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Why So Much Media Focus on Mitt Romney's Mormon Faith?
Fox News ^ | 2/19/07 | Sevenbak

Posted on 02/19/2007 4:52:58 PM PST by sevenbak

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MITT ROMNEY, GOP PRESIDENTIAL HOPEFUL: I think in my view, the people of America want a person of faith to lead the country. They can look at my wife and me and my family, they can see that our faith has made us better people, better Americans, and we share the values of the other citizens of this great land.

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BURNS: That was former Massachusetts Republican Governor responding to a question about media focus on his religion. Romney said this week he's running for president, but on the day of his announcement, he woke up to see this headline on the front page of USA Today: "Will Mormon faith hurt bid for White House?"

Jim, let's pretend that's a question asked of you...Click on link for full article.

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,252784,00.html

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Philosophy; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2008; biased; electionpresident; media; mormon; romney
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1 posted on 02/19/2007 4:53:00 PM PST by sevenbak
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To: sevenbak

Divide and conquer.


2 posted on 02/19/2007 4:55:59 PM PST by marron
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To: sevenbak

They are trying to get the Christians to mix it up with Romney so that they can call them bigots.


3 posted on 02/19/2007 4:57:35 PM PST by Brilliant
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To: sevenbak

Because people think Mormons are weirdos.


4 posted on 02/19/2007 4:57:47 PM PST by billybudd
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To: sevenbak
Because he's a Republican and has a chance (albeit a very slim one) of becoming President.

Harry Reid is also a Mormon. There's hardly a peep about his religion from the MSM.

5 posted on 02/19/2007 4:58:24 PM PST by wai-ming
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To: sevenbak

I'd rather my President had SOME real faith rather than a faking, teary-eyed dude with a Bible. I would also prefer his middle-name NOT be Hussein.


6 posted on 02/19/2007 4:58:31 PM PST by madison10
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To: sevenbak

I'm no Romney fan but it is a good question. Frankly I would love to hear what Harry Reid has to say about it.


7 posted on 02/19/2007 4:58:31 PM PST by cripplecreek (Peace without victory is a temporary illusion.)
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To: sevenbak; Unmarked Package; Democratshavenobrains

Because a Mormom President is something that's never happened before. And little is known about them among the Washington Press Corps.

After Jimmy Carter was elected, there was a silly sitcom called "Carter Country" due to curiousity about southern life during the 1970's. If Romney is elected, will there be a sitcom about Mormon life?


8 posted on 02/19/2007 4:58:44 PM PST by Clintonfatigued (If the GOP were to stop worshiping Free Trade as if it were a religion, they'd win every election)
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To: marron

"Divide and conquer."

Indeed! The drive by media wants it to be an issue, they say it's an issue, and therefore it is an issue. No matter how untrue it is.

Personally, I do not support Romney in the primaries, but it has nothing to do with his faith.


9 posted on 02/19/2007 4:58:49 PM PST by gidget7 (2Th 2:11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:)
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To: sevenbak

I think part of it has to do with the recent history of the Mormons. Their founder is part of recent US history, claimed an archangel directed him.

Mormons say Indians are a lost tribe of Israelis, DNA results notwithstanding, blacks can make into heaven as slaves and of course there is the holy undies.

But my biggest concern in my travels to Salt Lake City is the lack of a sense of humor in them. They are polite people but there's this weird lack of humor.

Romney sounds like a fine executive and deserves a hearing on his own merits, holy underwear and/or hand grenade notwithstanding.


10 posted on 02/19/2007 4:59:29 PM PST by romanesq
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To: sevenbak

MSM can say "Will Mormon faith hurt bid for White House?", but they can NOT say "Muslim crazy kills 5 in Salt Lake City".

Somebody explain it to me, please.


11 posted on 02/19/2007 4:59:57 PM PST by Lokibob (Some people are like slinkys. Useless, but if you throw them down the stairs, you smile.)
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To: sevenbak
Will Obama's Muslim faith/background hurt his chances for the White House?

Will Hillary's Marxist faith hurt her chances for the White House?

12 posted on 02/19/2007 5:00:33 PM PST by cincinnati65 (Lucky participant in 189 different Nigerian business deals......still waiting on payment.)
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To: sevenbak

The Democrats have abandoned the Constitution as to resistive and since it prohibits religous tests, they wish to impose the same through fear and prejudice.


13 posted on 02/19/2007 5:01:14 PM PST by KC Burke (Men of intemperate minds can never be free...their passions forge their fetters.)
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To: wai-ming

True, you never hear one word from the media questioning his Mormon standing.

That's because he sold out any values a long time ago in land deals and political lying.

You can't get anywhere in the Dhimmiecrat Party today if you don't match the values of Bill Clinton, their idol.


14 posted on 02/19/2007 5:01:27 PM PST by romanesq
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To: billybudd
Why So Much Media Focus on Mitt Romney's Mormon Faith?

Because people think Mormons are weirdos.



If Jim Jones were still alive and running there
would be a little concern, at least by some.
15 posted on 02/19/2007 5:04:38 PM PST by WKB (Last wk I voted for Duncan, this Newt, next week Mitt, no rudi yet)
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To: romanesq

I admit that their sense of humor is not yours or mine, I hope that none of my four or five thousand Mormon relatives read this and figure out my screen name.


16 posted on 02/19/2007 5:04:56 PM PST by Little Bill (Welcome to the Newly Socialist State of New Hampshire)
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To: Little Bill

I hope more people get a laugh from your post. One guy told me that a buddy of his has his women all set up. And he doesn't have any princely sum of money. He's a cop and has his womenz working.

Now that's what I call law and order.


17 posted on 02/19/2007 5:06:42 PM PST by romanesq
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To: sevenbak

A few Question(s) that is somewhat related to this topic:

If memory serves, the candidate that wins the NH primary usually doesn't go on to win the nomination--something of a kiss of death. Anyone have any stats on this, I can't seem to find them?

Further, could the nomination hinge on the South Carolina primary? I don't know how optimistic I would be about Romney or Ms. Guliani winning that primary, so could this leave the door open for guys like Hunter or (God forbid!) McCain?


18 posted on 02/19/2007 5:07:08 PM PST by GOP_Raider (Hated by all NFL fans since 1990.)
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To: romanesq

Plus, you can't trust anybody that doesn't drink caffeine.


19 posted on 02/19/2007 5:10:41 PM PST by Kellis91789
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To: romanesq

Congatulations on the proper spelling of the dhimmicratic party sir!


20 posted on 02/19/2007 5:10:44 PM PST by Issaquahking (Pardon Compean and Ramos Now!)
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To: Little Bill

Do you consider Mormons to be Christians?


21 posted on 02/19/2007 5:11:15 PM PST by Enosh ()
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To: cincinnati65

Bump!


22 posted on 02/19/2007 5:12:04 PM PST by presently no screen name
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To: sevenbak

Personally I don't think many conservative evangelical christians resent or are nervous about Romney's Mormon faith. I think for the most part it's the drive by media trying to brow-beat conservatives with the mormon thing. According to an article I read in National Review Romney invited alot of the evangelical christian leaders up to MAssachusetts to chat with him and most of the leaders came away with a very favorable opinion of him. There are of course exceptions and conservatives christians like myself have serious theological disagreements with Mormon theology but I would vote for him if he gets the nomination. Given his poll numbers he really needs to pick it up a bit escpacially when they start having debates in the spring.


23 posted on 02/19/2007 5:13:01 PM PST by fkabuckeyesrule
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To: Little Bill

Little Bill, my lips are sealed.


24 posted on 02/19/2007 5:13:23 PM PST by unkus
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To: wai-ming

NO...Harry Ried is a MOR-ON!!!! LOL!


25 posted on 02/19/2007 5:13:59 PM PST by fkabuckeyesrule
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To: gidget7
Personally, I do not support Romney in the primaries, but it has nothing to do with his faith.

I'm with you. I'm not interested in Romney, but its more because he strikes me as too weak in the knees. But if he's the nominee, I'll back him without reservation.

Measure the gulf between my views and his, compare it to the gulf between me and the gaggle in the opposing party and its an easy choice.

26 posted on 02/19/2007 5:14:22 PM PST by marron
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To: fkabuckeyesrule

I do not recall the all the ink when Orrin Hatch ran in 2000. He is a Morman as well.


27 posted on 02/19/2007 5:15:49 PM PST by hawgwalker
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To: romanesq
I hope your not talking about a certain section of Salt Lake City, were a Congressman went down about 35 years ago.

Most of my relatives that had an excess of women headed for Wyoming or Colorado, less heat, in those days they needed the population.

28 posted on 02/19/2007 5:17:24 PM PST by Little Bill (Welcome to the Newly Socialist State of New Hampshire)
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To: sevenbak

The smart thing for Romney to do right now is to issue a 'no comment' to any questions about his religion.


29 posted on 02/19/2007 5:17:40 PM PST by Extremely Extreme Extremist (Good night Chesty, wherever you are!)
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To: sevenbak
Why So Much Media Focus On Mitt Romney's Morman Faith? Because it is a way (they hope) to disqualify him.

Indeed, notice that all the media reporting about potential GOP candidates is designed to disqualify him -- McCain's temper, Romney's faith, Rudy's personal stance on abortion and gay marriage, Hunter's unelectability.

They're trying to make it impossible for the GOP voters to get behind any one candidate.

30 posted on 02/19/2007 5:18:46 PM PST by okie01 (The Mainstream Media: IGNORANCE ON PARADE)
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To: sevenbak

Because the libs hate religious people.


31 posted on 02/19/2007 5:19:20 PM PST by pissant
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To: hawgwalker

Orrin didn't have a chance at winning. Mitt does.


32 posted on 02/19/2007 5:20:34 PM PST by Harmless Teddy Bear (All that is required for evil to triumph is that good men do nothing -E. Burke)
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To: Little Bill

No, this police officer kept his low profile family in the outer areas far from the city limits.

Trying to rustle up some women in northern New Jersey as it's pretty wide open territory. Going to need some women to populate this sparse area.


33 posted on 02/19/2007 5:21:48 PM PST by romanesq
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To: romanesq

I'm laughing at your ignorance. Does that count?


34 posted on 02/19/2007 5:26:46 PM PST by DanielLongo (Don't tread on me)
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To: sevenbak

While I think Mormon theology has some really strange aspects, I personally don't have a 'problem' with Mormons.

Having said that, there are a lot of conservative Christians who more or less view Mormonism as a non-Christian cult, so I would guess more than a few GOP primary voters in key states, like SC, might hold it against Romney.

My own problem with Mitt Romney so far isn't his faith, but his name. I'm not sure I want a president named "Mitt". George, James, Thomas, John, Andrew, William....Mitt. It just doesn't fit. "Mitt" sounds like "Biff" or "Skippy".


35 posted on 02/19/2007 5:28:19 PM PST by wimpycat (Hyperbole is the opiate of the activist wacko.)
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To: Enosh
Mormons consider themselves to be Christians. I have read the book of Mormon (parts) and it's...not my cup of tea, shall we say. I obviously have strong theological disagreements with Mormons, and understand why many consider them a cult. They accept texts outside of the Bible as Holy Scripture, and of course, some of their beliefs are outside of my willingness to accept. There is also a clannishness to them, which could also be said of Jehovah's Witnesses.

In terms of conduct, Mormons have expectations of members of their faith that I have no desire to follow (no coffee or cokes would be tough on me, and I have seen nothing which indicates to me that they're sinful). I have never seen Mormons try to force their beliefs on others, except by persuasion. Do I think a Mormon can go to heaven? They profess Jesus Christ as Savior, and although I disagree with much of what they believe, I'm fairly certain I have errors in my understanding of faith, also. That means it's God's decision, not mine.

Would I vote for a Mormon? Possibly, if I thought he would make a good President. There are some devout Christians I know that are good as gold, but don't have the sense God gave a goose. Are they Christian? Yep? Are they Presidential material? Nope.

36 posted on 02/19/2007 5:29:38 PM PST by Richard Kimball (Why yes, I do have a stupid picture for any occasion)
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To: DanielLongo
So do you consider Mormons to be Christians?
37 posted on 02/19/2007 5:30:36 PM PST by Enosh ()
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To: wimpycat

Actually, I think his first name is Willard, Mitt is his middle name that he goes by.

Mitt is fine. We don't want another Willy in the WH.


38 posted on 02/19/2007 5:31:38 PM PST by sevenbak
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To: marron

Why doesn't the DBM write about the strong family values observant Mormans have? They really take care of their families and each other.


40 posted on 02/19/2007 5:33:22 PM PST by Freee-dame
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To: wimpycat

"Mitt. It just doesn't fit."

Having a Johnny Cochrane moment?


41 posted on 02/19/2007 5:34:00 PM PST by RegulatorCountry
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To: wai-ming

I (well, via Dick Morris) find it hilarious that of the front-running Republicans, the only one who hasn't had multiple wives...is Romney!

Giuliani, McCain, and Newt.

And then there's Romney. Personally, he's my favorite of the candidates who have announced thus far.

I don't see Duncan Hunter going anywhere.
McCain is nuts and unpredictable.
Giuliani is too liberal.
Gingrich is damaged goods and lacks the charisma factor. Huckabee=Brownback=compassionate conservatives=thumbs down


42 posted on 02/19/2007 5:34:06 PM PST by CheyennePress
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To: sevenbak

No wonder he goes by Mitt.


43 posted on 02/19/2007 5:34:55 PM PST by wimpycat (Hyperbole is the opiate of the activist wacko.)
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To: RegulatorCountry

Great idea for a campaign sign.

If the Hillary doesn't fit
Must vote for Mitt.


44 posted on 02/19/2007 5:35:31 PM PST by sevenbak
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To: RegulatorCountry

LOL!


45 posted on 02/19/2007 5:35:43 PM PST by wimpycat (Hyperbole is the opiate of the activist wacko.)
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To: Brilliant
They are trying to get the Christians to mix it up with Romney so that they can call them bigots.

Exactly.

46 posted on 02/19/2007 5:37:35 PM PST by Logophile
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To: Richard Kimball
I have never seen Mormons try to force their beliefs on others

LOL! The send armies of young suits to bang on every door and proffer that book of theirs.

They profess Jesus Christ as Savior

They do not!

They think they can attain the same rank as Christ: Man becomes God.

Blasphemy!

47 posted on 02/19/2007 5:38:08 PM PST by Enosh ()
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To: Enosh
They think they can attain the same rank as Christ: Man becomes God

You are misinformed.

48 posted on 02/19/2007 5:44:41 PM PST by Logophile
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To: Logophile

Melchizedek disagrees with you, I should think.


49 posted on 02/19/2007 5:48:54 PM PST by Enosh ()
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To: romanesq
I have a pretty good idea of the area you are talking about.

Remember this my GGrandfather, Grandmothers side, had two wives and 21 kids died at 62, my fathers Grandfather had one wife, 11 kids, and lived to 81. It ain't the kids its is the wives, Mormon women of my Grandmothers generation were not the passive creatures they have been portrayed to be.

Northern NJ women, if you can take the noise God be with you, great place, fond memories of my youth.

50 posted on 02/19/2007 5:51:22 PM PST by Little Bill (Welcome to the Newly Socialist State of New Hampshire)
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