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May 12, 2009

GOP Head Steps Back from Comments on Romney's Mormonism

Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele has apologized for a recent comment he made that linked Mitt Romney's failed presidential campaign to Republicans' concern about
Romney's Mormon faith.

"It was the base that rejected Mitt because it had issues with Mormonism," Steele told a caller May 8 on a radio talk show when he served as a guest host for conservative Bill Bennett.

The audio and transcript of the portion of the show featuring Steele's comments were posted on Think Progress, the Web site of the Center for American Progress Action Fund.

The Republican National Committee responded by telling reporters that Steele considers Romney to be a "respected" part of the GOP.

"Chairman Steele regrets the way his comments have been interpreted," RNC spokeswoman Gail Gitcho said in The Hill newspaper. "Chairman Steele believes Mitt Romney is a respected and influential voice in the Republican Party and looks to his leadership and ideas to help move our party and our nation in the right direction."

Kim Farah, a spokeswoman for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, declined to comment on the matter.

But Romney spokesman Eric Fehrnstrom told The Hill: "Sometimes when you shoot from the hip you miss the target. This is one of those times."

A 2007 poll by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life found that GOP evangelicals were the most reluctant to consider voting for a Mormon -- 36 percent -- compared to 25 percent of the overall electorate.

Comments

I can't speak for everyone who supported a different Republican for the presidential nomination, but I can say his Mormonism was not a factor. Indeed I would rather have him in the White House than its current resident.

While I don't accept their theological constructs, I appreciate the values they promote and believe those values would be beneficial to our country.

My objection was based on policy, but could have accepted him as a leader rather than some who makes a mockery of Christians and our values. Our problem during this past election cycle was that most of the candidates had some elements of Christian values, but no one presented the whole package.

There is a real need for Christians in the political arena... and I would encourage as many people to consider it as possible.

I disagree complete with Larry. I think Steele was telling the truth when he said Mormonism was a big factor and he should not apologize.

In context, Steele's comments equated the impact of Mormonism to Romney's flip-flops on pro-life and economic issues. It was not just about Mormonism, and reporting the comments as such is disingenuous at best. Shame of CT for reporting this story in such an unbalanced way.

The combination of those concerns did, as a matter of fact, lead many GOPers to reject Romney in droves. I personally know a number of Evangelicals who rejected Romney on religion alone, just as I know some who heartily supported Romney. Steele was right, and his comments appropriate, as alison stated.

What's ruining the GOP is not Steele's comments, but GOP leaders behind the scenes pulling the strings to make him retract comment after comment. It's like some in the party and the media want to make Steele fall, and I'm concerned all this negative press against him is playing on and feeding the invisible but deeply seated view among many whites that blacks aren't natural leaders (with exceptions, like Obama, who after all his half white). (btw, I'm white, and I don't hold to that view). Maybe I'm shooting from the hip here, but I'm not going to retract the comment, because I think there's some truth to it.

Sometimes I really think I'm living in the twilight zone!!!!!! Or there are more people out of than in the assylums! You can't be serious with some of your statements?!?!?!? Making a mockery of the Christian faith?

As opposed to "republicans" who do nothing but rail at others different than themselves?

As opposed to "republicans" who thrive on pitting one group against the other,diving the country?

As opposed to "republicans" who do nothing but implement policies that promote the abuse of the weak by the strong?

As opposed to "republicans" who love to have lower taxes even if this drives America into bankruptcy, Even if tax cuts cripple the government. But as long their their pockets are full - who cares about the seniors and the poor and who cares about saddling our grand children with debt.

As opposed to "republicans" who only want monopoly, immunity from lawsuits, lower taxes and new ways of amassing wealth?


As opposed to 'republicans" who claim they will not vote democratic because of the democratic stance on abortion. Yet have absolutely no qualms about sending people to fight in wars. As if all life born or unborn is not precious.

Making a mockery of the Christian faith?! You've got to be joking.

There is a real need for all Christians in America to stop prostituting themselves to any one political party!!!! That's what's needed in America!

hmmmmm I'm going to have to refer to myself as a follower of Christ. This Chritian umbrealla has become rather disturbing now.
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Larry Miller stated: "...My objection was based on policy, but could have accepted him as a leader rather than some who makes a mockery of Christians and our values. Our problem during this past election cycle was that most of the candidates had some elements of Christian values, but no one presented the whole package.

There is a real need for Christians in the political arena... and I would encourage as many people to consider it as possible.

I believe that it is necessary to consider the faith of a person who is running for office. When a person is serious about their faith, it will guide them in their decision making, no matter what policies may pop up. I take into consideration a person's faith and how committed they appear to be to their faith before voting. I was opposed to Mitt Romney mostly because he is a Mormon. Steele should not have to appologize for his statement because it was a factor. Unfortunately, all of the Republican nominees had something about them that the voters just didn't like.

Stacy

And this is what perplexes me. If that is the case and assuming that we all Christians do that. Why are so many evangelicals prostitues of a political party?

I look at both parties in America and none are better than the other. Both are corrupt. Yet, white evangelical Christians by and large seem to be tied -no cemented in their devotion to the republican party. It's like the Pied Piper effect ...

This confuses me

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Stacy stated:"I believe that it is necessary to consider the faith of a person who is running for office...."