Mitt Romney is a Mormon. How much will it matter?
April 17th, 2012
03:35 PM ET

Mitt Romney is a Mormon. How much will it matter?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Now that Mitt Romney is the likely Republican nominee - he may need to starting talking about his Mormon faith.

Politico reports that many Republicans think Romney should embrace his Mormonism publicly so people can better understand him.

During the GOP primaries, Romney has gotten pushback from evangelicals, some of whom question whether Mormons believe in Jesus Christ. One Texas Baptist pastor and Rick Perry supporter called the Mormon church a "cult."

But these days it seems like some evangelicals are more open to the idea of voting for Romney - especially when the other option is President Barack Obama.

Mormonism is a big part of who Romney is. He traveled on a two-year mission in France as a young adult, raised his five sons as Mormons and has held several church leadership positions.

Nonetheless, Romney doesn't really like to talk about it. In the lead-up to the 2008 presidential campaign, he addressed his religion in a "60 minutes" interview and in a speech called "Faith in America."

His aides have said that he has no "immediate plans" to make another formal speech for now.

But maybe he should. It could help clear up lingering questions about Mormonism, a religion that still seems odd and insular to many. It has a tainted past that includes racism and polygamy.

A CNN/ORC International poll taken in October showed 17% of Americans say that they would be less likely to vote for a presidential candidate who is a Mormon, while 80% said it would make no difference.

Of course, religion and politics are a difficult equation. Many Americans thought John F. Kennedy would never get elected president in 1960 because he was Roman Catholic.

Here’s my question to you: Mitt Romney is a Mormon. How much will it matter?

Tune in to the Situation Room at 5pm to see if Jack reads your answer on air.

And, we love to know where you’re writing from, so please include your city and state with your comment.

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  1. Ann Utah

    It should matter! Wake up America! How many people believe a woman's place is in the home, all Mormon men will become gods with multiple wives after death and revere a man with 27 wives as their central authority figure. This is the Mormon world view. Honest.

    April 17, 2012 at 1:53 pm |
  2. Ken in California

    It doesn't matter how many first ladies he brings to the White House.

    April 17, 2012 at 1:54 pm |
  3. Tom in Desoto, TX

    If I were to consider voting for a Republican, which I'm not, a person of the Mormon faith would halt my voting for them. I have lived in a number of places where there was a large Mormon population. It's well known that those of the Mormon faith are very conservative and I observed they seemed to have a us/them attitude. I prefer a more liberal and understand Supreme Court, Mormon appointees do not represent my views of life.

    April 17, 2012 at 1:54 pm |
  4. Joanie Bach

    Not much ! We need an experienced businssman and a LEADER !
    Joanie B

    April 17, 2012 at 1:55 pm |
  5. Gary in California

    His Mormon faith shouldn't matter but it will have a negative impact. The Mormon demographic will support him but this group is Republican leaning anyway. Conservative Christians make up a large part of the Republican base and many of them will have trouble supporting what they perceive as a "cult" member. Add in some liberal perceptions and you have a candidate doomed by his own party. RINO?

    April 17, 2012 at 2:00 pm |
  6. JM from DFW

    It does not matter. It's time we start loving one another.
    They are still making statements about Obama not being a US Citizen.
    We need to increase our investment in education, this nation is full of fools!

    April 17, 2012 at 2:00 pm |
  7. Bill of New Mexico

    No more than if he were Roman Catholic,

    or Jewish.

    I'm suspicious of any person who makes statements,
    makes decisions,
    and wants to run my life without proof!

    April 17, 2012 at 2:04 pm |
  8. Rick Martin, Charlottesville VA

    I'm sorry when I first read the question I thought it said "Mitt Romney is a moron! lol How much would that matter to me, still laughing ... As President, I believe he will put the middle class on the roof of his car and drive us to Canada!

    April 17, 2012 at 2:04 pm |
  9. Wm in PA

    It matters NOT a whit.
    Corporate owned media will make sure we focus on the irrelevant and vote as they tell us.

    April 17, 2012 at 2:04 pm |
  10. Steve, Clifton, Virginia

    It should matter at least as much as it mattered that President Obama was a Christian.

    April 17, 2012 at 2:08 pm |
  11. John from Alabama

    Jack: To many who believe that the Mormon Church is nothing but an occultist body will not vote for Romney. Most who would have voted Republican will hold their nose an vote for Romney, but in the end rich boy will be defeated by President Obama who attends St. John"s AME Church, a Christian Church. Mr. Obama will be accused of many things, but he is a christian. The question is: Is Mitt Romney a Christian to the Southern Baptist Churches?

    April 17, 2012 at 2:08 pm |
  12. Tom Bulger, Canandaigua, NY

    Not a bit. Rather than serving the poor and following Christ, Mitt serves the rich and is following Ryan.

    April 17, 2012 at 2:09 pm |
  13. Ralph in Orange Park, FL

    His being a Mormon will not matter as much as his being a weathervane with no actual principles.

    April 17, 2012 at 2:11 pm |
  14. Frank Poynton from Los Angeles

    It doesn't matter at all to me that he is a Mormon. What concerns me is that he's contrived, robotic, and inflammatory.

    April 17, 2012 at 2:12 pm |
  15. Richard Texas

    From 1849 to 1978, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) had a policy against ordaining black men of African descent to the priesthood.. They simply were not allowed. To people who know nothing about the Mormon faith it might mater a whole lot. What Romney is banking on is that most people don't or just do not care. I think he will find out in a few months that that is not the case and it does mater.

    April 17, 2012 at 2:14 pm |
  16. Loren

    Only to those who care. The President was raised in a Moslem home, and some accuse him of being Moslem, but it hasn't made a bit of a difference to those who voted for him. So why should Romney being a Mormon matter much to those who are going to support him otherwise?

    April 17, 2012 at 2:14 pm |
  17. Paul in Colorado

    Lots! Religion is the only thing Romney hasn't fip-flopped on, and I'm betting his Mormonism will be a big plus for his campaign just like Barak Obama's race was for his. The only thing we Americans love more than our individual beliefs is showing how inclusive we can be. This is going to be interesting.

    April 17, 2012 at 2:20 pm |
  18. MNResident

    Mitt Romney's Mormonism matters as much to me as Barack Obama's Liberation Theology does. Period. End of Story.

    April 17, 2012 at 2:21 pm |
  19. David of Alexandria, VA

    Being Mormon is, if anything, a major plus for someone swimming in our political shark tank. I have worked with a number of Mormons and have always found them to be highly honest, moral, skilled business people, hard-working, pragmatic, clear-thinking, highly philanthropic, patriotic, and committed to service and family values.. Although their religious values contribute to these quialites, religion (mine or theirs) almost never comes up in conversation - because it's not material.

    April 17, 2012 at 2:22 pm |
  20. Kevin in CA

    The negatives on his policies far outweigh any aversions people may have to his religion (excluding the 25% that are right wing, born again, Christian, conservatives).

    April 17, 2012 at 2:22 pm |
  21. Tom in Desoto, TX

    Will being a Mormon be an issue? Isn't their subliminal belief is that “If you’re not white and far to the right, you can’t be one of us”. And Mitt “thinks” he has a problem with Latino’s?

    April 17, 2012 at 2:25 pm |
  22. Noel Sivertson New Mexico

    That's hard to say. It all depends on who the evangelical Christians hate more, Obama or Mormons.

    April 17, 2012 at 2:27 pm |
  23. Ed from Texas

    Comedian Andy Borowitz nailed this one with his satirical news headline: "Potential Matchup Between Black Man and Mormon Poses Dilemma for Nation's Bigots."

    April 17, 2012 at 2:29 pm |
  24. Leta

    Doesn't matter to me at all although some severely conservative GOP will have a problem with his religion.
    It's about time Americans will embrace and realize America's changing cultural landscape.

    April 17, 2012 at 2:30 pm |
  25. Doug Ericson

    Being a Non Protestant and running for President in the USA is a handicap that has only been overcome only once in the history of this country. We are a melting pot except when it comes to electing Presidents. The mystery is why the Republican Establishment would get behind a candidate with such a difficult road block to get through. I believe it is because, 1. The Republicans think Obama is going to win anyways, and, 2. With a 16 Trillion dollar debt and more trouble looming they don't want to have a Republican in the White House until things get straightened out. Many of Romneys well known Republican backers are only luke warm in their support. Jeb Bush for example. The more ferverent backers like Donald Trump are such an embarassment, they make Romney look weak by associating with them. And I have nothing against Original Orange Orangatan Hair Wigs. I just think Trump should stick to Real Estate, and building Golf courses for Geese to roam on.. You can be certain Obamas campaign team will let us know everything there is to know about the Mormon religeon. Doug, Pepperell, MA.

    April 17, 2012 at 2:35 pm |
  26. Bizz, Quarryville Pennsylvania

    It doesn't matter to me I would not vote for Romney no matter what his religion is. But I think a lot of evangelicals and Southern Baptists will have a hard time voting for a Mormon many of them already stated they thought the Mormons are a cult. That's funny to me because I think the Republican Party has become a cult.

    April 17, 2012 at 2:37 pm |
  27. Michael Bindner, Alexandria VA

    Now that the Republican primary contests are effectively ower, it does not matter all – nor should it.

    April 17, 2012 at 2:38 pm |
  28. jk in MN

    It doesn't matter as much to me as his offshore accounts he has – that's a huge problem for me as is not knowing where he stands on important issues. I imagine to hard right fundamentalist Christian vote it will be hard – they will struggle with what do they dislike more – our first black President who happens to be a Democrat or a Republican candidate who is not their version of "Christian".

    April 17, 2012 at 2:38 pm |
  29. Karl in Flint, MI

    It shouldn't matter to anyone, but it will. I wouldn't vote for him, but being Mormon has noting to do with it. His flip-flop policies are not something I want in my government. I'm Catholic and wouldn't vote for Santorum, either, but that's because he's a wing nut Catholic religious fanatic, and has even more wing nut political views.

    April 17, 2012 at 2:41 pm |
  30. Michael "C" Lorton, Virginia

    Jack: It is going to matter more than Mitten thinks!

    April 17, 2012 at 2:43 pm |
  31. Brad, Portland, OR

    I don't think most Democrats care, and I doubt they'll make a big deal about Mormonism in the general campaign.

    Republicans, on the other hand, care very much about a person's religion, and because most conservative evangelicals look down on Mormons as not being "real Christians," that might affect their level of enthusiasm. Which might be enough to get Obama a second term.

    As for the media, who knows what they'll do. Fox News, Rush Limbaugh, and the Drudge Report are very powerful these days, and probably have a bigger audience in a given week than CNN and other more mainstream outlets. Will they campaign for Mitt, or will his religion be too big a turnoff for their conservative evangelical audience?

    April 17, 2012 at 2:46 pm |
  32. Ken in Seattle

    Among many on the religious right it will matter a lot. Some will refuse to vote for him and many others will be so lacking in enthusiasm they won't get around to casting their vote. By itself, being Morman may not cost Romney the election. But coupled with his and the party's positions on issues important to so many Americans and his total lack of empathy for anyone outside the country club set, his Mormanism is just one of many things which are likely to cost him the election.

    April 17, 2012 at 2:47 pm |
  33. Steve, NY

    What has "Mormon" have to do with politics?? As far as I know, they don't murder, they don't steal and they tell the truth. The Press is badmouthing Mormons because Romney is a Republican. Why don't the press bad mouth Senate Majority Leader Reid? He's a Mormon, but he's a Democrat there's your answer. There are a lot of Mormons in Congress and they are Democrasts. Are they bad?? I guess a Mormon is better than nothing. Obama doesn't go to church on Sundays why is that not an issue?? At least athiests and comedians like Maher don't support Romney, they support Obama. What does that tell you???

    April 17, 2012 at 2:49 pm |
  34. Ray in Knoxville

    Jack, evangelicals down in this part of the country are wringing their hands about this election. They don't see Mormans as true believers, but they would vote for the devil himself rather than vote for a black man for president. Unless some evangelical candidate runs on a third party ticket, I think conservative Christians will hold their collective noses and vote for Mitt.

    April 17, 2012 at 2:51 pm |
  35. Gerry

    JFK was a Catholic, Obama I suspect is a Muslim so Romney being a Mormon shouldn't create any controversy . Lets hope the media is as tolerant with Romney as they have been with JFK & Obama. From experience I would prefer a Mormon to the other two. I was Baptized a Catholic.

    Ash Fork, Az.
    Ash Fork, Az.

    April 17, 2012 at 2:53 pm |
  36. Ralph McFarland

    Mitt being Mormon should not matter to most of us, however, it will to a bunch of Morons!
    Ralph- Corpus Christi, Texas

    April 17, 2012 at 2:56 pm |
  37. Beth O'Connor-Canada

    I think if Romney's being a Mormon was problematic, he would not have gotten as far as he has in the GOP race. Lucky for him, Mormonism falls under the category of Christian which seems to be mandatory criteria to run for president. Who can forget Obama having to repeatedly insist that he is a Christian – not a Muslim? Then there is Santorum's comment that the U.S. is a Christian country. I wonder how Jewish Americans felt when they heard that. Is it fear of non-Christians or just plain arrogance on the part of Christians to think that only they qualify to be Commander in Chief?

    April 17, 2012 at 2:59 pm |
  38. JD in NH

    Most people don't know much about Romney's religion and from his perspective that's probably a good thing. All religions have their quirks, but the Mormons seem to reach new levels of nuttery. They even have cult underwear.

    April 17, 2012 at 3:05 pm |
  39. Dave, Orlando, FL

    That he is a Mormon matters little. That he is a moron matters a lot – at least to any thinking voter.

    April 17, 2012 at 3:09 pm |
  40. Ed from California

    Willard is not going to win. The country is sick and tired of the Tea Party, The Republicans, The Koch brothers and the Rich calling the shots, Look at where it's brought us. Outsourced Jobs, two wars, trade w/communist China, a record deficit, along w/no hope for the future. Good job.....Supply side economics, I guess the "supplies" went to the rich. It must be a wonderful thing to call money....supplies!! Mr. Boehner, "Where are the jobs"??

    April 17, 2012 at 3:09 pm |
  41. Nora H G Corpus Christi

    If he was a Morman who did not change his mind daily, who understood what the everyday hard working American wants from a president, a Moran who does not pretend to be something he is NOT,,,,,then no one would care about the, he is a morman thing. Mitt Romney has much bigger issues going forward. Catching a clue on his part would go a long way for him.

    April 17, 2012 at 3:10 pm |
  42. Bobby Jackson MS

    Probably not much at all but to be honest about it I don't recall religion ever being an issue at all with any presidential candidate other than President Obama but personally I don't think the Obama camp will stoop that low but you can't put anything past republicans and as far as voters are concerned different things matters to them individually.

    April 17, 2012 at 3:12 pm |
  43. Bert in Los Angeles

    Hi Jack, with the swing voters, being Mormon is the least of Romney’s problems. If Romney puts man’s best friend on the roof of his car, how will he treat the rest of us? If Romney appeals to his wife, who has firmly chosen to never work a day in her life, for advice on what women need, then what can women on the job expect from him? If Romney flip/flops on every major issue, what issue can he be depended upon?

    April 17, 2012 at 3:14 pm |
  44. Ted

    Which is worse...A man that has been a mormon all his life,or a man who says he is a christian because he is now the president. I would trust a good mormon ,more than a bad christian

    April 17, 2012 at 3:15 pm |
  45. Pete in Florida

    Is the 17% of Americans that won't vote for a Mormon the same 20% that won't vote for a black guy? If yes, then maybe they'll cancel each other out and it won't matter at all. Personally, I think prospective voters should have to pass both IQ and Knowledge tests (nonpartisan knowledge of the candidates and the issues) in order to vote; maybe that would reduce the number of incompetent but charismatic clowns elected to office every election.

    April 17, 2012 at 3:18 pm |
  46. calaurore9

    He was Governor of my Commonwealth of Massachusetts. "That" didn't matter at all. If was never apparent in his decision-making. Other things matter a lot more, like his policies. And RomneyCare pretty much works here.

    Carol in Massachusetts

    April 17, 2012 at 3:24 pm |
  47. ken, atlantic city, nj

    I don't care if he is an atheist as long as he does what he promised about the illegal aliens, and tariff free chinese imports.

    April 17, 2012 at 3:30 pm |

    It won't matteer as much as the quality of his advertisements. Unfortunately, some people will care. Some of the nicest people I met in service were mormon.

    April 17, 2012 at 3:36 pm |
  49. Ron WPAFB

    This country will never elect a Mormon President! The Mormon faith is a falsehood of history. Christ is well documented in the Middle East, not in America and that makes a mockery of the Christian Religion. And then there is the way everyone else who is not baptized in the Mormon Church is a heathen and not allowed to step foot in a Mormon Temple???? Another mockery of the Christian Religion! It's to much of a risk in the eyes of the Christian Religion! Bad Ju Ju!

    April 17, 2012 at 3:39 pm |
  50. DCapPaz

    I wouldn't tell Mitt Romney to "Pack His bags". Most Christian's don't consider the Mormom Religion as a Cult. Althought we are a pluralistic society, it will hurt Romney as far as, they will stay home Nov 6.
    I don't subscribe to this point of view, but I certainly don't think Mitt Romney is Presedential by any means.

    April 17, 2012 at 3:41 pm |
  51. John from Santa Maria, CA

    Mormons believe they are Christians, the problem is that they do not believe that the rest of us are Christians, The Republicans have already abandonded their principles in this election, for a candidate they believe can defeat Obama, I don't think that the Christian Right will and they will not support Romney.

    April 17, 2012 at 3:41 pm |
  52. Jim, Denver CO

    His religion doesn't matter to me. What matters is how much he will let it influence his decision making. That is what worries me. Otherwise he is part of the Republican Party that has gone terribly too far to the right. That scares me even more. I'm voting for Obama, at least he is sane and logical.

    April 17, 2012 at 3:45 pm |
  53. brig

    It does not matter. Back in the 1700's some states outlawed Catholics from holding a government job and it was a huge deal that Carroll was one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence (he was the only Catholic) as well as when JFK became president.

    I for one want a president who has a strong faith base vs lacking a faith base.

    April 17, 2012 at 3:46 pm |
  54. Paul From The Great Republic of Texas

    Well only because their profit got his message for allien beings and not from mexico could be one factor. In the south it will matter a great deal even though the press has seemed to ignor that factor. The old mormans wanted several wifes like the muslims will be a factor. The public is not as with out a clue as the GOP is.

    April 17, 2012 at 3:46 pm |
  55. Peter, Tarrytown, N.Y.

    I think it will only matter to those that believe any one not of their particular sect is in league with the devil.
    For the rest it won't because he's not Obama.

    April 17, 2012 at 3:52 pm |
  56. A Southern Lady - North Carolina

    The fact that Mitt Romney is a Mormon should not matter but, unfortunatly, it does, especially to some Southern Baptists. I think he is a good man but he is a Republican and this former Republican can not vote for him as neither he or the R party now share my values. I feel if he is elected, we will bomb Iran and be in another Mid-Eastern war within six months. Also, women's rights to control their own bodies will be further diminished by a Republican president. The states that now have the disgusting law requiring a vaginal probe when getting an abortion all have Republican governors and this law is ordered not by the woman's doctor but by her Republican legislator. Unbelievable! And lastly, the few enviromental laws that were not already weakened by Bush/Cheney will be further weakened by a Republican president or completely done away with to assist the Koch brothers, Gordon Norquist and other enviromental attackers. The November election is very important to this county and, before voting, all citizens need to understand just what is at stake. For th good of this county – Obama in 2012.

    April 17, 2012 at 3:54 pm |
  57. Conor in Chicago

    I actually don’t think it will matter at all. If a person is small minded enough to not vote for Romney simply because he’s a Mormon, my guess is that this same person would conclude that a Mormon is better than a Muslim, and they’d vote for Romney anyways. Perhaps I’m just an atheist who has a problem with any grown man who believes in “God” having access to the nuclear codes, but I think this whole Mormon issue is way overblown.

    April 17, 2012 at 3:58 pm |
  58. CW from Irondale

    won't vote for a Mormon – but I won't vote for a Republican, either. I also have a friend who is Mormon, and she is part of a movement AGAINST Romney because they don't feel Republican views toward social services are in line with Mormon beliefs.

    April 17, 2012 at 3:59 pm |
  59. Pete in Georgia

    Jack, I couldn't care less what religion President Romney is, I wouldn't care if he invented his own religion. From what I see he is a decent, honest, intelligent, loyal family man with a terrific family and no hidden agendas and no links to fringe lunatics who want to overthrow America.
    That in itself is refreshing.

    April 17, 2012 at 4:03 pm |
  60. Kyle S Irvine, CA

    It does not matter Jack, President Obama is Muslim and his middle name is Hussein. Yet he still won the presidency. Mitt Romney should come out publicly saying he is a Mormon. Evangelicals are not going to vote for the president so Mr. Romney has nothing to worry about.

    April 17, 2012 at 4:07 pm |
  61. Virginia - Atlanta

    I don't care what his religion might be. I care that he tells lies.

    April 17, 2012 at 4:07 pm |
  62. s in fl

    It could matter quite a bit, Jack. That is, if the standard issue Magic Underwear actually work,

    April 17, 2012 at 4:10 pm |
  63. Rebecca from Georgia

    Hmmmmm, I don't think his religious affiliations should come into play. I'll admit that religion is a part of the the person but it doesn't define the person. I think the way a person presents himself and the way he treats others especially those who are less fortunate than themselves is a much better way to determine what kind of person they are.

    April 17, 2012 at 4:13 pm |
  64. Michael, from Smiths, Alabama

    In the South, being a Mormon will matter. Everyone here is Baptist or Catholic and only the ones foolish enough to believe he'll be the 'saviour' America needs will support him. The rest will either vote for Obama or choose not to vote. Romney will have to do some serious booty-kissing to win any support in the Land of Dixie.

    April 17, 2012 at 4:15 pm |
  65. Martha Brooks

    Only if some influential and very vocal group decides to spend the bucks to get it out there in front of the TV and internet viewing public. I'll bet 90% of non-Mormons are totally unaware of that church's history. As for John Kennedy, I don't think most of the voters in 1960 considered things like the Inquisition to be germane. Only time will tell...

    Martha, Rew, PA

    April 17, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
  66. Mitoosense Ft Lauderdale Florida

    We have not tried Mormons yet, Could be the answer

    April 17, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  67. Larry in Houston

    Mitt Romney is a Mormon. How much will it matter ?
    Answer : It doesn't matter One Bit, to be perfectly honest. One thing for sure : (If he gets elected) the preachers & evangelicals will never say he's some kind of evil person, or say that being a mormon is satanic, and some of the other idiotic stuff you hear from those southern preachers, and other people. It's really too bad that the Democratic National Committee isn't smart enough to figure it out. I mean figure out that they REALLY need to get somebody Else, to run against Obama, but – I guess they figure the "Incumbent" must be sort of like superman ( unstoppable) or can't be beat, for any reason, or another. Hate to be a bearer of bad tidings Jack, but Obama has an Uphill Battle – all the way to November, in my opinion. By the time Romney's into his 3rd year, the tea party and the evangelicals, the right wingers, and the rest of the republicans will end up disliking him so much, it's going to be pitiful. He's so close to Obama, it's pathetic, Jack. He's just catering to his Base for now, and after he gets elected, he will cater to them for awhile, but then he will end up moving towards the middle, so he can get another 4 yrs. By then, the Tea Party will end up like the "occupy" gang – practically non-existent now. Vote Democrat – ( lesser of the 2 evils )

    April 17, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  68. lou

    I hope he does have to explain his faith a little bit, because once he starts talking about the origins of his religion, inevitably, people will start to compare it to the origins of Christianity. Then maybe we'll all get a good chuckle over how we're so driven to follow some hair-brained fairy tale written a gazillion years ago by a group of well to do royal clergy, that just wanted a way to control the masses.

    April 17, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  69. Burbank from CA

    I don't think Romney's faith matters anywhere nearly as much as Santorum's did. It was had to tell if Sanctimonious Santorum was running for President or Pope!

    April 17, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  70. Karl in Flint, MI

    The only thing mitten hasn't flip-flopped on is his religion and he has enough intentionally vague policy issues that religion is on the bottom of anyone's list.

    April 17, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  71. firstborn1945

    It matters. While living deep in Mormon Country:
    Seeking employment: Who is your bishop? I don't have a Bishop. That position was filled.
    Seeking housing: Where is your husband? I don't have a husband. That house was rented.
    It matters.

    April 17, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  72. Mary J s

    from Sarasota FL where being a Mormon may make a differrence to some of the nine demographics we have living in this area. I doubt it will make any difference considering most people who vote Republican will hold their noses and vote for him if they even go to the polls in Nov. He is totally pathetic on so many levels, why would his Mormonism make any difference. Really, Jack.

    April 17, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  73. Anthone, Virginia

    Whether he wants to or not, it will. He and his Republican compadres though both action and inaction tried to pin the non-Christian and Muslim tags on the President. Now the chickens are coming home to roost. He's going to have to talk about Mormonism/faith, and let the evagelical Christians decide who they hate more: Mormons or Obama!

    April 17, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  74. California Gary

    It shouldn't matter, but the fact is that it will matter to many potential voters. Just like Obama's race shouldn't matter, but the fact is that it does matter to a number of people in this country. Maybe the "religious" voters will be cancelled out by the "race" voters and the rest of us will actually be able to pick a president for the right reasons. One can hope.

    April 17, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
  75. Larry Feierstein-Denver

    It does not matter at all, people first see how twofaced he is, regardless of his religious beliefs. He is a Palm Beach Mormon, no problem, just keep fakin it Mitt. You'll do fine, even when you convert, and you will convert to win this election.

    April 17, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
  76. falconco

    I don't care what faith our President is. I just want a leader who will adhere to the Constitution and not have his AG interfere in state's rights. I want a leader who will rein in the debt, secure the border, let the jobs creators create jobs instead of hindering them...drill for oil and gas NOW ....oh, and have a transparent government...and let Nancy drain the swamp. Religion doesn't make a leader.
    No more cronyism's such as Soylandra, Fiskar, etc.

    April 17, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
  77. DT - Saint Paul, MN

    Wait. Why is Mitt the authority on the matter? Do you want a Presidential candidate to be the spokesman for a religion? That can only lead to good things....

    April 17, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
  78. Dave in WA

    Religion is a big negative. But the major criteria I judge a candidate on are: does he/she lie, and are they on the side of working Americans or not?

    If they are religious – then unfortunately – this usually means they are on the side of the rich. The hypocrisy of their position is even spelled out in most religious texts. Hence, you can't trust religious voters or the politicians who vie for their support.

    April 17, 2012 at 4:30 pm |
  79. meljo

    I wonder if protestors will start wearing black top hats to romney events.....and then before shouting any slogans, they'll put their faces in the top hats like they are reading something inside

    April 17, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
  80. deborah ballweg Seibert, co

    People have their choice. A Mormon or a socialist leaning muslim. As a Mormon, I can attest to the fact that we are Christians and hold Judeo Christian values. Give us a look. It's free.

    April 17, 2012 at 4:32 pm |
  81. kim smith, Dodge City, Ks.

    Why can't we have an Agnostic, or Athiest President? It would save us the misery of our legislation being slanted by either magic underwear, european idol worshipers, or ancient fertility cults. There is not one major religion that has not been the source of war, death, poverty and misery, since the begining of recorded history.

    April 17, 2012 at 4:32 pm |
  82. Tom Joad

    Romney's faith doesn't matter to thinking people (most of them don't watch Cafferty), but it does matter that his own party seems to have little faith in him.

    April 17, 2012 at 4:32 pm |
  83. Romneyisbetterthanobama

    I respect Romney for not bringing up his faith. It seems his opponents, namely, the left wingers, are so desperate that they have to continuously bring it up. Romney brushes it aside and always diverts the questions and debates back to policies. That is something i respect.

    April 17, 2012 at 4:33 pm |
  84. John Galt Ramirez

    This is AMERICA... freedom of religion, freedom PERIOD. Let's move on instead of thinking about this kind of garbage. Like or dislike him on the merits of his argument not because of his religion or race or how much cash he has in his bank account.

    April 17, 2012 at 4:34 pm |
  85. Mark B.

    Certainly not. Obama's doesnt.

    April 17, 2012 at 4:34 pm |
  86. Ann from Charleston SC

    The fact that Mitt Romney is a Morman means nothing to me. The thing I hold against him is that I don't have a clue about where he stands on anything.

    April 17, 2012 at 4:35 pm |
  87. Julie from Illinois

    It won't matter at all unless people find out what Mormans believe.

    April 17, 2012 at 4:35 pm |
  88. bill in florida

    religion and politics don't mix, what he does in his life better not affect mine

    April 17, 2012 at 4:35 pm |
  89. Bryant

    How much did Mormonism factor when Romney was governor of Massachusetts? Were only Mormons appointed to judgeships? Were the citizenry required to accept Mormon beliefs. Has Massachusetts become a bastion of Mormon believers? I THINK NOT!

    Mr. Cafferty, Why do you keep raising this question? What are your fears?

    April 17, 2012 at 4:36 pm |
  90. Joseph Smith

    It matters quite a bit due to the LDS "White Horse prophecy" that the Mormons will run the USA as a theocracy.

    April 17, 2012 at 4:36 pm |
  91. John From Carlsbad , CA

    It makes no difference at all. Take the time to understand and do not listen to these comments on this post. I was in the Boy Scouts in the 60's at the Mormon Church. I believe it was called mutual on Tuesday nights. I learned Mormons are some of the most genuine and kindest folks I have ever met. Two of my best friends are Mormon, went on mission out of high school and moved to Utah, still there today. They are good people, if you think other wise, you need to spend some time with them. Oh, I am not a Mormon, but a few of my friends are.

    April 17, 2012 at 4:38 pm |
  92. longshot

    you have to question his critical thinking skills if he believes this stuff – he's even allowed it to influence his views on evolution, in what other decisisons will he allow superstition to supersede science?!

    April 17, 2012 at 4:38 pm |
  93. Terry NJ

    His religion doesn't matter its his lack of consistency, he goes where ever the prevailing wind blows him, he is not a leader or a dynamic, charismatic person. He will just be a tool for the GOP conservatives and the 1%ers and if the people elect him as POTUS we deserve what we get

    April 17, 2012 at 4:41 pm |
  94. Core republican Values

    As a republican, it absolutely matters. I don't trust anyone who isn't just like me. Except for Rush, Sean, and Sarah. And the boys down at Buds Bait Shack. Oh, and the earth is 6,044 years old, Obama is a Muslim, Global Warming is a hoax, and wealthy people deserve to be supported by my taxes, and I'm proud when my kids go to war to protect those same rich people.

    (And Jesus hated gays and lesbians.)

    April 17, 2012 at 4:41 pm |
  95. Anthony Hahn

    I am no fan of Romney's. I left the republican party because of eliteist like him. But even as an independant I think this is such a stupid argument. According to our Constitution we do not have to have a certain religion or even any religion to be a citizen or to hold office.But to make this our national conversation is a waste of time and resources. If I thought he would make a better president than President Obama, I would vote regardless of his religion, fortunately I don't feel that way.

    April 17, 2012 at 4:42 pm |
  96. john

    Yes, it does matter. Sane people don't believe they're in contact with people (saviors or not) who live on a planet called, Kolob.

    April 17, 2012 at 4:42 pm |
  97. Crazyperson

    Yes it does matter. It's what he is......dangerous.

    April 17, 2012 at 4:43 pm |
  98. FauxNews

    Religion won't matter, since he hasn't got a pray of winning.

    April 17, 2012 at 4:43 pm |
  99. Joseph Smith

    I think it would be ideal if Romney would clarify that Mormons are NOT Christians to set the record straight and let the chips fall where they may with the voting public

    April 17, 2012 at 4:43 pm |
  100. Gary

    Mormonism is even kookier than mainstream religions and denominations. I can't vote for anyone who takes that cult seriously.

    April 17, 2012 at 4:44 pm |
  101. curtis in philadelphia

    Jack, if his wives don't care, why should we?

    April 17, 2012 at 4:44 pm |
  102. Wayne

    Unfortunately, it does matter. Regardless of ones faith, the decisions one makes is always impacted by the doctrines and dogmas one 'believes" to be true. It's wise to evaluate a politicians beliefs before making a decision to vote for them. That includes all the different factions of Christianity.

    April 17, 2012 at 4:44 pm |
  103. richard a. winkler

    It should matter alot because Mormonism is more of a cult than a religion. For example, they believe in the Planet Mormon, where all the men go, and if they want to, they can draw certain women up their with them. They believe that Mormonism is the ONLY way you can be immortal.

    Anyone who can believe that nonsense does not have the character to be dog catch much less President.

    April 17, 2012 at 4:45 pm |
  104. Kevin

    Yes, it should matter. The LDS/Mormon church is one of the largest private landowners in the United States. They believe in building a physical kingdom of heaven on Earth and they're making progress. To have a Mormon president would only speed this up. Google it if you don't believe me.

    April 17, 2012 at 4:45 pm |
  105. Walter Shmitt

    Only those who know nothing of the Mormon church will find it irrelevant. Them people are WHACK-O!!!!

    April 17, 2012 at 4:45 pm |
  106. Sirned

    Mormon? I thought his religion was Greed.....

    Ned from Virginia

    April 17, 2012 at 4:45 pm |
  107. WDinDallas

    Obama's lack of faith doesn't, why should his faith matter?

    April 17, 2012 at 4:45 pm |
  108. Jeff from Columbus

    Obama's faith obviously didn't hurt him in 2008. If his 20 year association with a repugnant figure like Rev. Wright doesn't sink a candidate, I don't think being Mormon is going to hurt Romney in the least.

    April 17, 2012 at 4:45 pm |
  109. Mayor McCheese

    It ought to matter. Why should voters not consider the fact that Romney is a devout Mormon? He not only personally practices his religion and spent two years in France trying to convince others to become Mormon and raised his five boys as Mormon, but he also donates 10% of his considerable income to the Mormon church so you have to agree that he is a true believer.

    Given that fact, shouldn't we all have a very clear understand what this man believes? If he truly believes all of the controversial – some would say ridiculous and bigoted – aspects of Mormonism, why should that not be completely exposed for all voters to consider. If he doesn't stand up and say what he does and does not believe, then he is just trying to pull the wool over voter's eyes.

    April 17, 2012 at 4:46 pm |
  110. Christine C Curtis

    Why does not ONE person talk about the Morman faith and how it came about? No one, not ever. This is a very current made-up religion that has so many awful and stupid things in its past. Mountain Meadows anyone? Joseph Smith flying out a window after he was almost castrated but the folks, angry as they were, couldn't bring themselves to do it? The planet Kolob, saint Moroni? One step away from Scientology. Secret underwear, past baptisms, cows heads, and last but not least, polygamy. Yeah, Mitt, I want to hear about all of that...stop trying to be mainstream, not that any of that is any better.

    April 17, 2012 at 4:46 pm |
  111. Patricksday

    His lack of human understanding and Compassion for those who did not have the Breaks he has been given with a wealthy family, how much money does one person need to live, or is it like CRACK once you get a taste you will do anything you can to get more of it. Its all so very sick.

    April 17, 2012 at 4:47 pm |
  112. schaz

    Religion should only matter in extreme cases. Like if the candidate worshiped Baal, and made human sacrifices.

    April 17, 2012 at 4:47 pm |
  113. Steve

    Of course it matters – how can one divorce one's beliefs, ideologies, and values from one's religion?

    April 17, 2012 at 4:47 pm |
  114. EdfromMD

    It shouldn't matter, government has the job of Satan anyway.

    April 17, 2012 at 4:48 pm |
  115. Dave From Philly

    Jack, did Obama's faith matter? Every person should be held to the same standard.

    April 17, 2012 at 4:48 pm |
  116. Mike from Canmore

    Of course Romney's faith matters, unless you believe blacks are black because they were cursed by God, or that native Americans are a lost ribe of Israel . . .

    April 17, 2012 at 4:48 pm |
  117. Jerry

    Yes, Jack, you and your buddies would love it if Romney would make this election about his religion. Romney isn't that stupid. This election isn't about religion or women's rights. This election is about the economy; about jobs; about schools failing to teach; about inflation; about government waste and forced healthcare mandates.

    April 17, 2012 at 4:51 pm |
  118. stymied

    He's faith doesn't bother me. He's views on birth control do. This is a hot button issue for me this election year. I'm 62 years old & don't need it myself, but refuse to leave my daughter & granddaughters twisting in the wind because the GOP's views on the subject. Not every woman wishes to have children, some women prefer to give an orphan a home rather than a birth child, some woman only wish to have only one or two, while some wish to have a "quiver full". Some women chose to be stay at home moms, some chose to work outside the home, and some have no chose but to be working moms. I wish all women had the chose to pick what they want & need without interference from church & state. You infringe upon my freedoms when you tell me what I can & cannot do with my uterus. Don't quote Bible versers at me & tell me I'm sinner for feeling the way I do. The Bible says masturbation is a sin, so let EVERY man who EVER masturbated have a probe inserted into his penis (married or single) & then let them tell me his rights & privacy were not violated.

    April 17, 2012 at 4:51 pm |
  119. Bob

    Certainly. Mormonism is a cult and pretty kooky. They believe everyone gets their own plant after they die, and that they become the gods of these planents. Kind of an Amway scheme where you move up the deity ladder. Of course, it's crazy – the kind of belief system that might land you in a psychiatric hospital were it not an organized religion. Problem is, anyone stupid enough to believe this stuff is stupid enough to believe almost anything. I sure don't want a gullible moron making national decisions.

    April 17, 2012 at 4:51 pm |
  120. Michael

    Mormon have a great potential to become our own American Taliban. Dude, Really? Read "Under the Banner of Heaven" and then act dismissive and smirky.

    April 17, 2012 at 4:52 pm |
  121. Trent

    Mitt Romney was a Mormon governor. How much did it matter?

    April 17, 2012 at 4:52 pm |
  122. AB

    It will matter alot when Mormonism is examined in its entirty. Its history of racism and polygamy are long standing and legendary. Prehaps Romney is well aware of this and is ashamed of it.

    April 17, 2012 at 4:52 pm |
  123. GG 206045 Allin

    I don't care if he's Mormon, Jewish, Hindi, a satan worshipper, or a wiccan; it's all the same to me. Faith in fairy stories like God are what is crippling progress in our world. Give me an honest Atheist in office any day of the week.

    April 17, 2012 at 4:52 pm |
  124. Alisa

    Shows how much people really know about mormonisn. Multiple wives havne't existed in over 100 years and please stay at home with your children thats a choice not a requirement. I am a working mother of 2. Get your facts straight before you speak!

    April 17, 2012 at 4:53 pm |
  125. kenny in Va

    I'd rather have a Mormon than a Muslim that has tried to convert to Christianity since he started to run for President!. In my viewpoint Mormons make good leaders and are successful in life. The multiple wives is a thing of the past and they are no more a cult than some strong groups in the Baptist church. Go Romney, America needs you before we all become Socialist!

    April 17, 2012 at 4:54 pm |
  126. Ben in Syracuse

    I think it should matter what a person believes. Not from knee-jerk prejudice but from real consideration of who he is. I am troubled by what Mormons believe because it is so illogical and fantasy-based. Add to that their strange practices like baptizing dead people by proxy and wearing special underwear with mysterious symbols, and it begins to look like a cult.

    April 17, 2012 at 4:54 pm |
  127. Kevin J Brosnahan

    Romney's religion/faith/PERSONAL views don't matter to me unless, or until, he starts basing Our Country's present and future decisions on it. Fact based decisions, COLLECTIVE decisions - not 1 sided and not Based on 1 belief system. whatev..

    April 17, 2012 at 4:54 pm |
  128. Beverly - NYC

    It should matter as much as Reverend Wright did in 2008 when Candidate Obama's faith was questioned. Mitt's Big Love, Sister Wife religion should not be off limits if it forms the core of his beliefs.

    April 17, 2012 at 4:54 pm |
  129. Rich

    I'm a Mormon and understand why Romney has been mostly quiet about his religion. Bigotry towards Mormonism is still accepted in this country, unlike racism or semitism. For me, understanding his morals and work ethic tell me what type of president he would be. Politically I don't agree with everything he has done. Finding the person who best represents my ideals is the best I can hope for. I do think Mitt should come out and simply state that he is a active member of the Church of Jesus Christ and then move on to the issues that plague this country like the economy, energy, and our lack of foreign policy. Religion is not one of issues.

    April 17, 2012 at 4:55 pm |
  130. Gigi Oregon

    It is already being put into sermons in my denomination. Subtle...but it's being suggested. Not as radical as it was when JFK ran or Bush 2, but then we have 7 months till D day. I think they are remembering the 2000 election when the religious right sent us into the cowboy/air force commander world, and "Mission accomplished". Wrong country, money borrowed from CHINA for our grand kids and President Obama to pay off, over 4,000 of our own died and we are still fighting those wars...with controversy.

    Isn't it wonderful that President Obama and our leaders got Ben Laden and not one of our young men and women had to die. My kind of President. I'm an Old Conservative white women. Looking forward to voting for President Obama this time around. God is good, to teach an old woman that He truly means "Blessed our the peace makers, for they shall know God. And in the same book "he who lives by the sword will die by the sword.

    April 17, 2012 at 4:55 pm |
  131. Jake K

    Does it matter? No, JFK was the first Catholic president and he turned out to be a great president who "cooler thinking" saved us from all dying during the Cuban Missile Crisis. During his campign, there was a lot of anti-catholic rhetoric and fears that he would push his catholic agenda on the people, of course it did not happen. Judge Romney by his choices, not his religion.

    April 17, 2012 at 4:55 pm |
  132. Eric (Tennessee)

    Religious chauvinism has always been a problem here in America, where people are too willing to scrutinize the beliefs of others without employing critical thinking towards their own supernatural religion. A Christian can see the faults in polytheists or nature worshipers or Scientologiists BUT they never consider how their own beliefs don't match up reality. This is why scientific theories like evolution and gravity are constantly attacked by the faithful, who can't fathom a world that doesn't mesh with their unscientific beliefs. So I think Mitt's religion is no less unbelievable than others, like Christianity!

    April 17, 2012 at 4:56 pm |
  133. Bruce from Williamstown, NJ

    Mitt's a strange guy. He's wishy-washy in his political views and he talks himself into trouble every ten minutes. He's concrete on his religion, yet won't openly discuss it. Makes no sense. Is HE afraid of what America will think? It shouldn't matter, but we'd still like to see him address it, or at least not dodge every question about what he believes...

    April 17, 2012 at 4:57 pm |
  134. Larry in Houston

    Think about it Jack. If the D.N.C. runs Hillary or somebody that doesn't have a record, a democrat will be a "shoe in"
    I mean the Republicans are going to Tie Obama to everything you can think of. I sort of feel sorry for Obama, to be perfectly honest. They are going to tie him to things like Jeramiah Wright incident, Joe the plumber ordeal, Jim Ayers, (acorn) Tim Geithner / Holder / and the list goes on. As far as I'm concerned, Holder should have been fired with his head rolling out the door so fast it's pitiful. I Mean, Obama will have an UpHill Battle, believe me. All the way to November. Obama Has done some Good things, like O.B.L. & Gadaffy killed under his watch, and some other things, but the Republicans are going to Throw Obama under the Bus, Jack. There will Be No Mercy for him, just wait til Romney gets the 1144 number. – – Vote Democrat 2012 – (lesser of the two evils)

    April 17, 2012 at 4:57 pm |
  135. Brian Samuels (Chicago)

    The knee jerk reaction is to say 'none' Jack. Religion should not be how we choose our Presidents. But Romney has admitted he doesn't approve of interracial marriage, among other things specific to his religion. Romney has to make a speech on religion, similar to JFK, to prove he won't change laws in this country according to the Mormon teachings. Otherwise, it will become a problem.

    April 17, 2012 at 4:59 pm |
  136. Tim in Minnesota

    Considering the our current President spent 2 decades involved in a house of worship where it is not a sin to take name of Lord Your God in vain, anything closer following the ten commandments is an improvement. Faith does matter! If Romney were to win the White House, he seems to respect and honor the views of Christians and all religions. I know nobody will have to hear the slap in face such as we heard in 2008 from Obama's Pastor.
    I sincerely hope that the political machinery building these campaigns makes faith an issue and draws distinctions between Obama's view of interpreting the Word of God and Romney's view of interpreting the Word of God.
    Just for the record I am a Christian.

    April 17, 2012 at 5:00 pm |
  137. John Altanta

    It mattered for the president, even when it was just the racist right making it up. Romney is a pathological liar so whatever faith he claims still leaves him in doubt.

    April 17, 2012 at 5:01 pm |
  138. Brad - Indiana

    You cant judge a person based on faith.

    If you did, all catholic men could be viewed as pedofiles. How many Catholic priests went to jail for rapeing young boys? None.

    Lets stop with the games and focus on fixing our Country before its to late.

    April 17, 2012 at 5:01 pm |
  139. RommyRomulan

    Mormonism is a cult. You want a cultist for president? Look up their beliefs, you'll be appalled. I'd rather stick with Obama than vote for a religious cultist.

    April 17, 2012 at 5:01 pm |
  140. beevee

    It will matter if you are Teaparty loyalist. They may not say it openly but come November they will be silent.

    April 17, 2012 at 5:01 pm |
  141. Juan

    I was raised Catholic and am now a practicing Mormon for the last 13 years. You really should understand it completely before you judge and make accusations without having all the facts.

    April 17, 2012 at 5:02 pm |
  142. Denis Bedu

    According to the Constitution, aren't we supposed to be in a secular society? All political speeches and campaign divagation should stay away from any religious concerns. Secularism is respecting all religions. A leader must lead all, therefore leaving religion out of the office. In some part of the civilized world when a candidate speaks of religion, he/she just committed political suicide. That the way it should be in a true democracy. Right USA ?

    April 17, 2012 at 5:02 pm |
  143. Stacie

    His faith won't matter, but the fact that he won't condemn Ted Nugent's violent comments does matter a lot. After the faux outrage over the little comment made about Ann Romney, I am shocked at the less than timid response Mitt gave about a comment advocating violence against the opposing party!!!

    April 17, 2012 at 5:02 pm |
  144. Octavious Atlanta

    If people are going to question Romney about his faith, they should start with the US Senate and the US Congress. There are 15 Mormons serving in those bodies, at last count, including HARRY REID; My point is, why the issue now???

    April 17, 2012 at 5:02 pm |
  145. KP

    Given what we know about the origins of Mormonism, we can make some observations about Mitt's analytical thinking and or convictions. None of them are good, imo.

    Those who feel we need "an experienced businessman" in the White House should be careful for a host of reasons. First, business is inherently amoral. Second, like lawyers, doctors, and engineers, there are many different types of businessmen.

    A venture capitalist requires different skills from a CEO, COO, or someone charged with making a company successful. A successful venture capitalist demonstrates an ability to pick undervalued companies, and a good understanding of how to game the tax code, among other things. I'm not sure these are good predictors of someone who can "fix the economy." Besides, the power of the president to do this is overrated.

    April 17, 2012 at 5:03 pm |
  146. Mike in MS

    It's going to matter to a lot of people, but I can't see it mattering enough, or with enough people, to change the outcome in any given state. So in the end it won't alter the electoral vote outcome.

    April 17, 2012 at 5:03 pm |
  147. Octavious Atlanta

    Oh yeah, and that church that Obama was/is a member of?? You all don't consider THAT CHURCH a cult??????

    April 17, 2012 at 5:03 pm |
  148. Ash

    I am a Mormon. I know that there was a lot of racism in church members in the past, and there are probably still racist people in our Church, but I never was taught growing up anything discriminatory. That's why, as I've gotten older, it's been strange for me to hear people think my church is racist. Given past policies, however, it is understandable. But that is not the reality I've experienced. One of my heroes in my life is black. And guess what? She is a Mormon. Another hero in my life...another black Mormon. And I would have no problem with marrying a man of any race. The racism thing simply is not a reality in my experience with my church. I also am I very outspoken woman who wants to go to law school and have a career, even though I eventually want to take a break from my job to spend my time with my family when I have kids. I haven't experienced sexism, although there are probably sexist jerks in my religion, as unfortunately, there are still a lot of sexist jerks in the world, but I haven't met any Mormon ones yet (thankfully).

    That being said, I'm most likely NOT voting for Mitt Romney. I don't like his politics and I'm not impressed with him.

    And for the record, I'd still vote for Barack Obama if he was Muslim (which he is not). I'm not voting for the religious leader of the United States. I'm voting for the President.

    I know a lot of people are confused about what Mormons believe. But one of our websites mormon.org is really good about explaining what our beliefs are.

    April 17, 2012 at 5:04 pm |
  149. RE Ann Utah

    Comments like "Ann Utah" are part of the problem. That is not the Mormon world view and most of the Mormons I know are good family people. Part of the problem with chat boards like this is that wildly inaccurate information is posted by those saying "honest!". If you want to know what Mormons really believe, I would talk to a practicing Mormon – a real one, in person – not someone online.

    April 17, 2012 at 5:04 pm |
  150. Andy

    Hey Rich, Religion IS one of the issues. I for one will be pretty nervous having a Mormon holding the nuclear suitcase.

    April 17, 2012 at 5:04 pm |
  151. Vote Wisely

    I don't care if the guy believes Papa Smurf is the creator. As long as he demonstrates he can bring this country together and move us forward better than Mr Obama has, he will get my vote.

    April 17, 2012 at 5:05 pm |
  152. Steph - WI

    Are we talking about Mitt from January who went on and on about the "dignity or work" for poor people, including mothers of two year olds OR the Mitt of last week who said all moms (stay at home and those employed outside the home) work? This man is so set on "winning" he will say whatever he thinks the majority wants him say he believes. I doubt he even knows what he truly believes anymore.

    April 17, 2012 at 5:06 pm |
  153. cliffcummings

    Be very afraid! Remember how Governor Romney convinced all of Massachusetts to become conservative Mormon Republicans! Is Romney's Mormonism really the top issue this election cycle?? The paranoia of some people astonishes me!

    April 17, 2012 at 5:06 pm |
  154. Charles

    Oh the words coming out of keyboards of those that are in the dark. The primary social aspects of the Mormon faith are importance of family, self sufficiency, education, self improvement, being a good neighbor, obeying the laws of the land, charity, and others. Basically, be a good person and be a good citizen. The BS about strange and peculiar attributes spouted by others about "the Mormons" is no different than attributes at services of other faiths that some believe to be oddities within other predominate religions practicing in the US, including other Christian religions. Been to a Catholic service lately? Been to a Baptist service lately? As long as any religion produces/encourages people that are better human beings, let them have at it.

    April 17, 2012 at 5:08 pm |
  155. Miguel Morris-Texas

    Not one bit, only in the eyes of his enemies. Having lived in the home of the LDS in Utah, and being Catholic, I can tell you that the Mormans are wonderful people. They are organized, take care of their needy, and are good citizens. They have made considerable progress to recognize that we are all God's Children. I pray for them as they pray for us. Mitt Romney brings to the plate a far better preparation than our current President and will do a great job. I think his learning curve will be shorter than most because he has already handled big projects and problems.

    April 17, 2012 at 5:09 pm |

    Romney being a Mormon will matter about as much as Kennedy being a Catholic or Nixon being a Quaker. It will have ZERO effect.

    April 17, 2012 at 5:09 pm |
  157. Susan

    A Mormon in the house will certainly be a change: they don't smoke, drink, do drugs, indulge in caffeinated beverages. They believe in family, caring for others. Sounds okay, doesn't it? And you get the Mormon Tabernacle Choir to boot!

    April 17, 2012 at 5:09 pm |
  158. azhermit

    along the same line of thinking... are we ready for a Satanist for POTUS?

    April 17, 2012 at 5:09 pm |
  159. Debbie from CA

    It does for me. Romney is a leader (Bishop) in LDS. The Mormon faith has a deplorable stance on women, people of color, and gays. His core beliefs will impact his policies on women, people of color and gays. Romney claims to be a Christian but his actions prove otherwise. Romney has a love of money and power. The love of money is the root of all evil. I truely in my heart believe the man is a deceiver and evil.

    April 17, 2012 at 5:10 pm |
  160. Jennifer

    doesnt matter

    We just need somebody to get the country on the right track

    April 17, 2012 at 5:10 pm |
  161. Geoffrey - Nashville

    If Romney is elected, it will matter, and by that time it will be too late because the reality is that Mormonism is more oppressive than Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, Judaism or Atheism – in faith and practice.

    April 17, 2012 at 5:10 pm |
  162. gg

    the war mongers and the people wanting to get back to the easy get rich scams of the bush days–it will not matter

    April 17, 2012 at 5:11 pm |
  163. tom delaware

    I am an educated person and I like to think of myself as a person without prejudices but I do really believe that Mormonism is a cult. Everything from people being expelled and shunned to wearing special underwear, to screwy, totally unrealistic beliefs like that Jesus came to America and the Garden of Eden is in Missouri makes this seem like Jamestown in Utah. This is not a religion. It is about as secretive as any other cult. What normal religion says you can't drink coca cola or coffee? I would be as likely to vote for Mitt Romney as I would for John Travolta or Tom Cruise.

    April 17, 2012 at 5:11 pm |
  164. Greg

    Being Morman presents some serious problems. How much of the religious teachings does Romney hold as true. Does he really accept as fact that the Garden of Eden was in Missouri or that the American Indians desended from on of the lost trides of Israel. If he does it shows a real blindness to intellectual curiosity if he doesnt makes him kind of a pretender in his own Church

    April 17, 2012 at 5:11 pm |
  165. OpenValve

    It matters to me. I think anyone that holds the most powerful position in the world should not be a follower and huge financial supporter of a cult. A cult that was started by a known fraudster and pervert with 44 wives, many of which were children. Not to mention a cult that to this day believes Native Americans and Blacks were cursed by God and that's why their skin color is darker. So, in essence, Mitt Romney BELIEVES THAT NATIVE AMERICANS AND BLACKS SKIN COLOR IS A CURSE FROM GOD. Anyone who votes for him is an absolute imbecile.

    April 17, 2012 at 5:12 pm |
  166. gary / St. Louis

    When the Mormon Church allows anyone to visit and observe their services openly – as you can do in any Christian church (as well as most other places of worship), I will start to shift my opinion. As for now, my research to date leads me to conclude that it appears to be a cult, founded by a man who, today, would be classified as a pedophile, if not worse. Legitimate religions have nothing to hide from persons interested in delving deeper into their practices.

    April 17, 2012 at 5:12 pm |
  167. Ex-Republican

    The first time I voted for president, it was for Richard Nixon in 1972. I have supported the Republican Party over the decades. For years the Democrat Party was viewed as the party of special interests. Today it is just the opposite. Between the evangelical christian groups and the ultra right wing tea party cult, there is nothing the Republican Party has to offer for those of us in the middle of the socio-economic spectrum. My vote will be for Obama.

    April 17, 2012 at 5:12 pm |
  168. Tyler

    Jack, this is probably like the fifth time you've asked this question (or some variation of it) in recent memory. I can't figure out why CNN wants to make Mitt Romney's Mormonism such a big deal. Every time Romney is up in the polls, there is some front-page article dealing with some "Mormon controversy" or another. I'm more interested in what policies he'll adopt as Commander in Chief, not who he worships or what kind of underwear he prefers.

    April 17, 2012 at 5:13 pm |
  169. Mike M. Scappoose, OR

    Doesn't matter because he will lose, but all things being equal it only matters if he would let it interfere with governing!

    April 17, 2012 at 5:13 pm |
  170. Riley ODay

    I have been in several churches that call Mormons a cult. I dont expect they will want to vote for Mitt.

    April 17, 2012 at 5:14 pm |
  171. Phil in Fort Worth, TX

    Any candidate's faith (or lack thereof) will inform his or her moral worldview and therefore how he or she will govern. Nevertheless, even within a given religious group, different people will be informed in different ways (just take a look at the wide range of political expressions of the Roman Catholic faith, for instance). Mr. Romney would be well-advised to address how his faith informs him. Like it or not, "Mormonism" comes with a lot historical teachings that sound odd to non-Mormons (eg, the star/planet Kolob, black skin being the "mark of Cain", personal godhood, polygamy, belief in a heavenly mother, etc). If he thinks that he can avoid having to address how closely he adheres to these more "unique" teachings of his faith, he should remember how the media hounded Barak Obama about the teachings of his pastor, Jeremiah Wright when was running for president. He should also take note of how President Obama successfully addressed those concerns directly. Avoiding the hard questions simply breeds suspicion in the minds of the people.

    April 17, 2012 at 5:17 pm |
  172. jqent

    I don't mind his "faith" half so much as his ungodly wealth, and his total disconnect from the general public.

    April 17, 2012 at 5:17 pm |
  173. James Maxwell

    The Mormon Church is quite bizarre and secretive, to say the very least. Romney is a DEVOUT Mormon. I think it is a major issue, and I think it makes a great deal of difference. I would never vote for him for that reason alone, but there are many others.

    April 17, 2012 at 5:17 pm |
  174. slippery

    It matters since he said it does. And we don't need someone like that.

    April 17, 2012 at 5:17 pm |
  175. IT MATTERS!

    It's hard to vote for a man that has already been fooled by Joseph Smith and is believing something, quite obviously, insane.

    April 17, 2012 at 5:17 pm |
  176. Steph - WI

    It does matter only in the way it affects his policies. I, personally, believe in equality. Here is a section from the LDS manual about women's role: http://institute.lds.org/manuals/eternal-marriage-student-manual/m2-mothers.asp

    Chapter: Mother's Employment Outside the Home
    President Spencer W. Kimball

    “The husband is expected to support his family and only in an emergency should a wife secure outside employment. Her place is in the home, to build the home into a heaven of delight.

    “Numerous divorces can be traced directly to the day when the wife left the home and went out into the world into employment. Two incomes raise the standard of living beyond its norm. Two spouses working prevent the complete and proper home life, break into the family prayers, create an independence which is not cooperative, causes distortion, limits the family and frustrates the children already born. . . .

    “. . . I beg of you, you who could and should be bearing and rearing a family: Wives, come home from the typewriter, the laundry, the nursing, come home from the factory, the café.

    “No career approaches in importance that of wife, homemaker, mother—cooking meals, washing dishes, making beds for one’s precious husband and children.

    April 17, 2012 at 5:17 pm |
  177. commentable

    i thought we got passed all of this with JFK. if religion matters than we are starting over again. it took too long to elect a man of color, now we are supposed to regress and be worried about religion again. the day should be here when a persons race, relgion, gender do not matter. they should be either bad or good at the job based on what they do. everything else is noise

    April 17, 2012 at 5:17 pm |
  178. Max Brooks from Florida

    As long as a Presidential candidate understands separation of church and state, then their religion makes no difference to me.

    April 17, 2012 at 5:17 pm |
  179. Sandman

    I believe the vast majority believes it matters but because they are either fed up, not a Democrat, and want a change they will ignore it. The fact of the matter is that it should matter because any president whether republican or democrat their faith and the way they were raised played a major impact in their decision making.

    April 17, 2012 at 5:18 pm |
  180. Joe VT

    It matters a lot. If he really believes the nonsense he claims to believe, there's a lot to be worried about. If he's just playing the game, he should come out and say so. Evangelicals are willing to admit they put belief in magic before scientific fact. Mormons should be willing to admit the same.

    April 17, 2012 at 5:18 pm |
  181. James in Arlington

    It only matters if he is a MINO (Mormon in name only). If he is a true believer then he'll certainly have some explaining to do on how their teachings guide him as an individual vs. president. That said, the media never asks serious questions to "Christians" that cherry pick from their religion, quoting the ten commandments all the time yet ignoring the other old testament teachings (a god that supports slavery, polygamy, rape, etc.). Mormonism odd and unbelievable, but really no more than Christianity for those that actually study the religion rather than simply believing in sound bites from preachers.

    April 17, 2012 at 5:18 pm |
  182. Fernando from dallas tx

    It matters alot jack. I wouldnt want a president who has like 20 wives. How am I supposed to keep track of how may first ladys there are in the white house? It would be too confusing.

    April 17, 2012 at 5:19 pm |
  183. Brian Samuels (Chicago)

    It depends if anyone ever asks the question: "Who is the Prophet Joseph Smith?"

    April 17, 2012 at 5:19 pm |
  184. Jerome from Louisville

    I think it matters about as much as it does for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

    April 17, 2012 at 5:19 pm |
  185. Peter Nooten

    I don't see that his religion matters any more than Obama's religion (what ever it is or isn't). We aren't looking for a national religious leader–we are looking for a commander-in-chief and a president for our country. I would like to give a business executive a crack at fixing our economy and our bloated government and it seems like he fits the bill better than any I've seen in a long time. Judging him by his wealth, he knows how to turn businesses and organizations around to make money. I think we need someone who can help our country get out of debt and make money.

    April 17, 2012 at 5:19 pm |
  186. Tim Lister

    The only way that Mitt's religion should matter is if he abandons it during the campaign like Obama did his religion when the media uncovered what it was about. Then it may raise a red flag. I don't see Mitt abandoning his religion.

    April 17, 2012 at 5:21 pm |
  187. Michael

    The GOP and every single Christian (strongest group of voters) who have every made a statement or had a cause for the President have always said Faith matters. But, now suddenly they are faced with leaving a black man in office who most of them do not like because he is powerful and black (forget the fact that he is actually working FOR the people and not just corporations) or electing someone who's faith they disagree with. Disgusting. Where are there Christian faith morals today?

    April 17, 2012 at 5:21 pm |
  188. Ann in North Carolina

    I'm a Democrat, so I won't be voting Republican regardless of the candidate's religion. However, I grew up in an area heavily populated by Mormons. They were some of the nicest, most helpful people that I've met in my life, so I don't think that voters should avoid voting for Mr. Romney just because of his religion. Frankly, I think that it's high time that we as voters focus on candidates' positions on the key issues facing our country, such as the economy, foreign policy, etc., rather than their religion. An individual's religion should be a private matter, and shouldn't factor into politics. Our Constitution guarantees the separation of church and state, and we would do well to remember that.

    April 17, 2012 at 5:21 pm |
  189. Randall

    It doesn't matter to me because I'm supporting Obama. I do think, however, that his Mormon faith could cost him the election. IF that 17% of voters who won't vote for a Mormon sticks or grows, Romney is doomed.

    April 17, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
  190. Tom K. From Beverly Hills

    Harry Reid is a Mormon and no one complains about it. It doesn't matter and shouldn't matter what faith a person has. Perhaps Mitt Romney doesn't speak of his Mormon faith because he respects the Separation of Church and State. One's faith should be a personal thing.

    April 17, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
  191. Steve

    Yes it matters especially when it is mormanism. Anyone who believes in "Magical Underwear" cannot be taken seriously and you really have to wonder about their thought process in all areas! The U.S. is overdue for an Agnostic/Atheist president!

    April 17, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
  192. barbara in nc

    I may be in the minority here, but I just can't bring myself to vote for a mormon that lies left and right. Then again, I can't bring myself to vote for any republican flipflopper.

    April 17, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
  193. Jon in Tempe, Arizona

    It will matter a lot. Mormons not only have racism in their past, they currently have racist preachings. Check out the Book of Mormon in 2 Nephi 5:21.

    "And the Lord had caused the cursing to come upon them, yea, even a sore cursing, because of their iniquity. For behold, they had hardened their hearts against him, that they had become like unto a flint; wherefore, as they were white, and exceedingly fair and delightsome, that they might not be enticing unto my people the Lord God did cause a skin of blackness to come upon them."

    Do you want someone as president that believes that?

    April 17, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
  194. Israel

    It won't matter at all if he continues to keep his faith separated from his politics. That, however, is something that would make Santorum throw up and hence why he will not endorse Romney.

    April 17, 2012 at 5:23 pm |
  195. M Legendre

    Given ALL of the OTHER deficits Mr. Romney has as a candidate for President, I don't think his religion will be his downfall.

    April 17, 2012 at 5:23 pm |
  196. curly

    Of course it matters. Mormons do not believe Christ died for their sins. They believe they can become Gods. His church beliefs have a huge affect on him.

    April 17, 2012 at 5:23 pm |
  197. Josh From PA

    It only matters as long as the media keeps making it an issue. Is this 1960 or 2012? I thought that JFK long ago dispelled the idea that a President would take marching orders from the head of their church. I am not a Romney supporter but the mans' religion should not be an issue

    April 17, 2012 at 5:23 pm |
  198. Tom

    it matters, its way outside the main stream, too much control by the temple over believers

    April 17, 2012 at 5:23 pm |
  199. Miguel

    If we are going to base an election on religon " WE ARE STUPID". we are voting on what they will do not what god they believe in.

    April 17, 2012 at 5:23 pm |
  200. Al

    It will matter bigtime because of his Mormon stature and Mormon past history.

    April 17, 2012 at 5:23 pm |
  201. Michael Silverstein

    Romney's religion shouldn't make any difference. Unfortunately, to many people it WILL. Religion has become far too important in political campaigns. For this reason, we will probably never see a Jewish president – must less a muslim or avowed atheist.

    April 17, 2012 at 5:23 pm |
  202. Leif

    It doesn't matter one bit. We have had a lot of members of the Mormon church as members of congress, governors, and other public office. Their faith was of no consequence in the positions they were elected or appointed to. They served well in their positions. It will be no different if a Mormon becomes president.

    April 17, 2012 at 5:23 pm |
  203. Cinny Smith

    I am a Mormon. I am ashamed of him and his lying. He is destroying what people think of our faith. Until he stops lying I know lots of us that won't give him our vote.

    April 17, 2012 at 5:23 pm |
  204. JLK in Tucson

    Jack – It should not matter at all. Religion should not matter, having a love of country and it's citizens is what counts. These are not traits demonstrated by the current administration. Obama would rather promote class warfare and divisiveness.

    April 17, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
  205. Mark

    I could care less that he is a Mormon, we need a leader who is respected, has accomplishments and experience which we currently do not have in the White House at this moment.

    Orlando, Florida

    April 17, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
  206. Curtis

    If Mitt Romney brings the Mormon views on thriftiness and frugality to the White House and and use it to influence Congress, it can be a very good thing.

    April 17, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
  207. Al - Orlando

    Morman is under the " M " column like Muslin. To some extent I fear both but civilization is going downhill and my be
    at its bottom

    April 17, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
  208. Ray Blachura Bufffalo new york

    NO! it's not OK to have a moron for a president, remember George Bush? Oh, wait did you say MORMON? Oh, well, yeah I guess that's alright

    April 17, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
  209. Penobscot11

    I'm an employer and employ Mormons. Without bias, they are the best employees I've got. They all work hard, are trustworthy, and are honest, qualities which are hard to come by in today's employment sector.

    April 17, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
  210. mike sey, Ottawa

    All candidates should shut up about religion and their religiosity. Mitt's Mormonism won't matter a jot to Democrats and most Americans. It'll concern some Republicans, but they'll vote against Beelezebub and the devil anyway.

    April 17, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
  211. Omar, Richmond, VA

    well, you will hear republicans bringing back the Obama is a Muslim thing! but you will never anything from Dems anything about Romney's religion! this is what happens everytime, nastiness and attacks from Republicans, and Dems crying like little kids!

    April 17, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
  212. Pat

    Of course Mormons believe in Jesus Christ. They believe that he transported over here to North America and visited. Crazy, huh? But not any crazier than Jesus' resurrection and walking around the Holy Land after his death. How can anyone say that one belief is any crazier than another?

    April 17, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
  213. John Perry

    The closer you look at any transcendental mythology the odder it appears.

    April 17, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
  214. Steve

    I find it interesting that his religion doesn't matter to Liberals as much as it does to Conservatives. We are a country based on Religious Freedom but only one party knows what that means.

    April 17, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
  215. Donna Skinner

    It does not matter to me as long as he doesn't knock on my door thumping his bible. At least he isn't Southern Baptist or a tv evangelist.

    April 17, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
  216. Stephanie in Seattle

    It doesn't bother me. Seems he has more integrity and "sticktoitness" than obama. I don't imagine we'll hear the outcry like we did from the left when obama's faith was questioned. Most likely the left will flip flop on that one. Personally, I'd rathe vote for a Morman who seems truly committed to his faith and lives by it then a guy who says he's a Christian yet seems to think God is wrong about everything. .. well except that time obama had the nerve to say that Jesus would agree with him about taxes. I have news for him.... that's not the way it works.

    April 17, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
  217. Nelson

    When a person decides to run for public office, his/her life becomes public. Although, I believe families and religion should be out of bounds. And this comes from an Obama supporter.

    April 17, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
  218. Rita Fort Collins CO

    It makes a difference to me. We toured the Mormon temple in Salt Lake City and were told that women were not allowed in the Mormon temple. That makes a difference. There are special rooms for wedding ceremonies and not all men are allowed but not because they are men (there are various other rules for men) but women are not allowed just because they are women. News needs to talk about this. It's important.

    April 17, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
  219. mrmarchi

    Religion and politics must not mix whatsoever. But, more and more some "radical religions" (and religious people) are trying to make it one single thing, probably to rule everyone's else lives. I believe in God, but I don't believe in religions! From all religions I know (and I know many very well), Mormonism are as freak and radical as Islamism in many points, and I wouldn't like to see none of those people in power!

    April 17, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
  220. William

    It really does matter. President Kennedy was a Catholic, butnot a Catholic Priest. Gov. Romney is a Priest in his church, and as you pointed out, has held many leadership positions. How will that effect his policies? How does that influence his positions regarding women, gay and lesbians, charity, separation of church and state? We need ot have an honest and open discussion with Gov. Romney about these issues.

    April 17, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
  221. Gail, Plano TX.

    I'll try again, Jack to answer your question. I would not vote for Mr Romney even if he was not a Mormon. But it does give me pause. Mormonism has a violent, racist past. They believe in polygamy to this day. Practice baptism for the dead! Need, I go on?

    April 17, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
  222. Kent Rasmussen

    Of course religion matters. Romney himself has said he wouldn't put a Muslim in his cabinet because the number of Muslims in this country don't merit such representation. Never mind that one could justify excluding Mormons from a cabinet for the same reason. However, one of the things that disturbs me most about Romney's Mormonism is that if he accepts all tenets of his religion, he must believe he's destined to become a god. I'd prefer not to have a president who aspires to be a god–or one who even holds such a bizarre belief. Also, Romney touts American "exceptionalism," but wait till voters discover Mormon exceptionalism. Will they support a candidate who believes that all religions other than his own are completely false?

    April 17, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
  223. henry - georgia

    Mitt Romney is as far removed from the ancient customs of the Mormon faith as many of the rest of us are from the early practices of our religion. All early religions performed practices that would be frowned upon this day and time. His faith should not matter to those who believe in life after death.

    April 17, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
  224. NurseLisa in CT

    I don't want to mock them, but Proverbs 30:6 warns us not to add to His words lest we be found a liar – Joseph Smith supposedly finding buried golden plates in NY around the 1830's, that he waited several years to retrieve and then translated into the book of Mormon using a seer stone in a hat, and subsequently returning the scrolls to their angelic guardian Moroni (an angel never mentioned in the Bible – a Word of prophecy would have come by Angel Gabriel in my opinion). So there is essentially no confirmation that they even existed – this foundation alone remains a big issue to overcome.

    April 17, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
  225. thomas

    Some of the best people that I have ever known were from the church of Jesus Christ of later day saints.
    Very honest, good, down to earth people. Romney will be getting my vote

    April 17, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
  226. vernon king

    Bottom line dear lefty friends....you only can hope that this becomes an issue. Like Big Jack gives a fig about people of faith at all – for example why would anyone vote for a 'white-negro' that subscribes to 'black liberation theology' or to 'critical race theory'? ahhh, but you see, they did vote for this fellow in 2008. Vote for a man who belongs to a church that simply takes care of its families and the community in general? vote for a guy that gives millions to charity and his church – while Biden and Gore give nada? gee, just might give him a look, huh? Jack, you can try to play the 'faith' card – but the vette-ing of BHObama has now, finally been done......and he is found wanting.

    April 17, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
  227. wally Washington state

    Romney's religion does not matter any more then it did for Kennedy's or Obama's lack of religion. What matters to me is, can he do the job and I believe he is the best man for it. I believe he will lead this country back to it's proper place in the world and more important, I believe he will be honest, forthright and have the people's best interest at heart. Unlike Obama, Romney has integrity and character, I believe.

    April 17, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
  228. RM

    You people calling Mormonism a cult are to be quite honest, idiots! You have no idea what a cult is or for that matter what Mormonism is. When voting we should look for men or women of character, compassion, and someone who will honor and uphold the constitution.

    April 17, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
  229. Don Lawrence

    Of course it matters. Mormons are not Christians in any sense of the word. It is a religion for fools created by a conman. Mormons believe Satan and Jesus are brothers and that they themselves can become Gods if they live right. I don’t think the leader of the free world should be that freaky.

    April 17, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
  230. WR Jones, New Port Richey, FL

    Romney would have buried Santorum quickly if not for his religion, voters were wary of a Mormon GOP candidate and hesitated to jump in and support Romney. As pointed out Jack, they have come to the realization that anyone other than Barrack Obama is better, so his religion will play little or no part, that is unless Democrats try to make hay of it, then watch it backfire on them for once again trying to divide the America people to gain advantage.

    April 17, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
  231. Dude

    As far as I know, Mormons don't fly planes into buildings and they don't spout anti-caucasian hatred every Sunday, so I don't have a problem with Mormons. I'd vote for Romney. Of course, if we could get an Amish president, we'd get horses and low gas prices. . .

    April 17, 2012 at 5:27 pm |
  232. bruce fultz

    how come you didn't ask this question when harry reid (mormon) was busy destroying our country with debt? and why don't you go ask obama about his 20 year's in a racist pastor's pew? listening to black liberation theology? obama said, he never heard those racist rant's. yea and slick willie never inhaled! bruce fultz rochester hills, mi

    April 17, 2012 at 5:27 pm |
  233. Rob

    Yes, it matters quite a lot! Mormons are known for integrity, honesty and American conservative values...what's not to like?

    April 17, 2012 at 5:27 pm |
  234. George from Wisconsin

    Although I won't vote for him due to his positions, I feel he should be given the same consideration as a Mormon as any other religion. Your mention of racism and polygamy in Mormon history are interesting since those seem to have been part of much of the history of Western civilization, including Judeo-Christian history.

    April 17, 2012 at 5:27 pm |
  235. Edith - Florida

    I felt that even presidential candidates should not have to defend their religious beliefs until I read about the Mormons
    baptising dead people of other religions. And the Mormon officials stating thestopped that in 1995, after it first became public, only to be followed by instances of Mormon bishops doing the week after thir current statement. Also it seems to me Mr. Rommey stated that first comes his church, next his family and then his country. The President of the United
    .States should consider his country his first responsibily and if not don't rub for the job.

    April 17, 2012 at 5:27 pm |
  236. JaMan Oliver

    I won't vote for a Mormon. We need a president who is smart enough to know common sence. Anyone who researched the truth about Mormonism outside a Mormon sorce, would see how untrue it really is.

    April 17, 2012 at 5:27 pm |
  237. jyde

    Even though we should encourage ourselves on Godly matters, It does matters I tell you most of us {Evangelicals} will sit at home, America can't have a Mornmon as President No to Mr Romney

    April 17, 2012 at 5:28 pm |
  238. CharlieO

    It seems that few citizens of the USA have a knowledge of the Mormon beliefs. I'm sure that this will change dramatically over the next months. And, when everyone comes to understand some of the more outrageous elements of Mormonism, they will certainly be shocked. It is unbelievably different than typical Christian theology. Way, way, way different. This could be a problem for Romney.

    April 17, 2012 at 5:28 pm |
  239. Diana

    In NC – if the American public elected President Obama knowing he spent years listening to the raving of Rev Wright (of the God -- America fame) how can being a practicing Mormon be any influence at all? Possibly God Bless America will win out over the divisive tactics of Pres Obama and his all but ignored religious leanings

    April 17, 2012 at 5:28 pm |
  240. Jan

    The definition of a cult is one that does not believe that Jesus is the son of God. Mormons do not believe that Jesus is the son of God. They believe that he was a prophet or a teacher. Whether that makes a difference to voters lies in the heart of the voter. Surely a Mormon is better than what we have in Washington now.

    April 17, 2012 at 5:28 pm |
  241. peggy

    Yes. When you are likable, people will overlook a lot but when you are not, people will look at everything so Romney's religion will matter much.

    April 17, 2012 at 5:28 pm |
  242. Jomo Henderson

    yes it should matter it was such a big deal for Barack Obama. If it is not then yet again the obvious Racial bias in this country will previal right under the talkable surface right where it stays where it effects everything but is never truly addressed. Mormons dont have anymore of a history of positivity in the US than Muslims they do not even believe in Jesus Christ properly so if you can condemne Barack obama for being a muslim but yet christian enough to be negatively affected by Rev. Wright, then how can you Omit the Mormon issue with Romney ? With all the educated people in this country it is not reflected

    April 17, 2012 at 5:28 pm |
  243. Chip

    Knowiing that in the Book of Mormon the mark of Cain is brown skin definitely poses the question. If you are a true believer then inherently you view all non white as evil. That is a problem with your values and how to proceed with most of the world. How can you be inclusive with that view?

    April 17, 2012 at 5:28 pm |
  244. Ellen in Texas

    I am not particularly concerned with the fact that he has Mormon beliefs. I am very much concerned that he has served in a bishop-like capacity within his church. He is not just a Mormon, he is a former church official. It's one thing to elect a Catholic (JFK) and another to elect a former archbishop as would be the case here. I worry much more about Romney serving his church's interest above the country's than I would a layperson of Mormon faith. For what it's worth, the Mormon family I know are truly decent, honest, selfless people-while I don't share their beliefs, the world would be a better place if more people acted as they did. IMO, Romney's leadership role and the decisions he made and advice he offered in that capacity deserve scrutiny and consideration.

    April 17, 2012 at 5:28 pm |
  245. Mustafa from Toronto, Ontario

    As much as I hate to link religion with politics, I am afraid that his religious beliefs do matter. It is a religion that racially discriminates against others, especially those who are Black. After electing their first Black president, would the American people actually consider electing Romney? Those who follow a particular religion believe and have faith with everything it preaches. Is it safe to assume that Romney is a racist?

    April 17, 2012 at 5:28 pm |
  246. Mike, St George Utah

    Will it matter? Probably somewhat.... Should it matter? Hell no...... I am Catholic and I am old enough to remember my first time being old enough to vote. At the time the question was would anyone vote for a "CATHOLIC", and after it was all said and done it didn't turn out too bad. I want someone I believe will actually fix the mess that we have going and am not worried whether he believes in a religion that some don't consider mainstream. If I am not mistaken, in 2008 there was a big question about Obama's religion thanks to a crazy Pastor of his church. I still voted for him because I thought he sounded like the best option. Unfortunately it takes 4 years to get a do-over.

    April 17, 2012 at 5:28 pm |
  247. Laura in DC

    I want the President to be a Christian; I don't care what particular branch of Christianity. Of more importance to me is the President's loyalty to America. There has never been any doubt about the loyalty of Mormons. They are good citizens and loyal Americans. Even people who question their theology have never questioned their patriotism.

    April 17, 2012 at 5:29 pm |
  248. Benny Medlen

    Jack what is the lesser of two evils, a morman for president or the muslin that we have now.

    April 17, 2012 at 5:29 pm |
  249. Stephen Light

    Why do the Mormon's dominate the clandestine agencies in US Government? Why do the Mormon's believe that it will be their responsibility to save the Constitution when it is "hanging by a thread." What does that mean? What is the "United Order?" Why would the church want to own everything a mormon member owns? Why are mormon missionaries never trained as care givers - they have one job - flip charts that give the "lessons." and put notches on their belt for every new member they recruit. Mormon's talk about "free agency" but all decisions are made by acclimation in a ward or parish>?

    April 17, 2012 at 5:29 pm |
  250. American Since 1635

    I think it's funny how people point out the past faults of Mormons but they refuse to see just how much persecution these people have gone through. It used to be legal to kill a Mormon in several Mid-Western states. My 5th Great Grandfather saw some of his best friends gunned down before he and his family fled to California in the 1800's. To clear something up for the uneducated, modern LDS are not polygamists, members practicing it belong to the FLDS faith and were kicked out of the main church years ago.

    April 17, 2012 at 5:29 pm |
  251. K. Anderson

    Mitt Romney being a member of the Mormon religion will matter very little. He is a man who has led a good life and raised his children according to his understanding of his religion to be good members of his community.

    April 17, 2012 at 5:29 pm |
  252. Remus Redbone

    It shouldn't matter at all, but the fact that you are asking the question means it will matter to some. How much won't be known until November 9, 2012.

    April 17, 2012 at 5:29 pm |
  253. Veta Petty

    it matters very much because he is a good man and because of his religion he would make the countrie's problems a matter of prayer and the whole country would benifet from that

    April 17, 2012 at 5:30 pm |
  254. Kirk, Boise

    It won't matter at all to the other mormons, isolationists, separatists, and the other aliens out here in area 51, Jack.

    Mitt is one of us.

    April 17, 2012 at 5:30 pm |
  255. Donald Kreis

    The Mormon Faith is just a topic. When that topic translates as it has with the Obama 44th. president to Muslin,
    then it matters. For all American citizens to be a target to death my Muslim rule, we do not need four more years
    of this risk.

    April 17, 2012 at 5:30 pm |
  256. Brian Wickremasinghe - Woodland Hills

    His religion does not matter. His tax statements for the last 12 years matter. If he talks of transparency, it should begin at home. He boasts of job creation. I need an independent study on the cumulative numbers of job creation against job losses. How much did he personally benefit from destroying businesses ? The answers will throw light weather he lives by his religious beliefs. That is what matters.

    April 17, 2012 at 5:30 pm |
  257. steven hahn

    jack, nobody cares. i never hear anyone talk about or even mention his religion. only you folks at cnn.
    looks to me like you're trying to make news where there isn't any. here's the answer to your question.
    Better a Mormon in the White House than a Marxist.

    April 17, 2012 at 5:30 pm |
  258. Heidi in Arkansas

    Correction: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints – Sorry

    Also Al – What past history. The one where mormons were driven out of every city and state that they lived in, the Tarring and Feathering of their leaders, the burning of their settlements and cities and temples. OR are we simply focused on one or two events that have NEVER been repeated.

    April 17, 2012 at 5:31 pm |
  259. Dave GA

    It shouldn't matter! Right now our government is the most dysfunctional I've ever witnessed in my life time and who knows what faith Obama is!!! Many members of congress are Mormon and no body thinks anything about it. The liberal media will keep this alive you can be assured.

    April 17, 2012 at 5:31 pm |
  260. Phil

    Mormonism is a cult. Christianity is a cult. Any gaggle of people following one supreme leader is a cult. Jim Jones, Hitler, the Pope, etc.

    April 17, 2012 at 5:31 pm |
  261. Christine

    Not much, except that he might make what men are already doing having several women legal in the U.S., and men will eventually be able to have more than one wife as in the muslin faith. I don't blame Romney for that though. The men in congress will vote themselves for it and there will be no more Edwards or ClintonGate.

    April 17, 2012 at 5:31 pm |
  262. Jim - Ontario Canada

    The problem, Jack is that most people don't know a thing about Momons, and Mormons are loathe to talk about the sketchy origins of their church and Joseph Smith. Romney won't go there. And if the Democrats bring it up the Republicans will lambaste them for trying to smear him as they did Obama with the Muslim stuff. Now maybe if a journalist did some honest work for once in a while, the back story on Mormonism could be told. But I doubt it. Real journalism is dead and gone.

    April 17, 2012 at 5:32 pm |
  263. Tom in San Antonio

    aren't the Mormons the ones who first brought polygamynto the U.S.? is it no wonder that his wife's only job is to procreate and take care of the kids while hubby makes money for the church and his family? what is it like to make millions, give only a minimum tithing to the church and try and have to decide to do with what's left over?

    April 17, 2012 at 5:32 pm |
  264. Frank W

    It will be a factor with anyone who is not a Mormon. The Mormon Religion's seemingly generous concept of tithing (10%) of income should appeal to Republicans. The approximate 2% to 5% of very wealthy Americans love giving 10% especially when the ridiculous U.S. Tax code allows them to writeoff gifts thereby reducing their taxes. Very generous. Many Republicans have claimed that if the rich don't get these tax breaks that gift giving will severely decline. You would think the GOP would embrace Romney on several fronts but they will not on the subject of his religion.

    April 17, 2012 at 5:32 pm |
  265. Chris

    I'm a Mormon, so I am sure my opinion will be ridiculed by many here. But, I can't read this without speaking out. First, I very much dislike the fact that Romney has done so much flip-flopping; that is a real concern. But as for his Mormonism, all I can say is that it is amazing to me in reading these comments how wrong so many people are about what we believe. Many of these views are either grossly misconstrued or completely wrong altogether. Clearly, they have let someone else tell them what to think without doing their own research - while at the same time decrying "corporate owned media" for telling us what to think.

    April 17, 2012 at 5:32 pm |
  266. CG-San Diego

    Based on a lot of the comments on this story, it seems that religious bigotry is alive and well in America. How pathetic. The country falls over itself four years ago to vote for a "historic" candidate just to prove to itself that it is not racist, but many of those same people have no qualms about spewing anti-religious venom. This is exactly why the Constitution included the "no religious test" clause, because the Founding Fathers were wise enough to see that bigotry is never outgrown. A candidate for public office should be judged on his record, his policies and his plans, not on a slanted mischaracterization of what someone else thinks that his religion means. The bigots have Bill Maher and Larry O'Donnell for company.

    April 17, 2012 at 5:33 pm |
  267. Al C

    We are about to elect a new president during the worst economic times since the great depression, not a pope. We need a leader that make America the greatest nation on earth again. We elected a president with an Islamic and Christian background and it didn't matter, why religion is an issue now?

    April 17, 2012 at 5:33 pm |
  268. Aaron H

    It's sad that the separation of church and state is only administered when it is beneficial to religious organizations. I see nothing wrong with a politician keeping their faith to his or herself, and out of the public microscope. Last time I checked that was an inalienable right in the United States of America. True US countrymen should respect a person's privacy and spirituality in the way they would want their own opinions and beliefs respected, regardless of whether a person is a key political figure or not.

    April 17, 2012 at 5:34 pm |
  269. nick

    There are 15 Mormons serving in the us senate and us congress, at last count, including HARRY REID; My point is, why the issue now???

    April 17, 2012 at 5:34 pm |
  270. disgustedandamused

    Let's see. Mitt Romney believes the world was created, and is controlled by, an invisible man in the sky. And Obama beleives...the world was created, and is controlled by, an invisible man in the sky.

    Sounds like a wash – they're both crazy.

    April 17, 2012 at 5:35 pm |
  271. Carole in Gresham, OR

    Jack, religious beliefs has nothing to do with the ability to govern our country. I thought there was a separation of church and state! I think all of Romney's actions in the past define his abilities to be a person of strong, law abiding, compassionate character. His long marriage and exceptional children confirm his character. Compared to Obama and his Reverend Wright, I think this Mormon person is no threat to any Christian or other faith. He will be a strong leader for a country deeply in trouble.

    April 17, 2012 at 5:35 pm |
  272. Dalton (Akron, Oh) FIRST TIME WRITER!

    I find it appalling you said evangelicals are likely going to get behind Romney if it comes down to it. Truth be told the evangelical leaders were understandably upset at Santorum's departure and had a meeting with Ron Paul. Why no report of this or the fact that Ron Paul won the plurality of the delegation in Minnesota and the un-pledged delegation in Colorado with the help of Santorum supporters. The crowds at Ron Paul rallies are getting increasingly bigger and louder as government continues to unhinge with more controversy and corruption. Evangelicals are not going to go against their beliefs and endorse a Mitt Romney who hides his religious beliefs. As for me, it is Ron Paul or Ron Paul.

    April 17, 2012 at 5:35 pm |
  273. Jim - Ontario Canada

    After reading the other posts Jack, I've reconsidered. Mormonism won't matter. Beliefs be damned, apparently a significant portion of American will vote for him because he's not black. Sad/

    April 17, 2012 at 5:36 pm |
  274. Dave

    Do you remember the bigots screaming because JFK was Catholic?????????

    April 17, 2012 at 5:36 pm |
  275. Irony

    I'll take Jerimiah Wright over Joseph Smith any day of the week! Wright was a decorated Marine who as medical doctor cared for President Lyndon Johnson at the White House, yet the right seems to think this guy has horns. The stuff Joseph Smith made up, er prophesied, makes Scientology seem, well, logical. The best part is the polygamy part; the stuff he did would make Gingrich blush.

    April 17, 2012 at 5:36 pm |
  276. Ramesh Sastry

    When Obama is a mix of Christian and Muslim, Mitt Romney being a Morman should be a non-issue, as long as President's dont rule a nation based on any religious dogmas.

    Ramesh, CA

    April 17, 2012 at 5:36 pm |
  277. Janet B. Holley

    Mitt Romney's membership in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints shouldn't concern voters because he doesn't represent the beliefs of the Church on numerous political issues: abortion, immigration, war, to name a few. I am a life-long member of the Church, a democrat and a Obama supporter because President Obama is more in line with my beliefs as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
    Jack, the LDS Church has never been racist; if you will check Church doctrine, you will find out why people of color were finally allowed to hold the priesthood in 1978. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints hasn't practiced polygamy since the late 1890's and, once again, there was a valid reason for a few of the male members of the Church at the time to have more than one wife.

    Janet from Glenwood Springs, CO

    April 17, 2012 at 5:36 pm |
  278. JamesLindquist

    Some facts about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints:
    •The name of the Church should tell you something of their beliefs
    •There are more Spanish speaking people in the Church than English speaking
    •There are more people of color in the Church than white people
    •The Church is flourishing in South America, Asia, and Africa; it is not just a church of the Mountain West
    •The humanitarian efforts of the Church throughout the world, whether for members or not, is the largest, most organized, and efficient in the world
    •The Church believes in separation of Church and State in its very doctrine

    April 17, 2012 at 5:37 pm |
  279. Rich

    It will absolutely matter. Like it or not we are a country that clings to our guns and our religion. We respect and even fear that other countries feel the same. But we dont trust anyone who religion isn't Christian middle of the road. I'm a devout Christian and one thing is clear; Mormonism is not Christianity. If you are miniority you couldn't even make it to 'Heaven' until the Church was threatened with law suits in the early 70's. Sorry, that's not a misuse of Christianity like slavery was in the U.S. until Emancipation, that was a direct tennant of the Mormon faith that Mitt Romney has nevver condemned. I will never trust someone with our Nuclear Arsenal that would condemn all non blond haired blue eyed people to even a chance at Salvation. I won't and when the rubber hits the road the majority of the voting Country wont.

    April 17, 2012 at 5:37 pm |
  280. Joe

    Now, even though he claims to be Mormon and a man of Faith, he sure doesn't act like it bashing down everyone! If he truly values his Faith above all else, he would not be doing that.

    April 17, 2012 at 5:37 pm |
  281. Mohammad, Los Angeles, CA

    He should definitely give a speech and try to define his religion to the American public before the issue of Mormon baptism of the dead costs him Florida.

    April 17, 2012 at 5:38 pm |
  282. Bill

    Howard Hughes may have been a nut job, but was far from stupid...he only surrounded himself with Mormons in sensitive positions because he had confidence in their moral fiber, and trusted them

    April 17, 2012 at 5:38 pm |
  283. jm butler, pa

    I am continually amazed at the depth and breadth of the falsehoods and ignorance still clining to this mainstream christian religion. Considering that Mormons serve in Congress, 15 at my last count, are former astronauts, professiors, world business leaders, pro athetes and advocate honesty, integrity, family values and good will towards others, perhaps a president with high morals and clear business acumen is exactly what this country needs.

    April 17, 2012 at 5:38 pm |
  284. Tom Lynch

    It doesn't make any difference.
    What will make a difference is Mitt is a loser.He lost to John McCain who lost to President Obama. He had his chance.
    What's changed to make him a winner now.Is this the best that we have to offer?Maybe its our system of screening the
    candidates. I think a Roosevelt or Truman would be hard pressed to pass that test.Also,Mitt's choice for VP will be labelled an "also ran" so no one will raise his or her hand

    April 17, 2012 at 5:38 pm |
  285. Tom

    This is a matter between a person and thier religion. Hence, seperation of church and state. For all of the people who believe thier God is the right God and someone else believes otherwise, should take a close look at the middle east situation. This is how many a war has started thoughout history, and continues today.
    I believe religeon is personal and should remain so.

    April 17, 2012 at 5:38 pm |
  286. heather chandler

    i challenge people to research the true facts of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints before making comments on any untrue information and then..... i believe We The People will be able to make a formal decision as to wether morminism matters......

    April 17, 2012 at 5:38 pm |
  287. Jason

    it should matter since it can affect their decisions. the concept of polygamy is no worse than gay marriage imo

    April 17, 2012 at 5:38 pm |
  288. REC

    Romneys faith maters to Black people who according to the Morman faith were less than whites and couln't enter into the highes heaven reserved for WHITES ONLY. The Mormans believed that when he was a grown man and he did't have a problem with that. HE IS A RACIST AT HEART AND THAT PROVES IT. HE FITS IN PERFACTLY WITH THE GOP EXTREAMIST!

    April 17, 2012 at 5:38 pm |
  289. Sterling in Abilene, Texas

    For me, it doesn't matter. For the "believe what I believe" (AKA the right "righteous" if you don't believe what I believe, then the Hell with you" crowd, sadly it will matter, but they (ha-ha) don't have a choice now, do they?

    April 17, 2012 at 5:38 pm |
  290. Pat from Austin

    And another thing, I have never understood the Mormon fascination with LSD.

    April 17, 2012 at 5:39 pm |
  291. Eric

    An article like this is an open invitation for the bigots to comment and comment they have. By the way Jan the name of Romney's church is the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. The first article of faith is: We believe in God the Eternal Father, and in his son Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost. So yes they do believe Jesus is the son of God.

    April 17, 2012 at 5:39 pm |
  292. Robert Jones

    The Mormon cult (it is not a religion) is dangerous and has many strange and weird beliefs. The belief in eternal progression, that they will be Gods in the next life...their view of women and that women only "Share in their husband's Priesthood" and that they are able to be "called forth on the morning of the first resurrection" only by their Husband. This, the view of blood atonement, a doctrine of Joseph Smith and Brigham Young which states that only the blood of the sinning party can atone for some sins are but a few of the many strange doctrines to which they adhere. Romney's election will seem like the fulfillment of a "prophecy" which they have stating that the "Constitution of the United States" will "hang by a thread" and that it will be "saved by an Elder of Israel" Will Romney's cult membership matter. Not to me, as I wont vote for him anyway. But it should and hopefully will matter to evangelical Christians if they are serious about their faith.

    April 17, 2012 at 5:39 pm |
  293. Al - Orlando

    Without his religion, Romney is still scary.

    April 17, 2012 at 5:39 pm |
  294. bruce

    I ad s former marine am very open minded
    , but having asked so many Mormons why the second class treatment of blacks until recently...the onto answer is that we have changef...it was all about Abel and Cain...sounds like.the thinking of the klan...romney might flip...but he can never change his stripes...he is Mormon and it does matter...brings back memories of reverend wright to me...

    April 17, 2012 at 5:40 pm |
  295. Danish, Alabama

    Religion and politics go hand in hand with one another, although its a difficult mix the religious views of a politician plays a role in his/her decision making. It's a touchy topic but I think the American population will look at this in negativity.

    April 17, 2012 at 5:41 pm |
  296. Justin Wagar

    Are there really this many religious bigots and prejudice people in our country that was founded on relgious freedom? you people should be ashamed of your comments. I am not a mormon, have I actually been to a mormon church, yes I have. Were there pictures up on the walls of Christ and were there people rejoicing in the church for their Redeemer and Savior the Son of God who died on the wall, yes. Were these Christian Latter Day Saints sincere in their love of God and respect of all people? Yes they were. If you call yourself a Christian and you treat people as a hypocritical Christian such as the comments I'm reading, I would rather associate myself with the Mormons them. Shameful pride and prejudice. I dont care what your pastors teach you in their doctrine of hate for Latter Day Saint people. Hatred in the name of Christianity and religion has been perpetuated for too long in our world. Either end the hatred and name calling towards human beings, or end religion. The irony, your spewing your hatred and un-educated mantra in the name of Christ when HE, our Savior taught tolerance and love. Stop listening to what you pastors teach people and read your bible and get on your knees and pray and find God. Or else keep your comments to yourself. Golden Rule. Remember America.

    April 17, 2012 at 5:41 pm |
  297. Ndlily

    There is a far cry between Kennedy and Romney. The most telling case in point is that Kennedy was a Democrat, who seemed entirely capable of leaving his religion at church. Romney is a Republican. Most Republicans cannot distinguish between political rhetoric and religious dogma and most assuredly can't leave their religion outside the oval office. Mormons do believe in Christ, but they have a lot of other beliefs that should leave particularly women feeling a bit queasy. And given Republicans are not good at understanding separation of church and state, that should bury Romney right there.

    April 17, 2012 at 5:41 pm |
  298. J - Utah

    The bigots in this country will have a hard time this election year – vote for a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints or a black man (who is actually half white/half black).

    Before slamming the members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints, I suggest you study up. Maybe even talk to their missionaries or members.

    April 17, 2012 at 5:42 pm |
  299. Al C

    Please American, we are in the XXI century, religion can not be an issue that still divide us, like race, political affiliation, ethnic background or sexual preference shouldn't either.

    April 17, 2012 at 5:42 pm |
  300. Jeff Davis of St. George, Utah

    Are we going to give someone like Mitt Romney the opportunity to help make America more fiscally responsible? Is the resurrecting of deceased Mormon practices more important than getting our country back on track? Let the dead past bury their dead. America has important work to do and Mitt Romney can do it.

    April 17, 2012 at 5:42 pm |
  301. ThsIsNotReal22

    His policies are what matters and his policies are why i'm not voting for him.

    End the Fed!

    April 17, 2012 at 5:43 pm |
  302. shamgar50

    If he practiced Voodoo, or Satanism, or Santeria would it matter? The Mormon faith and its founding story is as nutty as anything you'll ever hear. What you believe, says something about your judgement.

    April 17, 2012 at 5:43 pm |
  303. Donald from Utah

    As a Mormon, I'm obviously not troubled by Mitt's religion, and really couldn't care less what faith the President professes. I'm not likely to vote for Mitt because I really have no firm idea of what he plans to do in the White House. He has a demonstrated knack of pandering to whatever political faction he feels will advance his position. He thinks himself a Captain of Industry, but is far from a Henry Ford, Bill Gates, or Steve Jobs. Rather, his claim to business acumen is a few investments in big box borrow-from-China retail (Staples), and low wage food service (Dominos Pizza). He's banked lots of money churning funds in and out of other business, not to create and foster real industry, but to make fast money, which is how most venture capital / private equity operators thrive.

    Sorry, this Mormon is just not impressed with Mitt.

    April 17, 2012 at 5:44 pm |
  304. QS in Seattle

    Sadly Jack, as an Atheist, it won't matter as much as it would if the person running for President were also an Atheist.

    What I mean is that most people in this country subscribe to one religion or another, so for voting purposes I think most Americans tend to think that a person's faith doesn't really matter....as long as they HAVE a particular faith.

    The Atheist that ever tries to run for President of the United States will face much more religious discrimination than a Mormon will. Just a sad testimony to the erosion of the wall separating church and state if you ask me.

    April 17, 2012 at 5:44 pm |
  305. Jackson

    Mormonism is used as a nick name for members of the Church of Jesus Christ Of Later day saints with the intention to make them look bad, of all people we Americans should be beyond cheap politics, Members of the Church or Jesus Christ of Later day saints server in the military, and many other public offices, why should the presidency be an exception. Mitt will be a good president, he is a man with good values.

    April 17, 2012 at 5:45 pm |
  306. Pete

    Religion mattered during Bushs elections,both of them.Mormons are viewed as extreme in some cases,they don't mix with people of other color,which to most people including me,that's racial.Men have their jobs,women sometimes multible spouses are there for procreation,child rearing ,etc.Men prefer stay at home moms if financially possible,which is much like any other American couple,but must be married to have children.They most certainly don't consider gay rights,gay marriage, only one man one women beliefs in living in harmony for marriage.Their life is centered around their book or bible as its in their beliefs.Knowing some mormons ,they're not much different from other folk ,just more grounded in their religious beliefs,they stick to them without hesitation.The color barrier and equal rights for gays will be a big sticking point,but Mitt knows to flipflop around it.He can't sidestep the abortion issue,that's a stickler he can't hide from.Same as the healthcare issue that he's been dragging along with him for years,ya can't hide from your shadow,he'll find out before November.

    April 17, 2012 at 5:47 pm |
  307. Joe

    So Christianity or Mormonism teaches us that the Greatest Commandment is to Love the Heavenly Father and then, Love Thy neighbors. Then, how come if Mitt and his wife values their religion above all else, how come they are bad mouthing other candidates and Obama and acting so arrogantly telling Obama, it's time to 'Start Packing'? A true leader stands by his beliefs solidly....

    April 17, 2012 at 5:47 pm |
  308. Tex71

    Personally, I don't care if Romney worships a gilded statue of Baphomet under the full moon in the nude – that's freedom of religion and nobody's business but his own – as long as he will serve the American people (which he won't because in Romney-land, only corporations and the very rich are REAL people). That said, Romney will lose any chance of winning the general election the very first time there is an infomercial on magic underwear.

    April 17, 2012 at 5:50 pm |
  309. mom2nine

    sure it matters, but only if there is discussion about Rev. Wright this election cycle. How in the world did a man with a white mom, raised in a white home take his children to such a hate-filled church and what does that mean about his predudice against white people?

    April 17, 2012 at 5:50 pm |
  310. bruce

    I as a retired vietnam veteran....would never vote 4 someone labels all blacks s inferior to whites simply because they came from the of cain according to mormonism. Romney is a Mormon...and that's all to it ...yes it does matter ....

    April 17, 2012 at 5:50 pm |
  311. martin

    It will matter especially the GOPs. It's well known for decades republicans have brought the issue of religion in every presidential election. We can all remember how Obama's religion was such an issue but if it does not arise this year, i presume the conservative media will be hypocrites in the future general elections if they try to revive on the latter issue

    April 17, 2012 at 5:51 pm |
  312. el capitan

    I don't think Romney's being a Mormon matters that much. I doubt it will rise as a serious issue. Plus, if really right wing, bible thumping conservatives had to choose between Obama, who is supposedly a Muslim, and Romney, I think they'd rather pick Romney. Plus, he's pro-life and all that stuff, and he's not obama, which I think is the real issue. I've met many conservatives who could care less about religion.

    April 17, 2012 at 5:51 pm |