With or without Romney, Washington’s a Mormon stronghold

For months, it appeared likely that the GOP would choose a non-Protestant for its presidential nominee for the first time in modern history. But the number two slot remained in question.

In choosing a running mate who is Catholic, Romney showed that he is not worried about damaging support among Protestants, "especially those who don't think of themselves as evangelicals," Galston said. "I'm not saying that Romney thought he could afford to take them for granted. But clearly he felt that he could reach out in another direction."

Half the U.S. population identifies as Protestant, while a quarter identifies as Catholic, according to the American Religious Identification Survey from Trinity College, published in 2009. Mormons are at 1.4%, just behind Jews at 1.8%. Muslims comprise 0.3% of the population.

The electorate has reshaped over the last several decades, including along religious lines, Galston said. Conservatives within each denomination have built alliances over core issues that outweigh denominational differences.

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"The old lines between Catholics and Protestants which were dominant in our politics as recently as the 1960 election have been replaced by new lines of division, not between denominations but within them. So you now have a coalition of evangelical protestants and traditionalist Catholics, and Orthodox Jews as well. ... It is a very important fact about American politics today."

In 1960, John F. Kennedy faced questions from some voters concerned he would take orders from the pope. That kind of skepticism is virtually unheard of today, Galston said.

Abortion - particularly the Supreme Court's 1973 decision in Roe v. Wade that women have a constitutional right to an abortion - played a key role in building the new alliance among conservatives of different denominations, Galston said.

"From the standpoint of conservative Republicans, the fact that Paul Ryan is down-the-line pro-life is much more important than the fact that he's a Catholic rather than a Protestant," he said.

People within each denomination who support abortion rights and take liberal stances on numerous issues, meanwhile, have formed similar bonds on the Democratic side.

Romney's success in the battle for the presidential nomination also reflects how times have changed.

Neither major party has ever had a Mormon nominee.

Mormons consider themselves a Christian religion, but a restoration of the early church and therefore distinguished from Protestant tradition. Some Christians do not see Mormonism as a part of Christianity.

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Protestantism began as a movement breaking off from the Catholic Church in the 16th century.

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 said in an interview with CNN in January.

The Mormon population is growing quickly, and more and more people have Mormon friends, he said. "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 said. "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, said most American voters are "prepared to think about people who are not Protestant to be president."

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On the Democratic side, President Barack Obama is Protestant, while Vice President Joe Biden is Catholic. Obama's race, of course, distinguishes him in another way from the white Anglo-Saxon Protestants who have nearly always inhabited the White House.

A survey last month by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life found "little evidence to suggest that concerns about the candidates' respective faiths will have a meaningful impact in the fall elections."

Among those who know Romney is Mormon, 60% said they are comfortable with his religion, while 19% said they are not.

Among those who know Obama is Christian, 82% were comfortable and 12% were uncomfortable.

The survey found 60% of respondents know Romney's religion. Only 49% know Obama is Christian, while 17% think he is Muslim.

While some headlines declare Romney-Ryan ticket the first ever major party ticket without a Protestant, there may be an exception from the days of Lincoln.

Lincoln himself "didn't belong to any church, wouldn't have described himself as a Protestant," Silk said. Lincoln did express a deep belief in a God.

His first vice president, Hannibal Hamlin, was Protestant, according to adherents.com, which tracks the religious affiliations of presidents and vice presidents throughout U.S. history.

In his second run, Lincoln took on Andrew Johnson as his number two. While some sources refer to Johnson having Baptist parents, he "is not known to have ever been an official member of any church," adherents.com says.

Among Democrats, Kennedy; John Kerry, who is Catholic; and Michael Dukakis, who is Greek Orthodox, had running mates who were Protestant.

Republican Presidents Herbert Hoover and Richard Nixon were Quakers, and Eisenhower was a Jehovah's Witness but converted to Presbyterianism after his inauguration, according to adherents.com.

The Quaker tradition grew of Protestantism, though Quakers generally reject the Protestant label. Under that reading, one could argue that the Eisenhower-Nixon ticket of 1952, before Eisenhower's conversion, did not include a Protestant.

While the two presidential tickets this year reflect a 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," Galston said. "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.

And analysts agree that voters would quickly reject a candidate who does not believe in God - even if he or she had been raised Christian.

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

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- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: 2012 Election • Christianity • Mormonism • Paul Ryan

soundoff (410 Responses)
  1. Tom, Tom, the Other One

    I know how exciting this must be to all the people who are impressed by the misdirection of power, wealth and devotion that Catholicism and Mormonism represent. But I see, yet again, two white men of male-dominated faiths hoping to become the protectors of a way of life that is good for, well, a fairly small group of people like themselves.

    August 14, 2012 at 6:04 pm |
  2. BobbyBarker

    How can you be a christian and a republican at the same time? Can you see Jesus telling a homeless man "Go get a job you lazy sh**" ?

    August 14, 2012 at 5:35 pm |
    • kindless

      Oh my oh my, BobbyBarker, are you related to Billybob who just posted on here? Anyway, hon, you get yourself some tea and sit down and thing about what you're asking here. Christians and Republicans go together like andouille and okra go together in my gumbo, hon. Reason for this is they normally are, by nature, what we call fork-tongued. mmm hmm. Republicans like to make you feel like you're doing better than you are, and make you think they can make their money get to you eventually, and, in general, they just try to do whatever it takes to make you not realize how greed they are. mm hmmm. i think you got that part. now christians are mostly the same way really. they try to make you feel like they love you and say this usually using jesus' words. but if they are uncomfortable with you in any way, or if they are greedy, they will avoid jesus' words and go to find other nonsense in that book of theirs that was written by some of the worst politicians and lawyers in history – the bible. That's what I mean by "fork-tongued", hon. So the Repubs and the scared, weak minded Christians go together just fine usually.

      August 14, 2012 at 5:49 pm |
  3. Tom

    Romney and Ryan are both wolves in sheep's clothing. They will tell you what you want to hear in order to gain your vote, but, in reality, they are simply striving to grab power for the over privileged.

    August 14, 2012 at 5:15 pm |
    • Nuns against Paul Ryan

      Yes.

      August 14, 2012 at 5:51 pm |
    • Jesus freaker

      Welcome to politics.

      August 14, 2012 at 6:10 pm |
  4. Loki

    I thought the Obama Muslim ticket settled that question...

    August 14, 2012 at 5:13 pm |
    • ODIN ALLFATHER

      LOKI

      THIS IS FROST GIANT BEHAVIOR, LOKI

      WE SPOKE OF THIS ALREADY, YOU ARE GROUNDED

      STOP CAUSING TROUBLE ON MIDGARD

      August 14, 2012 at 5:52 pm |
    • Loki

      I'm sorry dad. That said.. Can I borrow the chariot ? Got a date with Ayn Rand ! She's HOT.

      August 14, 2012 at 6:23 pm |
  5. Loki

    I would like a Jew Free "Federal Reserve" and "Wall Street"... or Jew reduced CNN & NPR .... Rabbi Levs...

    August 14, 2012 at 5:11 pm |
  6. Barry Hemphill

    Who cares?" The last time I looked, the USA separates religion from government. What people choose to practice (or not practice) is their own business.

    August 14, 2012 at 5:10 pm |
    • keepinitreal

      Except the TeaPublicans are passing legislation that is putting religion in public schools....just Christianity of course...not any of those other religions they object to. Check out Bobby Jindal's changes in LA. The religious fanatics and zealots have completely gone over the cliff. I was raised in a Chrisitan home and I'm a Christian, but religion needs to stay in the churches and homes. Do you think they will be ok with a Muslim prayer?

      August 14, 2012 at 6:27 pm |
  7. Billybob

    I can't come up with one reason why a nominee's religion would have any importance.

    August 14, 2012 at 5:00 pm |
    • Moby Schtick

      Well, that's pretty fvcking short-sighted of you. Recent presidents have gone to war with nations because their god told them to do so over a magic pink telephone-oh wait, strike that, there was no magic pink telephone involved. Now do you see why it matters?

      August 14, 2012 at 5:09 pm |
    • not a phony patriot

      These people should not be out on the streets selling themselves to the highest bidder. Have they no morals?
      Oh? what's that? You said no Protestants?
      Never mind....

      August 14, 2012 at 5:09 pm |
    • kindless

      Oh my oh my, Billybob. You need to sit down and drink some tea and collect your thoughts, hon. It depends on what we may learn about how the candidate has applied their religion within the U.S. society – you know in how they vote on things, but also in regards to their actions or words in general. Maybe they did a bad thing and hid it in their religion. We may not learn much, we may learn a lot. I think it makes a little more sense to pay attention to this for the higher offices, such as the presidency, because it's hard to really learn about these big politicians that are so far from our everyday lives. You certainly cannot trust something like Fox news to help you learn about these people. Oh my, they just want to scare people and make them go back and forth between the tv and the bathroom. mmm hmmm. yup.

      August 14, 2012 at 5:20 pm |
  8. will never vote Republician again

    When facism comes to America it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross.
    Sinclair Lewis

    August 14, 2012 at 4:50 pm |
    • Prayer changes water into wine

      bingo

      August 14, 2012 at 4:51 pm |
    • Loki

      I wish. I can't stand you and your ilk. Though I don't need the cross as an excuse to hate your politics or life style. You stink on your own merits.

      August 14, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
    • Prayer changed my oil. Alleluia, amen.

      My oil also.

      August 14, 2012 at 8:17 pm |
  9. alien

    Speaking of conspiricy. When is Pres.Obama going to fake an assacination attempt on himself so he can invoke marshall law? I need to get beer and groceries before it happens, jeez I hope my cable t.v. doesn't go out!

    August 14, 2012 at 4:48 pm |
    • alien

      Assasination

      August 14, 2012 at 4:51 pm |
    • keepinitreal

      How really out of touch you are that you echo another radical bunch of foolishness from an old white angry man! It made headlines and it was said then, "What kind of moron would buy into this crap?" Thanks for answering that question.

      August 14, 2012 at 6:31 pm |
    • b4bigbang

      @alien: here's a link for emergency rations.
      As for the beer – you're on your own, but may i suggest whiskey (it keeps without refrigeration).
      As for cable, etc. You must be kidding....

      August 14, 2012 at 6:36 pm |
    • b4bigbang

      Oops! forgot your link!

      http://www.bestglide.com/Mainstay_3600_Info.html

      August 14, 2012 at 6:37 pm |
    • ljcarter2

      *ahem*

      Martial.

      August 14, 2012 at 7:15 pm |
    • Prayer changed my oil. Alleluia, amen.

      Marshall ... bwahahahahahahaha. Try getting a class or two in before the rebellion.

      August 14, 2012 at 8:19 pm |
  10. Steve

    What a sad excuse for a blog. Should Paul Ryan be a reflection of Ayn Rand? Perhaps Joe Biden should be a reflection of Dr. Seuss, or Obama of Tom Clancy. or Romney of ..... . What worthless pap to even consider. As the country heads toward economic ruin and socialism, why are we still talking about relegion. Unless a candidate is an Islamic Extremist dedicated to wiping out western culture, who cares? I thought we got beyond that in the 1960 election with Kennedy. Or perhaps the blogger hasn't read his history and still gets a tingle running up and down his leg every time he thinks of Emperor Obama. And the responders who insult each other – I hope they are using birth control.

    August 14, 2012 at 4:47 pm |
    • ITGUY

      yep, I totally agree.

      August 14, 2012 at 5:09 pm |
  11. Reality

    STOP AND READ CAREFULLY !!!

    Romney believes that the horn-blowing angel Moroni appeared to the con artist Joe Smith.
    Not good for someone who wants to be president of any group !!!

    Obama and Biden "mouth" that they are Christians i.e. believe in gay Gabriel and war-mongering Michael the Archangel and Satan (As does Ryan). BO and Biden's support of abortion/choice however vitiates their Christianity as they are the leaders of the Immoral Majority who are now the largest voting bloc in the country. Immoral Majority you ask??

    The 78 million voting "mothers and fathers" of aborted womb babies !!! (2012 -1973 Rowe vs. Wade = 39.
    39 x 2 million = 78 million. Abortion rate in the USA as per the CDC is one million/yr.

    And the presidential popular vote in 2008? 69,456,897 for pro-abortion/choice BO, 59,934,814 for "pro-life" JM. The population of the Immoral Majority in 2008? ~ 70 million !!!!!!

    So add this to the history books: Obama and Biden, the first ticket voted into office by the Immoral Majority.

    August 14, 2012 at 4:45 pm |
    • Chris

      Check your Bible, it does not take a stand on abortion, in fact many passages seem to imply that it is supported and that God is pro-choice.

      August 14, 2012 at 5:16 pm |
    • kindless

      mmm hmm. but my oh my, i agree about the con artist Joe Smith, but the same could be said for that self-proclaimed Paul in the bible – called himself an apostle, my oh my. hogwash is what that is. bible filled with con men. and shoot, the people that put the bible together would make our congressmen and all the lobbyists all look like little angels. not gonna fool mama kindless – i'm too old for that. my goodness.

      August 14, 2012 at 5:27 pm |
    • sam

      God has taken it upon himself to wipe out the firstborn every now and then, so...oh, and killing pregnant women if they're in the wrong tribe.

      August 14, 2012 at 5:54 pm |
    • keepinitreal

      You sound more like the Taliban than a Christian! You do a disservice to Christianity with your comments. Jesus didn't promote hate or prejudice. He ministered to the sick, he came to the defense of the harlot, he fed the hungry. He also said that if you are without sin, cast the first stone. I'm willing to bet you need to put the stones down. Your cherry picking of the verses that seem to support your hatred is not the voice of a Christian. You need to pray for forgiveness for yourself before attacking others.

      August 14, 2012 at 6:36 pm |
    • Reality

      From the bible and a number of other sources:

      "THOU SHALL NOT KILL"

      August 14, 2012 at 11:48 pm |
    • Reality

      The reality of se-x, contraception and STD/HIV control: – from a guy who enjoys intelligent se-x-

      Note: Some words hyphenated to defeat an obvious word filter. ...

      The Brutal Effects of Stupidity:

      : The failures of the widely used birth "control" methods i.e. the Pill (8.7% actual failure rate) and male con-dom (17.4% actual failure rate) have led to the large rate of abortions and S-TDs in the USA. Men and women must either recognize their responsibilities by using the Pill or co-ndoms properly and/or use safer methods in order to reduce the epidemics of abortion and S-TDs.- Failure rate statistics provided by the Gut-tmacher Inst-itute. Unfortunately they do not give the statistics for doubling up i.e. using a combination of the Pill and a condom.

      Added information before making your next move:

      from the CDC-2006

      "Se-xually transmitted diseases (STDs) remain a major public health challenge in the United States. While substantial progress has been made in preventing, diagnosing, and treating certain S-TDs in recent years, CDC estimates that approximately 19 million new infections occur each year, almost half of them among young people ages 15 to 24.1 In addition to the physical and psy-ch-ological consequences of S-TDs, these diseases also exact a tremendous economic toll. Direct medical costs as-sociated with STDs in the United States are estimated at up to $14.7 billion annually in 2006 dollars."

      And from:

      Consumer Reports, January, 2012

      "Yes, or-al se-x is se-x, and it can boost cancer risk-

      Here's a crucial message for teens (and all se-xually active "post-teeners": Or-al se-x carries many of the same risks as va-ginal se-x, including human papilloma virus, or HPV. And HPV may now be overtaking tobacco as the leading cause of or-al cancers in America in people under age 50.

      "Adolescents don’t think or-al se-x is something to worry about," said Bonnie Halpern-Felsher professor of pediatrics at the University of California, San Francisco. "They view it as a way to have intimacy without having 's-ex.'" (It should be called the Bill Clinton Syndrome !!)

      Obviously, political leaders in both parties, Planned Parenthood, parents, the "stupid part of the USA" and the educational system have failed miserably on many fronts.

      The most effective forms of contraception, ranked by "Perfect use":

      – (Abstinence, 0% failure rate)
      – (Masturbation, mono or mutual, 0% failure rate)

      Followed by:

      One-month injectable and Implant (both at 0.05 percent)
      Vasectomy and IUD (Mirena) (both at 0.1 percent)
      The Pill, Three-month injectable, and the Patch (all at 0.3 percent)
      Tubal sterilization (at 0.5 percent)
      IUD (Copper-T) (0.6 percent)
      Periodic abstinence (Post-ovulation) (1.0 percent)
      Periodic abstinence (Symptothermal) and Male condom (both at 2.0 percent)
      Periodic abstinence (Ovulation method) (3.0 percent)

      Every other method ranks below these, including Withdrawal (4.0), Female condom (5.0), Diaphragm (6.0), Periodic abstinence (calendar) (9.0), the Sponge (9.0-20.0, depending on whether the woman using it has had a child in the past), Cervical cap (9.0-26.0, with the same caveat as the Sponge), and Spermicides (18.0).

      August 14, 2012 at 11:51 pm |
  12. Ben

    Don't kid yourself. Sheldon Adelson and his Israel agenda is at the head of the Republican ticket. Romney sold out the presidency before the election. Imagine what he'll do IF he's elected.

    August 14, 2012 at 4:34 pm |
    • buddycouch

      Obama didn't sell out? Dude do not kid yourself......they are all sellouts. This article is as retarded as a brainless monkey. There hasn't been a religious person in office in like NEVER....they all lie to buy votes. If you think Obama is any different you are sadly mistaken. Obama is the left version of George Bush. Sticking to his guns no matter what his party thinks. Party politics are riddled with payoffs and buyouts. Everyone is for sale.

      August 14, 2012 at 4:45 pm |
  13. John the Historian

    Can Willard find the planet kolob ? Where is this planet ? Can it be found on a telescope ? What galaxy ? Do gold tablets ride mormons to this tablet? Is Brigham Young the rapist there with his 56 wives ? How about the bank fraudster Joseph Smith and his wives ? Can I get decaf on the planet kolob ? How many wives is one allowed on the planet kolob ? Must one still wear magic underwear on the planet kolob ? Does Jesus Christ have wine on the planet kolob ? Where do non-mormons go to ? Which planet is Mark Twain on ? Which planet do the Catholic Popes go to ? Is Ryan an honorary mormon now ? Can he fly to kolob ? Since Mark Rubio left the mormon cult can he still go to the planet kolob ? Do the Osmonds have gold records on the planet kolob ? Please someone explain to me the difference between kolob and purgatory !!!! Rebaptized non-mormons also go to kolob ? Does the 19 th wife of Brigham Young who divorced him also go to the planet kolob ? Does kolob also have a Garden of Eden, the city of Salt Lake and the city of Nauvoo. ? So confused. Help I can't find the planet kolob. Where is it. Is it here under this desk or maybe behind this chair. One of Jesus Christ's wives will have to help me.

    August 14, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  14. Atheists for Romney/ Ryan !!! The High Priestess Speaks !!!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=s7zwO88nRH8

    August 14, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  15. mb2010a

    The Republican Christian voting block is in a real pickle...they don't want to vote for a Mormon and don't think they should vote for a Catholic. What to do, what to do...

    August 14, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
    • William Demuth

      I think the black guy is less christian than the cult guy.

      My guess is most right wingers don't eve believe the black guy is a full human being.

      August 14, 2012 at 4:30 pm |
    • Craig

      mb2010a – Catholics and Mormons are all Christians. Liberal haters like you wouldn't know that.

      August 14, 2012 at 4:44 pm |
    • Fillo

      So CNN brings up the question of a non protestant presidential Republican ticket.
      This then, makes the liberal hate mob came out, mouths foaming, to denounce the right.
      Think about that, an article saying the Republicans are not holding their candidates to a religious litmus test and the liberal reaction is, . . . .

      August 14, 2012 at 5:08 pm |
    • sam

      Uh...Fillo...maybe check yourself a little. Disagreeing with your viewpoint does not mean others are foaming at the mouth. Too much rhetoric, sweetcheeks.

      August 14, 2012 at 5:55 pm |
  16. andy_txn

    Wow, we have a cultist bishop & a Catholic/atheist. Wonder what Ryan will say to the Nuns on wheels if they roll up on him.

    August 14, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
  17. John the Historian

    It is not bigotry to point out mormons are factually a mad-up religion or cult. It has been proven Joseph Smith's translations of Egyptian papyrus was wrong, there were never any gold tablets, if there were display them, and Joseph Smith was a con man who committed bank fraud. Brigham Young had 56 wives whose 19th wife divorced him because she said the mormon faith was a racket for rapists. Read the August issue of American History. Brigham Young murdered non-mormons in Utah.Explain why Utah did away with polygamy in 1890 and Joseph Smith's nephew voted against doing away with it. It Utah do away with polygamy because they wanted to become a state in 1896. Prove to me American Indians are the 13th tribe of Israel. Why aren't the majority of American Indians mormons ???? DNA proves Indians are not the 13th tribe. Roman records prove Jesus Christ did not preach to the American Indians. Where are the Indian records of Jesus Christ. Where are the records of Jesus Christ being a polygamist ? Why did the mormon cult allow in 1978 African-Americans for the first time to become priests ? Why the wait ? Why did Brigham Young ban waltzing ? Why is alcohol and caffeine banned by mormons ? Jesus Christ and his first miracle was what ? Why can't non-mormons walk into a mormon temple ? Hell I can walk into the Vatican. What is the mormon cult hiding ? Why did mormons hide Warren Jeffs ? FLDS is mormon. Prove your history and don't say it is all faith. Mark Twain said it best the book of mormon chloroform in print. Ever read Mark Twain' s account of Brigham Young. I have read it and I would hope you don't believe in censorship. Willard the flip flopper along with his cult of polygamists, magic underwear, fake gold tablets, rapist and murderer founders.

    August 14, 2012 at 4:06 pm |
    • I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

      @John the ...

      what religion is not mad [sic], made-up? They are all invented by humans seeing some kind of 'vision' that they ascribe to be supernatural.

      Mormonism colors outside the lines a bit more than most, but other than requiring an extra helping of faith, how is it really different?

      August 14, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
  18. WR

    Actually the last ticket was protestant free as well. Obama is tends towards islam, Biden an athiest.

    August 14, 2012 at 3:59 pm |
    • Bryan

      You tend toward uneducated.

      August 14, 2012 at 4:09 pm |
    • Joe

      People like you are why independents went towards the Democratic ticket in 2008 and will do so again in 2012. Nobody wants to be associated with you paranoid conspiracy freaks.

      August 14, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
    • andy_txn

      What, no birther statement ?

      August 14, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
    • Prayer changes water into wine

      Joe

      People like you are why independents went towards the Democratic ticket in 2008 and will do so again in 2012. Nobody wants to be associated with you paranoid conspiracy freaks.

      --

      Bingo..

      The right wing religo nuts have fractured the GOP so much we are seeing a Mormon running lol GOP is doomed until they kick the religo nuts out

      August 14, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
    • keepinitreal

      Please pursue getting an education so you can read facts, rather than just the signs at a Tea Party Rally.

      August 14, 2012 at 6:45 pm |
  19. NorwoodX

    ROMNEY IS A CULTIST, BUT THE SHEEP WILL VOTE FOR HIM ANYWAY.

    August 14, 2012 at 3:58 pm |
    • buddycouch

      Obama is a muslim but his sheep will vote for him as well.

      August 14, 2012 at 4:46 pm |
    • ljcarter2

      1) If Obama's a Muslim, why would he donate so much money to the Trinity United Church of Christ?
      2) Even if he were a Muslim, why should I care?

      August 14, 2012 at 7:25 pm |
  20. Sheikh Muhammad

    I didn't realize the religious ardor is so intense is USA, land of the religious freedom.

    August 14, 2012 at 3:54 pm |
    • I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

      @Sheikh,

      Yes, it is a indeed great irony. One could be forgiven for thinking we were in a theocracy (and indeed, many believe that they are, or at least should be) but thankfully, we're not.

      August 14, 2012 at 4:16 pm |
    • Prayer changes water into wine

      The Christian/American Taliban have forgotten about true freedom. They wish to impose their moral law on all.

      August 14, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
    • keepinitreal

      Freedom of Religion has been driven from the U.S.A. by the Tea Party unPatriots.

      August 14, 2012 at 6:46 pm |
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