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Can Mitt Romney’s evangelical ambassador seal the deal before Election Day?
Mark DeMoss and Mitt Romney at Liberty University, where Romney delivered the commencement address in May.
September 1st, 2012
10:00 PM ET

Can Mitt Romney’s evangelical ambassador seal the deal before Election Day?

By Dan Gilgoff, CNN.com Religion Editor

Tampa, Florida (CNN) – The task of selling a Mormon presidential candidate to evangelical America has fallen to a public relations man who’s not even getting paid for what may be the toughest sales job of his career.

For six years, Mark DeMoss has served as Mitt Romney’s unofficial evangelical ambassador, making the case that born-again Christians should help elect the first Mormon to the White House.

It has often been a lonely job.

During this year’s primaries, DeMoss found himself addressing audiences of evangelical leaders in which nearly everyone was rooting for another candidate: Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich, Rick Perry – anybody but Romney.

“It would have been tough for anyone other than Mark,” says Richard Land, the public policy chief for the Southern Baptist Convention, remembering how DeMoss performed in one hostile setting last January. “The audience was stacked for Santorum and Gingrich.

“But he has a lot of street cred with evangelicals,” Land says of DeMoss. “He understands us because he’s one of us. So he did great.”

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Now that Romney has outlasted the other candidates to become the Republican nominee for president, DeMoss is using that street cred to help the candidate close the deal with evangelical voters in the weeks before Election Day.

It’s unclear whether he will succeed.

Polls show that although most evangelicals have come around to Romney, there’s a sizable chunk who have not. With those voters making up a huge part of the GOP base in swing states like Ohio, Iowa and Virginia, whether DeMoss’ gambit works could mean the difference between an Obama or a Romney White House.

For DeMoss, who is officially a senior adviser to the Romney campaign, the stakes of his work go well beyond electoral politics. He’s trying to open the American evangelical mind.

“I took this on to tackle prejudicial attitudes,” DeMoss says, explaining how he approached Romney about running for president in 2006, convinced that the then-Massachusetts governor was the most qualified man for the presidency that he’d ever seen.

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“I discussed it with Romney the first time we met,” he continues, sitting in his room at the elegant Vinoy Resort and Golf Club in St. Petersburg, his home during the convention. “It bothered me that some evangelicals said they couldn’t support a Mormon for president. As a public relations guy, I wanted to change that mindset.”

Which is why DeMoss was in front of the North Carolina delegation at the convention Monday morning, arguing that it’s unfair for some Republicans to insist on a presidential nominee with whom they agree about everything.

“My advice to those folks is perhaps you should run yourself the next time,” DeMoss told the evangelical-heavy delegation in a Hilton Hotel ballroom, still abuzz about a powerhouse speech that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie had delivered a few minutes earlier.

“My wife and I have been married for 24 years,” DeMoss said, “and I don’t agree with her on everything.”

Looking professorial in tortoiseshell glasses, a blue blazer and a white polo shirt tucked into khakis, DeMoss never mentioned religion or Romney’s Mormonism.

But you could tell it was a big part of what he was talking about.

It’s why he told the delegation that he has prayed with Mitt Romney and shared scripture with him and has even sought parenting advice from Romney and his wife, Ann.

After years of traveling and visiting with the Romney, DeMoss told the crowd, “I trust his values - for I’m fully convinced they mirror my own.”

It might not sound like much, but an evangelical Christian vouching for a Mormon’s values in front of ballroom full of fellow believers can be a powerful thing.

At least that’s the hope.

Lessons from the Moral Majority

DeMoss developed an appreciation for Mormons from a somewhat unlikely source: the evangelical giant Jerry Falwell.

He enrolled at Liberty University, Falwell’s school, in 1980, the year after his father died of a heart attack. Falwell, a fundamentalist preacher, would become like a second father.

DeMoss’s dad had been friends with Falwell – DeMoss says it’s unclear if the insurance marketing company his father founded, National Liberty Corp., helped give Liberty University its name – and Mark found work in Falwell’s office after graduation.

By the time he was 23, DeMoss was serving as Falwell’s chief of staff and spokesman, helping his boss run a growing evangelical empire that included the Lynchburg, Virginia, university and a new organization Falwell had helped found: the Moral Majority.

The organization aimed to bring evangelicals back into the political fold, after millions of them had spent decades sitting out elections, convinced that politics were a dirty, ungodly business.

“We traveled the country, challenging pastors to get involved. He outworked staff  that were half his age” DeMoss says of Falwell, who died at 73 in 2007.

Mark DeMoss with Jerry Falwell at 1992 Republican Convention in San Diego, California.

Falwell taught him how political organizing works, from the grassroots to the very top. He took him to meetings with President Ronald Reagan, whom the Moral Majority had helped elect, and President George H.W. Bush.

Among the most important lessons Falwell taught, DeMoss says, is that politics is the art of the possible.

“You’d be hard-pressed to find someone who was more politically conservative than Falwell, but he became increasingly pragmatic,” DeMoss says, eating blueberries from a plastic cup in his hotel room. “He was more practical and open-minded than a lot of people saw.”

As he waged crusades against abortion and for prayer in schools, Falwell proudly linked arms with non-evangelicals. While others in the burgeoning Christian Right wanted to organize only among their own flocks, the Moral Majority chief pushed an idea called co-belligerency: people of different religious backgrounds setting aside theological differences to pursue common political goals.

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“A lot of people forget this or didn’t know it to begin with, but the Moral Majority was a coalition of evangelicals, Catholics, Jews and Mormons,” DeMoss says. “It was not an evangelical organization.”

Mormons consider themselves to be Christians, but some evangelicals and other traditional Christians disagree. While Mormons treat the Bible as Scripture, they also consider the Book of Mormon to be a holy book

There are other big differences between Mormonism and traditional Christianity, including the Mormon belief that the modern prophets of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints can receive revelations from God. Traditional Christians believe that the period for such revelations is over.

But Falwell’s insistence on coalition building with Mormons and others stuck with DeMoss long after he left the Lynchburg in 1991 to start his own Christian PR firm in Atlanta.

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The firm, called the DeMoss Group, took Falwell as its first client and quickly added business from big Christian groups like Chuck Colson’s Prison Ministries, Franklin Graham’s Samaritan’s Purse and Christian Crusade for Christ.

More than 20 years later, those groups are still with DeMoss.

“What makes Mark different than a lot other guys in this business is that he’s independently wealthy,” says Graham, who notes that DeMoss’ wife, April, is also from a family that started an insurance company.

“I find him to shoot straight because he’s not trying to keep my business,” Graham says. “I think he’s more concerned with trying to be honest. He will bill you and then at the same time he’ll make a big contribution back to you.”

Mark DeMoss with the Rev. Franklin Graham, a client since 1991.

Though DeMoss has kept his work for Romney, which is unpaid, separate from the DeMoss Group, the relationships he built over decades through his PR work are key to selling Romney to evangelical leaders.

Graham had never met Romney before DeMoss arranged for 15 conservative Christian leaders to visit Romney’s Massachusetts home in 2007, when he was preparing to make his first run for president.

As the leaders took turns introducing themselves, many volunteered that they had traveled to Romney’s home mostly because DeMoss had asked them.

By the end of the meeting, Romney had made some new friends.

“Sometimes on TV someone can appear one way but when you meet them face to face you see the personal side of him,” says Graham, recalling the meeting. “After I met Governor Romney I liked him very much and even more l liked his wife and his marriage and his commitment to family.”

As for theological issues that interested some of the evangelicals, Graham says Romney “answered those questions extremely well.”

Since then, DeMoss has helped evangelical leaders not only become more comfortable with the idea of a Mormon in the White House but also with Romney’s evolving position on issues like gay marriage and abortion.

“He’s absolutely trusted as a pro-life person,” Land says of DeMoss. “When he says Governor Romney is pro-life, that means something. That helps.”

Land is among the many evangelical leaders who use DeMoss to relay concerns or advice to the governor.

“Mark’s a trusted negotiator,” says Land, who had dinner with Romney and DeMoss last year.

Though Romney’s 2008 campaign was unsuccessful, DeMoss counted it as a victory that no major evangelical figure came out against him over his faith, even if few publicly endorsed his campaign.

Four years later, there still aren’t many prominent evangelicals who’ve come out publicly for Romney.

And there are questions about where Romney stands with rank-and-file evangelicals. A recent Pew poll found that, while most white evangelicals support Romney, a quarter are uncomfortable with his religion. Just one in five in that group are strongly pro-Romney.

Ten weeks before Election Day, it’s not where a Republican nominee wants a key part of his base to be.

Visiting Salt Lake

DeMoss’ case for why evangelicals can enthusiastically support a Mormon candidate echo Falwell’s arguments about why evangelicals and Mormons should be political allies.

It goes like this: If evangelicals are OK with seeing a Mormon doctor or flying with a Mormon pilot, DeMoss reasons, shouldn’t they be OK with a Mormon president? We’re electing a commander-in-chief, not a pastor-in-chief, right?

Plus, fixing the national economy – the No.1 issue in this election – doesn’t really have anything to do with religion.

In fact, DeMoss was drawn to Romney because of the candidate’s unusual breadth of experience as a businessman, governor and Olympics Committee chief with dual degrees from Harvard.

“On a personal level and a spiritual level, I might care a great deal about what somebody believes doctrinally,” he tells NPR during a phone interview from his room at the Vinroy. “In the case of presidential election, I don’t care.”

After hanging up, DeMoss stays on that point: “I hope I’ve shifted a conversation about the religion of a candidate to one about the values of a candidate.”

DeMoss says that voting on the basis of a candidate’s faith is dangerous and inane. He notes that three of the most successful politicians from his own denomination, the Southern Baptist Convention, are all Democrats whom many evangelical loathe: Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton and Al Gore.

Since January, DeMoss has spent about half his time making such arguments, stressing to clients that the work is not official firm business. Still, he suspects that some potential clients have skipped signing up with the DeMoss Group because its founder and president is pushing a Mormon candidate.

April, his wife, who’s checking her iPhone on the bed of DeMoss’ hotel room, says they’ve lost a few friends over Romney, too. But they’ve also made new Mormons friends, and have developed a deep appreciation for the Mormon faith.

On the van to the hotel to address the North Carolina delegation, Mark and April trade stories with their Mormon driver, a convention staffer, about their respective visits to Salt Lake City, where the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is headquartered.

Later, DeMoss talks about being turned off by the evangelical street preachers he’d seen on the street corners there, preaching to Mormons in town for the church’s annual general assembly. How could such evangelizers hope to convert anybody in the 30 or so seconds it takes to wait for the light to change?

For DeMoss, the episode represents a civility deficit when it comes to the evangelical treatment of Mormons. He sees his work with Romney partly as a corrective.

Whether DeMoss can help soften the evangelical line toward Mormons is an open question. So is whether he can get enough of his brethren to go a giant step further and vote for a Mormon for president.

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: 2012 Election • Christianity • Mitt Romney • Mormonism • Politics

soundoff (1,426 Responses)
  1. liberalsprefertyranny

    Pentacostal Evangelical Christian said:
    "@liberalsprefertyranny: Your hateful name says much. What do You prefer? Satan obviously...!"

    How is my name "hateful"?
    Seriously. Forget that you have already judged, hated, and condemned me – someone you've never met – without even asking me to give an answer for my words or actions.

    I contend that my name is simple fact, and that I can easily demonstrate it to be true.
    In your corrupted eyes, that makes me a Satan worshiper?

    September 2, 2012 at 12:06 pm |
  2. albie

    Evangelicals are bad for this country and bad for the world

    September 2, 2012 at 12:03 pm |
    • liberalsprefertyranny

      Every word you speak proves God's words to be true. You can say or do nothing that He didn't already warn us that you'd do.
      Please continue.

      September 2, 2012 at 12:09 pm |
    • Commenter

      liberalsprefertyranny
      "Every word you speak proves God's words to be true. You can say or do nothing that He didn't already warn us that you'd do."

      Uh, like what? Like there will be good guys and bad guys? There will be earthquakes, floods, storms, famines and diseases? Like nations will go to war with each other?

      Such stellar prescient predictions!

      September 2, 2012 at 1:37 pm |
  3. kendrick1

    Mitt Romney’s Plan for Jobs and Economic Growth

    http://www.mittromney.com/sites/default/files/shared/BelieveInAmerica-PlanForJobsAndEconomicGro
    wth-Full.pdf
    .

    September 2, 2012 at 12:03 pm |
    • Evangelical

      DO NOT be deceived by the crude Mormon distortion of Christianity. Do not be deceived by Mitt Romney. He is himself deceived and a tool of the Father of Lies. Don't let him into the highest places.

      September 2, 2012 at 12:14 pm |
  4. exCONservtv

    Great. Worshiping a perverted form of Christianity is supposed to be a good thing to the right? I'm going to make up my own religion and my followers can be gods too. WOOT

    September 2, 2012 at 12:03 pm |
  5. kendrick1

    DNC Embracing Radical Islamists At National Convention

    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Peace/2012/08/22/DNC-Embracing-Radical-Islamists-At-National-Conve
    ntion

    -

    September 2, 2012 at 12:01 pm |
    • Evangelical

      DO NOT be deceived by the crude Mormon distortion of Christianity. Do not be deceived by Mitt Romney. He is himself deceived and a tool of the Father of Lies. Don't let him into the highest places.

      September 2, 2012 at 12:15 pm |
  6. kendrick1

    DNC Embracing Radical Islamists At National Convention .

    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Peace/2012/08/22/DNC-Embracing-Radical-Islamists-At-National-Conve
    ntion

    September 2, 2012 at 12:00 pm |
    • Evangelical

      DO NOT be deceived by the crude Mormon distortion of Christianity. Do not be deceived by Mitt Romney. He is himself deceived and a tool of the Father of Lies. Don't let him into the highest places.

      September 2, 2012 at 12:15 pm |
  7. kendrick1

    DNC Embracing Radical Islamists At National Convention

    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Peace/2012/08/22/DNC-Embracing-Radical-Islamists-At-National-Conve
    ntion

    *

    September 2, 2012 at 11:59 am |
    • midwest rail

      Posting delusional hogwash over and over makes it no more true the 12 time than the 1st. It is still delusional hogwash.

      September 2, 2012 at 12:01 pm |
    • liberalsprefertyranny

      Why not just write (or copy/paste) whatever it is that you allege is so important?
      If you have a point, please make it.

      September 2, 2012 at 12:11 pm |
  8. kendrick1

    DNC Embracing Radical Islamists At National Convention

    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Peace/2012/08/22/DNC-Embracing-Radical-Islamists-At-National-Conve
    ntion
    1

    September 2, 2012 at 11:59 am |
    • Evangelical

      DO NOT be deceived by the crude Mormon distortion of Christianity. Do not be deceived by Mitt Romney. He is himself deceived and a tool of the Father of Lies. Don't let him into the highest places.

      September 2, 2012 at 1:05 pm |
  9. kendrick1

    DNC Embracing Radical Islamists At National Conventions

    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Peace/2012/08/22/DNC-Embracing-Radical-Islamists-At-National-Conve
    ntion

    September 2, 2012 at 11:58 am |
    • Evangelical

      DO NOT be deceived by the crude Mormon distortion of Christianity. Do not be deceived by Mitt Romney. He is himself deceived and a tool of the Father of Lies. Don't let him into the highest places.

      September 2, 2012 at 12:16 pm |
  10. liberalsprefertyranny

    peter said:
    "real–mormonism is not a denomination of christendom–They believe that the book of mormon is the word of God and that their prophet joeseph smith is their prophet–it is blasphemy as is their false christ in the book of mormon–by the way, i am no liberal–i don't vote for mormons or muslims"

    Peter, since you're not shy about sharing your religious views, I'd like to know your belief....
    What must a person do to be saved, in your opinion?

    September 2, 2012 at 11:50 am |
    • Richard MArks

      Saved from what? Saved from the myths, legends, fables, and lies of some late Stone-Age, illiterate, and barbaric peasants?
      This election has nothing to do with Jewish legend. Nothing.

      September 2, 2012 at 11:54 am |
    • liberalsprefertyranny

      Evangelical said:
      "DO NOT be deceived by the crude Mormon distortion of Christianity. Do not be deceived by Mitt Romney. He is himself deceived and a tool of the Father of Lies. Don't let him into the highest places."

      OK then, Mr. self-styled "Evangelical", step up to the plate:
      What must a person do to be saved?
      Answer. (Or show yourself to be a liar.)

      September 2, 2012 at 12:17 pm |
    • noChoice007

      The republicans allowed businesses to bring in cheap and uneducated labor for the menial tasks. These people would be forever part of a second tier of citizenship and multiply by the millions.
      The productive people fled the cities leaving these poor immigrants on their own so that they could never leave the Ghetto.
      The Democrats saw in the second tier of citizenship the ideal source of votes and leverage.
      As the second tier multiplies, being uneducated, unproductive and unable to be part of the first tier by self merit, need free money to go to the schools, parks and hostpitals enjoyed by the first tier.
      All of a sudden that free money is too much to be sustainable and the first tier starts complaining.
      But it was the republicans in the first place, that allowed the massive influx of second tier.
      This, in my opinioin is a complete mess. I think I will just be an independent and vote for that candidate which makes more sense at a specific point in time.

      September 2, 2012 at 12:18 pm |
  11. One one

    Obama claims to want to help the poor. He also claims to be a reborn Christian. Do you believe him ?

    Both sides are playing the same game. They just leverage different issues to get votes.

    We are in debt to the Chinese for 10 trillion dollars. What happens when they want their money back? Look at the U.S. cities that are declaring bankruptcy. Millions unemployed, foreclosed homes. If our economy ends up like Greece, the poor will be hurt the most.

    The top 10 percent earn just over 43 percent of the total income but pay more than 70 percent of all income tax. Close to half of American workers pay no federal income taxes at all. It's naive to believe taxing the rich more will solve this.

    The question is which approach has a better chance of getting the economy back on track ? Managing the economy like a business or managing it like a hippy commune.

    September 2, 2012 at 11:50 am |
    • liberalsprefertyranny

      I would add that it is absolutely and completely immoral of US to continue stealing our kids' money and using it to buy votes so we can pat ourselves on the back about how very compassionate we are.

      The borrower makes himself (and his children, in this case) the slave of the lender.

      September 2, 2012 at 11:53 am |
    • Pentacostal Evangelical Christian

      "Which approach has a better chance of getting the economy back on track ? Managing the economy like a business certainly will NOT work. An economy is NOT a business, nor, as you falsely equate President Obama's handling of it, is it a "hippy commune"!! It is an evironment things like businesses and communes must exist in!!! Idiot!!!

      September 2, 2012 at 12:08 pm |
    • mama kindless

      Your last question makes the solution sound way too simple. I agree with "liberalsprefertyranny", but there are some major factors that people are not willing to face that will keep them deluded as far as what a stay or change in administration can accomplish:

      -there is no quick fix; with current population size and needs, even with a more aligned senate (to administration), you are not going to see any major change in anything in four, not even eight years; it's just not possible; even if major reforms were to take place in the government, it will take much longer to enact and effect anything than people are willing to admit. so stop be fuddy-duddys like Clint and just saying that you're tired of nothing changing so we need a switch. it won't help crying – we just live in a global economy and population that will not enable anything to change as quickly as it did before. We need to address problems with more planning and patience. And we need to take care of the needy because trickle-down does not work. People and corporations by nature are greedy.

      -and secondly the political system in the US is broken and corrupted. (I think more people would agree with me on this point, but still have their head in the sand on my first point.) I never thought in my lifetime I would see something like this Supreme Court decision regarding corporate contributions. It has to be the most corrupt decision that body ever ruled on.

      September 2, 2012 at 12:23 pm |
  12. kendrick1

    This is one of the few times that people become religious. Some don't accept Christmas as a religious holiday but they sure are willing to take advantage of the day or days off from work that accompanies it; Thanksgiving; Easter; when it fits their attempt to justify voting for or against some candidate. The rest of the time they never think of religion! Hypocrites!

    September 2, 2012 at 11:50 am |
    • liberalsprefertyranny

      You are woefully misinformed.
      Please learn the definition of "hypocrisy".
      There is not a hint of hypocrisy in taking advantage of laws that you think are wrong.

      September 2, 2012 at 11:55 am |
    • exCONservtv

      Religion is a political tool. I'm fascinated how being a Mormon is being spun into a good thing

      September 2, 2012 at 12:06 pm |
  13. Pentacostal Evangelical Christian

    Mormons, you are Not getting your own planet. You are Not going to all be "Gods". And none of you will be populating other galaxies with your "space babies". Instead, you will all end up joining your false prophet in eternal damnation!!
    Turn away from Satan and this abominable cult while you still have the chance!!

    September 2, 2012 at 11:47 am |
    • kendrick1

      As a Christian, you should be praying for anyone you think is lost, and "judge not lest ye be judged!"

      September 2, 2012 at 11:54 am |
    • liberalsprefertyranny

      Kendrick1 said:
      As a Christian, you should be praying for anyone you think is lost, and "judge not lest ye be judged!"

      Didn't you make a clear "judgment" of the person, when you decided that they were (probably) lost?
      So, didn't you just contradict yourself, and make a hypocrite out of yourself at the same time?

      Is your "understanding" of Matthew 7:1 really that shallow and superficial?
      You couldn't be bothered to read the very next verse?

      September 2, 2012 at 12:01 pm |
  14. tony

    Take your religious "love" and "make love elsewhere"

    September 2, 2012 at 11:46 am |
  15. hscnn

    Has anyone noticed how similar Mormonism and Islam are? Both believe in Jesus as a prophet who got words from God: but that there's a later one with more holy words: Joseph Smith for the Mormons, Mohammed for Islam. Both require giving a portion of your money to the church/mosque-or-needy. Both have restrictions on their holy places. Only Mormons can go inside a Mormon temple, while only Muslims can go inside the mosque in Mecca.

    September 2, 2012 at 11:40 am |
    • 0G-No gods, ghosts, goblins or ghouls

      I hope your attempt to equate these two cults together takes hold and causes voters to vote for the least delusional candidate – Obama!

      September 2, 2012 at 11:48 am |
    • Pentacostal Evangelical Christian

      The simularities arise simply because both Mormonism and Islam were created by Satan.

      September 2, 2012 at 11:49 am |
    • kendrick1

      Why, then, does any of you socialists/communists/liberals object to a Mormon president? You elected a Islamist!

      DNC Embracing Radical Islamists At National Convention

      http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Peace/2012/08/22/DNC-Embracing-Radical-Islamists-At-National-Conve
      ntion

      September 2, 2012 at 11:56 am |
    • Commenter

      Pentacostal Evangelical Christian

      " simularities"?

      I have met people who say, "simulatiries" and "simular" - every one of them has been real stupid. You?

      September 2, 2012 at 12:14 pm |
    • Evangelical

      DO NOT be deceived by the crude Mormon distortion of Christianity. Do not be deceived by Mitt Romney. He is himself deceived and a tool of the Father of Lies. Don't let him into the highest places.

      September 2, 2012 at 12:17 pm |
  16. Bartleby, toothpick user

    What will Romney do after he loses? Will he finally shut up and get out of politics? We can only hope.

    September 2, 2012 at 11:35 am |
    • FredKelly

      We'll never know.

      September 2, 2012 at 11:41 am |
    • liberalsprefertyranny

      "We'll never know".
      Well played.

      September 2, 2012 at 11:43 am |
    • Pentacostal Evangelical Christian

      He will do whatever Satan commands him to do next.

      September 2, 2012 at 11:52 am |
    • Pentacostal Evangelical Christian

      @liberalsprefertyranny: Your hateful name says much. What do You prefer? Satan obviously...!!

      September 2, 2012 at 11:55 am |
    • TruthPrevails :-)

      Hard for an imaginary creature (in this case satan) to command anything!! You pentecostal freak, need to get back to the sand box where all the other children are playing with their imaginary friends...adults are talking now!

      September 2, 2012 at 12:06 pm |
  17. Kingofthenet

    Having a Mormon Doctor or Pilot is NOT the same as having a Mormon President. There isn't a Mormon 'vision' for Medical Care or Piloting, but a President is expected to bring his personal 'vision' to bear.

    September 2, 2012 at 11:34 am |
    • Pentacostal Evangelical Christian

      It won't be "his personal 'vision' to bear", it will be Satan's.

      September 2, 2012 at 11:56 am |
    • TruthPrevails :-)

      Pentacostal Evangelical Christian: Satan seems to be your favorite fall back...too inept to live in the 21st century??? Not everyone requires an imaginary friend to get by in life!!

      September 2, 2012 at 12:09 pm |
  18. midnitejax

    Anyone who believes this nonsense that the evangelical pastor is not getting paid to "sell" Romney to the public is misguided. In the world of politics, it is common practice to reward the faithful with a nice high paying cushy job down the line. I expect this pastor to be chosen as Romney's "evangelical representative" in the WH. Romney knows that if he had Mormon bishops visit the WH, it would be the kiss of death come re election time.

    September 2, 2012 at 11:29 am |
    • liberalsprefertyranny

      You think you can justify your hate by citing your prejudiced imagination?
      More proof that liberalism is a mental disease. Circular thinking. A terminal loop for you and your children.
      Change your mind (repent).

      September 2, 2012 at 11:45 am |
    • Pentacostal Evangelical Christian

      @liberalsprefertyranny, You are Obviously the one who is "prejudiced" and needs to repent!!!
      Liberalism is a "mental disease"?? Lol!! FYI! Jesus Christ Is A Liberal!!! Read Your Bible!!!

      September 2, 2012 at 12:01 pm |
    • El Flaco

      American Conservatives apparently prefer a White non-Christian to a Black Christian.

      September 2, 2012 at 12:01 pm |
    • mama kindless

      Yes – evangelical paster = salesman, regarless if money was involved in this particular instance.

      September 2, 2012 at 12:34 pm |
    • mama kindless

      typo correction regardless

      September 2, 2012 at 12:35 pm |
    • mama kindless

      typo correction #2: pastor

      September 2, 2012 at 12:36 pm |
  19. El Flaco

    "Washington, DC— Nearly three-fourths of American voters (71 percent) believe insurers should be required to fully cover the birth control pill and other forms of prescription contraception as they will be required to do for other preventive health care services under the new health care reform law, according to new data released today.

    "In addition, the survey found that access to affordable birth control is a serious issue. The survey reports that one in three women voters (34 percent) have struggled with the cost of prescription birth control at some point in their lives. For young adult women, who are most likely to experience an unintended pregnancy, more than half (55 percent) experienced a time when they could not afford to use birth control consistently.

    "The survey, conducted by Hart Research Associates and commissioned by Planned Parenthood Action Fund, found overwhelming and widespread public support for national policies that would provide prescription birth control approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) at no cost to all women with health insurance. "

    September 2, 2012 at 11:29 am |
    • BeverlyNC

      Absolutely. Most Americans live in the real world of science, practical recognition of the needs of women, and thre realities of every day life, Most women have used birth control at some point in their lives and not just for birth control but for the other benefits iit provides. It helps many of us who have painful and problematic menstrual cycles, Mine were so bad in my 40s, I took them year round to end my menstrual cycles so they did not interfere in my ability to go to work – which was being on a plane to go see customers most every week. It is not the 1950s where women expected to get married young, have babies and stay home. Now women can choose, just like men, what life path they want for themselves and when or even if they want children. Republicans have become out of touch with the People and stuck in caring and protecting corporations. They need to stay out of social issues they did not understand and should not be trying to take away the rights of women for which most Republicans are not.

      September 2, 2012 at 11:49 am |
  20. El Flaco

    I think Romney's motivation for seeking the Presidency is to fulfill the Mormon 'White Horse Prophecy’ of Joseph Smith. Romney sees himself (I speculate) as the figure in Smith's prophecy who rides the White Horse to Washington and saves America.

    That explains why Romney has no stable political beliefs. He believes he is destined to be President because God wants it – not because he wants to implement Conservative economic and social policies. He will be doing the will of God (Mormon version), and whatever he does God will bless. So politics means nothing to Romney. Issues mean nothing to Romney. Romney believes he is guided by Destiny or God or Something to greatness.

    This explains why a man who is acknowledged as brilliant stammers like a high school student who didn't read last night's homework assignment, no matter how simple the question. Romney's mind is occupied with his place in Mormon history and theology.

    And – he believes – America will then turn to Mormonism as Joseph Smith's prophecy predicted. I think Romney sees himself as the Mormon Messiah. That is why political positions mean nothing to Romney.

    September 2, 2012 at 11:28 am |
    • dscotty

      Wow. You are misinformed on so many levels. (disclosure, I'm Mormon, but a Obama supporter) The mysterious 'white horse prophecy' has never been attributed directly to Joseph Smith – or any credible church leader – by historians. Most importantly, however, Mormons – including Romney – do not believe in any sort of Mormon Messiah, unless you count the actual Messiah, Jesus Christ.

      September 2, 2012 at 11:41 am |
    • El Flaco

      I made no comment about Mormonism. I'm only saying that I think Romney is a religious lunatic. I think he is delusional.

      My hypothesis explains all of the facts about Romney. When you ask Romney, "What might the government do to reduce unemployment?" he gets this deer-in-the-headlights look and he starts stammering out nonsense that he later retracts. He reminds me of a high school student who didn’t read the homework assignment.

      This guy graduated from Harvard with honors. He looks stupid and sounds stupid, but he's not stupid. So WHAT has he been thinking about for the two decades that he's been preparing to be President? He hasn’t been thinking about government and politics, that’s pretty obvious.

      The guy has been running for president all his life. He is brilliant according to everyone who knows him well. I figure, what ELSE can he possibly be thinking about?

      The only other thing as important to him as the presidency is Mormonism. It must surely occur to him that he is the most famous, the richest Mormon in the world. Who else would the Mormon God select?

      Please note that I am not saying anything about Mormonism. I'm speculating about Romney's mental stability.

      September 2, 2012 at 11:53 am |
    • Pentacostal Evangelical Christian

      Romney isn't "a religious lunatic", he's a pawn of Satan..

      September 2, 2012 at 12:03 pm |
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