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June 22nd, 2011
05:36 PM ET

Can a Mormon be elected President of the United States?

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(L to R) Obama, Kennedy, Romney, Huntsman. (PHOTO CREDIT: GETTY IMAGES)

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

A lot of people didn't think Barack Obama could win the White House in 2008, because he's black. But he did. In 1960, a lot of people didn't think John F. Kennedy could be elected president, because he was Roman Catholic. But he was.

According to the Pew Research Center, voters' attitudes toward candidates who are black, female, Catholic or Jewish have changed. Americans have warmed up to the idea of voting for someone who might be different from previous presidents or different from themselves.

But that doesn't necessarily hold true for all minority groups. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, the current Republican front-runner, and a new entrant to the race, former Utah Gov. and Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman, are Mormons, members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

It's a church many Christians, particularly evangelicals, are skeptical of. Most people don't know much more about it beyond the church's former ties with polygamy. But whatever people know or don't know about Mormons, they aren't necessarily trustful of them. According to a Gallup poll, 22 percent of Americans say they would not vote for a Mormon for president, even if that candidate represented the voter's own party.

Huntsman is reportedly the less religious of the two. He told Fortune magazine last year, "I can't say I'm overly religious. I get satisfaction from many different types of religions and philosophies."

Romney, on the other hand, is more active in his church. He was once a lay bishop of Massachusetts' temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He spoke openly about his religion during his 2008 run for the presidency, and critics feel that speech ultimately killed his chances.

Here’s my question to you: Can a Mormon be elected President of the United States?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Steve:
Jack, without any second thought it can be the deciding factor in any presidential election. You cannot get elected President of this country without pandering to the majority. That’s Christians. Plain and simple. People here don't believe someone who's not a Christian could possibly make any moral decisions. At least before they find out what kind of lecherous behavior you've been participating in. I'm looking at you Newty.

Carol in Northampton, Massachusetts:
Not this year with two Mormons running against each other. Huntsman will neutralize Romney. But, Huntsman is possible in 2016. If he catches some charisma.

Kathleen:
Jack, I am old enough to remember a similar question being asked once before, "Can a Catholic be elected President of the United States?" Last time I checked, the Constitution of the United States does not list specific religious affiliation as any sort of criteria. This whole discussion is, frankly, disgusting.

Ray in Knoxville, Tennessee:
It's possible, Jack. If one can win the GOP nomination, then he would stand a chance because the right is so anxious to defeat President Obama that they would sell their souls to do so.

Fran:
I think the only ones who will have an issue with it are the Conservative Right Wingers who think their religion is the "Right" religion for the "Right" politician for whatever the "Right" reasons are. You know what I mean, Jack!

Sam in West Hartford, Connecticut:
Mormon, Catholic, Jewish, Muslim, whatever. I will vote for someone that can create some jobs.

John in Indiana:
Absolutely! A lot of people in the United States are ignorant to the church of the latter day saints and still think that they are all polygamists. This is simply not true, and I hope that those people educate themselves on the religion and do not let that get in the way when they cast their vote for president.

Paul in Ames, Iowa:
Jack check your spelling of "Moron" elected President. This has been done before.


Filed under: 2012 Election
soundoff (324 Responses)
  1. Tom

    No, because religion is separate from government. Whenever someone runs for President it doesn't matter what religion they are the American people only care about what they can do.

    June 22, 2011 at 1:53 pm |
  2. ImALibertarian

    Will Mormonism be a factor in the race for the presidency?

    I think it depends on how the voter views people who believe in talking snakes.

    June 22, 2011 at 1:56 pm |
  3. Tony from Southport

    Was race a factor in 2009?

    June 22, 2011 at 1:58 pm |
  4. John from Alabama

    Jack: Yes, Mormonism will be factor in the upcoming 2012 election, if certain religious group believe the Mormon faith is an occult. The Bible Belt should decide now weather it wants a white man Morman, or black guy who belongs to St. John's AME in Washington D.C.

    June 22, 2011 at 2:05 pm |
  5. Jayne

    Probably. Let's face it – some of the Mormon beliefs are a bit "out there," even compared to the fairy tales cooked up by other religions.

    June 22, 2011 at 2:32 pm |
  6. Wilhelm von Nord Bach

    YES, Jack.

    I don't think this is like JFK's catholicism in the 1960 election. the Catholics are a "main stream" religion where as the Mormons are considered by many "born again" Christians, who are a large Republican voing block, to be a "cult".

    IF either Romney or Huntsman end up as the Republican candidate in 2012, those "born agains" may just NOT vote.

    June 22, 2011 at 2:33 pm |
  7. Joe

    Jack,
    Unless a candidate for election proposes radical deviation in his policies that reflect his specific religion, then Mormonism, nor all other religions should be an influence upon who we vote for.
    Joe, Binghamton, NY

    June 22, 2011 at 2:38 pm |
  8. Steve

    Jack, it without any second thought be the deciding factor in any presidential election. You CANNOT get elected President of this country without pandering to the majority. Thats Christians. Plain and simple. People here don't believe someone who's not a Christian could possibly make any moral decisions. At least before they find out what kind of lecherous behaviour you've been particitpating in. I'm looking at you Newty.

    Steve
    @ Wherever the military sends me.

    June 22, 2011 at 2:40 pm |
  9. Rich McKinney, Texas

    Some will discriminate against religious affiliation. For others it won't mater a bit. No religion has a patent on the perfect president. Neither do the atheists for that mater. People vote for a person for any number of reasons. Religious affiliation is just one of them. Being human and over 18 we get to vote. There is no religious or moral requirement and unfortunately no intellectual requirement.

    June 22, 2011 at 2:41 pm |
  10. Larry from Georgetown, Tx

    Yes it will. I like many of the Mormons that I know but they are very judgemental, somewhat arrogant and self-rightous; Sounds like W so maybe they'll get elected as well.

    June 22, 2011 at 2:41 pm |
  11. Paul, Parry Sound, Ontario

    Jack, did you mean Moronism? If so, it will certainly be a factor.

    June 22, 2011 at 2:42 pm |
  12. Terry in Virginia

    No, but I'm sure the press will go nuts over "magic underwear" if a Mormon is chosen as the GOP candidate.

    June 22, 2011 at 2:57 pm |
  13. Dave, Orlando, FL

    That depends on whether or not the particular Mormon is a radical right wingnut or a tea party lunatic, or if he is a normal person.

    June 22, 2011 at 3:00 pm |
  14. Bill in New Mexico

    Sure! Mormonism will be a factor in 2012, just as racism was a factor in 2008.

    Obama still won in 2008.

    This second Mormon sounds a little refreshing which probably means he does not have a chance.

    June 22, 2011 at 3:01 pm |
  15. Fran, U.P. of Michigan

    I think the only ones who will have an issue with it are the Conservative Right Wingers who think their religion is the "Right" religion for the "Right" politician for whatever the "Right" reasons are.....you know what I mean Jack!!!

    June 22, 2011 at 3:05 pm |
  16. Brad, Portland, OR

    A good candidate who happened to be a Mormon could win the general election.

    A good candidate who happened to be a Mormon would never win the Republican nomination.

    So at least in 2012, the answer to your question is "no."

    June 22, 2011 at 3:05 pm |
  17. Gary H. Boyd

    If Huntsman or Romney become the candidate probably "yes" but no more so than Obama being black. There's probably a segment of American society that would have trouble with Mormonism just as there are those who have trouble voting for a black man. It's called prejudice.

    Gary in Scottsdale, Arizona

    June 22, 2011 at 3:06 pm |
  18. Loren

    The same question was asked fifty years ago with regard to a Catholic and the nation answered yes. For myself, I have a hard time accepting that a reasonably intelligent person could accept the story in the Book of Mormon, but so long as the person can keep his beliefs and his actions separate, then I 'd rather have a Mormon as President than a bumbling fool.

    June 22, 2011 at 3:09 pm |
  19. Clay Bourn

    People who care nothing at all about any religion reject Mormons. People criticize polygamy (practiced by very few Mormons) unless it is practiced by Muslims. Newt has had more wives than the two potential candidates combined. Three prominent Mormons (to my limited knowledge) have recently served well in high places at state and national levels. A Mormon is as acceptable as president as a Catholic or a Muslim. Hattiesburg, MS.

    June 22, 2011 at 3:10 pm |
  20. Tom in Desoto, TX

    It will be a vital factor. It's beneficial to be a Mormon in Utah, In the mid-east, to be Islamic, in Israel, Jewish. A Mormon president would probably nominate a fellow Mormons for courts including the Supreme Court. The assault on contraception and abortion rights have been under attack for years. Mormons on the Supreme Court would most likely eliminate those rights along with many other individual rights.

    June 22, 2011 at 3:15 pm |
  21. Tina Tx

    I see why not but the stopping point on Mr Huntsman is he is not the traditional Mormon like Romney. His adoptive child is being raised something other than Morman & Christians do not like any religion outside the so called Christian faith.

    June 22, 2011 at 3:21 pm |
  22. Steve, Clifton, VA

    How can we send our young man and women to fight for the freedoms and "liberty for all" that this country stands for and then turn right around and question if freedom of religion applies to Mormons who run for President? Like many other Americans, Mormons have bled and died for this country on the battle field and there should be no question about their electability relative to their religion.

    June 22, 2011 at 3:23 pm |
  23. Rudy NYC

    A mormon could easily be elected President, but only if they were to run as a Democrat.

    June 22, 2011 at 3:26 pm |
  24. Tom Bulger, Canandaigua

    Yes, he can, but not in 2012. Huntsman is picking up name recognition this time around. In 2016 he could very possibly be the nominee.

    June 22, 2011 at 3:27 pm |
  25. Kathleen Burns Griggs

    Jack, I am old enough to remember a similar question being asked once before, "Can a Catholic be elected President of the United States?" Last time I checked, Article 2, Section 1, Clause 5 (I believe it is) of the Constitution of the United States does NOT list specific religious affiliation as any sort of criteria. This whole discussion is, frankly, disgusting. Remind me, please, this IS still the United States of America?
    (Currently living in Augusta, GA but am a once-and-forever Pittsburgher😉

    June 22, 2011 at 3:29 pm |
  26. Jeff in Bishop, Georgia

    "Can a Catholic be elected President of the United States?" That was the question that was posed almost 51 years ago, and the answer today is the same as it was back then for JFK. YES!!

    June 22, 2011 at 3:36 pm |
  27. Bizz, Quarryville Pennsylvania

    I would need to be reassured that a person running for president will be his own man and not be entirely controlled by his religion. That is why I would not vote for Rick Stantorum who is catholic. I would have voted for President Kennedy if I was old enough because he did not wear his religion on his sleeve. When anyone runs for president that is a member of a religion that never held the presidency, this always makes people skeptical until they are reassured, like President Kennedy did in some of his speeches. He put our minds to rest that religion will not interfere with his decision making. He proved it later on when he spoke out against what his catholic religion wanted. I think it was on abortion.

    June 22, 2011 at 3:37 pm |
  28. calaurore9

    Not this year with 2 Mormons running against each other. Huntsman will neutralize family frenemy Romney. But, Huntsman is possible in 2016. If he catches some charisma.

    Carol in Northampton, MA

    June 22, 2011 at 3:38 pm |
  29. Sheila - Greensboro NC

    Usually, the "Rosa Parks" of any advancement doesn't get the ultimate prize. A Mormon-lite candidate [Huntsman] will have a chance to be elected in 2016.

    June 22, 2011 at 3:40 pm |
  30. Ed from MD

    Well Jack, The Bible says someday Anti-christ will rule the whole world, why not a Mormon president?

    June 22, 2011 at 3:40 pm |
  31. james in greenville nc

    Jack, religion is waning in the US. So yes, a Morman could win just as easily as someone with no religion.

    June 22, 2011 at 3:41 pm |
  32. Ed from Harrisburg

    I am afraid it will be as much, if not more than the issue was with John Kennedy being a Catholic was in 1960. But unlike in 1960, this time I fear it will have the same outcome.

    June 22, 2011 at 3:43 pm |
  33. Steve, NY

    I'm not a Mormon so I don't understand what is the problem with Mormons.The news media keeps on bringing this up all the time. Is this the only thing that is supposedly bad about Romney? Is the media afraid that a Mormon will get elected? Can't be any worse than re-electing Obama. You know that Howard Dean, former Democratic chaiman, was afraid that if Romney won the Republican primary that he could beat Obama. The Republicans were stupid they didn't pick up on that. They chose old phart McCain. I think most people would rather have an honest Mormon than a lying other.
    This reminds me when back in 1960 when the media said that a Catholic could not be elected as President. Guess what they were wrong, JFK proved them wrong.

    June 22, 2011 at 3:46 pm |
  34. Lori - PA

    Jack,

    Unless it can be proven that Huntsman and Romney have made decisions based on their relious faith, then we shouldn't even be asking this question. I can't believe the media is going there. Again.

    June 22, 2011 at 3:53 pm |
  35. Alex in Bremerton, WA

    It took almost 200 years before we elected our first Catholic president, but the times they are a'changing! So, yes Jack, it is possible.

    June 22, 2011 at 3:53 pm |
  36. Ray in Knoxville

    It's possible, Jack. If one can win the GOP nomination, then he would stand a chance because the right is so anxious to defeat President Obama that they would sell their souls to do so.

    June 22, 2011 at 3:56 pm |
  37. Annie, Atlanta

    Who could have ever guessed we would elect an African American? Yet it happened. We're a fickle bunch, so your guess is as good as mine.

    June 22, 2011 at 4:03 pm |
  38. Joe CE

    Yes. We have had several morons, why not a Mormon? However, very unlikely. Romeny has too many fip-flops. If Huntsman does not understand that he is far to moderate to win the Republican, hiow can he be expected to handle significant problems. Maybe Huntsman is wants the forum to get his ideas out, but if he starts worshipng the party line, you will know he is a fraud. If Huntsman is srious, he would have abetter chance as an independent.

    June 22, 2011 at 4:07 pm |
  39. Bud Rupert

    Is the Pope Catholic? of curse they can. It's just not going to happen this time around. And It's not because the candidates are Mormon. The problem they have is that – one is a perceived phony and the other a lack luster campaigner and a virtual unknown.

    June 22, 2011 at 4:09 pm |
  40. Bryan, Colorado

    Yes a mormon can be elected. I have family members that are practicing mormons and are beautiful people, just as capable as any other people. What is this phobia about mormons.

    June 22, 2011 at 4:11 pm |
  41. Don Desaulniers (Belleville, Ontario)

    I looked up the answer, Jack. The answer is no. A president must be American born. Therefore, no one born in Mormonica qualifies. Sorry. It's your Constitution.

    June 22, 2011 at 4:15 pm |
  42. david-seattle,wa

    Yes, if a black man can be elected whose loyalty is more intune with the muslims of indonesia,yes, a mormon can be elected , but not if he doesnt want to protect the people from unsustainable trade policies, that repress the people and enrich the same industrial regurgitation that destroyed vast swaths of land and soil and water and air throughout the country

    June 22, 2011 at 4:17 pm |
  43. Terry in Chandler, AZ

    That depends on the Mormon Jack. Mitt Romney will not appeal the the Independents. However a moderate Republican and sorta Mormon Jon Huntsman, a moderate Republican, would appeal to the Independents who are unhappy with President Obama.

    June 22, 2011 at 4:18 pm |
  44. Minesh - Troy, MI

    Jack, I am tired of Mormon bashing and I am not even a Mormon or Christian (I know some Christians do not think Mormons are followers of Jesus Christ). Newsweek had a terrible cover too. Liberal media will bash Republican candidates' faith all day long.
    – Minesh Baxi, Troy MI

    June 22, 2011 at 4:24 pm |
  45. Pete in Georgia

    Why on earth not ??
    If a black neighborhood organizer with ZERO confirmed history of his past can dupe millions into voting for him in 2008, a Mormon should win in a landside in this "feel good now" nation.

    June 22, 2011 at 4:27 pm |
  46. Bob Heidersbach

    The answer is yes. A member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints should not be questioned on whether he is a Christian or not. Being a Christian should not be a consideration in whether or not we vote for someone.

    June 22, 2011 at 4:27 pm |
  47. elena pennacchini

    Sure Jack, we have had many morons as Presidents!!

    June 22, 2011 at 4:34 pm |
  48. Marc - Boston MA

    Why not ???
    After electing an anti-America Muslin as president, anything is possible here in America. That's why I am moving out to China Jack. Just to be ahead of the curve and get well adjusted before they take over our country.

    June 22, 2011 at 4:36 pm |
  49. Kenneth from California on the Left Coast

    I don't see why not. Three Texans were elected in my lifetime.

    June 22, 2011 at 4:39 pm |
  50. Mark in Oklahoma City

    I am just stunned that this question is being asked around the country today. Somehow we have managed to elect dozens of congressmen and even a president who have been involved in sex scandals, NONE of whom were Mormons! My question is "Why are we electing Non-Mormons to office?"

    June 22, 2011 at 4:40 pm |
  51. terence

    Jack, I see no reason not to elect a Mormon to be President. After all we just elected a FOOL!!!
    Terence, Piscataway, NJ

    June 22, 2011 at 4:41 pm |
  52. Rick McDaniel

    If we can have Muslims in the government, why not a Mormon?

    Sure a Mormon can be elected, if he has demonstrated he is a one wife person, which is the main thing that concerns other religions.

    June 22, 2011 at 4:46 pm |
  53. Tom

    The United States is a nation that allows anyone from any religion to run and be elected the President of the United States of America. One day perhaps we see see that a member from all religions was elected as a President of the United States. As I have been looking at the polls I believe that Mitt Romney may in fact be the first Mormon President of the United States of America. Then as the first Mormon President we will gain evidence on how they handle themselves in government positions around this country.

    June 22, 2011 at 4:58 pm |
  54. Tom Stites

    A Morman... yes. Mitt Romney... unlikely. Mitt's too old, too established, too wealthy, and too "old school". He'll never overcome Obama's popularity, unless he win the sequels to "Dancing with the Stars" and "America's Got Talent."

    June 22, 2011 at 5:04 pm |
  55. Amitoj

    This shouldn't even be a question if we as Americans consider this to be a nation of "religious freedom." The fact that this question even has to be posed is ridiculous. We should be able to have a Hindu President, a Jewish President, a Sikh President, and even a Muslim President. YES a Muslim President. Religious affiliation should have absolutely no relevance to the ability of a President.

    June 22, 2011 at 5:09 pm |
  56. Dave, Orlando, FL

    Look at it this way: If a Mormon gets elected, there would be no extramarital sex scandals overriding the important issues. He wouldn’t have to fool around like all the others over the last few years, he could just marry all of them.

    June 22, 2011 at 5:09 pm |
  57. Jim

    Hope not. As a "non-member" in Utah. It would make things intolerable (as the LDS members already think they walk on water).

    June 22, 2011 at 5:10 pm |
  58. HenryCA

    I don't care if he is a mormon or a budhist. Who can deliver a better economy I will vote for him or her. Obama sureley cannot.

    June 22, 2011 at 5:12 pm |
  59. Jerry Jacksonville, Fl.

    Is the Pope a Catholic, of course he can, we thought the same way about JFK when he ran, people said a Catholic would never get elected and guess what. Being a mormon is not the problem, being as dumb as Palin and Bachmann is what will get him beat.

    June 22, 2011 at 5:12 pm |
  60. Dee in New Paris Ohio

    The Mormon is still a MAN. And after all the number of Mormons in the country is relatively small.

    What I want to know is, can a person representing about HALF the population of the country get elected. A WOMAN!!!

    June 22, 2011 at 5:13 pm |
  61. Gigi Oregon

    It's going to be interesting to see how much the churches have evolved in the past 10 years. The people were led down a primrose path 12 years ago by the religious right. Which many learned to regret. Ten years ago they couldn't have. And they told us in 1960 Kennedy couldn't be elected but he was. It's going to be very interesting, who will sell their soul to the devil.

    June 22, 2011 at 5:13 pm |
  62. Demos

    Jack.

    Why not? This is the United States of America. We're all done with that dialogue. I view integrity, hard work and just as the top attributes.

    Demos

    Toronto, Canada

    June 22, 2011 at 5:13 pm |
  63. Jay

    I’m sorry, but what does Article 6, paragraph 3 of the Constitution say? I think it is something along the lines of “there shall be no religious test for office”. The funny thing is the folks who might have a problem with a qualified President who happens to be a Morman are most likely the same folks who claim to know the Constitution inside-out, as well as what was going on in the Founder’s heads. Shame on anyone who even considers a candidate’s faith whilst in the voting booth.

    June 22, 2011 at 5:14 pm |
  64. George White

    Jack,

    I am a retired United States Air Force Master Sergeant and I don't recall them requiring me to not to belong to any particular faith in order to be one.

    Conversely, why does it matter what faith one is to become president?

    Being President is hard enough when you can't please everyone anyway. Why do we have to throw another reqirement on an individual sseeking this office.

    By the way, I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

    Respectfully,

    George White, MSgt, USAF, Retired
    Los Lunas, NM

    June 22, 2011 at 5:17 pm |
  65. Ralph Nelson

    I almost became a Mormon. They are hard working, honest family men. Romey looks presidential, is very bright, but would do or say anything to be president. More tax cuts for the rich? Drastic cuts in government spending? Did somebody say recession? I wish he knew (practiced) proper Keysian economics (properly tax the rich and big business, tax cuts to middle class only) and phased in government cuts as revenues increase. And stop flip-flopping. Than we'd have a leader, a solution. A Morman...sure.

    June 22, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
  66. mark in arkansas

    It's not about religion, Jack. It's weather the candidate has a solid plan for fixing the country. Judging by what I've seen so far, neither of these guys do.

    June 22, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
  67. chiefhowie

    If George Sorus starts a third party , maybe!

    chiefhowie boston,MA usa

    June 22, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  68. Ray

    I spent 29 years of my life defending the right of any American to worship as he or she desired. I don't care if a person is a Mormon, Catholic, Baptist or anything else as long as that person is qualified and I think would make a good President. It's time this country quits viewing anyone by their color, regional, gender or ethnicity.

    June 22, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  69. Deborah Seibert,. Co

    What happened to anti discrimination for race, creed, color and religion? Polygamy hasn't been practiced by the Mormon church since 1895. We apparently have elected a Muslim.

    June 22, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  70. Daniel

    Screw that, the United States accepting a Mormon President would be a step in the wrong direction. Progress would be considered that instead of accepting a Mormon, we no longer accept Catholics, Protestants, Jews, Muslims, etc. as being fit for public leadership due to certifiable insanity.

    The US needs secular leadership not religious.

    June 22, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  71. Fred In LA

    Why not? Aren't we supposed to be tolerant of all religions in this country? Don't a lot of the Democrat Left and MSNBC kool-aid drinkers think it's a good idea to build a Mosque near ground zero? So why wouldn't they support a Mormon President? Then we've got the gay and lesbian agenda. Why wouldn't they throw their support behind a Momon? That could very well pave the way for many consenting adults to get married in several different combinations. All jokes aside, it's not the religion that matters, it's the person and policy that matters to me.

    June 22, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  72. Secularist

    Sure, people might be up for a Mormon president. The real question is, "Will America ever be ready for an atheist president?" and sadly, this country is so mired in religion that they'll accept a practitioner of any religion over someone who has concluded that there is no real evidence supporting the existence of a higher power.

    June 22, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  73. Kevin Webster, MA

    Why not. We just elected a President with no specific religion. What is so wrong with Mormon. They don't kill, or have sadistic rituals. I wouldn't have a problem with a Jew either. Maybe an athiest would cause me some concern but basically religion shouldn't matter.

    June 22, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  74. Gregg

    I Mormon running as a liberal or centrist (which might be difficult due to demands by his/her faith) would have an uphill battle, but could succeed. A Mormon running as a conservative probably won't succeed outside of Utah, because many conservatives don't feel the LDS church is a legitimate form of Christianity, It's the same reason Palin probably won't succeed in a run for the presidential. Many conservatives don't feel a woman should be commander and chief of the armed forces.

    June 22, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  75. Linda in Charleston, SC

    Yes a Morman can be elected President. The question is can we elect another republican and get relief for citizens that are in dire need. Heck the fast food resturants are going out of business and those are minimum wage jobs. I have great fear that we are headed to much harder times than we have had for the last three years.

    June 22, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  76. Jim in Dallas

    Don't think so Jack, not any more than a Texan who threatened to succeed.

    June 22, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  77. Kirk (Apple Valley, MN)

    I seem to remember the country asking if a Catholic. And guess what? It doesn't, or at least it shouldn't make any difference what an individuals religion is when running for a political office. That being said, regardless of his religion, I wouldn't trust Romney to take out my garbage. Huntsman may be a different matter, but I don't know enough about him to make a decision. Oh yeah! I didn't vote for Obama because he was black.

    June 22, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  78. Richard

    Jack – The answer to this question is maybe – but I believe the real point here is that for anyone to believe some 'Angel' appeared to a guy name Joseph Smith back in the 1800's in order to 'correct' religious views at the time, and get us all on the right track, only proves to me that there is one too many M's in the word Mormon.

    My opinion

    Richard/Canada

    June 22, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  79. Adam

    Yes it will be a factor. It's a cult. I've met a few in my day and have to say they would drink the kool-aide if told to do so.

    Thank you,
    Adam

    June 22, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  80. Larry, Atlanta

    Why not, we have a Muslim in office now!

    June 22, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  81. Jennifer knoller

    I reside in Salt Lake City, Utah , and I remain a non-Morman (Catholic). I could never vote for a Morman to be President. Particularly one (Romney) who changes his mind every two seconds depending on the mood of the people he needs to reach his lofty ambitions. Huntsman is a good man,and Governor, but I believe he may be pressured into decisions by their Church, as so often happens in this red political state. Utah is the only state that practices theocracy, not democracy, and they act proud of it. Further, they bad-mouth our Fed. Gov. all the time, so why should we let any of them lead our country. Mormans constantly cheat each other all the time, called affinity crimes, and I do not want them cheating our country as well. Interestingly, I vote for Morman House Rep. Jim Matheson, a Democrat, and I am a Republican! So, I can't be accused of blatant bias. Thank you.

    June 22, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  82. Blake

    I cannot believe that in 2011 we are honestly even asking this question. It's embarrassing to me as an American that people could be so ignorant as to discriminate against a Mormon candidate on the basis of his or her religion. Mormons have fought and died for this country in every war since the first days of the church's founding. They've served in spite of having suffered every sort of slander, persecution, and mistreatment by bigoted fools who dishonor the country we live in. Heaven forbid that this country be led by a candidate who espouses strong family bonds, service and hard work.

    June 22, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  83. Elizabeth

    It makes me sick when politicians are forced to jump through hoops to prove their Christianity. I don't think that it should matter what religion a candidate is, and I think that the press should stop making an issue out of something that is not.

    That said, most Mormons seem, to be right wing, and most right wingers seem to be most concerned about having a WASP in office. IMO then, a liberal Wiccan may just have a better chance than a conservative Mormon.

    June 22, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  84. BIll in VA

    Will it be a factor? Yes, just as Kennedy's Catholicism was with some (though they might not have worried so much if they had a better understanding of how Kennedy actually lived). Do I think a Mormon could be elected? Again yes, a good candidate can win, Mormon or not.

    June 22, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
  85. bruce

    If and only if he furthers the Rothschild family goal of one world government driven by their central world bank. Their approval is mandatory above all other considerations.

    June 22, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
  86. Chris

    I think America is ready for a Mormon President. However, I don't think the GOP/TEA Birther McCarthyist party in its current incarnation is ready for one.

    June 22, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
  87. Logan [not the city] - Utah

    Jack,

    Its Doubtful.

    I am a Mormon myself – I converted from another Christian religion over 10 years ago. I can see both sides – or so I tell myself. Initially I thought some of the Mormon beliefs were bizarre. But that was mostly because I didn't understand them. I am not going to vote for a candidate just because they are Mormon. But others will – and others may vote against a candidate for the same reason. It will be interesting!

    June 22, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
  88. Renee Peoria,Ill

    I would like to hope that the character of the person running is more important than religious belief. After all, religious belief has feuled more than a few crazies: David Koresh, Islamic jihadists & suicide bombers and the like. It's not the religion, it's the person practicing the religion. The more ignorant in this country are still trying to blame all of Islam for 911, but you can't hold everyone responsible for the actions of a few. Too bad we haven't all learned that lesson yet. In the end I don't think being a Mormon will be as damaging as the more important question – Will you tax the rich?

    June 22, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
  89. Bill

    Not that the beliefs held by adherents of the "mainstream" religions are not off the mark, but Mormon beliefs seem particularly... odd. If you have never read the Book of Mormon, I suggest you do so. Anyone who seriously maintains that the stories contained in that book are true should never be allowed to hold public office, much less be President of the U.S..

    It is a sound tenant of this country that one cannot be prevented from running for President because of their religious beliefs. Nevertheless, Huntsman (and Romney) should have to explain, clearly and cogently, how they can be a member of the Mormon religion.

    June 22, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
  90. Nate,

    Jack, as a Mormon, i would just like to point out that I am more concerned with their stance on issues that impact me as a voter. What I hope for, is that though their campaigns, that they will reflect positive values and not settle for bottom dealing tactics like the majority of politicians. Bottom line, I don't care if there is a Mormon in the Whitehouse, but I do care if they choose to let some of our beliefs slide in favor of wooing voters.

    June 22, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
  91. Karl in Flint

    This is similar to the Catholic question when JFK was running in 1960. The difference being, Jack Kennedy beat the odds with charisma. Of the two Mormons in the race now, Huntsman might have a chance. He isn’t as stuffed shirt as Mitt Romney. That said, it won’t be either of them.

    June 22, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
  92. Brian Wickremasinghe - Woodland Hills

    Unfortunately yes. As much as USA has progressed over the years, it still has a long way to go. The mere fact that we are debating this issue proves it. Although some people thought that Barack Obama and John F. Kennedy may not make it, they both had charisma and charm. They were both articulate, to a point where the voters forgot color and religion. More over Barak Obama had an advantage of coming after "Eight Bush years".

    June 22, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
  93. Lori - PA

    Jack,

    Unless Romey's, and Huntsman's, religious beliefs factor into the legislation they pass, or have passed, then why is this question even being asked? Again. It would be nice if the media, and politicans running for office, would stick to the issues that really matter such as the economy and unemployment.

    June 22, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
  94. MN

    It will play a factor, especially if the whole religious aspect as a whole is jammed down our throats. And I also think that with that and the same-sec marriage issues together will also put a damper on votes, especially with all the controversy with the Mormon religion and influence it holds with the subject.

    I dont see a few of the characters being President... then again.. Obama is there now right?

    I think people will also take a closer look into who they will be voting for this time around and not be suckered into a vote just to be screwed over in the end.... JMO

    June 22, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
  95. joe NM

    Why not we elected a Moron the last election, no possible way to elect anyone with less values and experience!!!

    June 22, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
  96. Patrick Lewis

    Not the one's on offer, No, and it has nothing to do with their religion. I could care less if a leader worshiped the Flying Spaghetti Monster if that person would lead us forward. Both Romney and Huntsman are following flawed ideals and flawed logic that would lead us back to where we were before the first world war. That's not where we need to be.

    June 22, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
  97. Doug

    As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I don't think that a member of our church can be elected as president no matter how well qualified he or she might be for the position. I look at the article and the comments and it is very clear that people don't take time to find out what we actually believe. Just look at ImALibertarian's comment at 1:56p.m., where does he or she get talking snakes from the teachings? I don't know any thing about talking snakes (except maybe from Genesis and the story of Adam and Eve). Or Bill Maher's comments about Joseph Smith, which have no truth in them. Just a general lack of desire to find out what the LDS church teaches ensures that there will never be a Mormon president.

    June 22, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
  98. Phil Boynton

    There is no religious test for any candidate seeking any office, especially the Presidency of the United States.

    June 22, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
  99. Mike in Pekin, IL

    In 1960, there were those who were shocked by the election of a Catholic. In 1980, we were shocked by the election of an actor. in 2000 we elected a man was charged with a DUI, and in 2008 we elected our first Black President. Each time, we say the same thing. "Are we really ready for this?" My question is, "Why does it matter, and what does it have to do with their ability to lead the nation?"

    June 22, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
  100. Sara

    General speaking, I do not think it makes a difference what religion someone is. A persons religion should not interfere with any decision making. There is a fine line here as to what their beliefs are due to religion or the way they were raised in the family unit. There are always people out there who think it does make a difference and some don't. Depends on who you talk to and how misinformed they are and who they believe.

    June 22, 2011 at 5:31 pm |
  101. John, Fort Collins, CO

    After reading the best selling book "Under The Banner of Heaven", I am having trouble deciding if the Mormons are a religion or a cult. It appears their leaders have gone to great lengths to bury the past to try to fit in with mainstream religions.

    June 22, 2011 at 5:32 pm |
  102. Arlen from Pocatello, ID

    Yes and no, Jack. It will be a factor, but not as much as people think it will be. Right now, people are hung up on Romney and Huntsman's religion but once the primaries are over and, assuming one of them emerges victorious, the real election begins. Religion is not going to be a factor when going up against Obama because who REALLY knows Obama's religion anyways? The real factor in this coming election will be the economy.

    June 22, 2011 at 5:32 pm |
  103. Matthew - Alabama

    the far left liberals want to take your freedom (ie: no guns for any reason)... the far right conservatives want to take your freedom (ie: no abortions for any reason)... Mormons tend to be more moderate conservative... maybe they put freedom of others above self-interest more often than the extremes... they call it agency.... sounds very American.....

    June 22, 2011 at 5:33 pm |
  104. John B

    No! not in 2012 or 2016 or 2020 maybe in 2024

    June 22, 2011 at 5:33 pm |
  105. Mike

    It's absolutely amazing that the question even needs to be asked. I'm shocked at the level prejudice people have.

    Republicans try to talk about having a "big tent". In reality it is a "small tent". If you're not white and Protestant, they'll take your vote and act like they respect you, but that's about it.

    Mike from California

    June 22, 2011 at 5:33 pm |
  106. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    A Mormon would have a better chance of being elected if he/she were a Democrat. Democrats don't seem to be as judgemental when it comes to ones religious beliefs.

    June 22, 2011 at 5:33 pm |
  107. Nancy, Tennessee

    In 1960 we wondered how could a Catholic become President. Everyone loved JFK. We are much more tolerant now than we were then of all religious beliefs. Mitt Romney may have a tough time becoming President, but it will not be because he is a Mormon.

    June 22, 2011 at 5:33 pm |
  108. Seth Stein

    A Mormon should be able to be elected president of the US because it is not about religion it is about how he or she will run this country. But thanks to our closed minded citizens many people probably will not vote for them even if they have the same views.

    June 22, 2011 at 5:34 pm |
  109. Avatar

    Mormonism will be an issue if media proposes it as an issue. Without media proding, Romney will lose not because he is a mormon but because he lacks an engaging personality. Lets face it, the guy puts people to sleep. This will be his last plausible run.

    June 22, 2011 at 5:34 pm |
  110. Wes

    Correction, Romney was a lay bishop over a "ward" or congregation, and then as a "stake president", responsible for several wards and their bishops.

    June 22, 2011 at 5:35 pm |
  111. Jeff In Minnesota

    Why not Jack? JFK was Catholic and they said he couldn't be elected and was. What is to stop a Mormon? I would like we are beyond that in the US to think that a person's religion is a reason they cannot hold elective office, even the Presidency.

    June 22, 2011 at 5:35 pm |
  112. NoWay

    When religion becomes a corner stone of political rhetoric, that individual is not qualified. When there is too much 'loyalty' to personal beliefs and not enough attention to the constitution, that individual is suspect.

    June 22, 2011 at 5:35 pm |
  113. Randy

    Funny look at all of theses people coming out to try to run for president they all have secerts in there closets someone just needs to dig them up

    June 22, 2011 at 5:35 pm |
  114. Pat in Rutherfordton, NC

    Not if he needs the Bible Belt, he can't.

    June 22, 2011 at 5:35 pm |
  115. Stephen Dofelmier

    Considering the options,I'd rater vore for a Mormon rater then the current list of GOP Morans.

    June 22, 2011 at 5:35 pm |
  116. Ronda (from Canastota, NY)

    Obama didn't run on his ethnicity, and he won in 2008. JFK was a Catholic and he won in 1960. Why? Because they became popular. They knew how to speak effectively to a religiously and racially-diverse public and win the people's confidence in their ability to run this country. If they could do it, so could any other candidate with that same ability, regardless of religion. Conversely, my religion or lack thereof has nothing to do with the way I vote.

    June 22, 2011 at 5:36 pm |
  117. Evan in Lawrence, Kansas

    Jack, I feel like this question will be asked about any presidential hopeful who has some minority affiliation. Personally, I feel that a presidential candidate should be intelligent and his/her religion should not be revealed. Religion is what causes wars. Yes, that may be a very simplistic statement. However, almost every single war in modern history has had some religious motivation or hatred. I would like to see an atheist run in the United States. Unfortunately, he/she would never be elected president. Americans find more validation in knowing a potential leader believes in and worships a deity than in knowing a potential leader actually has the satisfactory intelligence and (get this) potential to lead a country. American politics is an absolute joke. Too bad no country exists on this planet in which its citizens collectively are competent...

    June 22, 2011 at 5:36 pm |
  118. Meki60

    Obama is a Muslim, what's the difference?

    June 22, 2011 at 5:37 pm |
  119. Hank

    Quote from Sarah Palin" Paul Revere warned the British that they couldn't take away our guns and he rode through the country side ring bells and firing warning shots". It would be impossible to ride a horse, ring bells, shot a gun, re load a musket–What a joke. Better Mormon than a Moron.

    June 22, 2011 at 5:38 pm |
  120. Meki60

    How is it different from having a Muslim?

    June 22, 2011 at 5:39 pm |
  121. Nikki

    I don't give a hoot what religion the GOP candidate is – America can't take 4 more years of Obamanomics and nanny-gate government. Our pursuit of happiness was lost the minute they took office and started their "Do as we say not as we do" government.

    June 22, 2011 at 5:39 pm |
  122. Jonn Jonzz

    Mormonism is a cult like Peoples Temple, not a God given religion. Jim Jones is laughing in his grave!!

    June 22, 2011 at 5:40 pm |
  123. Ed

    All religion is a fairy tale and equally wrong as the tooth fairy, so why not...?
    Waiting for a intelligent Atheist to run.

    June 22, 2011 at 5:40 pm |
  124. Ancient Texan

    I suspect that question is a lot more important to the media than to the voters. At this stage in our nation, I don't think many voters will be swayed by the better candidate's religion.

    June 22, 2011 at 5:40 pm |
  125. Wes

    If the Mormon religion "tag" gets in the way of Romney or Huntsman becoming president, tally another win for bigotry in America.

    There are enough blatant misunderstandings around Mormonism, however, that I wouldn't be surprised at all if the United States, in the 21st century, couldn't handle a Mormon President.

    June 22, 2011 at 5:41 pm |
  126. M

    Why not, the current President does not have a religion anyway.

    June 22, 2011 at 5:41 pm |
  127. david

    I would be happy if the United States could have a president that has no connections to the Bilderberg Group, the Council on Foreign Relations, and who doesn't fill his administration with former employees of Goldman Sachs and Wall Street.

    David

    Illinois

    June 22, 2011 at 5:41 pm |
  128. Wes, Houston

    If the Mormon religion "tag" gets in the way of Romney or Huntsman becoming president, tally another win for bigotry in America.

    There are enough blatant misunderstandings around Mormonism, however, that I wouldn't be surprised at all if the people of the United States in the 21st century couldn't handle a Mormon President.

    June 22, 2011 at 5:42 pm |
  129. Neil in Pittsburgh

    A Mormon candidate has a better chance at the Republican nomination this year than a Jewish, Buddhist or Muslim candidate would any time. There are too many of the Republican base who believe that belief in Jesus is more important than morals, ethics or other beliefs. Jews are the ones that "killed Christ" so they can't be trusted, Buddhists believe in the divinity of everyone (and they don't fight wars), and Muslims, well they are the current straw/boogyman of the right since no Muslim can be "trusted" not to be a terrorist.

    June 22, 2011 at 5:42 pm |
  130. Kim Smith

    Probably not that bad, as long as their not a Republican. I'd rather see an Atheist in office though, separation of church and state and all that. The only agenda a president should have is the welfare of the people, no political party involvement or religious constraints.

    June 22, 2011 at 5:42 pm |
  131. Brian Wickremasinghe - Woodland Hills

    I meant unfortunately No.

    June 22, 2011 at 5:44 pm |
  132. james

    Hey i don't care one bit if a mormon is elected president,just not a Jehova Witness.If the person is capable , intelligent. and can lead this country out of this endless depression, and don't let China be leading the world shortly.i'm all for it . If Mitt Romney were elected i believe it would be a good choice. Listen, who would ever have thought we'd have an African American president , i would have voted for Colin Powell if he had run. It's not Obamas entire fault either the country was a mess when he took office and is is just to inexperienced to start getting us back on track.He's tryed and not done very well. If a mormon president can get us in the right direction go for it.

    June 22, 2011 at 5:44 pm |
  133. Jim Trotter

    Yes, I believe that Mitt Romney can be elected. As a Catholic, I like his business sense, commited family value, awareness of what is going on in the world and his love for his and my Country. He pulled an Olympic program that was deep in debt and turned it into the black. Now that is my kind of leader!!

    June 22, 2011 at 5:44 pm |
  134. Nurse Lisa in Shelton CT

    no – mormonism has too many aberrant and conflicting tenets for the GOP Christians to ignore.

    June 22, 2011 at 5:45 pm |
  135. lynnej in nc

    I think it shouldn't matter about one's religion, race, gender or sexual orientation. The only thing that should matter is whether or not if that person can effectively do the job of being a President for ALL instead of a select few of 'wanting their country back.'

    But with the country as polarized as it is, mostly through overactive imaginations, people are mental. They'll vote for anybody regardless of capability just to get the first black President out of office and go so far as to not compromise on legislation to make it happen.

    June 22, 2011 at 5:45 pm |
  136. Ron Schraer

    I've worked with Mormons and I have nothing but respect for them. They have an outstanding work ethic and they are true to their word. They command trust and respect. The recent Bloomberg Business Week article points out the wisdom of their training and experience as young men. With the need for leadership today, why not elect one if he is the best qualified for the country?

    June 22, 2011 at 5:45 pm |
  137. Kate in San Jose

    A Mormon would get elected much easier than an atheist, in spite off our constitutional guarantee of a separation between the powers of the state and any religion or creed. Americans would have an easier time dealing with a candidate who believed in SOME form of god as opposed to one who did not believe at all. This attitude encourages candidates for all public office to at least pretend to believe in god. I find that sad and discouraging.

    I'm going back to sleep now, Jack. Wake me up when a candidate's religion (or lack thereof) just doesn't matter.

    June 22, 2011 at 5:45 pm |
  138. Emma

    it seems that religion is so much bigger an issue today than ever before. Why can't a Mormon be president, why can't a Black man, or a Jew or a Muslim? Was or was not the US founded so that people could worship how they liked without being discriminated against? To be their own people? It seems the US is being compromised for "individuals freedom", wanting to do what they want while tearing apart the very fabric that holds together this great country. Religion VS America, that seems to be our new motto, that Atheism is the only way to go... Its so stupid. People should worship who, where, or what they want according to the dictates of their own conscience. (Thats a piece of Mormon beliefs by the way, Articles of Faith) It just seems that all thats good, and just and fair is being lost, and the US is sinking with them.

    June 22, 2011 at 5:46 pm |
  139. ken, atlantic city, nj

    yes why not. the voters elected a lying war monger muslim.

    June 22, 2011 at 5:46 pm |
  140. DaveN

    In my opinion, people will vote for someone they know and trust, despite racial, gender, or religious issues. Many might have polled as refusing to vote for a black presidential candidate, but over the course of the campaign, they got to know, like, and trust Barak Obama as a man.

    So, I think that despite what they say now, most would vote for a Mormon if they got to know and trust him enough to view him as a good presidential candidate.

    It's my view that a really good centrist candidate could give President Obama an unwelcome surprise, due to the fact that he's so disappointed his supporters on issues like government transparency and Guantanamo, while continuing and defending the assault on our rights that began under the previous administration.

    June 22, 2011 at 5:47 pm |
  141. Dr.Tong

    Mormonism is not a Christian religion. Its Book of Mormon is senior to the Bible for Mormons, much as the Koran is for Muslims. However, its beliefs don't bother me. What concerns me is that Mormons LIE about what they believe and keep it a secret. I will not vote for anyone who lies to me.

    June 22, 2011 at 5:47 pm |
  142. Bob

    Jack,

    The answer is yes, IF.

    IF Romney or Huntsman win early in the primaries, then the conservative right with come onboard because they will do anything to see that President Obama does not win a second term.

    I believe, this time around religion is out the window. For the Republicans it is the defeat of the President over every other issues. It's a given the economy will remain as it is now come 2012 so religion won't have that much to do with it.

    June 22, 2011 at 5:47 pm |
  143. Anthony from Cadiz Ohio

    Thats one of the main problems with the United States. We actually have to take time to ask questions like this. If we could all look past religion, color, etc, then we could focus on the more important issues that actually affect us. With that said, yes, a mormon could be elected. We will just put up with a few months or years of the issue being debated.

    June 22, 2011 at 5:47 pm |
  144. Bauer

    I am saddened that we can even ask this question. In a day and age where we as Americans believe ourselves to be open minded and fair this is awful. Most people in this country know a Mormon and they also know that Mormon's for the most past are honest, trust worthy, family oriented and patriotic. Tell me what is wrong with any of that. Yes, some people are to ignorant or short sighted to see that all because Mormon beliefs are different than the millions of other Christian churches that all fight each other about who'e wrong or who'e right the Mormons don't get involved with all of that. They just go about their business believing in Jesus Christ and have slowly become the fastest growing church in the world by conversion, not birth which says a lot about their message. Would we rather have a Southern Baptist that cheats on his Methodist wife in the oval office? Maybe a President raised muslim but now practices Christianity from a preacher that is anti american. I for one would be happy to have a man or woman of any faith in the White House as long as they actually believe and act upon their faith. So yes, It would be refreshing to have a man of faith like Romney to be elected president.

    June 22, 2011 at 5:49 pm |
  145. Chad

    Why not? We elected Obama knowing full well what type of church he attended for 20 years in Chicago.

    June 22, 2011 at 5:49 pm |
  146. Bill in PA

    Jack,
    One would hope we are long past meaningless differences of or even lack of religion.
    BUT, that is not the case. Those with limited abilities dwell on these trivial differences while missing the facts of the need for common sense and truth in our political system.
    De-criminalize drugs: save

    June 22, 2011 at 5:50 pm |
  147. andyz Lynn, MA

    We elected a Catholic to the presidency and we were sure that all Catholics have to obey orders from the pope. Mormon, sure why not. I'm just not ready for a Muslim.

    June 22, 2011 at 5:51 pm |
  148. Michael

    I ready for the US to be able to accept a leader, heck even a dog catcher, that isn't religious!

    June 22, 2011 at 5:52 pm |
  149. Emily

    Mormons believe that family is the cornerstone of a happy life. Mormons believe that honesty must be maintained with all of their fellow men. Mormons believe in service and good works. Mormons believe in hard work and independence. Regardless of religion, aren't these the traits we are looking for in a national leader?

    Emily, Washington DC

    June 22, 2011 at 5:52 pm |
  150. Jerry

    Unfortunately, religion does influence many voters. In a perfect world one's religion, or lack of, should make no difference. It's truly sad that this country is so intolerant of people who do not fit the Christian ideal. If an atheist were 100% qualified to be president, he would be crucified if he decided to run. Freedom of religion only applies when one fits very narrowly defined criteria!

    June 22, 2011 at 5:54 pm |
  151. MNindy

    I wish sex, race and religion were no factors in our politics, but it isn't the case. I have read so many blogs slamming Barack Obama because he is black. I remember hearing folks slam Geraldine Ferraro because she was a woman, Pat Buchannan gets slammed because he is an Evangelical, Bush Got slammed for his ties to the fundamentlist church. Race and sex will not usually affect a candidates governing overtly so since America is made up of Blacks, Whites, Hispanics, Asians and Women of any race. The LDS is a smaller portion of our society yet they have a huge PR machine trying to convince everyone they are "just like one of us". The fact is if you have to wear your religion on your sleeve you are probably bringing the wrong shirt to the WH. Leave Religion out of it, Leave Religous doctrine and theology OUT of our politics. If any candidate claims more than just X-tian, Buddhist, Mormon, Hindu as their background and actually push an agenda they are NO GOOD in my book.

    June 22, 2011 at 5:54 pm |
  152. Jake in Salt Lake City, UT

    Out of the 52 answers thus far, I'm left scratching my head. I'm not sure half even knew what the question from Jack was. Therefore, I have reposted it below:

    Here’s my question to you: Can a Mormon be elected President of the United States?

    My answer: Yes, because it's looking more and more like a Mormon will be the GOP candidate. I'm hoping it's Huntsman. For Republicans, that will leave them the following voting options come election day: 1) Vote for a Mormon 2) No vote, 3) Vote for an insignificant, no-name independent, or 4) Vote for Barack Obama (highly unlikely).

    Jake – Non-Mormon in SLC, UT

    June 22, 2011 at 5:54 pm |
  153. Dan

    Jack,

    I think he'd have a better chance if he weren't a religious Mormon. Mormonism deviates fom traditional Christianity on many points theologically and was founded by a man (Joseph Smith) who is widely regarded by many to have been a self-serving false prophet, who was only interested in slaking his own desires. Remember several years ago when several professors at Brigham Young resigned because it came out that Smith had falsely translated the Eyptian "Book of the Dead" as "lost" book of the Bible called the "Boof of Abraham"?

    June 22, 2011 at 5:55 pm |
  154. Mike

    of course a Mormon can be elected President...show us a better candidate than Romney and Huntsman and you'll see it happen!

    June 22, 2011 at 5:55 pm |
  155. Donald in New Mexico

    No. Religious prejudice is the strongest of all prejudice. Religious tolerance does not exist.

    June 22, 2011 at 5:56 pm |
  156. Mel B

    Absolutely.
    I live in Los Angeles and I voted against Prop 8, a proposition funded by the Mormon Church in UTAH, to keep a ban on gay marriage in CA. I still can't figure out how interests in another state made it on our ballot. Should religion be a factor? No. And those who vote based on a candidate's religion have violated their own Constitution. If you willingly smite the Constitution for your own interests, are you still considered an American? "You betcha!" But you shouldn't.

    June 22, 2011 at 5:56 pm |
  157. AL

    Discriminating against someone based on religion is a form of bigotry, and I find the premise of this article highly offensive. I am more concerned with the substantive qualifications of a presidential candidate, as opposed to his or her religious beliefs (or lack thereof). I find it deeply disturbing that 22 percent of Americans polled by Gallup would not vote for a candidate based on religion, in this case Mormonism.

    June 22, 2011 at 5:56 pm |
  158. Lisa

    The people who are content to judge a candidate based on worn out stereotypes about that candidate's religion, ethnicity, etc instead of the candidate's background, accomplishments, and character will probably be the ones who have trouble voting for a Mormon (or a member of any other group they are ignorant of).

    June 22, 2011 at 5:56 pm |
  159. JENNA

    Can a Mormon be elected President of the United States?

    Since the Evangleical Christians don't even recognize Mormonism as a Christian religion, I seriously doubt it. Even Romney and Huntsman won't discuss their religion and you'd be hard pressed for ANY Mormon to discuss their faith. I guess that is why they are seen as a CULT like Muslims.

    Romney and Huntsman would have a better chance at nomination as atheists.

    Jenna
    Roseville CA

    June 22, 2011 at 5:56 pm |
  160. Bill in PA

    Jack,
    One would hope we are long past meaningless differences of or even lack of religion.
    BUT, that is not the case. Those with limited abilities dwell on these trivial differences while missing the facts of the need for common sense and truth in our political system.
    De-criminalize drugs: save billions in the failed war on drugs, save Mexico as a nation, stop the cash income to the African war lords and defund the Taliban etc. Save billions on US prison costs.

    Rescind tax cuts stop deficits.

    Stop wars against those who did nothing to us and pose no threat to us.

    June 22, 2011 at 5:57 pm |
  161. Tim

    Jack,

    I'm not so sure but I'd like to think someone's religion is a non-issue and therefore being elected President is possible. Religion will always matter as long as some feeble minded people focus on what makes us different rather than what makes us the same. Some celebrate differences while others use them to invoke fear and divide.

    Tim
    Oceanside, CA

    June 22, 2011 at 5:57 pm |
  162. Cameron Howell

    Jack, it's absurd that people would refuse to vote for a candidate strictly due to his/her religion (be it Mormon, Catholic, Muslim, or Atheist). People should have to pass a basic civics test in order to vote – kind of like a driver's license. I wouldn't get in a car with someone who hasn't shown the capability to operate a vehicle safely, but unfortunately, we're strapped in and Uncle Sam just threw them the keys.

    June 22, 2011 at 5:58 pm |
  163. Tracie

    Mitt Romney will be a great President! I can't wait until Gov. Romney debates Obama in Econ 101. The Master schooling little Barack.

    June 22, 2011 at 6:00 pm |
  164. Paulette in Dallas,PA

    It wouldn't bother me. I'm interested in a person who can get this country back on its' feet again ,restore the American Dream,create jobs,end these senseless wars and represent us appropriately abroad. How this person worships in their private is exactly that – private.

    June 22, 2011 at 6:01 pm |
  165. Tawanda

    I guess if the phobic can't overcome their ignorance of people with a proven track record of building up America by creating some of our most beautiful and livable cities in several states; of people who serve in high numbers in the military, who cherish and pursue higher education and value family as the ultimate success, then I guess a Mormon can't be elected in the US.

    June 22, 2011 at 6:01 pm |
  166. wmcmullin

    What does it matter if a president is Mormon or another religion. I would rather elect a president who was faithful in his own religion than one that wasn't. It would be nice to elect a man with a moral compass and family values. This country needs help and if the family continues to take hits it has, I believe we are in trouble.
    The family is the stength of this nations.

    I'm going to vote for a man who cares.

    June 22, 2011 at 6:03 pm |
  167. Dale Kerns Jr

    Mr. Cafferty,

    Whomever Bilderberg wants to be President will become President. Romney is not even close to eing the best President, but with some back door dealings he could be on his way even if he claims to change to Al Qaeda!!! I do not care if you deliver babies, make pizzas, are mormon, or claim to be a patriot but vote for the patriot act, Bilderberg will have their way.

    Dale, PA

    June 22, 2011 at 6:03 pm |
  168. Eric Roberts

    Eric from Lisle, IL

    Mormons don't seem to know how to separate government from religion. So I would say no...just like i would say no to any fundamentalist sect of any faith who feels the need to shove religion down people's throats via illegal legislation.

    June 22, 2011 at 6:03 pm |
  169. Big Al

    There should be only one religion and that is MORMON. Hopefully, it will be the law to convert. No other religions in the USA.

    Please Sarah Palin run for president. America needs you. We love you and Bristol.

    June 22, 2011 at 6:04 pm |
  170. Joe from Massachusetts

    Religions don't unite us, the divide us. The day my voting decision is made based on religion will be the day an Athiest is running. Someone who's thinking is uncluttered by any religion. Remember the separation of church and state? Let's bring that back!!!

    June 22, 2011 at 6:05 pm |
  171. Carl

    Jack,

    Sure a Mormon can get elected, they can lie, steal, cheat just as well as all the other corrupt politicians running our country into the ground.

    June 22, 2011 at 6:05 pm |
  172. Susan

    I don't think a Mormon will ever be elected president of the United States in my life time. If the American public becomes aware of a Mormon person's beliefs, they would be appalled. They call themselves Christians, but they are not. Mormons do not believe in the trinity. They believe Jesus walked the earth post resurrection and if they do a good job on earth, they too can become Gods. This is just the tip of the iceberg. This Country was founded on Judeo Christian beliefs – it would go against those beliefs to have a Mormon president. If Romney or Huntsman got their party's nomination, all of their beliefs would be exposed and they would lose the election. Never happen.

    June 22, 2011 at 6:05 pm |
  173. Meg

    First ,I'm confused why people still seem to believe that "mormons" are not christians. You do realize that the name of the church is "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints" right? Second, people should not be put-off by mormons. From all my experiences, they are kind, honest, and hard-working people. Just because their religion might be different (and honestly, not that different if you'd do a little research) does not mean that they cannot lead effectively. Mitt Romney SHOULD be given the chance to be elected president. Huntsman, on the other hand, should not. He is a fool, and in my book, the ultimate quitter. He quit being governor of utah to be ambassador, and then quit being ambassador to run for president. Can he finish anything he starts? This shows that just because they are they same religion, they are not the same person. It's the same as any other religion. Come on people, move into the 21st century with the rest of us.

    June 22, 2011 at 6:06 pm |
  174. humanist

    Do we really want someone who believes in a cult religion to be our leader? No. For that matter, do we really need any one who believes in superstition as a basis for making decisions about this country. No. It's time to turn toward logic, compassion and intelligence as our yardsticks.

    June 22, 2011 at 6:07 pm |
  175. Rodocko

    It can only matter if the state is close. It's not a popular vote.

    June 22, 2011 at 6:07 pm |
  176. Paulo

    Sure a Mormon could be elected president of the United States, just not these 2 Mormons.

    June 22, 2011 at 6:07 pm |
  177. Harry from Pa

    I think anything is possible however, people are biased and still judgemental. Religion should always be seperate from state. What matter is what is going to be done. However, What Romney should know if he is a religious person is, "he without sin, let them cast the first stone." After all Romney Care was before Obamacare.

    June 22, 2011 at 6:08 pm |
  178. keith in ky.

    Sure can,we've just elected a moron, anythings possible

    June 22, 2011 at 6:08 pm |
  179. Josiah

    For those that scream for seperation of church and state religion shouldn't be a matter for election. You would be contradicting your ownselves. For the rest, religion, family, place of residence, schooling, job/career, friends all shape who we are now and become. To ask a person to limit who they are because of what they are is not permitting us to be who we are granted to be, American. Blood was streamed from the hearts of souls from all creeds in this nation for this nation. Those precious drops have water the grounds and sands across the globe for the sake that all peoples will have the chance for greatness. Our very basic laws were pen in ink derived from those very streams of blood. In death of braver was life given to this nation. Let no person deam what is propper for presidency. Let what he aimes to do for the nation be the voting consideration and not what has made him. We are all free, don't forget that.

    June 22, 2011 at 6:10 pm |
  180. Jason

    Separation of church and state in the US was affirmed by the Supreme Court but obviously never really accepted and embraced by the masses. The US is still mired in medieval, theocratic, Talibanesque thinking or more aptly feelings. To even point out that X presidential candidate is Morman or Catholic, etc. proves this. That the US is truly ready for unbiased electoral democracy is still in doubt. A work in progress? Maybe. A done deal? Hardly.

    June 22, 2011 at 6:11 pm |
  181. J.

    Jack,

    The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the Members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution; but no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.

    Does this sum it up enough for everyone?

    Article VI, paragraph 3, Constitution of the United States.

    June 22, 2011 at 6:11 pm |
  182. jean2009

    Religion shouldn't matter...it is their philosophy of governing that counts.

    We absolutely do not need another Republican president for a very long time, we haven't recouped from the last one. He can worship however he pleases; just as long as he is not a Republican.

    June 22, 2011 at 6:11 pm |
  183. Daniel

    It will be a factor simply because of the fact that so many people are ignorant and honestly have no idea what the LDS (Mormon) Church teaches besides what their preachers have told them to think. Even the comments on this board show the huge amount of ignorance that exists regarding the Church. The name of the Church is "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints" We believe in Christ and we are Christians. The Church helps more people throughout the world than probably almost all other Christian Churches combined. Romney or Huntsman would be great presidents, unfortunately the ignorance of the American Voter will shine through and prevent that more than likely from happening.

    June 22, 2011 at 6:15 pm |
  184. Matt

    Jack,

    No, no, no. I'm not sure anyone who claims a religion as their 'guiding compass' deserves to be in power! If you look to an invisible man for guidance, perhaps you didn't study enough in school. The only reason to claim any religion in politics is to get the endorsements of those constituents. Not to make sound decisions.

    Matt,

    San Diego, CA

    June 22, 2011 at 6:16 pm |
  185. Jen

    I would not vote for a Mormon. I live in Utah and the LDS church runs the state. From the liquor laws to the underwear and don't forget the politicians .

    June 22, 2011 at 6:17 pm |
  186. Julius Lariviere, Moose Jaw, SK, Canada

    I wonder, would a candidate who considered themselves an atheist get elected? The results would be very interesting to see if someone who thinks God does not exist would fare in a Presidential election. Its a sad state of affairs that Americans would elect a leader based solely on his religious views....

    June 22, 2011 at 6:17 pm |
  187. Bill

    Not if the Mormon's name is Mitt...

    June 22, 2011 at 6:18 pm |
  188. dsmith

    If you know any Mormons you will know they have a reputation for 2 thing- FAMILY and BUSINESS. Their faith is big on family/parenting and they are know as hard-working ethical business people. 2 things this county hasn't seen in decades- I'd vote for a mormon!

    June 22, 2011 at 6:18 pm |
  189. Dave MN

    I doubt a Mormon could be elected President, because Mormonism embraces many far-right ideologies, overlaps with another group of rar right leaning folks – the evangelical Christians. The bad news for Romney and Huntsman is that the evangelicals make up a good part of the far-right base, but they don't trust Mormons. Many evangelicals consider Mormonism to be a cult, and they certainly don't want a cult member for President, even if they do like their political views. A Mormon candidate will therefore lose a good part of their right wing support that is essential to electing a far-right candidate. Without that, they are unelectable.

    This is just a piece of the political drama being played out as the Republicans, now captive to the Tea Party, struggles to define themselves. As a progressive, I'm loving the circular firing squad formed by the far right. Between the insanity of Bachmann, the uneducated Palin (Sarah, tell me about Paul Revere, again please...) , and the pair of Mormons in contention, it should be an interesting 2012. Add to the mix the far-right's attacks on gays, on immigrants, and on Social Security and Medicare, and it's hard to see what their base is really comprised of, other than the ultra-rich, who the Republicans tell us need yet ANOTHER tax cut. Poor babies, I really ache for the poor billionaires who have to pay taxes at a rate higher than the rest of us.

    Buckle your seat belts. It's going to be a banner election year.

    June 22, 2011 at 6:20 pm |
  190. Doug Ericson

    Yes, of couse we could elect a Moron. Doug.

    June 22, 2011 at 6:20 pm |
  191. David

    A Mormon would have a harder time being nominated for president by the Republican Party than elected President of the United States. The general electorate of the country is far more tolerant of diversity than the socially conservative.

    June 22, 2011 at 6:20 pm |
  192. james

    To a lot of people in this country religion and race are still very important.My comment is people ,we're a land of diverse cultures. race and religions. Stop acting like were not.I don't care what color, religion,or gender that person is. We're all americans and whoever gets elected , mormon , jew, catholic , or methodist which is what i am i don't really care. We just need some one with experience, and a strong leader who has to make some tough decisions.This country right now is one big mess.The debt we're going to leave our kids and grandkids is staggering.Obama means well and makes great speeches but at this time in this countrys history we need a tough leader . If he's mormon i could care less .

    June 22, 2011 at 6:21 pm |
  193. Common Cents from Washington, DC

    A Mormon for President?!?

    Why not?

    We elected a clown for two terms (George W. Bush)...

    June 22, 2011 at 6:21 pm |
  194. James Bishop

    I hope not. I don't want anyone within arms reach of the red telephone that thinks he or she is more safe than others due to the special underwear they have on, to say nothing of the planet they expect to get after they die.

    June 22, 2011 at 6:22 pm |
  195. Mike - Greensboro NC

    Mormon church members have represented the government as Senators, House Reps, Judges, and Cabinet Members. Why should the Presidency be any different?

    June 22, 2011 at 6:22 pm |
  196. Kyle from Michigan

    I'd rather have a Mormon, then the moron we have now!

    June 22, 2011 at 6:22 pm |
  197. Dana in Georgia

    i would vote for a muslim before i'd vote for a mormon.

    June 22, 2011 at 6:22 pm |
  198. dsmith

    if the majority of americans could elect someone who is black and whose religion is far more controversial then Mormonism I don't see why they couldn't elect a mormon-just not Huntsmann! Look at thegreat job he did for us with China!!!!!!

    June 22, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
  199. Scott, Phoenix AZ

    Can a Morman be elected president? Why not?
    We elected a Moron, and he served two terms!

    June 22, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
  200. Mary Murray

    Absolutely! Mormons are Christians. They have high moral standards–which we definitely need in Washington.

    June 22, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
  201. ClearSolution

    "No, because religion is separate from government."

    What country do you live in? Christians push their will on the masses every day.

    "Whenever someone runs for President it doesn't matter what religion they are the American people only care about what they can do."

    I am an atheist. You will never, ever, see an atheist president. Someone who doesn't base their action on, or constantly thank, a big invisible man in the sky running the country? The religious right will never have it.

    The problem is that Mormons are brainwashed from day 1 not to defy the church. Do you think for one second they wont abuse that brainwashing to push their religions agenda?

    June 22, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
  202. Curt from Holladay, Utah

    I am a lifelong Utah Mormon, but have lived abroad and studied other cultures and religions extensively. I feel that I am very open-minded. I adopted a child from India and married a Bhuddist Asian. I respect all people and feel enlightened by people from all walks of life. I wish others would take the time to study Mormonism in detail before making harsh, ridiculous judgements about us. We believe in being honest, loyal, and in doing good to all mankind. In short, we look to Christ and try hard to follow his teachings. Are we perfect? Of course not. No one is. We are taught that there must be a distinct separation of church and state. We are encouraged to vote according to our own conscience, and not along religiious lines. Can a Mormon or any other qualified person of good moral character be elected president of the United States? I have enough confidence in my fellow Americans to say, YES!!

    June 22, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
  203. John P. Slevin

    A Mormon might not be an improvement over what we've had but he or she could not be any worse.

    June 22, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
  204. Laurel - Miramichi, NB, CANADA

    If a moron can be elected POTUS (the wordsmith savant known as "G. Dummy"), then the door should be wide open for a Mormon.

    June 22, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
  205. Claudine from Miami

    Who cares if he's a mormon. He can be green, white, red, or black. As long as he can fix the economy, and create jobs its fine by me. He can be a buddhist monk for all I care. If he can get the job done he's got my vote!

    June 22, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
  206. Doug Ericson

    Yes, the more Mormoms the better. Doug.

    June 22, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
  207. Katie

    If he is true to his religion, I think his healthy lifestyle would send a strong message to a nation that is becoming enslaved to drugs and addictions of every kind.

    June 22, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
  208. Rich Baker Ontario Canada

    Duh!! there has allwayz been a Moron in the Whytehous

    June 22, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
  209. Nardo Cape Coral FL

    it's very sad that people in America which touts freedom of religion still looks at Mormons as cult members, yes Freedom of religion but not free to do as they want, President probably not.

    June 22, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
  210. Derek

    Remember when people asked if a black man could be president? Anything is possible, I think the majority of the people judge a candidate by policies and character more than anything else. Times have changed.

    June 22, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
  211. Mark

    While I'd like to think religion and government are separate, people will tend to vote for the guy who matches their own beliefs. This leads to fun statements like "god wants us to spread democracy in Iraq".

    Whether or not you believe in a divine creator, I think we can all agree that Mormonism, Scientology, Rastafarianism, and other "new age" religions probably AREN'T candidates for the one true faith.

    I'm still waiting to see an atheist candidate, just to see the media storm around it. The first thing religious people tend to assume about atheists is that they have no moral compass or ethical standards, since we don't follow the rules put forth by a divine source (of course, as atheists, we think the bible has a lot of good ideas but they were written by man. So the human race is capable of figuring this stuff out on our own...eventually)

    June 22, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
  212. Roman Darien

    W-H-A-T?! Mitt's LDS not an alien from another planet!
    In the final analysis wouldn't it make more sense to vote for the candidate who could do the most good for America? Let's hear from all these candidates and let each citizen vote according to their own best consciences. Would that be an acceptable plan?

    June 22, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
  213. Pamela Sawyers

    No. We should run fast from any politician who mentions religion.

    June 22, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
  214. Ryan

    We need a candidate that is not affiliated with any religion. If you believe Joseph Smith really found golden tablets and some of the other ridiculous tenets of the religion, that should say something about your grasp on reality.

    June 22, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
  215. sandra cheah

    Jack, I would hope a mormon could be elected president. If not maybe we should just forget about our freedoms and go and live in China.

    June 22, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
  216. John

    Absolutely! A lot of people in the United States are ignorant to the church of the latter day saints and still think that they are all polygamists. This is simply not true, and I hope that those people educate themselves on the religion and do not let that get in the way when they cast their vote for president.

    June 22, 2011 at 6:25 pm |
  217. Jason Miller

    I have a better chance at getting my own planet than Romney has of becoming POTUSA.

    June 22, 2011 at 6:25 pm |
  218. Carl in San Diego

    I can assure you that Gays in California won't vote for a Mormon!

    June 22, 2011 at 6:25 pm |
  219. James from Utah

    I'm from Utah and I'm not LDS (that's the nomenclature they prefer, not "mormon"). I don't think religion should be a factor in any election, but unfortunately it is. What ever happened to separation of church and state? I don't think Americans are ready for a LDS president because we are too hung up on religion and labeling yourself as part of a group. Your character and morals don't come from religion, and those should be the determining factors in an election.

    June 22, 2011 at 6:25 pm |
  220. Shane

    When this comes up I wonder why nobody mentions Harry Reid? He's a practising member of the LDS Church as well.

    It makes me think that it's more that Romney is the GOP candidate.

    June 22, 2011 at 6:25 pm |
  221. Allan in P.R.

    Why not ? we have had plenty of other fools voted in with crazy ideas

    June 22, 2011 at 6:25 pm |
  222. Dale Elam

    As a former Mormon, now Episcopal priest, there are considerations that come to mind. When I was demonstrating for the ERA, I heard such comments as: When the prophet has spoken, the debate is over. This has weight. I would vote much more readily for Jon Huntsman than for Mit Romney. Jon appears to be much more his own man than a puppet of the Mormon prophet. When one is totally convinced that the leader of the church speaks for God, it is hard to make a decision that would be at odds with the thinking of that OLD man. Jon is my candidate.

    June 22, 2011 at 6:25 pm |
  223. Michael Collins

    Absolutley a mormon can be elected president of the United States. I am not a member of either mormons candidate's party but I am a member of a family where my mother is a LDS member and my father is not. It works! I am sure we will be able to keep the seperation of church and state if either LDS or non LDS member is elected as president in 2012.

    Michael
    Miami, FL

    June 22, 2011 at 6:25 pm |
  224. Lucia Villarruel

    Being Mormons may very well kill their chances of being selected even as the GOP candidate, let alone as President. Many voters have shown that they are unwilling to vote for candidates who belong to certain (or all) religions that are too different from their own – a high percentage wouldn't vote for a Muslim, and about half of Americans wouldn't vote for an atheist!

    It SHOULDN'T affect the popular vote – we still have separation of church and state, right? – but that certainly doesn't mean it won't.

    June 22, 2011 at 6:25 pm |
  225. Cal (Maui)

    Sure as long as his religious beliefs stay where they belong in his private life, I believe in the separation of church and state and not being made to donate 10% of my earnings.

    Cal, Kihei Hawaii

    June 22, 2011 at 6:25 pm |
  226. Dariel, Santa Rosa, CA.

    Of course they can.

    as long as they don't bring their religion to the forefront as a reason to get elected.

    June 22, 2011 at 6:26 pm |
  227. Stephen Charchuk

    Sure, Jack, if he were running against an openly Strong Atheist. Anything is possible. Mormonism could also be the one true Christian faith and all others wrong as well. [Note: Sarcasm]

    -Stephen
    Yarmouth, NS Canada

    June 22, 2011 at 6:26 pm |
  228. Robert Healy

    It depends if people think that will effect his or her decisions on top issues

    June 22, 2011 at 6:26 pm |
  229. Hans in Malibu

    I am far more worried about candidates following the extremist, dangerous guidance of Grover Norquist or the Koch brothers, than someone who believes in the fantastical prophecies of Joseph Smith and Brigham Young.

    June 22, 2011 at 6:26 pm |
  230. Matt, Little Rock

    It should not matter what faith any political candidate follows. We have a separation of church and state, as far as I am concerned, we should have a law to back that up, stating that "No individual running for, or occupying any elected capacity should comment on, state, or answer any questions regarding what faith they follow." An individual's personal beliefs, including religion should not matter to the voters, as it is NONE OF THEIR BUSINESS!

    June 22, 2011 at 6:26 pm |
  231. Lawrence IL

    Perhaps someday, but not in the foreseeable future. It's evident with the Marriage Equality/Gay rights struggle that our politicians still don't know how to differentiate their religious beliefs with their political career. This isn't well received around the country as we now see.

    June 22, 2011 at 6:26 pm |
  232. Bud Pratt of Punta Gorda Florida

    Can a Mormon be elected President of the United States?

    Yes, but not these Mormons and not now.

    Neither one can be nominated, and would lose the election even if he was.

    June 22, 2011 at 6:27 pm |
  233. ldean50

    I suspect Huntsman is an excommunicated Mormon – if not, he will be. Mormons are not allowed to negate their religion. You have to pass tests in order to get into the temple-his disobedience wouldn't get him punished. The only other option would be that he is downplaying his religion, with the support of the Mormon Prophet and Quorum of 12 that rules the church; because they think Romney blew it.

    June 22, 2011 at 6:27 pm |
  234. Rocky in LA

    Jack...if the 'Magic Underpants' are the answer to getting America back on track to becoming the great nation that we once were...I say "All Hail the Tighty Whitey"....(or whatever color they're supposed to be).

    June 22, 2011 at 6:27 pm |
  235. Pete

    We elected a Moron in the last election why not a Morman this time?

    June 22, 2011 at 6:27 pm |
  236. Greg Kansas City

    Sure a Mormon can be elected, if he runs as a Democrat. The small minded base of the Republican party will never nominate a Mormon.

    June 22, 2011 at 6:27 pm |
  237. Victoria Elouassil

    dear Jack,
    Anything can happen! Yet probably the majority of the voters would rather öike to see a member of another minority in the white house because they don´t want religion and politics to be mixed.

    June 22, 2011 at 6:27 pm |
  238. Mike A. , CO

    The Mormons have some strange beliefs. But faith-based revealed religions are all strange, so – why not?

    June 22, 2011 at 6:28 pm |
  239. Chris from L.A

    Yes, I believe a Mormon can be elected. Sadly, hypocrites would have you believe they're tolerant but as soon as religion comes into question they become militantly defiant of it. We should accept the pluralism of our nation. Every president of this great nation has pertained to the christian faith. His faith does not imply that he will subject government to religion. More important than the question of religion is his reputation as a statesman, is he a good candidate for the presidency?

    June 22, 2011 at 6:28 pm |
  240. Ronald

    A Mormon which is "mormon in name only" could be elected potentially. Huntsman interests me due to his China connections. However, a man which isn't true to his own faith is also problematic for his character. Therefore, while he may be a "mormon in name only" Mormon, this duplicity in character detracts from who we would want in a U.S. President. We don't need someone who waffles. Unfortunately, Romney, while seemingly a "True Believer", seems to be too stiff, plastic, fake, and unbelievable. The bottom line, neither of these Mormons appear to be Presidential, but for different reasons.

    June 22, 2011 at 6:28 pm |
  241. Greg Williams, Slab City, CA

    Why shouldn't a Mormon get elected??? Or for that matter a Hindu, Budist, Muslim or for that matter an atheist.
    Article 6 of the Constitution ends with the words: "...but no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States."
    Or the start of the eleventh article of the treaty with Tripoli, which states: ". As the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion... signed by John Adams and ratified!
    Jack, we live in a secular nation where religion is tolerated, we don't live in a religious nation where nothing is tolerated. Or wait...

    June 22, 2011 at 6:28 pm |
  242. Arie

    I do not believe that a Mormon could separate their strong religious beliefs in order to do the job of president! I can't even get them off my door step!😦
    Arie
    New York!

    June 22, 2011 at 6:28 pm |
  243. Nathan

    This question embarrasses me as an American, have we forgotten the declaration of independence "all men are created equal." So my answer to this question is yes, a Mormon can be president and should have every chance any one else has.

    June 22, 2011 at 6:29 pm |
  244. Umaru Aliyu (Nigeria)

    YES, the World needs an American President that will make peace and unite the entire world. Just as president Obama is doing.

    June 22, 2011 at 6:29 pm |
  245. Louise Shaffer

    A religion is something you choose, as opposed to your race, which you cannot change. Even if you are brought up as a Mormon, you do not need to remain one as an adult. Religion indicates your thinking and philosophy in life, again, race does not. Personally, I could not vote for some one who believes in childish and prejudicial philosophies as Mormons do.

    June 22, 2011 at 6:29 pm |
  246. geoff hancock

    Jack, the way our elected officials are acting these days, maybe a guy who MAYBE thinks plural marriages are OK would fit in nicely. There are plenty of rooms in the White House. It would be hard on the Press Cop though. Too may names to remember...

    geoff hancock in arizona.

    June 22, 2011 at 6:29 pm |
  247. the_dude

    Mormon or not mormon does nto matter. They will all be horrible presidents just like our current non-mormon president or the one before him. Being mormon won't stop you from sucking big time ask obama.

    June 22, 2011 at 6:30 pm |
  248. Bob

    Can a Mormon be elected President No.
    They think their way is the only way. Ask a Mormon about US history they can only tell you about joseph smith.

    June 22, 2011 at 6:30 pm |
  249. Roger Davis

    The question is not "Can a Mormon be elected President" but "Should a Mormon be elected President?" Of course a Mormon CAN be elected, but I believe that he/she should not...for this very simple reason: They exacerbate one of the planets biggest problems: over-population. Mormons believe in having lots and lots of children and that's just blatantly irresponsible in this day and age. Resources to support the billions of people on this planet are already stretched dangerously thin. With this and other dubious policies, the Mormon philosophy should not be given a platform, like the presidency, to spread.

    June 22, 2011 at 6:30 pm |
  250. David San Angelo, Texas

    A Mormon might have a chance if he has a following like Glenn Beck. Some people are willing to believe anything he says. Why should they not follow Romney or Huntsman just as willingly.

    June 22, 2011 at 6:30 pm |
  251. rob

    Jack, thanks for the opportunity to comment.

    Short answer is yes – given other constitutional guidelines are met. Political answer is very problematic given the stranglehold the Fundamentalist Christian Right holds on the Republican Party – there is a whole history of distrust for Mormons there.

    Better question: Can an Atheist be elected President (although I think this may have been asked before). Answer is: Hell yes! Please. Someone who acts from a place of reason and evidence would be nice. It is a complicated world. No place for superstition except in your personal life.

    June 22, 2011 at 6:30 pm |
  252. Natallia

    Yeas, Jack, he can. Speaking about a republican nominees in particular, I have to admit though that their faith will be a bigger issue in winning their party’s nomination than in winning the final race. Features like race, faith, etc. are critical for republican voters; democrats and independents have already proved the opposite by electing a black man.

    June 22, 2011 at 6:30 pm |
  253. Rocky Twyman

    A Mormon can be elected as President if he /she uses prayer as a weapon to counteract the prejudices of the nation. Our New Pray Without Ceasing Political Party believes that prayer is the answer to every difficulty in life. President Obama would realize more success if he would hold a White House Bipartisan Prayer Vigil for the economy. We have stood in front of the White House several times petitioning him to heed our advice. I wonder if Jone Huntsman or Mitt Romney would try our technique of prayer and activism that we used to bring down the high gas prices. If the answer from these Republicans is yes, then they really might be elected in this angry political climate when so many of all races are jobless. WE NEED A WHITE HOUSE BIPARTISAN PRAYER SUMMIT-NOT A BEER SUMMIT-IMMEDIATELY. AMERICA IS IN DEEP TROUBLE.

    ROCKY TWYMAN, FOUNDER

    PRAY WITHOUT CEASING POLITICAL PARTY-

    June 22, 2011 at 6:31 pm |
  254. sharon

    I really don't think that being a mormon will be a deciding factor and I base this on Kennedy's election when people said they would not vote for a Catholic. The candidate's leadership ability,political experience both domestic and international, his integrity, and his record should be the deciding factors.

    June 22, 2011 at 6:31 pm |
  255. Hugh Wilson Park City Ut

    As a non mormon living in Utah I can understand persons of other faiths mistrust of the mormons and their religion. I assure you it is just as crazy as any other system of belief designed to accumulate wealth and power based upon the premise of salvation. I say, "Why not a mormon, trust me his beliefs are no more of less whackier than yours"

    June 22, 2011 at 6:31 pm |
  256. Mark Drozd From Las Vegas,NV.

    Jack, I would be afraid of the Mormon church being too much of a influence On all issues.

    June 22, 2011 at 6:32 pm |
  257. tkhouston

    If voters didnt mind voting for a Muslim in 2008, why would they object to a Mormon in 2012

    June 22, 2011 at 6:32 pm |
  258. Tom from Fl

    Why would it matter ? Seems to me religion takes way too much of spotlite, we need leaders who represent all americans, all ideals.
    There far more concerns in this nation than a mans religious prefferences.

    June 22, 2011 at 6:32 pm |
  259. PJ

    Yes, they are no different than a conservative or liberal, a tea party or democrat running. Election results depends on the mass's belief if person can get the job done or candidates popularity at the time. But then again wthe mass has been wrong too!

    So if not today perhaps tomorrow.

    June 22, 2011 at 6:32 pm |
  260. Jim

    I am a Mormon. I struggle just like anyone. I'm just trying to do the best I can and don't always succeed. But I keep trying and part of that is not voting for a Mormon just because I am one. I really don't care for the politics of Romney. He doesn't seem to give straight answers, but none of the politicians do. People shouldn't be afraid of this man or his religion. We are normal people to be found everywhere. Yes we view some things differently. But I know there is a God and Christ is his son. You really have to live this gospel in order to understand it. That said, don't be afraid of Romney and I'm not sure how Hunt can be a little Mormon. I haven't heard anything from him much so I can't judge. No one else can either about anyone is my point. This all will never change though until we all get along and love one another. But that will never happen until the return of Christ OUR SAVIOUR .

    June 22, 2011 at 6:32 pm |
  261. Ivan in AZ

    Can a mormon be elected I'm going to say yes. I don't think it will be in 2012 but down the road I do think it can happen. A more interesting question is whether or not a Muslim can be elected president of this country at any point.

    June 22, 2011 at 6:32 pm |
  262. Jason from NYC

    No, Mr. Cafferty, in this day and age a Mormon cannot be elected President. Though I know many fine people who are members of the Church of Latter Day Saints and I admire their value syatem, the majority of people in America simply do not trust the Mormon' faith. Comparing Mormons to Catholics is like comparing apples to oranges. It will happen eventually but it just won't happen now.

    Jason in NYC

    June 22, 2011 at 6:32 pm |
  263. Rick

    Wow, it's amazing to see how many people don't have a clue what Mormons really believe.
    You might want to ask one, instead of continuing to live in ignorance.

    June 22, 2011 at 6:32 pm |
  264. Donna

    A candidate will have difficulty explaining the bizarre aspects of this belief. It is not a mainstream religion. In addition, at this time of evangelical zeal, and Trey Parker and Matt Stone's Broadway play "The Book of Mormon," a Mormon will not be elected President.

    June 22, 2011 at 6:33 pm |
  265. Charles in Lawrence NJ

    If ‘gullible’ is a liability in a President, then all religions represent a risk and what better way prove it than electing a guy who believes Joseph Smith. What? We couldn’t find a Scientologist?

    June 22, 2011 at 6:33 pm |
  266. Matt

    Sure, just think how much could be accomplished not only by the first lady but the second, third..

    June 22, 2011 at 6:33 pm |
  267. Ed

    After reading about the start of the Mormon church with Joseph Smith, his "peep stones' guiding his writing the "Book of Mormon". his exposure, as a young boy, to magicians, the massacre of non-Mormon settlers by Mormons dressed up as Paiute indians, at the alleged behest of Brigham Young, etc., I couldn vote for any candidate that could actually believe in the divinity of Smith and Young.

    June 22, 2011 at 6:34 pm |
  268. Vin

    Not as a REPUBLICAN Candidate, Jack. Democrat ideology is less tied to Christian religious prejudices than the Republican party is. It is with the Democrats that they stand a better chance of becoming a first. As we have seen in recent history, it has been the Democrats who put them all there first: the Catholic, the African American, and even the female VP candidate was tried first by Democrats, even if it didn't succeed.

    June 22, 2011 at 6:34 pm |
  269. Roger from Phoenix Az

    Jack, a morman in the white house ? be perpared to send an additional 10 percent to the IRS.

    June 22, 2011 at 6:34 pm |
  270. Chip

    Great question which goes to the heart of what America has become – a highly discrimnatory, bigoted, racial and/or prejudice nation. The irony here is that Conservatives are predominantly all the aforementioned. Within the bizzaro world of conservatives, if you are not WASP then a Mormon is an abomination. On the other hand if there was a liberal party, then a Mormon would simply be considered one of us/(U.S.) I find that particularly interesting – I hope you do too.

    June 22, 2011 at 6:34 pm |
  271. Jeremy H. Jordan

    No – in my opinion, an informed electorate will never vote for a Morman for President – why, because they are more of a Cult, than a Religion; this is NOT a Christian Religion and should the electorate discover in detail, this Cult, they will steer clear of a Morman President. I am an Independent voter and I am not part of the Tea Party, or am I an Evangelical Christian or either to the Right or to the Left politically. I believe in Conservative values and also for the right of a Woman to choose. Jeremy

    June 22, 2011 at 6:34 pm |
  272. Jeffrey F. from NorCal

    If a candidate claims that his/her religious affiliation should not disqualify him/her from the Office of President, he/she will be judged by the actions/words previoulsy delivered on contoversial issues such as abortion rights, minority rights, immigration rights, etc. If his actions/words match too synonymously with the stand of his church, the voting public may not be as comfortable with him/her in the highest office in the country. If a candidate can make decisions based on what he/she believes is the right and just move despite being contradictory to his/her church teachings or philosophy, then the American public will respect that independence and vote this person in office.

    June 22, 2011 at 6:34 pm |
  273. Glenn in Boston

    I believe in religious tolerance, but I also believe that religion can be a reflection of a person's character. The Mormon Church is a recent histroical phenomenon, and there is abundant evidence that Joseph Smith was a charlatan of the worst sort. Do we really want to elect someone President who believes in unicorns or the Wizard of Oz?

    June 22, 2011 at 6:34 pm |
  274. Suzanne

    Mormonism is a Christian religion,not a cult.. Members are family oriented, pray to the same God any other Christian prays to,believe Christ is the son of God and their savior. I would rather have a family man, with good Christian values, who will not embarass his country or betray his wife and children. Remember we are one nation under God...why are we more accepting of a president who is more likely to be found on a basketball court on Sundays instead of Church...than a Mormon running for President? No good can come from turning our back on God...my money still says In God We Trust. I still think that means something!

    June 22, 2011 at 6:35 pm |
  275. Tim

    There is little or no softness to the opinion of the 22% who would note vote for a Mormon. Christians with an accurate understanding of Mormon doctrine would be as likely to vote for a Muslim. So the answer is "no".

    I was an LDS missionary. I know how anchored those feelings against us are. More Mormons in the race will do little or nothing to change them.

    June 22, 2011 at 6:35 pm |
  276. Joe DeVincent (Bay Shore, NY)

    I voted and campaigned for a Mormon, who ran for President 35 years ago. Congressman Mo Udall, who was the Democratic runner up to Jimmy Carter didn't lose because he was a Mormon. In fact, I don't remember it ever being raised as an issue. Unfortunately, religion has been injected into our politics in recent years, neither to the advantage of religion nor politics!

    June 22, 2011 at 6:35 pm |
  277. Richard Wade

    Romney's Dec. 2007 speech was classic demagoguery. He tried to get the Evangelicals to overlook his Mormonism by creating a common enemy that he hoped they would hate even worse, those evil, evil "secularists." He couldn't use Jews as a scapegoat, because since WWII that's become too unpopular. So he essentially said, "I'm with you, I'm a believer too. Come under my banner and let's drive out those evil heathens who want to run government with facts instead of faith, with reason instead of religion, with science instead of scripture."

    Fortunately, the Evangelicals didn't buy it. They're happier hating both the Mormons and anyone else who doesn't go to their church. I'll never trust Romney, not because he's a Mormon, but because he's a ruthless demagogue who will use any scapegoat he can find to appeal to the ignorance, fear and hatred of a huge number of Americans.

    June 22, 2011 at 6:35 pm |
  278. Michael Stout

    Right or wrong, I would say no. Not now. Not for a very long time.

    June 22, 2011 at 6:35 pm |
  279. ARTraveler

    Any mormon running as the Republican candidate can count the old south good-bye. The major church down here preaches against the Mormons on one sunday and against the Catholics (and Episcopalians and Lutherans by inference) on a second sunday a month. Of course, they were formed to give a religious justification to slavery.

    It would be nice if they were for anything other than the hypocrisy of drink in this serious over-boozed area and against extramarital sex in the area where there are more divorces and second and third marriages than the national average.

    June 22, 2011 at 6:35 pm |
  280. brian gonnelly

    Elect a Morman . . . mere child's play. How 'bout a Free Thinker, Humanist, Agnostic, or Atheist? Now there's a question to sink your teeth into!

    BJG

    June 22, 2011 at 6:36 pm |
  281. BusyBody

    America will never elect someone who believes that his church is the only Christian body that is “one, holy, universal, and apostolic"; who believes that his church's leader is infallible when speaking for the church; who believes that someone can work his way into heaven through prayer and works in defiance of the doctrine "saved by grace"; and who believes that one must be baptized into his church or go to hell.

    Oh wait . . . America already did that when it elected JFK . . .

    June 22, 2011 at 6:36 pm |
  282. Scott

    Can a Mormon win? Probably yes. Can Mitt Romney win? Probably no.

    June 22, 2011 at 6:36 pm |
  283. Marcus Trumble

    Does it matter? Our country is going to hell anyway.

    June 22, 2011 at 6:36 pm |
  284. Kevin

    Secular Americans will not vote for a Mormon. No way, no how. Black and female are non-issues with us. The values your religion attributes to others is a serious issue.

    June 22, 2011 at 6:36 pm |
  285. MARK

    Jack, I live in a state that is rife with morman favoritism,the young boys on bikes with white shirt and black ties can be seen everywhere recruiting for the next generation,this is a tribe that is only concerned with their agenda,I can't see how they are to be looked upon as anything more than zealots.

    June 22, 2011 at 6:37 pm |
  286. John

    No, neither can be elected because Mormonism is a cult, no an established religion. For a "community of faith" that believes that the messenger "Moroni" brought "the word" to Joseph Smith when he revealedto him the contents of The Book of Mormon, what does that have to say about their value o western civilization. After all, Mormonism was born in rural New York in the imagination of a country bumpkin parroting the Masonic word and passing it off as revelation.

    While both Mormon candidates are not likely to be a Wiener, I worry about their world view, espcially having taken seriously their "faith history."

    NO, I would not vote for either–give me a lapsed Catholic or even an athist anyday, but not the member of a cult.

    June 22, 2011 at 6:37 pm |
  287. Cee, La

    I would like to think so, but I have my doubts.....we have the most divisive society in the world....full of nasty, mean hateful rhetoric...it seems to me a Mormon might be a good thing the Evangelicals, have stolen the identity of the GOP, and if they want to win the WH back they will have to nominate someone who has broader appeal.......otherwise forget it..... we may as well live under Taliban rule.......

    June 22, 2011 at 6:37 pm |
  288. tony from ct

    Two words for you Jack: "Why not?"

    Think about it, the guys we've had so far haven't done such a great job so why not give a Mormon a shot? Can things get any worse?

    June 22, 2011 at 6:37 pm |
  289. KM

    Religion should never be an issue when electing a president. The real judgement should be in if a candidate can lead and has the nations best interests in mind. It will only be a problem if judgemental people let it be a problem. So many people don't even care to know the Truth behind "Mormonism", they just judge and make assumptions.

    June 22, 2011 at 6:37 pm |
  290. Jason

    No way, no how, Mr. Cafferty. I would have a better chance at winning the presidency as a yellow dog Democrat from Texas than a Mormon. Nothing against Mormons at all, but as Bruce Horsby once sang, "That's just way it is."

    Jason in College Station, Texas

    June 22, 2011 at 6:39 pm |
  291. Greg

    I feel that if people vote or don’t vote for a presidential candidate because of his/her religion they are being "un-American". America was founded on having a separation of Church and State. I believe this should be practiced by not only the government but also the people of America. A president should be elected based on his/her experience in government, economics, business, foreign policies, morals, etc etc. If Mit Romney was raised in the Mormon Church and is still active in it than that is his business, as long as he doesn’t allow the Mormon Church and its leaders to influence his decisions. I also believe that those who vote for Presidential candidates because of race whether that be blacks voting for President Obama just because he is black or whites voting for another white candidate because he or she is white is racist and also “un-American”.

    June 22, 2011 at 6:40 pm |
  292. David

    Jack:
    What is the big deal with being a Mormon? Perhaps people should focus on what this candidates have to offer to a country in distress. Do people realize that both of these candidates (Huntsman and Romney) have MADE fortunes through hard work, administration and proper budgeting? Do people realize that when they talk about economy and finances THEY ACTUALLY KNOW WHAT THEY ARE TALKING ABOUT and HAVE REAL EXPERIENCE. Wouldn't be nice if they had the chance to apply their knowledge to save from bankrupcy the biggest corporation in the work, also known as the United States of America. Now, there is a thought!

    June 22, 2011 at 6:41 pm |
  293. Ryan Davis

    Cafferty,
    The question shouldn't be if, but when will a Mormon be elected President of the United States. The LDS church leads the way with humanitarian efforts on a global scale. The church teaches and promotes traditional family values and morals, something politicians have been missing for the past few decades. This country has seen many firsts and a Mormon President is just another on of those.

    Ryan Davis
    Vancouver, WA

    June 22, 2011 at 6:41 pm |
  294. Mitch Dworkin - Dallas, Texas

    I think it would be much more difficult if the entire country knew that their official Mormon scripture teaches that all other churches outside of their own are "all wrong" and that "their creeds were an abomination in his sight; that those professors were all corrupt."

    June 22, 2011 at 6:41 pm |
  295. Howard Decker

    Now if Americans get of their High Horse and stop thinking they are better than the rest of the world, maybe they could do some good in the world.

    "Those who think they are better will most likely meet someone better."

    June 22, 2011 at 6:41 pm |
  296. Leonard

    Romney is a "job outsourcer" , and is filthy rich from taking american jobs away. He bragged he does business with 20 foreign countries.
    I, inadverntly moved into a mormon community, and have to suffer their BIGOTRY every day . They write-off large church donations, then go back to the church to get "tax-free" money
    Mitt robbed Michigan of thousands of automaker's jobs, and outsourced their jobs!!

    June 22, 2011 at 6:41 pm |
  297. Tom

    I am a Catholic but I could change religions and I could become a Mormon and then become President and then change back just to say I was the first Mormon President if I wanted. I am making it official then before the world that this is what I am going to do just to prove a point.

    Jack when I become President I will remember to invite you to the white house with the entire CNN crew.

    June 22, 2011 at 6:41 pm |
  298. kls817

    I'm not Mormon (I'm catholic) but I think mormonism is a slight plus. They are moral yet practical and hardworking people. They have no illusions or intentions of forcing their faith on anyone.
    I think that evangelicals who distrust mormons should reconsider. Mormons don't begrudge other their different faiths. For example, to get into BYU, a candidate doesn't have to be a mormon, they just need to go to church (any church).
    I've lived with Mormons in Utah and know their habits and doctrine quite well. We have nothing to fear from them.

    June 22, 2011 at 6:41 pm |
  299. B.A

    If we have freedom of religion in our constitution, why is it monumental if a Mormon becomes president. I would say yes, if they can campaign effectivly or at least dupe Americans into believing that they can be any better than the fools that are presently in power.

    June 22, 2011 at 6:42 pm |
  300. Stanford - Atlanta

    Jack – You can count on it! Most Southern Baptist and other Christian evangelicals will never vote for a Mormon even if he has proved to be a far rightwing gun-nut and card-carrying T-Bagger! Also, most sane people won’t vote for one either!

    June 22, 2011 at 6:42 pm |
  301. jon muench

    No, I think a Mormon president could not escape his past or the mentality of his church. The Mormon church is a very powerful cult and all non-ecclesiatical decisions by any perspective Mormon president would be trumed by the churches narrow-minded and racist belief system. They believe that the color of a person's skin was stamped on them by God as a punishment. That after death, if people of color truely believe, then they will become pure and white and blessed by God. How can anyone take that sort of thing seriously? Until the church has a "revelation" that evolution actually has occured and that people have different colors because of the latitude and diet, etc. I doubt that the majority of people will be stupid enough to elect one. And I am a republican. A Mormon as president? God help us if it happens.

    June 22, 2011 at 6:42 pm |
  302. Brian

    C'mon Jack! Mormon's have the same chances of being elected into any office of America, including the Presidency, as much as Christians, Jews, Catholics, etc. And yes, even Muslims. Just as how Hillary and Barack demonstrated that neither gender nor race should be a factor when running for president, the same application should be applied to religion. This country was founded on the belief that "all men are created equal."

    June 22, 2011 at 6:42 pm |
  303. bcrunner

    We voted for Bush twice. If people can be stupid twice... Why not vote for a Morman??

    June 22, 2011 at 6:43 pm |
  304. Jimmy B

    I am an LDS (Mormon) Independent and appreciate the civil remarks (with a few exceptions) on this thread. Very refreshing – out here in Utah, the anti-Mormon bashers typically dominate these types of discussions. Thank you all.

    June 22, 2011 at 6:43 pm |
  305. Joe QB From S.A.

    I'd say, YES. He is born American. I"ll give this man a chance. I'm thinking voters need to be open minded nowadays. From previous U.S. Presidents, I didn't see any miracles coming out from the White House. Does it make a person better politician if (he/she) is a Baptist ? Or a Catholic? or a Jew? You say, Mormon is an occult because they worship other Gods. Well, dude, you worship Sports, Entertainers, your cars, your job, you even worship your boss.

    June 22, 2011 at 6:44 pm |
  306. Stephen Handley

    Only if he's a jack Mormon (sorry, Jack). I left the church many years ago but still resent my Mormon heritage; a trait you're supposed to be proud of. It makes for a good icebreaker though.

    June 22, 2011 at 6:44 pm |
  307. Jim

    Jack,

    He could if he was a Democrat.

    Jim
    Reno, Nevada

    June 22, 2011 at 6:44 pm |
  308. TJeff1776

    What kind of leader did Romney make as Massachusetts' Governor ? AND he fairly well handled the International Olympic program which, at the time, was in the red. Massachusetts is still there- it didn't perish- and the Olympic program carried money on to the next show.
    I've heard some people argue that "running Massachusetts is different
    from running America. Now thats sure a bogus arguement saturated with predjudice. I am an Obama man myself. Romney is burdened with too much Republican baggage. The entire Repub House of Reps has already carved into Stone their intent on Medicare
    and Health Reform- too much for me BUT many Repubs and the Christian Coalition's stand on making religion a factor clinches it for me.

    June 22, 2011 at 6:45 pm |
  309. Adam

    We need leaders, period... We do not have the luxury of making judements based on any other qualifying factors other than a candidates quality of leadership. People who think otherwise are part of the nations problems and not part of any solutions.

    June 22, 2011 at 6:45 pm |
  310. allison

    If a mormon is elected I will leave the country. I have grown up in Mesa, AZ and know for a fact that mormons are controlling and manipulative people who make citizens of other religions feel inferior. Growing up in a mostly mormon community is a hard thing to do. Neighbors relentlessly judge families which are not members of the church, no matter what their faith. They attempt to convert the non-mormon families around them daily already. I fear that if a mormon were to be elected president the cruelty towards members of other faiths would only get worse. More people would convert, more would try to convert those who havent, and the country would be closed down on sundays.

    June 22, 2011 at 6:46 pm |
  311. Greenspam

    Skin color, religion, sex, appearance, buzzwords, all these superficial qualities will determine the outcome for the next election.

    As for things that really matter like what the person will do if elected... no one really cares and no one will know anyway since all politicians lie.

    June 22, 2011 at 6:46 pm |
  312. Michael

    Seeing as how half the Republican votes come from megachurch prosperity-gospel zombies and/or toothless inbred Bible-thumpers, none of whom would dare vote for anything but a self-professed born-again social conservative...I'd say no, Jack.
    In fact, the Republican Party seems to have lost its collective mind. The only way I can make sense of it is to conclude they really think a majority of Americans have become so stupid they no longer have any sense of self-preservation.

    June 22, 2011 at 6:47 pm |
  313. ames_the_Jap

    Jack,

    If a man like Obama, whose polices are as foreign to the constitution as three-piece suit is to the taliban, can be elected, than certainly a mormon with real business experiece and a proven track record for job creation can be elected. Besides, wouldn't it be nice to have a president again who could deliver a speech to a 3rd grade class without a teleprompter?

    James,
    Okinawa, Japan

    June 22, 2011 at 6:48 pm |
  314. Dave from Maryland

    If the majority of Americans knew some of the basics of the Mormon religion, there is no way this man would be elected. Joseph Smith heard the voice of God from his hat, telling him to hike a mountain in the Catskills where he would find some golden plates (Moses anyone?). Then, he was visited by the angel Moroni who told him how to translate what was on the plates. There were 7 witnesses to some portion of this process and low and behold, they became the elders of the religion – does this not have scam written all over it? They believe that the native americans where the lost, 12th tribe of Judah and that after three days in Isreal, before he accended to heaven, Jesus made himself known to the native americans as the messiah. They believe that the Native Americans built temples to the Jewish god all up and down the west coast. They believe that good mormons will get their own planet in space upon death. I mean no offense to anyone, but really – it's the biggest cult in America. Mormonism is proof that you can get people to believe anything at all – and it's all sourced from man's fear of the unknown so, let's make up some outlandish religion!

    June 22, 2011 at 6:49 pm |
  315. william

    It's just amazing to me the import folks put on a presidential candidates religion and/or beliefs. This job is to head up the executive branch of the government and be commander in chief of our armed services. I cannot imagine a position in which your religion has less of a bearing on your ability to do the work. Of course, I guess I have my own type of religious bias... I'll never vote for an evangelical Christian. Who knows, they may be thinking they're doing "God's" will by starting WWIII and bringing about armegeddon so that Christ will arrive. Shudder!!!!!

    June 22, 2011 at 6:49 pm |
  316. MrNick

    A Mormon yes... a moron like Romney no.

    June 22, 2011 at 6:49 pm |
  317. adrian marrullier

    Jack, It's an interesting question. I am a republican and dont think that he is electable based on his being a Mormon. I think the bigger question you should be asking is whether his religion is fair game for the left wing press to exploit with fear mongering tactics. The race card was off limits when Obama ran for obvious reasons – will he and the Press play the same when the card is Religion? I doubt it.

    June 22, 2011 at 6:50 pm |
  318. Lucas M

    Romney and Huntsman are former Governors with track records, not rookies to the political scene. Did their Mormon faith interfere with their prior political positions? If so, I’m sure the media would have said something by now. The continued discussion of a person’s religion instead of important issues such as the economy and wars is nothing but a media curve ball to distract us from two respectable candidates.

    June 22, 2011 at 6:50 pm |
  319. California

    Firstly,I find that much of this discussion has little to do with a candidate and a lot to do with ignorance of religions. And it is interesting how this conversation turned from Mr. Huntsman as an individual to "As long as THEY don't bring their religion to the forefront."
    Its disappointing that people who get to vote are still so ignorant when it comes to topics such as religion. And that even if you know a Mormon or were a Mormon or Muslim or Christian, or whatever you can't generalize a religion based on a small experience with it.
    And I can assure you that most liberals in California (gay or not) wont' vote for a conservative Republican.
    (Sigh) exhausting.

    June 22, 2011 at 6:55 pm |
  320. Fritz

    Hopefully it will create enough debate and discussion for skeptics to learn there is no teaching about "talking snakes" and Mormons are not a "cult". So much is misunderstood, so bring on the debate and clear the air. It was only a few years ago that Time mag declared Mormonism the new American religion. Times is a chang'n.

    June 22, 2011 at 6:55 pm |
  321. Wade

    It should not be but then never underestimate the sheer stupidity of the Ame4rican people and the Liberal press that educates them or more like brain washes them. Obama was elected so there is no sanity left in the political process or in America. Surely everyone knows he was not close to being qualified and now we all see the disastrous proof of that.

    June 22, 2011 at 6:56 pm |
  322. Karl Jepsen

    Yes Jack, that could happen. It's certainly more likely that a Mormon is elected than an atheist/agnostic. You got to believe in some sort of Santa in the sky to be elected for any higher office here in GODS OWN COUNTRY!

    June 22, 2011 at 6:56 pm |
  323. Mary Pool

    Electing a Morman would be very bad for all citizens of the US as well as the world, as our president has much clout world wide. Mormans are profoundly Morman. Just look at the state of Utah. Mesa AZ is overwhelming Morman and most Christians would not live there or even shop there, just for that reason.

    June 22, 2011 at 6:58 pm |
  324. james

    Listen right now we're looking at a one term president. .I have great friends that are mormon and not once has religion ever entered our conversations.The way i feel now is anybody is an improvement over what we have now. I don't know a lot about Romney but what i've seen i've liked.Smart businessman, very good governor and really believes in america. I have zero problem with a mormom running our country.Now it may be a while for someone from the Islamist faith to get in and i cringe when i think of a jehovas witness running for president.I would really miss not having christmas.

    June 22, 2011 at 6:58 pm |