Saturday, July 15, 2006

Mormon Faith Seen as Guide for Mitt Romney

Mormon Faith Seen as Guide for Mitt Romney |
"'It can't be a repeat,' said Charles Haynes, a First Amendment scholar at the Freedom Forum in Arlington, Va., and an expert on American religious and political history. 'His Kennedy moment has to be much more nuanced. He has to speak the language of faith without being too particular' because of the differences between his faith and traditional Christianity."

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

White Horse Mitt

Salt Lake City Weekly - White Horse Mitt:
"Romney knows full well no one with brains will dare play the religion card. Just imagine the egg on the face of any opponent who attempts decoding the White Horse Prophecy while Romney coolly, calmly changes the topic. Come to think of it, I nearly got some on mine."

Mitt Romney’s success with evangelicals is the X factor in 2008

Mitt Romney’s success with evangelicals is the X factor in 2008:: Metro Pulse Online :::
"We are in the 21st century, 46 years beyond the anti-Catholic rhetoric leveled at Kennedy, so it may seem hard to believe a person's faith can be a disqualifier for public office. Perhaps Romney will do for Mormonism what Kennedy did for Catholics. The Times poll was a generic question about a Mormon candidate. The results might be different if you were polling about Romney specifically after he has been exposed to the electorate in a political campaign."

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

The GOP's Looming Battle The GOP's Looming Battle: "the four top candidates in most polls for the GOP's 2008 presidential nomination -- Sen. John McCain, former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani, Gov. Mitt Romney of Massachusetts and former House speaker Newt Gingrich -- all promise very different styles of leadership."
Of all the 2008 Republican presidential candidates making the rounds in Iowa, none is doing better than Mitt Romney, the governor of Massachusetts.Romney's made a half-dozen visits to the state, all to good reviews from the locals. He's picked up the endorsement and active support of Doug Gross, the 2002 GOP candidate for governor and one of the smartest people in Iowa politics. Romney's also released the longest list of Iowa supporters, some 50 in all.

Monday, July 10, 2006

Mitt Romney -- First Mormon President?

KBCI 2 Boise, Idaho:
"Romney is gaining much ground nationwide because he championed and passed universal health care in Massachusetts. Now his plan is being looked at as a model for the rest of the country."

Warner vs. McCain (or Romney) may end polarization

Decatur Daily Democrat:
"Like Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney or Sen. John McCain (Ariz.) on the Republican side, versus former Virginia Gov. Mark Warner on the Democratic.
Romney and McCain are busy identifying themselves as 'proud conservatives' these days to maintain credibility in the GOP, and Warner, too, told me, 'I desperately try to reject' the terms 'moderate' and 'centrist' because 'they seem weaker rather than stronger on the issues' whereas he wants to be 'bold.'"

Sunday, July 09, 2006

Evangelicals for Mitt

Evangelicals for Mitt:

What Are You Guys Doing?

Evangelicals for Mitt exists because we want a president who shares our political and moral values and priorities, can win in 2008, and can govern effectively thereafter. We believe that the leader of the free world should not only understand, but also articulate why, a values-based governing strategy will result in a more humane, just, and compassionate society. We believe we have found just a person in Mitt Romney, the governor of Massachusetts. He’s not just a candidate evangelicals can support—he is the best choice for people of faith. It’s not even close. That’s why we launched a grassroots effort earlier this year that helped earn him a terrific victory at the first presidential straw poll, and that’s why we’re starting this website.

So What’s Your “Values-Based” Game Plan?

We don’t want a Republican nominee who’s simply against the same things we’re against—same-sex “marriage,” abortion, and embryonic stem cell research—because there’s more to being a person of faith than standing against injustice. We want a president who embraces a comprehensive and positive values agenda: defending religious liberty and basic human rights at home and abroad, combating poverty and disease (including the scourge of AIDS in Africa) within the world’s poorest communities, and fighting for better quality of life for our citizens. We also believe the War on Terror is not simply a national security issue, but also a values issue. The enemies of our country who are responsible for 9/11 hate our very way of life. They hate our freedom, our values, and our Judeo-Christian heritage.

Okay, So What About Mitt Romney?

Gov. Romney is the best candidate to be the next president of the United States. He shares our values, and he’s fought for those values in hostile territory—the liberal state of Massachusetts. He’s not just right on the relevant issues (from the protection of traditional marriage, to the sanctity of life, to the importance of articulating a broader faith-based agenda); he’s a thoughtful advocate for these positions. America is ready for someone who doesn’t just act, but tries also to persuade, and someone who has the moral courage to back up his positions."

Don't play the Mormon card just yet Don't play the Mormon card just yet::By Kathryn Jean Lopez:
"A Washington Post reporter once described evangelical voters as 'poor, uneducated, and easy to command.' As we edge closer to the 2008 presidential elections, count on the press being the uneducated ones -- easily led by their farcical view of religious Americans."

Opposition to LDS in White House crosses party lines

Salt Lake Tribune - Opposition to LDS in White House crosses party lines:
"The resistance was more pronounced among minorities (51 percent) and spread fairly evenly across age groups and genders. College grads and upper incomes were slightly more willing to vote for President Mormon. "