Mormon speakers at RNC mark sharp departure from Romney's reticence on faith
August 31st, 2012
09:42 AM ET
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Mormon speakers at RNC mark sharp departure from Romney's reticence on faith

Tampa, Florida (CNN) - After years of keeping quiet about his Mormon faith, Mitt Romney's campaign thrust his church life into the national eye Thursday night, as a handful of Mormons took to the Republican National Convention's stage to deliver moving testimonials about the Republican presidential nominee's role as a member and leader in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

One couple that belonged to the same Massachusetts ward, or church, as Romney did recounted in a prime-time address how Romney tended to their 14-year-old son when he was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma.

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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Religion • Republican National Convention
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  1. Bill from GA

    Did they talk about their plan to convert Christians?

    All religions do that, but Baptists don't try to convert Methodists, or even Catholics, because Christians accept each other.

    August 31, 2012 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  2. Bill, NY

    Theres a Mormon in the White House and he's got twelve wives, Theres a Mormon in the White House and he's got twelve wives,Theres a Mormon in the White House and he's got twelve wives, I would sure like to be there when he gets tired!

    August 31, 2012 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  3. enuff

    How sweet. Now, where is his taxes, why is he hiding money in off shore accounts, and where does he stand ON ANYTHiNG

    August 31, 2012 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  4. Mormons? Really?

    It's a bad move for Romney to allow Evangelicals to really think about his Mormon faith. Regardless of how much the Evangelicals have trained themselves to believe the Republicans are the only party to support their interests, the Mormon theology really is strongly opposed to the teaching of the Protestant faiths. Mormons really do believe the Evangelicals are going to hell and the Mormon religion couldn't be any more cult-like. Evangelicals would be voting against President Obama, a true Christian, and voting for a leader in a church that believes they are worshiping a false religion. That's a hard choice for some who care as much about race as religion...

    August 31, 2012 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  5. BinaryTooth

    I wish all the racists that disagree with Obama or want him to not win relection would just PAY THEIR FAIR SHARE and go away. Pay your taxes!

    Obama 2012

    August 31, 2012 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  6. gord

    corporations are holding out to see if they can deregulate again ,after all they get the tax payers to clean up the mess and bailout the looser,s with all the cuts to safety nets

    August 31, 2012 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  7. rs

    The inclusion of the language in Mr. Romney's speech about "saving America" and other aspects of Mormon faith references were largely ingnored by commentators in the media- They are so precise Mr. Romney probably should have used footnotes.

    August 31, 2012 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  8. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I frankly don't care that he is Mormon. It doesn't matter to me. What matters is what he is trying to say he would do in the event that he is elected.

    August 31, 2012 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  9. NVa Native

    but where were his fellow faux-bots?

    August 31, 2012 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  10. CrazyHungarian

    Typical CNN misrepresentation of the story. Both testimonials emphasized Romney's help with thier families. That was the point. Not once did they use the word Mormon. But the author pulls Mormonism, not heartfelt help, as the main point of the two testimonials.
    Shameful.

    August 31, 2012 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  11. Gurgyl

    Now you know it all, pathetic guys of GOP

    August 31, 2012 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  12. Rudy NYC

    What did he personally do in the aftermath of hurricane Katrina? He was a governer and the one in LA was a Democrat.

    August 31, 2012 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  13. Bridget M.

    No surprise here....... bias against Mormons, Catholics and evangelicals is alive and well at CNN. You support Obama, hate Christians and are last in the polls. I came here for Drudge, or wouldn't be here at all.

    August 31, 2012 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  14. Jack

    Tacky-vulgar--schmaltzy. How about talking about Mitt's policies, IN DETAIL-that convention was 3 days of Monty Python comedy.

    August 31, 2012 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  15. Mike Parkhurst

    How many watching Clint Eastwood talking to an empty chair will realize that an empty president who took over 90 golf trips costing taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars has run up more debt than all previous presidents combined.

    August 31, 2012 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  16. Daniel

    While Obama plays Golf, Mitt is doing what a True Future President should do and that's show sympathy and concern for our fellow Americans. Nice job Mitt.

    August 31, 2012 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  17. g

    so romney can heal the sick-whats next walk on water

    August 31, 2012 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  18. luke,az

    Gov Romney is not presidential material, at best he is a mediocre manager. Study the Mormon church if you have time, it's an attempt to rewrite Christianity. The book of mormon is a replacement for the Bible in their eyes. Women are not allowed in the leadership of their church ,the same goes for the catholic church.

    August 31, 2012 11:50 am at 11:50 am |