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sampsonblk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-02-07 08:03 PM
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Romney to give Mormon speech (AP)
Romney to give Mormon speech - AP

DES MOINES, Iowa - Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, striving to be the country's first Mormon president, will give a speech this week explaining his relatively unknown faith to voters, his campaign said Sunday...

The decision...comes as the former Massachusetts governor's bid is threatened in Iowa by underdog Mike Huckabee. The ex-governor of Arkansas and one-time Southern Baptist minister has rallied influential Christian conservatives to erase Romney's monthslong lead and turn the race into a dead-heat...

From the start of Romney's bid, his Mormon faith has been an issue in the campaign as he tried to position himself as the candidate of the GOP's family values voters. A Pew Research Center poll in September found a quarter of all Republicans including 36 percent of white evangelical Protestants said they would be less likely to vote for a Mormon.

Last week, Huckabee sought to exploit Romney's weaknesses his Mormon faith and his reversal on abortion as well as shifts on other issues by running a TV ad in Iowa that emphasizes his own religious beliefs. The ad doesn't mention Romney but clearly targets him.

"Faith doesn't just influence me. It really defines me. I don't have to wake up every day wondering what do I need to believe," Huckabee says in TV ad. "Let us never sacrifice our principles for anybody's politics. Not now, not ever."

But Huckabee, in an interview on ABC's "This Week," took a pass when asked if Mormonism contradicts the central teachings of Christianity...

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20071202/ap_on_el_pr/romney_...

My view: Romney has little chance of winning the GOP nomination - unless its because all the other candidates are bad. And he has no chance in the general election because the fundies won't do their part, not for a mormon.

I love Huckabee's statement: "I don't have to wake up every day wondering what do I need to believe. Let us never sacrifice our principles for anybody's politics. Not now, not ever."

We need more of that on our side. That's the winning formula.
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stellanoir Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-02-07 08:06 PM
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1. But will he be wearing the cloth. . .?
Inquiring minds need to know.
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Historic NY Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-02-07 09:27 PM
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10. oh you mean..........
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sampsonblk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-02-07 11:23 PM
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11. Is that a parody site?-nt
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Historic NY Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-03-07 10:05 AM
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16. Yes....
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L0oniX Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-02-07 08:09 PM
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2. Romney to give moron speech
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BeyondGeography Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-02-07 08:13 PM
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3. Tells you he's looking at some pretty funky internals on his religion
Which is too bad. Mitt should be defeated purely on the merits, of which there are many.
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sampsonblk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-02-07 08:30 PM
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4. I am wondering why he didn't know this was coming.
He's running in a party beholden to every big name fundie group in America. Why did this surprise him?
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BeyondGeography Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-02-07 08:34 PM
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6. Well, he does have an awfully high opinion of himself
even for a politician. He looks into that camera and I see the living definition of self-satisfaction. Makes a man blind.
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Bongo Prophet Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-02-07 08:33 PM
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5. Will he whip out the magic spectacles? People wanna know.
Someday he will have his OWN PLANET to govern.
THEN he'll show 'em all.
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Kucinich4America Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-02-07 08:55 PM
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7. Is this Mitt's video?
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Quixote1818 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-02-07 09:14 PM
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9. LOL!!!! What a fucking crack up! Great Entertainment! nt
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FreeState Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-03-07 02:45 AM
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13. You do realize the origin of that video ?
Edited on Mon Dec-03-07 02:47 AM by FreeState
It's from a movie called "The God Makers" you might want to google it and google what the Anti-Defamation League of America says about it.

Here I'll make it simple:

http://www.adl.org/PresRele/ChJew_31/5013_31.htm

Phoenix, AZ, March 27, 2007......The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) condemned the distribution of an anti-Mormon DVD by the organization Concerned Christians as nothing more than "Mormon-bashing."

Bill Straus, ADL Arizona Regional Director, observed: "This is the same kind of plain, old-fashioned Mormon-bashing that Jim Robertson and his group have been spewing for over a quarter-of-a-century. The only difference is that back then, it was the film, 'The God Makers,' and today it's the DVD, 'Jesus Christ/Joseph Smith.' It was wrong then, and it's wrong now."

ADL Regional Board Chair David Bodney added, "Hate directed at any of us is hate directed at all of us. From whomever that hate comes, and to whomever it's directed, ADL takes it very seriously and will continue to speak out against it."


The Anti-Defamation League, founded in 1913, is the world's leading organization fighting anti-Semitism through programs and services that counteract hatred, prejudice and bigotry.
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ruggerson Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-02-07 08:58 PM
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8. It's a hail joseph smith pass
Romney smells desperate. He's on the ropes in Iowa and NH means nothing, since he lives next door. He wouldn't be doing this if he didn't feel his hand was forced.
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hedgehog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-02-07 11:50 PM
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12. HAs anyone actually donated to his campaign besides Romney himself? nt
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ClarkUSA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-03-07 02:49 AM
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14. Oh Lord, he's going to try to out-Christian Huckabee.
No matter that most evangelicals think Mormonism is a cult.
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sampsonblk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-03-07 05:18 AM
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15. I think its defensive only
Edited on Mon Dec-03-07 05:20 AM by sampsonblk
I think he originally wanted to out-christian everyone on the cheap. By constantly referring to his religion without touching on the controversy. Now, he's forced by the controversy to explain mormonism. I honestly don't think he will do it. I think he will highlight the superficial, ordinary aspects to make it seem just like what everyone else believes in.
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Rambis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-03-07 03:19 PM
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17. Mormon cartoon explaining beliefs
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