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What would a Mormon White House look like?
If Mitt Romney is elected president, the White House will likely see some new traditions.
November 2nd, 2012
11:00 PM ET

What would a Mormon White House look like?

By Jessica Ravitz, CNN

Should Mitt Romney win the presidency next Tuesday, it will mark an historic first: a Mormon couple moving into the White House.

What would this mean and look like?

Would there be “dry” state dinners, since faithful Mormons don’t do alcohol? Would Secret Service tag along to sacred ceremonies only open to worthy church members? What book would a President Mitt Romney use to take his oath of office?

We can’t be absolutely sure about all the answers. But if the practices and homes of devout Mormons like the Romneys – not to mention his history as governor of Massachusetts – are any indication, we can begin to paint a picture of what a Romney-inhabited White House might look like.

First things first: About that oath

Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints believe the Bible is the word of God. But they also believe this about the Book of Mormon, which is subtitled “Another Testament of Jesus Christ.”

Given the importance of the Book of Mormon, this question seemed worth asking: Any chance Romney would place his hand on a Book of Mormon at his swearing-in ceremony?

“No, no way Romney would do that,” Jana Riess, a religion scholar, co-author of “Mormonism for Dummies,” and blogger for Religion News Service, wrote in an e-mail message. “I’m not aware of any Mormon who has sworn on the Book of Mormon instead of the Bible for national office. (I’m not aware of any local officials who have done this either.)”

Most likely, Romney would go back to the Bible he used in 2003 when he was sworn in as governor of Massachusetts – the same one his father, George Romney, reportedly used when he was sworn in as Michigan’s governor in the 1960s.

Beyond paint and fabric swatches

Having never been invited over for a meal, we can’t pretend to know anything about the Romney aesthetic when it comes to home decoration. But we wondered and asked about specific items that tend to hang in Mormon households.

Randall Balmer, an award-winning historian, author and chair of the Department of Religion at Dartmouth College, speculated that the Romneys – like plenty of Mormons – might display artwork featuring a depiction of Jesus and a photograph of LDS Church President Thomas S. Monson, considered a “prophet, seer and revelator” by members of the church.

Another possibility, said Riess, would be a photo of the Salt Lake Temple where Mitt and Ann Romney were married and “sealed” for eternity in a sacred ceremony in 1969.

Then there’s something commonly known as the “Proclamation on the Family,” which is often framed and displayed in homes – though rarely in upper-class households, said Joanna Brooks, author of “The Book of Mormon Girl: Stories from an American Faith.”

The proclamation features words set forth by LDS Church leadership in 1995, highlighting family and gender responsibilities. Among the points made: Marriage is between a man and woman; the primary responsibility of fathers is to oversee and provide for families; and mothers must first and foremost care for the children.

All of these items could show up in the White House, said Grant Bennett, an old Romney friend who spoke at the Republican National Convention and has known the Romney family since they met through church in 1978.

But he said, “the most quintessential Mormon item would be pictures of their family,” including those of ancestors, because “families are forever” and bound for eternity in the Mormon view.

Ann and Mitt Romney are surrounded by family before the October 22 presidential debate at Lynn University.

Bennett also suggested that a verse or two of Scripture that is particularly meaningful to the Romneys might be framed and on display.

If any of these things would hang in the White House, they would likely appear in the private quarters where first families are free to do what they please.

That doesn’t mean Romney wouldn’t be allowed to honor his faith in some way in the Oval Office, but decorative decisions in public rooms – the spaces visited on tours – are subject to committee discussions and advisers on historic preservation, explained Melissa Naulin, assistant curator in the Curator's Office of the White House Museum.

Can I get a cup of coffee? How about something stronger?

In accordance with a revelation received in 1833 by LDS Church founder Joseph Smith, something known as the “Word of Wisdom,” faithful Latter-day Saints abstain from coffee, tea and alcohol.

Does this mean a return to the days of “Lemonade Lucy,” the posthumous nickname given to the wife of Rutherford B. Hayes, the 19th U.S. president, who banned alcohol from the White House?

No, said Cabinet members from Romney’s gubernatorial era and a current top aide. They said this health-related observance is not one the Romneys would impose on or expect of others.

“As governor, when Mitt Romney entertained at official functions in the evening, alcohol was served along with soft beverages,” said a senior aide who asked not to be identified in stories about religion.

“There was always a healthy cup of coffee for anyone who wanted it,” said Renee Fry, a former Cabinet member.

“Cabinet dinner gatherings were not dry,” wrote Douglas Foy, who also served in Governor Romney’s Cabinet. “Although the governor and his wife did not partake – which the governor often joked about, since he sponsored the gatherings and paid for the wine!”

Storing – and refraining from – food

The LDS Church advises its members to store enough food to feed a family for a year.

Food storage is viewed as a practical measure, one that can come in handy during, say, a crippling superstorm, massive power outages or unforeseen financial hardships.

The practice is rooted in Mormon history. The church’s early pioneers, on their trek westward to what is now Utah, experienced great suffering and starvation. They also endured their share of persecution and couldn’t rely on the help of others. So having resources squirreled away became a collective comfort.

Any chance that the Romneys would institute White House food storage?

Not because they would need it for themselves or likely anyone else at the White House, but Riess said in these uncertain times, it could be a good lesson in preparedness to showcase to the nation.

“I wouldn’t be surprised to see that,” she said.

Mitt Romney gathers donations in the wake of Superstorm Sandy.

Even if a family storing it doesn’t need the food, by having it available that family is poised to help others. Serving those less fortunate or in crisis is big in the LDS Church, and it is a part of another practice that may find its way into the White House if the Romneys move in.

The first Sunday of every month is Fast Sunday, when committed Mormons who are able forgo food and drink for about 24 hours. Coupled with prayer, it has spiritual meaning. It also serves to instill compassion for those who are in need, and to that end Mormons are encouraged to minimally donate what they would have spent on food to the church’s welfare fund.

Fast Sunday, or calls to fast at other times, can also bind Mormons together when they pray and fast for a common cause.

A Utah woman created buzz earlier this fall when an e-mail she sent out to friends and family, suggesting they fast to help Romney before the debates, began making the rounds in Mormon circles across the country. A new website, romneyfast.org, also the brainchild of private citizens – and not a church-sanctioned effort – asks people to fast and pray for Romney and his wife Ann this Sunday before America goes to the polls.

When he was governor of Massachusetts, and in general, Mitt and Ann Romney observed Fast Sunday and “always contributed very generously to the fast offering fund,” said Bennett, who held church leadership roles with Romney in the Boston area.

What’s more, Bennett said that when Romney served as their congregation's bishop – the equivalent of an unpaid pastor – it wasn’t uncommon for the two friends to fast more than once a month. At the time, Bennett was one of Romney's two counselors, or advisers.

“Occasionally he would invite me and the other counselor to join him in fasting on a weekday for a specific purpose,” Bennett wrote in an e-mail. “For example, one purpose would be to seek inspiration regarding an important decision, another purpose would be to express love, support and solidarity to someone who was ill or going through very difficult times.”

Whether Romney would maintain this observance from the nation’s highest office, we can’t know. But it looks like the White House kitchen staff may be in for a little downtime each month, if they’re lucky.

Honoring the Sabbath, going to church and other Mormon observances

Sunday is a holy day for active LDS Church members. It’s a time when Mormons attend their local congregation - it's known as a ward, which in Catholic-speak would be comparable to a parish - and worship with their families and community.

The ward closest to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., and likely the one the Romneys would be assigned to, is the Washington D.C. 3rd Ward, which gathers in what Mormons call a “meetinghouse” or chapel on 16th Street NW. The Washington Post described this ward as consisting of mostly Democrats, half who are nonwhite (including plenty of Spanish speakers), and having openly gay members in its leadership.

Riess said while ward assignments are almost always determined geographically, sometimes there are exceptions. And the truth is there just isn’t any precedent for how this would be handled for a U.S. president.

With or without Romney, D.C. a surprising Mormon stronghold

How much of his Sundays a President Romney could set aside for his faith is obviously uncertain. We already know he’s been hard at work on the campaign trail, Sundays included – though the senior aide we spoke to said he makes efforts to get to church when he can.

One need only look at President Jimmy Carter, who went so far as to teach Sunday school at his local Baptist church, to see how a sitting president can make room for faith, said Balmer of Dartmouth, who counts among his many books “God in the White House: How Faith Shaped the Presidency from John F. Kennedy to George W. Bush.”

Romney faithfully showed up at church on Sundays while he was governor, unless an official function got in the way, Bennett said. And when Romney ran for U.S. Senate in 1994 against Ted Kennedy, Bennett – then the ward’s bishop – assigned Romney to teach the weekly adult Sunday school class.

“He was in church virtually every Sunday teaching this class throughout the campaign, only occasionally arranging for a substitute teacher,” his friend said.

Beyond church, Riess speculated about other observances Romney would uphold.

Mormons reserve Monday evenings for “family home evening,” a time when families pray, study and sing together.

Someone serving in church leadership, who didn’t want to be named because of the sensitivity of the subject matter, said he doubted the Romneys would observe family home evening since their kids are grown and gone. But Riess suspected that Romney and his wife, especially given the size of their brood – five sons; 18 grandchildren – and the likelihood that family would be passing through, would honor the Monday tradition in some way, even if it was just the two of them.

There’s also a practice in LDS Church wards in which men who hold the priesthood – which means the authority, for example, to perform baptisms and offer sacramental blessings – are partnered up to visit other congregation members, ideally once a month, as home teachers.

The LDS Church does not have paid clergy, and this is one way that volunteer ward pastors, or the bishops, can make sure members get personal attention and lessons as needed.

So could home teachers come knocking on the White House doors?

It’s possible, said Riess, though obviously there’d be background checks and no unannounced knockings.

But a U.S. president couldn’t possibly be expected to regularly home teach others, right?

Probably not. But Romney did step up as governor, Bennett said.

“He both had home teachers, and he was assigned as a home teacher, when he was governor,” Bennett said. “He and Ann would ensure they were available for their home teachers to visit, and he was faithful in doing his home teaching.”

And then there’s the big question: What about the temple?

Many non-Mormons falsely assume the large and often magnificent white LDS temples they see in their cities are where Latter-day Saints go for church. But Mormons gather for Sunday services in meetinghouses or chapels, which are usually plain, unimpressive structures.

The Washington D.C. Temple, not too far from the White House, is considered by Mormons to be a house of the Lord.

The 140 temples currently in operation across the globe are actually closed on Sundays. Mormons view their temples as houses of the Lord, as Riess explained in her book, and they are not places for run-of-the-mill worship. Temples, instead, are reserved for the most sacred rituals – the details of which are not to be discussed outside temple walls.

The temples are so sacred that the doors are not even open for all Mormons; only those deemed sufficiently worthy by local church leadership are granted a “temple recommend” or an entry card.

While sacred ceremonies or “ordinances” for the living – such as weddings, during which couples are “sealed” for eternity – happen inside, there are also rituals performed by living substitutes or proxies for those who have died. These rituals include baptisms, which have been at times a subject of controversy for the LDS Church.

Romney, who long served in church leadership, surely has a temple recommend. But does that mean he’d actually go to the Washington D.C. Temple, which sits about 10 miles north of the White House in Kensington, Maryland?

“If I were him, I’d probably just not go while I was president, if only out of courtesy to other patrons,” said our source in church leadership who didn’t want to be named. “It’s not like it’s some kind of ‘go often or you’ll go to hell’ thing. It’s just a standard part of being a committed Mormon, which you do if you can find the time.”

And a President Romney couldn’t go there, let alone anywhere else, without Secret Service. So if he wanted to go, would he be able to? Even Secret Service agents would be turned away from the temple without the right access card.

Not a problem, speculated Balmer of Dartmouth. He said finding qualified agents, if Romney hasn’t found them already, would be easy.

It’s well-known that the CIA, FBI and, by extension, he said he assumes, the Secret Service recruit at LDS Church-run Brigham Young University. All these agencies, Balmer said, are “looking for people who are good, loyal, patriotic Americans,” and many Latter-day Saints, who believe in the divinity of the U.S. Constitution, fit that bill.

So if it would be important for Romney and the first lady to go to the temple, it should be possible.

And Riess said, given Romney's level of faith and church involvement over the years, she can’t imagine that he wouldn’t want to go. Minimally, she pointed out, there’s bound to be a family member’s wedding or “temple sealing” he’d want to attend.

“It would be a logistical problem,” she said. “But I’m pretty sure they’d find a way.”

- CNN Writer/Producer

Filed under: 2012 Election • Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints • DC • Mitt Romney • Mormonism • Politics

soundoff (2,237 Responses)
  1. Morgan

    I would think as pres, the Romneys could attend ANY church they so desire.
    and maybe it would be wise for them to attend differing "wards" from time to time.

    In do not see his religious beliefs causing problems, because so many people were afraid JFK would turn the white house into a Catholic church and impose all catholic beliefs on the whole nation. It didn't happen then, it isn't going to happen now.

    November 5, 2012 at 2:26 pm |
    • Happy Day

      I agree. Romney loves the United States and its flag unlike Nobama. I want my son to have a job when he gets out of college even if it is on the Canadian pipeline. Us hard core Christians are going to vote this Mormon in!!

      November 5, 2012 at 2:34 pm |
    • robbyx

      Yeah, Happy. Too bad that Mormon isn't remotely Christian!

      November 5, 2012 at 3:09 pm |
    • Happy Day

      Are you saying Obama is a Christian? He would not even give his brother money for an operation. Why doesn't CNN or Fox news interview Obama's brother? I bet if Romney's brother lived in a grass hut in Africa, they would have their reporters camped out there for months. And what is up with CNN reporting on the guy who picks up Romney's trash?

      November 5, 2012 at 3:30 pm |
  2. martin

    It's been well-doc umented even by Mormon historians. Some Mormons claim that he didn't sleep with these wives, but then why the hell did he marry them?

    November 5, 2012 at 2:25 pm |
  3. jomama

    I just dont givva sh.it
    They r both crooks serving the rich

    November 5, 2012 at 2:23 pm |
  4. AK

    mormons are idiots. bottom line.

    November 5, 2012 at 2:23 pm |
  5. sre

    Christians aren't Mormons. Period.

    November 5, 2012 at 2:20 pm |
    • MCR

      And yet they say they are...hmmm...who to believe?

      November 5, 2012 at 2:23 pm |
    • TwinBotXenu

      Neither are most "Christians." Give it up. As an atheist, I can tell you Mormons don't need to be Christian to be valid. Their faith is just as credible (or otherwise) as any other. And, since it is truly an American-born faith with its own book (as opposed to warped reinterpretations by Protestants of the Bible...a book that was created by the Catholic Church), it has in my opinion more validity as a stand-alone religion than the numerous sects that splintered from Rome.

      November 5, 2012 at 2:29 pm |
  6. Scrappyike

    This is why discrimination will never go away. A 'Mormon' in the White House. An 'Afican-American' in the White House. What's next, a 'Latino' in the White House? As long as there are labels and Americans accept it.......this country will always be divided and nothing will ever get done.

    November 5, 2012 at 2:19 pm |
    • Ldean

      what would you say to a scientologist in the white house? okay with you? then, okay for a mormon... same thing.

      November 5, 2012 at 2:23 pm |
    • robbyx

      Scrappy, you're way off the mark. There's a HUGE difference between someone's race and someone's chosen religion. People don't choose their race. But people do choose to believe stupid garbage like Jesus visiting America, a convicted felon dreaming up a religion using magic rocks and golden plates that no one has ever seen, native Americans' skin color being the result of an angry God (hence, it's ok to kill them), etc. Discriminating against someone for his or her race is reprehensible, but calling out stupidity and saying that we don't want that kind of stupidity in our White House, that's hardly discrimination. Religion is not above criticism.

      November 5, 2012 at 3:15 pm |
    • MCR

      Unless you can read someone's mind the labels that summarize their beliefs are a primary predictor of how they will respond to new events. Religion is just one part of piecing this together.

      November 5, 2012 at 3:24 pm |
  7. clem kadiddle

    The GOP are just so sure that they have been lied to and cheated. They continue to refute and deny scientific fact, they do not believe in Democracy and that the majority rules. They walk around with their blinders on their eyes, ear plugs in, and are being led around by the ring in their nose, and Mitt Romney is their Black Sheep leader. They cannot see the bigger picture and only vote on their own personal social issues, like guns, abortion, gays, religion. The only ones that are lying to you are your very own representatives. They use you and play you for the fools that you are.

    November 5, 2012 at 2:19 pm |
    • Morgan

      go read the book, "How to do you kill 11 million people?"

      Be prepared to be stunned and maybe even a bit angry. Then come back and give us a full report.

      November 5, 2012 at 2:29 pm |
  8. capnmike

    I really don't care what religion the President professes to be...All religions are based on lies anyway...But a man who bases hi campaign on lies, who made literally hundreds of millions of dollars throwing people out of work and exporting their jobs, who stashes his money in offshore banks to avoid taxes, who could care less about anybody except his millionaire buddies and thinks we should have to pay more taxes so they can pay less, who thinks anybody who is on Social Security or is a disabled veteran is a "moocher", who thinks he has a right to legislate what you do with your own body, or who you are allowed to marry, and who changes his statements every time he opens his mouth, This kind of person DOES NOT BELONG IN THE WHITE HOUSE.

    November 5, 2012 at 2:19 pm |
    • Fish

      Oh, I wholeheartedly agree. So that's why the prez is gonna be voted out on Tuesday, and finally get someone smart enough and worthy of the office elected.

      November 5, 2012 at 2:35 pm |
    • eharrison

      capnmike I say these same words every single day! To be honest I'm still astounded that Romney is even running for president!

      November 5, 2012 at 2:39 pm |
  9. Ldean

    The Mormons slaughtered more than 120 men, women and children and infants at a place called Mountain Meadow [Massacre] as they disguised themselves as Indians. This was only one of many attacks blamed on the Native Americans. See Aiken wagon train for another. The booty from that robbery built the temple in Salt Lake City, more than 100K in money and more than 1000 head of cattle. Educate yourself on the White Horse Prophesy, Danites, baptism by proxy, unmarried women cannot enter heaven, then decide if you want a Mormon president. You also cannot enter Mormon, celestial heaven if you've had a vascetomy, artificial insemination... if you are a blind woman you cannot be led into the temple by a man – it has to be another WOMAN! A Mormon Whitehouse will be the same as Sharia law. If Romney wins it will be because the Mormon church bought this election, but thanks to the Supreme Court, we'll never know the truth. I'm looking for political asylum in Sweden if Romney gets elected.

    November 5, 2012 at 2:15 pm |
    • Conrad Shull

      You won't keep your word if he wins, you liar.

      November 5, 2012 at 2:26 pm |
    • robbyx

      So true. The Mormons have done a wonderful job of convincing the public that they're just another Christian religion. They are NOT! They are so far from it. Americans really should educate themselves on this bizarre cult founded by a convicted felon before we put one them in the White House. Mormon history is frightening. So full of lies, double-crosses, murder, and more lies it'll make your head spin.

      November 5, 2012 at 2:33 pm |
    • Sally

      You obviously know nothing about the Mormon Church, other than what you have read from anti-Mormon websites. What a load of crock you are spewing.

      Have you heard the Mormon church comment on Romney, or even endorse him? That's because they don't get involved in politics. Ever. They certainly did not and have never given any money to a political candidate. Look it up, using an actual legitimate web source.

      By the way, I used to be Mormon. It's a wonderful church and comparing it to 'Sharia Law' is one of the most ridiculous things I've ever read. Also, I'm voting for Obama, just like the last election.

      November 5, 2012 at 2:37 pm |
    • Pete

      HAHAHA I'm 7th generation Mormon and this post was one of the funniest I've ever read. Hahah

      November 5, 2012 at 2:39 pm |
  10. Oh Ye Of Little Faith

    When sworn into office before, he used a Bible (like his father before him & every other American sworn into office) ... so why are you questioning this NOW?? I do not remember an article like this when Obama took office – about his "diet" or the crazy pastor of his church – until it was so blatantly obvious that Obama was not what he professed to be regarding any religion.

    At least Romney LIVES his faith – and that, when it comes down to moral choices – are more "Christian" than those being forced upon us as "Christian-Wannabe-Obama" tries to obliterate our 1st Amendment Rights!

    November 5, 2012 at 2:14 pm |
    • hawaiiguest

      And exactly how are your 1st amendment rights being "obliterated"?

      November 5, 2012 at 2:16 pm |
    • MCR

      Obama's church and the religions of his parents and stepfather were, in fact, one of the main topics of the last election. It was a valid conversation then, and is a valid conversation now. Anything that influences you thinking is relevant for analysis. But you own religion, a personal choice, is one of the most important indicators of one's thought, reasoning and values.

      November 5, 2012 at 2:20 pm |
    • capnmike

      so putting your hand on a book full of blatant lies somehow makes you honest? Grow up,please.

      November 5, 2012 at 2:20 pm |
  11. martin

    The prophet and founder of Mitt Romney's religion, Joseph Smith, married teenagers and women who were married to other men. He used his religious position and promised that they and their families would be saved if they married him.

    November 5, 2012 at 2:12 pm |
    • The Jackdaw

      Just another sham at church.

      November 5, 2012 at 2:14 pm |
    • Romnesia

      That's pretty much SOP for religions.

      November 5, 2012 at 2:15 pm |
    • martin

      It's been well-doc umented even by Mormon historians. Some Mormons claim that he didn't sleep with these wives, but then why the hell did he marry them?

      November 5, 2012 at 2:26 pm |
    • ladyfon

      You forgot to mention that the church no longer holds the position that this is OK.

      November 5, 2012 at 2:33 pm |
    • Doc Vestibule

      The only reason Mormons no longer openly practice polygamy is becuase the government of the United States made the banning of polygamy a requirement for entry into the Union.
      Utah's applications for statehood were denied multiple times between 1850 and 1890 becuase they practiced what the US Gov't called "the twin relics of barbarism – slavery and polygamy."
      After Brigham Young died, the new prophet Willford Woodruff stated: "my advice to the Latter-day Saints is to refrain from contracting any marriages forbidden by the law of the land."
      In 1896, their application for statehood was finally accepted.
      Mormon theology still states that a man may have as many "spirit-wives" as he wishes, but a woman may be joined to only 1 man.

      November 5, 2012 at 2:47 pm |
    • robbyx

      He was also a convicted felon. Convicted for defrauding land owners by promising to find hidden treasure on their properties – for a fee. Never found anything. His lies finally landed him in jail. And when he was released, guess what? A religion was born. The moral of the story? If you're going to get rich lying, make sure your lie is something that cannot be disproved in a court of law!

      November 5, 2012 at 2:55 pm |
    • Doc Vestibule

      @Robby
      You forgot to mention that "seer stones" were part of his treasure hunting scam too...

      November 5, 2012 at 2:58 pm |
    • robbyx

      Exactly, Doc. And where did the polygamist compounds in Mexico and Canada come from? They were created by Mormon missionaries who were dispatched to keep polygamy alive will the official church acquiesced to US demands to end it. I don't expect Mormons to be remotely objective about their own murderous, racist history, especially given the utter absurdity of their beliefs (native Americans had their skin turned brown by an angry God...yeah right). But the rest of America should really educate themselves on this cult before we put one them into the White House.

      November 5, 2012 at 3:00 pm |
  12. Ldean

    Mormon politics is already happening in the U.S. Senator Harry Reid (Mormon) gathered all Mormon senators and reps to write a letter to the Swedish government threatening that their ban on Mormon missionaries "could have serious consequences on U.S.Swedish relationships." Are we going to declare war on countries that consider Mormons a "cult" and ban them from their countries? scarey stuff.

    November 5, 2012 at 2:09 pm |
    • Happy Day

      Come on! Surely you guys can come up with better scare tactics? You Leftys are grasping at straws!

      November 5, 2012 at 2:15 pm |
    • Romnesia

      Happy. Presumably by lefty you mean Democrat. In case you hadn't noticed, Reid is a Democrat, so an attack on him would presumably be a Republican attack.

      November 5, 2012 at 2:18 pm |
    • Ldean

      happy. I appreciate you don't believe my post, so I would strongly encourage you to do your own research. Harry Reid was just one along with 12 other Mormon senators that wrote the Swedish government.

      In response to the correspondence, Senator Crapo told swissinfo.ch that he appreciates the invitation to “continue discussions” to find a way for Mormon missionaries to continue their services. Most Mormon missionaries who come to Switzerland are from American states, including Utah, Missouri, Idaho and Arizona.

      Under an existing transition agreement, a maximum of 80 Mormon missionaries from the US were allowed into Switzerland in 2010, and 50 will be permitted in 2011. As of 2012, there will be no future admissions of missionaries of any denomination from any third party states, according to the Swiss embassy."

      November 5, 2012 at 2:41 pm |
    • Happy Day

      My democrat bother in law is voting for Romney. He watched the movie 2016. Go Mitt!!!

      November 5, 2012 at 2:53 pm |
  13. Sam

    Fellow Mormons, we need to gather and fast for Mitt Romney on the eve of this all-important election! Obama has brought this country to the brink of destruction, and there is only one way to right the ship and get America back on track. Our children are depending on us to restore honor and religious freedom to this great country! Romney Ryan 2012!

    November 5, 2012 at 2:07 pm |
    • Romnesia

      Actually Bush brought this country to the brink of disaster. Obama has improved that somewhat in addition to important improvements like ACA.

      November 5, 2012 at 2:14 pm |
    • capnmike

      "Obama has brought this country to the brink of destruction,"...exactly how? What baloney you spout!. Hope you fast until you all either drop dead or learn to live with the truth for a change.

      November 5, 2012 at 2:22 pm |
  14. Robert

    I would much rather imagine what would go on in the White House with Mitt Romney living there than what actually happend when Bill Clinton was there. The only safe way to handle White House items after Clinton was with laytex gloves.

    November 5, 2012 at 2:04 pm |
    • Doc Vestibule

      It'd been that way since JFK.

      November 5, 2012 at 2:07 pm |
    • Romnesia

      I guess you never stay in hotels or other people's houses or go to public parks. Actually if you avoid all places where seex involving other people has occurred or could have occurred, you'd end up like Howard Hughes.

      November 5, 2012 at 2:12 pm |
  15. av green

    whats the point of this article? Mitt Romney will not win, no way, no how.

    November 5, 2012 at 2:03 pm |
    • Becca

      Well I thought good Mormon did not tell lies? Hummmmmmmmmmmm! And all the fake sets Mutt Robme has set up to make him self look good. My towm is not happy with him at all for the set up here to help the needy in a soup kitchen

      November 5, 2012 at 2:19 pm |
    • ladyfon

      Becca, you refer to Romney as Robme, what exactly did he steal from you?

      November 5, 2012 at 2:36 pm |
  16. 1freethinkr

    Viral video blowing up the internet showing Romney freaking out about his Mormon religion. The video was shot without him knowing it during an interview with a conservative Christian radio show in Iowa trying to get his Mormon stance on issues they care about. He gets really ticked off defending about how Jesus will rule from Missouri (!) after the second coming. Whatever you say Mitt.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TxMD02zU9SE

    November 5, 2012 at 2:02 pm |
    • Oh Ye Of Little Faith

      1freethinkr -> If you watched the video in it's entirety, and actually listened to the entire discussion, how can you have anything but admiration for someone who is so consistent on his stances?? Is it that Romney's view of killing pre-born children offends you, or that he may be a different religion than yours (if you have one?) Where you just as sarcastic when Obama took office and THEN they discovered his anti-American pastor had been filling his head with thoughts that are not found in ANY bible? And that Obama has "Evolved" into a different sect of Christianity altogether so as to appease his base??? This video only points out that Romney reads & believes in the Bible, and that he is a man of good moral character!
      Well played.

      November 5, 2012 at 2:26 pm |
    • Oh Ye Of Little Faith

      1freethinkr -> If you watched the video in it's entirety, and actually listened to the entire discussion, how can you have anything but admiration for someone who is so consistent on his stances?? Is it that Romney's view of NOT killing pre-born children offends you, or that he may be a different religion than yours (if you have one?) Where you just as sarcastic when Obama took office and THEN they discovered his anti-American pastor had been filling his head with thoughts that are not found in ANY bible? And that Obama has "Evolved" into a different sect of Christianity altogether so as to appease his base??? This video only points out that Romney reads & believes in the Bible, and that he is a man of good moral character!
      Well played.

      November 5, 2012 at 2:27 pm |
    • hawaiiguest

      @Oh Ye

      Still waiting for you to say exactly how your first amendment rights are being "obliterated" like you claimed.

      November 5, 2012 at 2:31 pm |
  17. Loridoke

    That is a stupid comment! That is like 4 yrs ago asking what a Black White House wiould look like...I bet that would not have gone unnoticed!

    November 5, 2012 at 2:02 pm |
    • Doc Vestibule

      People cannot choose their race, but they can choose their religion.
      There are no tenets associated with melanin, but there are with religion.
      Dig?

      November 5, 2012 at 2:09 pm |
  18. usrnm

    Incredible article. This is what was done to JFK – first Catholic President.

    November 5, 2012 at 2:00 pm |
    • Ldean

      Yes. That's the Mormon argument. But Catholics are Christian and Mormons stand alone – Theological scholars do not categorize Mormons as an Abrahamic religion.

      November 5, 2012 at 2:52 pm |
  19. Obamalama

    You Mormon-haters are so funny.....and two-faced. I thought liberals prided themselves on being "OPEN MINDED" and "NON-JUDGMENTAL"....Kumbaya and all of that flower-child stuff. Yet, here you all are making fun of the man for his religion just because you disagree with his politics. How sad and pathetic.

    November 5, 2012 at 1:59 pm |
    • Doc Vestibule

      Incorrect.
      I make fun of his religion becuase I think his religion is ridiculous.

      November 5, 2012 at 2:06 pm |
    • Happy Day

      Right!! If Obama was a mormon CNN would not have wrote this. This is prosecution!!

      CNN shut down comments on Bennett's article. Crazy!!!

      November 5, 2012 at 2:08 pm |
    • Obamalama

      Whatever Doc.

      November 5, 2012 at 2:14 pm |
    • Romnesia

      They wrote it because if he wins Romney would be the first Mormon, so if Obama were the Mormon, I'm sure they would have written it.
      btw your grammar and comprehension leave a lot to be desired. You should vote for a president who will improve education. It may be too late for you, but think of your children.

      November 5, 2012 at 2:25 pm |
    • capnmike

      What is really pathetic is that ANYBODY believes all that religious hokum. "God" was invented by humans...there are NO gods, devils, heaven, hell, angels, bla bla bla...it is all stuff humans MADE UP. Religion is an enormous SCAM, brainwashed into the heads of gullible children who grow up believing all that nonsense, in whatever version. The simple truth is that religion is a lie. ALL of it.

      November 5, 2012 at 2:28 pm |
    • Obamalama

      Thanks Capnmike! You really convinced me to give up my religion.....not.

      November 5, 2012 at 2:39 pm |
    • robbyx

      Exactly, Mike. Santa Claus for (stupid) adults.

      November 5, 2012 at 3:18 pm |
    • Happy Day

      btw is not a word. Go Romney!!

      November 5, 2012 at 4:03 pm |
  20. Cosmos42

    It's kind of irrelevant: Mitt Romney will never step foot in the Oval Office.

    November 5, 2012 at 1:57 pm |
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