Friday, July 07, 2006

McCain sitting pretty for 2008 race

McCain sitting pretty for 2008 race - The Washington Times:
"According to a poll by American Research Group taken in May, Mr. McCain leads Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney in Utah 37 percent to 22 percent. In Arizona, Mr. McCain leads his nearest rival, Sen. Sam Brownback of Kansas, 59 percent to 3 percent, and in New Mexico, he leads the field at 38 percent. His nearest rival in that state is former House Speaker Newt Gingrich at 5 percent. "

Landing Big Campaign Finance Fish

The Fix -- Chris Cillizza's Politics Blog on
"What is clear in the early going is that Arizona Sen. John McCain and Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney are spending the most time in the courtship of these big donors and, as a result, have enjoyed the most success in securing commitments. We hear that Virginia Sen. George Allen and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani are huddling regularly with the whales but have yet to sign any of them up. Tennessee Sen. Bill Frist has locked up several key fundraisers from the Volunteer State."

Romney Unveils His Iowa Team

Romney Unveils His Iowa Team - The Fix -- Chris Cillizza's Politics Blog on (Blog):
"After speaking to the Iowa state Republican convention this past weekend, Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney introduced his his Hawkeye State advisory committee, a 50-person group whose membership is designed to show broad ideological and geographical support for the Bay State governor."

Faith on the hustings (Commentary)

Faith on the hustings - The Washington Times:
"If Mr. Romney runs, he might consider following the example of another son of Massachusetts, John F. Kennedy, who addressed the issue of his Catholicism in a speech to the Houston Ministerial Association during the 1960 campaign: 'I believe in an America where the separation of church and state is absolute; where no Catholic prelate would tell the president -- should he be Catholic -- how to act, and no Protestant minister would tell his parishioners for whom to vote; where no church or church school is granted any public funds or political preference, and where no man is denied public office merely because his religion differs from the president who might appoint him, or the people who might elect him.' "

Latter-day Complaints (Commentary)

Latter-day Complaints - Christianity Today Magazine:
"With their strong family values, constant Jesus talk, and passion for evangelism, Mormons seem almost like evangelicals' cultural twins. In some ways, they represent our ideal."

Thursday, July 06, 2006

Romney record merits no faith: Mormonism alone won't sink him (Column) - Herald Columnists: Romney record merits no faith: Mormonism alone won't sink him:
"In the end, I believe Romney's religion will settle somewhere between non-factor and slight advantage. Far harder to handle will be the spotlight turned on Romney's record of accomplishment, should he make it past a few early primaries, especially in the South. "

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Can a Latter-day Saint become president?

BYU NewsNet - Can a Latter-day Saint become president?:
"Despite Mitt Romney's appeal, an increase in church visibility and the success of LDS politicians, experts still ask the question: Can a Mormon really become president of the United States of America?"

Monday, July 03, 2006

A Mormon for President? Voters Balk

A Mormon for President? Voters Balk - Los Angeles Times:
"'It is something he will have to address,' said Merle Black, a professor of politics at Emory University. 'It will be a challenge. It doesn't necessarily kill him as a candidate, but he may have to talk in more detail than he ever has before about his faith.'"

Romney's Religion May Be Hurdle in Presidential Bid, Poll Says Romney's Religion May Be Hurdle in Presidential Bid, Poll Says:
"Religion hasn't been an issue in American presidential politics since 1960. That may change in 2008 if Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, a Mormon, remains a leading candidate for the Republican nomination."

Sunday, July 02, 2006

A burning issue or not? (scroll down)

Kansas City Star | A burning issue or not?:
"The buzz: Gov. Mitt Romney of Massachusetts, a likely 2008 presidential contender, is seeking Gov. Matt Blunt’s backing."