November 21st, 2007
01:12 PM ET
15 years ago

Romney: My campaign had nothing to do with anti-Mormon calls

Romney says he has no idea who was behind phone calls in New Hampshire

DES MOINES, Iowa (CNN) - "You've got to be kidding" was GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney's incredulous response.

The question: Is he confident that no one associated with his campaign was involved in so-called push-polling?

The practice is a political attack disguised as legitimate polling. Callers portray themselves as nonpartisan members of a polling organization, then provide negative or misleading information about a candidate in an effort to discourage voting for that person.

Romney appeared taken aback because the phone calls - reported in early presidential contest states of Iowa and New Hampshire - cast aspersions on him and his Mormon faith.

The calls also raised questions about deferments he received during the Vietnam War because he was doing missionary work in France.

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Filed under: Faith • Iowa • Mitt Romney • New Hampshire • South Carolina
soundoff (45 Responses)
  1. jim,ausitn,tx

    If I am not mistaken the first man to come to this country was, Lief Erickson, a Viking.
    Robert, Deming, New Mexico

    you are mistaken I believe the first people here were acestors of inuit eskimos. They crossed from Russia during the last mini iceage.

    November 21, 2007 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  2. Don Deppeller, Las Vegas New Mexico

    Doesn't anyone know about the "independent" entities that are putting out ads that support McCain, that McCain himself has repudiated? They are the MOST LIKELY culprits in this situation. They want McCain elected, so they'll do ANYTHING to effect that, EVEN if it means McCain disavowing them!

    November 21, 2007 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  3. CD, Burke, Virginia

    Funny - Mormons actually believe one of the tribes of Israel crossed the Atlantic to become the first natives who settled America.

    People who claim that "at least Romney has a faith" ought to examine Mormonism a little closer to discover exactly how ridiculously un-Christian it is.

    November 21, 2007 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  4. Daffy Duck, Ashburn Virginia

    After reading the first sentence of this artical and most of these comments, it became crystal clear to me why we don't have qualified candidates running for President of the United States of America.

    November 21, 2007 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  5. amanda r. , biloxi ms.

    "jim in austin " refers to a mini ice age. get al gore on the phone, I want to know how that last mini ice age ended. Global warming , indeed !

    November 21, 2007 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |


    November 21, 2007 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  7. Nicolas Martin, Indianapolis IN

    The claim that we should not use religion as a criterion for evaluating candidates is absurd. Why should we not consider the core values of politicians? What value is more central than a person's religious beliefs?

    November 21, 2007 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  8. Sam, IA

    Good job Mitt. You have that snake oil thing down to a science. You're no Rudy but with a few more psuedo political tricks and a file for the ballot stamper in Florida and a few diebold manuevers in Ohio and you could steal a presidency too.

    November 22, 2007 05:01 am at 5:01 am |
  9. Alice Newman

    to Jason Charlotte, NC ....

    Being from the South, you could be well aware of the GOP slime ball approach to politics ... just ask John McCain about the GOP whispered campaign about a "black baby" ... and all the unthinking republicans salivated, trembled in horror and voted like they were told... pass the kool-aide and vote GOP ...

    No one, and I mean no one, is the master of dirty politics like Karl Rove, Cheney and their tame monkeys knows as swiftboaters for lies ... only the GOP would attack veterans when they themselves didn't go to war – ol' five deferment Cheney only uses guns on those who can't shoot back.

    The GOP attempts to steal the elections will make the Clinton campaign look pure as the driven snow.
    What was the other lie ... call me?

    November 22, 2007 07:08 am at 7:08 am |
  10. Shawnie Cannon, Grants Pass OR

    Of course he is not going to sponsor calls that put him in a bad light, over issues that have nothing to do with his religion. This is a liberal media spin like no other. If he wanted to stage anti-Mormon calls, they would have been just that. They were all things anti-Mitt. It was not in his favor in the least.

    Liberal media spin.

    November 22, 2007 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  11. Terry, El Paso, TX

    "And about religion at least he has a FAITH." – stella sherman norwood ma

    Fundamentalists of all faiths recognize each other even if the two faiths contradict each other. Many evangelicals respect the religiosity of Mormons even if they think Mormon theology is heretical. The important thing is to believe; WHAT you believe is not so important.

    We must accept that America is a polytheistic nation. Americans worship dozens or maybe hundreds of gods, all of whom are named capital-G "God". There is no similarity that I can see between Ralph Reed's God and the Pope's God, except for the name. It's like knowing a dozen men named Robert Johnson: one is a crook, one is a priest, one is day, another one is a professor, this one looks and acts like John Wayne, that one looks and acts like Peewee Herman...

    Jews, Christians, and Muslims all believe in the God of Abraham, but Abraham must have known three Gods if that be true. Those three deities have nothing in common.

    Theology – the names of the angels, the personalities of supernatural immortal beings, whether to eat pork or not, etc. – occurs only in the mind of the believer.

    November 22, 2007 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  12. jayne,boston,ma

    Liar! He flip flops any time for political conviniency. We are not stupid Mr. Romney!

    November 22, 2007 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  13. summus

    And then the angel Moroni said to Joseph Smith- "Go forth and multiply and in time your religion shall seem less cultish than the rest"

    November 22, 2007 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  14. ne,pa.

    This guy's slick! A phony with deep pockets trying to buy the White House.

    I wouldn't even consider him for president!

    November 22, 2007 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  15. Non-Mormon, NY

    Robert, Deming, NM:

    Since Romney is a Latter Day Saint, I would say that He is more Religious than most of the candidates, Because he holds the Priesthood that was bestowed upon him. This alone makes him a righteous man."

    Hate to burst your protected and naive bubble, Robert, however, just because Mitt is a M. Priesthood holder does not mean he's "righteous." In fact, I was married to one who had no problem placing his hands on me, and his Stake President laughed in my face when I showed him the bruises, so you may wish to rethink that silly statement.

    All personal experience aside, I don't still don't believe Romney had any involvement in this mess.

    November 23, 2007 01:22 am at 1:22 am |
  16. Steve Blaine Washington

    The extent of your anti Mormonism by your monitors is such that I am writing the CEO and Chairman of the Board of Times Warner, Richard D Parsons. It would not be a problem if you let people respond with the truth to blogs by the Christian Right and excommunicated Mormons but you do not.

    November 23, 2007 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  17. Terry, El Paso, TX

    "The claim that we should not use religion as a criterion for evaluating candidates is absurd. Why should we not consider the core values of politicians? What value is more central than a person's religious beliefs?" – Nicolas Martin, Indianapolis IN

    Most people don't choose a religion; they inherit it. That is why the children of Mormons are mostly Mormon and the children of Catholics are mostly Catholic.

    Most believers do not read their holy books, so we cannot judge a person's inner thoughts by the church they inherited from their parents or by the holy book that is taught. "Seventy-three percent of Catholics; 45% of Protestants (2002); and 40% of those who claim to be 'born again' did not read the Bible in the past week."

    Surveys say that 20% of all Christians believe in reincarnation, though 80% do not.

    Four out of ten adults (38%) believe that the entire Bible was written several decades after Jesus’ death and resurrection.

    Many high school seniors believe that Sodom and Gomorrah were husband and wife.

    A majority of Americans cannot name one of the four Gospels.

    Jay Leno asked his Tonight Show audience one night to name one of Jesus' twelve apostles; they came up empty." (not a scientific finding)

    One in ten Americans believes that Joan of Arc was Noah's wife, and only one-third knows that Jesus (not Billy Graham) preached the Sermon on the Mount.

    One of the most frequently quoted passages from the Bible–"God helps those who help themselves'–actually appears nowhere in either the Hebrew Bible or the New Testament.

    %Believe,% Do Not Believe, %Not Sure
    God – 82,8,10
    Miracles – 73,16,11
    Afterlife – 70,12,18
    Heaven – 70,15,15
    Jesus – 70,15,15
    Angels – 68,17,15
    Resurrection of Christ 66,17,17
    Satan – 61,26,13
    Hell – 59,25,16
    Virgin birth – 58,24,18
    Ghosts – 40,39,22
    UFOs – 34,41,25
    Witches – 28,56,16
    Astrology – 25,57,19
    Reincarnation – 21,54,25

    So, if we know that a person is a Catholic, a Protestant, an Evangelical, or a Mormon, what do we know about him? Nothing

    November 24, 2007 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  18. David - Portland, Oregon

    Poor Mitt Romney, he just couldn't help it!

    November 24, 2007 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  19. Steve, Huntington WV

    "no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States"
    (United States Constitution, Article VII)
    This is in our constitution for good reason. I support our constitution. All of this negative clamor about Romney's faith is not only unnecessary but disregards the principles this nation was founded on.

    November 24, 2007 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |


    November 25, 2007 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
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