GOP poised to make history with non-Protestant presidential nominee
January 13th, 2012
12:23 PM ET
6 years ago

GOP poised to make history with non-Protestant presidential nominee

(CNN) - The race for the Republican presidential nomination is on track to break new ground: For the first time in modern political history - some say ever - the GOP nominee could be someone who is not a Protestant Christian.

Front-runner Mitt Romney is Mormon, as is Jon Huntsman. Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich are Catholics.


Filed under: 2012 • Jon Huntsman • Mitt Romney • Newt Gingrich • Rick Perry • Rick Santorum • Ron Paul
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  1. Fair is Fair

    And this is important.... why??????

    January 13, 2012 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |

    I'm not ready for Warren Jeffs Romney to be President.

    January 13, 2012 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  3. Canuck

    Whatever happened to seperation of church and state?

    January 13, 2012 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  4. Al-NY,NY

    ....and this non-protestant will still pander to their narrow-minded, theocracy based agenda

    January 13, 2012 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  5. sonny chapman

    I didn't realize that Latter Day Saints were not considered Protestant.

    January 13, 2012 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  6. Duke One

    We the people are not poised to nominate Romney. The GOP establishment is shoving him down our throat and we don't want him. We want an anti-Romney !!

    January 13, 2012 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  7. Woman In California

    I would love to hear more about Romney's Mormon faith–you know the one that teaches black people are "filthy" but of course-he would NEVER want to explain that "little piece" of humanity.

    January 13, 2012 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  8. GI Joe

    ABR - (Anyone but a republican) - ha ha - fooled you, didn't I?

    January 13, 2012 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  9. logicnLA

    When they come up with a poor minority, call me. Another wealthy white guy is not much of a stretch. And for the record, by the term Pretestant-it refers to a non Catholic believer in Christ- or in this case- a Mormon

    January 13, 2012 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  10. Fair is Fair

    Woman In California

    I would love to hear more about Romney's Mormon faith–you know the one that teaches black people are "filthy" but of course-he would NEVER want to explain that "little piece" of humanity.
    Dear Lady, from what I gather we are of the same belief system. I ask you to do the right thing and give the benefit of the doubt that tenets of an organized religion change over time. For example, consider what occurred during the inquisition. Such practices are no longer tolerated. While true that LDS used to feel that way of the Black Community, I honestly believe you would be hard-pressed do find this in today's world. If we, as people of faith, are unwilling to accept and tolerate diffeent points of view, then we, as a society, are surely doomed.

    January 13, 2012 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  11. Rick McDaniel

    Stop counting the votes before they are cast. They haven't even started counting yet, in the only state that even resembles the country as a whole.

    January 13, 2012 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  12. Doreen Johnson

    Can you guys every get away from religion? Who cares? The day an atheist becomes president of the United States it'll be news.

    January 13, 2012 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  13. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    Interesting that the media loves to play up religion. I doubt a majority of the people really care about it.

    But it is interestring to see it always applied to Republicans and hardly a word about Obama's 20 year membership in a church preaching racist anti-America themes. Somehow that seemed to be an OK religion to the LSM.

    January 13, 2012 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  14. Hongli

    What a SHAME? The Republican Party is a Party of sheer DISASTER .

    January 13, 2012 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  15. VA VERY Ex Republican

    @fair is fair

    Just one question. don't you think that it is kind of hypocracy to go up in arms when Obama was running for president back in 2008 calling him an Arab and a Muslim but now because it is Mitt Romney it is OK and we should not make religion an issue??? Well I am sorry. there are only 3 religions and 3 reliogins onlly. and being a mormon or a flip flop is not one of them. CNN, be fair and publish.

    January 13, 2012 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  16. Debbie

    Wow what would Reagan say? How will the GOP meld their old platform with the new? What will happen to the evangelical base? No true Evangelical can say Mormons are Christians as there is direct discrepency in Scripture. That does not mean Mormons cannot call themselves Christians by their own definition but only Evangelicals cannot say Mormons are Christians. It will be a huge voting base issue in the future as Evangelicals will be called to examine traditional Christian Scripture and the Book of Mormon.

    January 13, 2012 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  17. letmetellyousomething

    Hello Woman in California,
    I too am curious as you are about the view of Blacks in the eyes of the Mormon church...why Romney is not saying anything about this and why CNN political team are not even asking questions! Why would America hold Obama to a standard to distance himself from the Reverend and then no utter anything regarding Mormon history, teachings and what is even written in their book. Heck, even the other GOP candidates don't even make it an issue...hmmmmm but they will jump on far less meanignful social/economic issues. We are we America....CNN whre are you on this...I got home late last night to see a program on MSNBC with ED somebody? and he was interviewing a black professor regarding this whole Mormon writings, philosophy and history of deplorable racist stance. What is going on here???

    January 13, 2012 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  18. ST

    Myself as a Obama supporter I am happily welcome this move. God gave us brain to use it, if we can not the way its required, we do not need to blame him at all.

    January 13, 2012 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  19. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    Hmmm... could this be the LSM helping their leftist Democrat buddies retain the Whitehouse by playing up religious differences and keeping the religious voters home next November, instead of voting for Romney?? NAHHHH... They NEver do that right?!!

    I hope they realize another 4 more years of Obama would be FAR WORSE than ANYBODY else, no matter what religion they belong to. they need to get out and vote TO SAVE THE COUNTRY if they want to help protect their religious freedoms.

    January 13, 2012 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  20. Fair is Fair

    @ VA Very Ex Republican –

    First of all, there are far more than 3 religions. Second, there are going to be nut jobs in every sampling and yes, if they're so shallow minded as to do one thing for one person and the polar opposite for another person, that by definition s hypocrisy. To those I say this – you do yourself no favors.

    January 13, 2012 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  21. Woman In California

    @ Fair is Fair

    He should be held to the SAME standard as President Obama was in 2008 and that is to tell us EXACTLY what HIS beliefs are and how they apply to his everyday life and thinking. No exceptions.

    January 13, 2012 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  22. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Just goes to highlight their INTOLERANCE that it too this long.

    January 13, 2012 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  23. Woman In California

    Hi letmetellyousomething

    It was on the Ed Schultz show last night. Although I knew about this "cult" before I heard the professor's discussion – it is so hypocritical to trounce on the president for something he didn't say and then ignore Romney who obviously believes in the teachings of his "church" and the sad part is they actually think we are stupid enough to believe they hate Obama just because of his policies. We need Romney to step up to the podium NOW.

    January 13, 2012 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  24. Lynda/Minnesota

    Interesting how religion (or a supposed lack thereof) played such a huge role in the election of 2008 (Rick Warren's "summit" comes to mind) and any discussion of religious affiliation must now be shut down in 2012. The point of the article was to suggest history in the making for a Republican candidate who will either be a Catholic or a Mormon (I'm guessing Mormon). One would think Republicans might be proud of such a major accomplishment against intolerance.

    January 13, 2012 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  25. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    While true that LDS used to feel that way of the Black Community, I honestly believe you would be hard-pressed do find this in today's world.
    You can "honestly believe" all you want Fair, the facts speak differently.

    January 13, 2012 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
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