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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. Thor4

    johnny – Grow up and think about what you say before you open your mouth. Clint Eastwood made a complete ass out of himself and Romney showed that he has no back bone whatsoever. He should have told Eastwood to leave the stage and apologized for Eastwoods stupidity.

    Obama has done a great job : Bush and his GOP left the country in a mess plus a lot of other countries suffered due to their ignorance.

    Yes, the big difference between Obama and Romney is that Obama has a brain Romney just has a vacant spot !!!! If you are dumb enough to believe all the lies told by Romney and Ryan , you do not deserve to be working you should go back to school and try to become educated.

    As for the Mormons. Their religion began with a man who was a rogue ; his mother practised the occult and the whole group spent most of their time robbing ; carrying out lawless deeds and lying. Oh yes, quite a beginning !!!!! So now they want the world to listen to more lies. Sorry but they are not worth listening to in my book !!!! and johnny neither are you !!!!

    September 2, 2012 at 8:58 am |
  2. Al

    I think the presidential candidates should aim for the completely apathetic to politics, sit on their butt all day cross section of society. Which is probably a pretty big percentage of the US population. "If you vote for me, you'll get a free Happy Meal with a toy!" Although, I don't think political candidates are allowed to buy votes in that way.

    September 2, 2012 at 8:57 am |
    • Al

      I guess that's what many Dem candidate platforms basically are: free money for being lame!

      September 2, 2012 at 9:01 am |
  3. aginghippy

    There is only one reason why anyone would be concerned with a candidate's religious beliefs: the idea that religious belief will dictate policy. Obviously, no democrat will vote for Romney, regardless of his Mormonism, because they oppose his conservative ideology. The only ones who care that he is a Mormon are the right wing conservative republican voters.
    The republicans claim to favor "smaller government". Well, if you mean allowing the rich and powerful to do anything they want, while avoiding paying their share of taxes, then yes, they want smaller government. However, when it comes to how much the government will attempt to dictate every level of your personal life, the republicans want a much bigger government role. It is the republicans who want to justify their stance on abortion, gay marriage and scientific advancement with their religious dogma. It is the republicans who started and perpetuate the useless and wasteful "war on drugs".
    There can be no doubt that republicans believe this nation was founded on "good Christian values", a belief that is patently absurd. They want to "return" the nation to a theocracy that never was. So, the only reason Romney might make some conservatives nervous is the possibility that HIS dream theocracy might not match theirs.

    September 2, 2012 at 8:52 am |
    • tsoho

      "The only ones who care that he is a Mormon are the right wing conservative republican voters"

      The Mormonism thing is really not an an issue with conservative republican voters. Instead, it is constantly being brought up by those who don't want Romney to win in hopes that, by repeating the fact that Romney is a Mormon, they hope to create dissension among republican voters.

      They hope that with enough repeated blows, they can drive a wedge into the conservative voting bloc and separate the evangelicals from the rest of the conservative republicans.

      September 2, 2012 at 9:55 am |
    • aginghippy

      tsoho,
      Liberals would have no hope of hurting Romney, by "hammering home" his Mormonism, if there weren't far right conservatives (evangelicals, as you call them) who were afraid of it. I wasn't saying that ALL conservatives have a problem with it; only those who believe a POTUS should and will make decisions based on his faith.

      September 2, 2012 at 1:25 pm |
  4. kabong30

    Without reading the story they have already lost me. CNN, what's with the picture for the link to the story? I HATE that kinda "gotcha" worst moment photography. Could you have made those two look more awkward? But of course that feeds the lie that you and the rest of the liberal media are selling. The "Mitt Romney is awkward and strange" meme continues. Keep running in that direction, it's really doing wonders for you.

    September 2, 2012 at 8:52 am |
  5. beezy

    Anyone is better than that filthy pig muslim terrorist obama.

    September 2, 2012 at 8:47 am |
    • midwest rail

      Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the Tea Party.

      September 2, 2012 at 8:49 am |
    • kabong30

      NO! That is NOT representative of the Tea Party. That is NOT what conservatives believe. I am so tired of being lumped in with extremists in order for people like you to serve your political agenda. He has done a bad job at leading the country and the results are borne out everyday in this nation. Obama is not a bad guy, just a bad president.

      September 2, 2012 at 8:57 am |
    • runner305

      "filthy pig muslim terrorist"? You need some SERIOUS help. Medications, mental therapy, whatever!!!

      September 2, 2012 at 8:58 am |
    • Tea Party Rules

      24 million people have given up looking for jobs. Every man, woman and child owes $114,000 to the federal government to cover the debt. A carbon tax on your electric bill. A phony war on women. Unemployment over 8 percent for the longest period since the Great Depression. You didn't build that. Won't accept responsibility for his failed economic policy. Barney Frank. Chris Dodd. Nancy Pelosi. Harry Reid. Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

      It's hopeless.

      And I don't care what religion he follows.

      September 2, 2012 at 9:01 am |
    • Russ

      I guess that is why Obama gave the order to kill his leader, Osama Bin Laden.

      September 2, 2012 at 9:01 am |
    • harinder

      it is too bad your mom never taught you any manners and from your post it appears you never went to school either
      too bad there are many like you – however you are not in bad company – Rush Limbaugh is just like you – that should make your day

      September 2, 2012 at 8:57 pm |
  6. Puzzled in Peoria

    The great majority of evangelicals do NOT consider LDS a Christian denomination. However, they are so anti-Democrat that they will hold their noses and vote for Romney because of his anti-abortion stance.

    September 2, 2012 at 8:47 am |
    • kabong30

      Maybe it's just not as important to them as you'd like it to be. Results. Obama has not produced any that are taking the nation where it needs to be. That's it. If we make this election about the results the Obama has produced and then compare them to what Romney has done with his opportunities to lead we see a stark contrast. Don't look at religion, don't look at race, don't look at any of the things that the talking heads in those electronic boxes have to say. Look at the actual results of these men's actions.

      September 2, 2012 at 9:01 am |
    • AnLDSMom

      Actually, according to recent Pew forum research, less than half of evangelicals think mormons are not Christian.

      http://www.pewforum.org/Christian/Mormon/mormons-in-america-mormon-moment.aspx

      September 16, 2012 at 10:03 pm |
  7. Elliot Carlin

    "“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.”

    You care a great deal doctrinally, but then sit down and pray with them when they are clearly in error?

    Politics/money/influence trumping Scripture. Fine, but don't play it both ways Mr. DeMoss.
    Sad.

    September 2, 2012 at 8:46 am |
  8. D. Mama

    It saddens me to know I couldnt enter the church to see my daughter be married if she were to marry a Mormon. What must they make them repeat for vows? I dont care how wonderful and caring he may be! Whats the big secret inside that temple that only Mormons can see. Any one out there who can explain it to me? I will remain open minded!

    September 2, 2012 at 8:46 am |
    • texasgoat

      Buy the pictures..

      September 2, 2012 at 8:56 am |
    • AnLDSMom

      You could be there if she were to get married in an LDS church, just not in an LDS temple. I've attended several weddings in LDS churches with attendees of many different faiths. We generally choose, however, to marry in the temple instead. The difference in vows is that we believe that marriage in the temple is eternal, there we are "sealed" to one another for forever through the power of the priesthood. There is no "till death do us part" in the temple. Its not that it is a secret, it's just a sacred covenant made in a sacred place.

      September 16, 2012 at 10:09 pm |
  9. NoTags

    It's pretty simple. True Christians who have taken the time to do a little study on the LDS church will know they can't support a mormon for POTUS.

    Three of the reasons I won't vote for a mormon for POTUS are these;

    #1-The LDS Church believes that all Christian denominations are an abomination in the eyes of God.

    #2-The LDS church believes there is no salvation outside the LDS church.

    #3-The LDS church believes in Heaven you will be judged by God, Jesus Christ and Joseph Smith. With this belief they equate Joseph Smith as being equal to God or Jesus Christ.

    The Bible warns readers a number of times to not be deceived by false prophets. The LDS Church is a non-Christian cult founded by a false prophet. Christians should not be deceived by a 'smooth talking' cult.

    September 2, 2012 at 8:41 am |
    • Fernando

      I don't think Romney's all that smooth-talking.

      September 2, 2012 at 8:45 am |
    • mariner v

      You forgot to mention the other elephant in the room that nobody talks about. The Mormon practice of Baptizing Dead Jews! Mitt Romney as a Mormon Bishop has actually participated in the practice because it is a big part of their belief system. You can't make this stuff up. Query: Mormons Baptize Dead Jews on Google. It will astound you. The amazing part of this story is that you never hear anybody talk about it. Why should they? For the same reason that Doctors ask why types of medication you take! The Mormons recently baptized the Anne Frank at her gravesite. Don't believe me, query the information on Google. We've got enough lunatics in Washington, we don't need another. If you needed another reason not to vote for Romey, you just got one.

      September 2, 2012 at 8:52 am |
    • nonPCrealist

      you can swap out 'LDS' in any of those sentences with any other religion and it is applicable to any flavor of any religion.

      Religion only truly accepts their own, everything else is inherently wrong and evil (and of course they all have scripture to prove their view point).

      These arguments are pointless and the emotional hot button topics are distracting people from the real issues at stake dealing with actual things that matter such as personal freedoms, the economy etc.

      Try to look past the smoke screens people.

      September 2, 2012 at 10:58 am |
    • AnLDSMom

      The official stance of the church is not that other Christian religions are an abomination, but that they have much of the truth, but we would like to share additional truth with them.

      We believe that all mankind will be saved from physical death by the sacrifice of Christ. We also believe that Christ's sacrifice saves all mankind from spiritual death if one repents and accepts Christ through the covenant of Baptism. This is why we perform baptisms for the dead. So, that all mankind, regardless of when they lived on the earth and whether or not they had an opportunity to learn of Christ while on this earth, can be saved.

      We certainly do not hold Joseph Smith as an equal to Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. We believe that Jesus Christ will be our primary judge. “For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son” (John 5:22). He did assure that all the judgments he makes are according to the will of the Father (John 8:15–16, 26, 50). Christ also taught the Twelve that they will assist him by serving as judges over the twelve tribes of Israel (Matt. 19:28; Luke 22:30).

      Mariner, yes it is true that some members were baptizing holocaust jews. But, they did so against church policy and the action was condemned by church leaders. They have since increased safeguards to prevent it from happening again. It has always been the policy that any person having died within the last 100 years must get permission from a living descendent in order to submit their name for baptism. For the record, we believe that baptism is a necessary ordinance for all, but it is not a binding ordinance unless accepted by the person who is being baptized for. A simple, no thanks, and the baptism is null and void.

      September 16, 2012 at 10:24 pm |
  10. Mark H

    There's a site with well researched articles for people who want to see through the political gloss.

    http://www.ExposeRomney.com

    September 2, 2012 at 8:41 am |
  11. Church girl

    Romney exemplifies living a values-based life. Devoted husband, wonderful dad and grandfather, caring neighbor ... ANY of those other churches would be PROUD to have him as a member of their congregation or parish. You show who you are by the life you live and the example you set! Heck, how many priests, church elders, teachers can't pass this test today thanks to all the shennanigans they have pulled??? I'm not Mormon, but I know a lot of sinners in my church. I'll take Romney!!!

    September 2, 2012 at 8:38 am |
    • Kingofthenet

      So in short ANY values Trump No Values, Eh?

      September 2, 2012 at 8:41 am |
    • Brett

      I know a lot of Atheists who live value-based lives just like that too. They are kind, devoted spouses and parents, and devote their lives to helping others. Because of their disbelief in a higher power, they believe that it is even more crucial that humans should be helpful and compassionate to each other. Would you accept one of them as your President?

      September 2, 2012 at 8:46 am |
    • mariner v

      Gosh, when you put it that way.....it almost sound palpable! Try this on for size. The Mormon Practice of Baptizing Dead Jews. That's right that's one of their specialties. They go around to gravesites and baptize dead jews. I don't know what they don't go around baptizing other groups but this is a major concern for them. So good luck with Romney and if you have any friends that are dead, ask him about the ritual. Maybe there'll make an exception for you and your friends regarding the practice!

      September 2, 2012 at 8:57 am |
    • If horses had Gods .. their Gods would be horses

      I'll take an Atheist any day of the week over a religious zealot. Atheists lead a value based life by choice not by threat of punishment, and as such have a much stronger conviction in their values.

      September 2, 2012 at 9:01 am |
  12. tsoho

    The claim that evangelicals don't want to vote for a Mormon is complete contrived nonsense.

    Think about it. If evangelicals truly ran their political heroes through a religious litmus test, why is Glen Beck (another Mormon) so popular among evangelicals?

    The lukewarm response evangelicals have with Romney has nothing to do with his religion and everything to do with his politically convenient shifting views on social issues. During the primaries, evangelicals didn't trust a politician who could support abortion when he was running for governor of a blue state, but convert to a pro-life position when he ran as the conservative presidential nominee.

    Evangelicals would have liked to have a purer social crusader to be the presidential nominee, but they will still vote for Romney over Obama because they see him as the lesser of two evils.

    September 2, 2012 at 8:36 am |
  13. Bill Trudell

    This article is a great example of of what is wrong with the media today. CNN is making Romney's faith an issue, not the American people. I think what CNN is doing is literally a serious crime. It is nothing less than fraud. It is disgusting and vile. Leave our election process alone.

    September 2, 2012 at 8:33 am |
    • midwest rail

      How long have you been the spokesman for the American people ?

      September 2, 2012 at 8:36 am |
    • dahditdah

      People who disagree with you are criminal? Seriously?

      September 2, 2012 at 9:11 am |
  14. master5hake

    So Mitt made fun of Obama for wanting to save the planet. Yet if Mitt described some aspects of his religion to the world they would think that he is reading from a comic book. Mormons believe that Kolob, a planet which is also a star, is the birthplace of all humans and the were God lives. I don't understand how you can believe that but mock global warming.

    September 2, 2012 at 8:31 am |
  15. Katie

    As someone who was raised mormon, I would NEVER vote for a mormon presidential candidate. There's a complete lack of logic in the religion. I would want a presidential candidate to be logical, to think critically about things. The mormon church is about brainwashing and they just want rule followers with 18th century views of women—not thinkers.

    September 2, 2012 at 8:30 am |
    • Church girl

      Most churches are

      September 2, 2012 at 8:42 am |
  16. Kingofthenet

    A Father can't see his Daughter get married, IF he doesn't convert....'nuff said...CULT

    September 2, 2012 at 8:30 am |
  17. Jackie Brosnihan

    I don't care how "brilliant" republicans claim Mitt, the businessman, is. Anyone who believes in magic underwear and special buried gold tablets that finish the bible is definitely too looney to get my vote. Wake up America! Mormonism is a cult just like Scientology, Raëlism, Order of the Solar Temple, Heaven's Gate, Branch Davidians, etc... This is who you are going to vote for?? Magic and aliens is no way to determine your vote!

    September 2, 2012 at 8:28 am |
  18. Marie

    "Seal the Deal"? Does that mean he's going to get intimate with Mitter? And does their magic underwear have special ports for that or will they take it off?

    September 2, 2012 at 8:26 am |
  19. r00t4rd3d

    We do not want a mormon nut case from Utah leading our country. No thanks mittens!

    September 2, 2012 at 8:22 am |
    • hawaiirules

      First, he's not from Utah.
      Second, its clear the bigots are on the left

      September 2, 2012 at 8:28 am |
    • Mirosal

      I think that what he's referring to is that ol' Mittens will get his instructions from the Quorum of Twelve in Salt Lake City. The Moron... oops Mormon Church's first rule is, the church comes FIRST above ALL else.

      September 2, 2012 at 8:35 am |
    • Laurie

      Exactly. I live in Utah and the Mormon Church already runs the state of Utah. The Legislature meets with top Mormon officials before it goes into session. The church is always coming out with statements about anyting political going on. Our government is (naturally) run by people that are Mormons and decisions are only made according to their beliefs. Ever heard of smoking tickets? The police give them out to the underage youth where I live. They have been more careful this year though with "one of their own" running for president. I would hate to see what happens if Mormon gets made president.

      September 2, 2012 at 8:49 am |
    • texasgoat

      Guess you are happy with Black Liberation theology. Nothing to see here....

      September 2, 2012 at 8:59 am |
    • AnLDSMom

      Mirosal, are you aware that the head of the senate, Harry Reid, is also a Mormon. People were afraid that JFK would be taking orders from the Pope because he was Catholic. It's just fear, not truth.

      And I wish they gave smoking tickets to underage smokers here. That policy probably contributes to the fact that UT has the lowest underage smoking rate in the nation.

      September 16, 2012 at 10:31 pm |
  20. johnny

    I do not believe in mormonism but I'l vote for Romney over Obama. Theres a big difference between the two Obama is always I when its good and blames everybody else when its bad. Romney literally believes in giving credit to everbody else furthermore I couldn't believe the immaturaty the President should tweeting this chair is taken its blows my mind. People need to have there head examined if they think he deserves 4 more years. Gas prices $4.00, unemployement over 8% possibly 15% in some estimates higher taxes unless you think Obama care is free and it will not be passed to the taxpayer, Foriegn countries laughed at us, I could go on but I'll stop there.

    September 2, 2012 at 8:22 am |
    • Marie

      johnny: "immaturaty". No wonder you have an "unemployement" problem. Run those sentences on and on but don't forget to flip those burgers.

      September 2, 2012 at 8:28 am |
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