August 21st, 2012
10:55 AM ET
2 years ago

Obama, Romney open up about their faith in a church magazine

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama and presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney have opened up about their religious faith to an unlikely source: Cathedral Age, the quarterly magazine of the Washington National Cathedral.

The interviews mark a rare instance of Romney talking about Mormonism, while Obama discusses his Christian faith in detail, referencing favorite Christian writers and Bible verses.

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  1. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    It makes some sense because there hasn't been a president that was either an agnostic or aethist elected. Most people either like their candidate/president to have a religious perspective. Theorectically, it should make them somewhat humble knowing that they aren't the most powerful being around.

    August 21, 2012 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  2. gt

    buffet faith ...only picks what he likes....

    August 21, 2012 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  3. Saul

    INFANTICIDE & the constant underhanded plotting against Israel do not match up with the Christian faith. Only God will be asking the questions in the end but I know I would not want to answer questions about killing babies. We cannot know another man’s heart but his actions should be a reflection of his faith. Perfection is not feasible but basic standards are....

    August 21, 2012 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  4. Brian

    This has got to make the religous right sick. The guy who they so badly want to believe is different than them talking their language, and the guy they are stuck with publicly talking about how he really isn't one of them.

    August 21, 2012 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  5. IF YOU SIGNED GROVER'S PLEDGE, YOU ARE A TRAITOR TO THE U.S.

    Luke 6:24
    "But woe unto you that are rich! for ye have received your consolation"
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    Words to live by Willard.

    August 21, 2012 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  6. Griff.

    "There isn't anyone person on this globe that know more about my religion than me, so why would I want a religion written by those that were here before me, to ever rune my life?? I could write all my beliefs in todays language, but I wouldn't want anyone else to get my religion. It belongs to me!!!"

    August 21, 2012 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  7. Obama/Biden - We Wanna Put Government Chains on Y'ALL

    Yes, I'm sure Obama clings to his bible and leftist ideology that uses it quite well when it can, then discards it when ideology requires it to be.

    August 21, 2012 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  8. Brian

    For me religion is similiar to politics in the aspect of the more I realistically scrutinize them the less affiliated I have become. Growing up I was a christian democrat, now I'm an atheist independent.

    August 21, 2012 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  9. ThinkAgain: Under the Ryan Plan, Romney Pays 0.87% in taxes

    I want a president who is honest, moral and ethical. How they derive that, either from a religious faith or sense of compassion or simply because they are a decent person, makes no difference to me.

    Talk is cheap. I've known and known of so many so-called "religious" folks (usually fundamentalists of all stripes) who use their professed faith as an excuse for their bad behavior – including putting money and power ahead of people every time.

    Obama/Biden 2012 = The only sane choice

    August 21, 2012 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  10. Thomas

    "Yes, I'm sure Obama clings to his bible and leftist ideology that uses it quite well when it can, then discards it when ideology requires it to be."

    So... he's a christian, but doesn't let his religion influence him during decision making for all Americans. That's bad because?

    August 21, 2012 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  11. ThinkAgain: Under the Ryan Plan, Romney Pays 0.87% in taxes

    @Saul: "INFANTICIDE & the constant underhanded plotting against Israel do not match up with the Christian faith."

    Are you referring to Mittens making money while with Bain Capital from Stericycle, a medical-waste company that helps to dispose of aborted fetuses?

    August 21, 2012 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  12. IF YOU SIGNED GROVER'S PLEDGE, YOU ARE A TRAITOR TO THE U.S.

    "Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour." – Exodus 20:16
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    Something the Romney campaign does consistently.

    August 21, 2012 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  13. Independent

    Funny how Obama never mentions which Christian faith he believes in. It does not matter either way though, religion should stay out of the White House!!!!!! What faith they believe in on their own time it their business

    August 21, 2012 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  14. Liam

    Faith is not relevant in this election to most Americans. These are answers written or directed by each candidate’s religious liaison to appeal to the electorate which is not insightful or helpful. In the end this election will be about what they have accomplished and their plans for our future..

    August 21, 2012 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  15. george of the jungle

    at least the president is a christian. Mormon ism is not a christian faith Mr independent. The trinity is the basis for christianity. Mormonism does not believe in the trinity. So mr independent what are to talking about.? women are on the same plain in christianity and will go to the same heaven unlike the mormon religion where we have different levels for women.

    August 21, 2012 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  16. IF YOU SIGNED GROVER'S PLEDGE, YOU ARE A TRAITOR TO THE U.S.

    "One thing you still lack. Sell all that you have and distribute to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me." – Jesus Christ

    August 21, 2012 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  17. ThinkAgain: Under the Ryan Plan, Romney Pays 0.87% in taxes

    @Obama/Biden – We Wanna Put yada yada: "Yes, I'm sure Obama clings to his bible and leftist ideology that uses it quite well when it can, then discards it when ideology requires it to be."

    Do you eat pork and/or only kosher food? If not, then you are discarding it when your ideology requires you to ...

    August 21, 2012 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  18. judith

    Jesus Christ preached a Gospel of helping the poor and the sick. How does GOP ideology relate to that? Also, remember Mitt, how difficult it is for a rich man to pass through the eye of the needle.

    August 21, 2012 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  19. Jim

    If you believe any of these ridiculously deceitful answers from Obama you are really gullible. What a joke.

    August 21, 2012 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  20. GI Joe

    Read "The White Horse Prophesy". It tells you everything you need to know about Mormons and Mitt.

    August 21, 2012 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  21. Fair is Fair

    IF YOU SIGNED GROVER'S PLEDGE, YOU ARE A TRAITOR TO THE U.S.

    "Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour." – Exodus 20:16
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    "Thou sall not kill".

    August 21, 2012 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  22. Andy bedio

    What Romney doesn't want you to know, is that the Book of Mormon, published in 1830, 180 years ago, is the foundation on which their church is built. In this book, 2nd. Nephi, chapter 5, verses 20-24, page 66, declars a very raceist doctrin, against the black race. It says that they were cursed with black skin, and an idle people, full of mischief, and subtlety. This book, since 1880 has had different printings, and have had many oppertunities to change these verses clean up to the present time, they have not ! Why? This is a question that Romney does not want to answer. Let me answer it for him. To change these verses, would call their prophet, Joseph Smith, a false prophet, therefore destroying the Mormon Church. So, as long as there are Mormons, according to them, the black race will always be cursed bt God!

    August 21, 2012 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  23. Sniffit

    "INFANTICIDE & the constant underhanded plotting against Israel do not match up with the Christian faith"

    Plotting against Israel?

    Ehud Barak, Israel's Minister of Defense and former Prime Minister, sang Obama's praises and stated that he's done more than any president he's seen in the past several decades to help Israel's security. Please remove your tinfoil hat. There are no elephants in the strawberry patch, I assure you.

    August 21, 2012 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  24. IF YOU SIGNED GROVER'S PLEDGE, YOU ARE A TRAITOR TO THE U.S.

    "The time will come when the destiny of the nation will hang upon a single thread. At that critical juncture, this people will step forth and save it from the threatened destruction."
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    This is Mormon theology and Willard is their Saviour. Ha!!!

    August 21, 2012 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |