December 3rd, 2007
08:32 AM ET
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Romney ready to address Mormon religion head-on

Romney plans an address on his faith later this week.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney will make a much anticipated speech on his Mormon faith this week.

Romney's campaign says that the address, entitled "Faith In America," will take place Thursday, December 6 at the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library in College Station Texas at 10:30 a.m. ET.

Romney campaign spokesman Kevin Madden, in a statement, says, "This speech is an opportunity for Governor Romney to share his views on religious liberty, the grand tradition religious tolerance has played in the progress of our nation and how the governor's own faith would inform his presidency if he were elected. Governor Romney understands that faith is an important issue to many Americans, and he personally feels this moment is the right moment for him to share his views with the nation."

As for the decision-making process, Madden says that "Governor Romney personally made the decision to deliver this speech sometime last week."

A senior Romney Campaign official tells CNN the speech has been on the table for some time and that there were lots of pros and cons to giving such an address. The official says that Romney believed that the speech was important and that once he "became comfortable with the construct of the speech" he gave the go ahead.

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- CNN's John King and Paul Steinhauser


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soundoff (226 Responses)
  1. Henry, VA

    Mitt is reayd and willing to lie about the true nature of the Latter Day Saints just like he's lied about his stances on key issues. Mitt Romney is not a leader, he's a misleader.

    December 2, 2007 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  2. Dom Einhorn

    The fact alone that Romney has to explain himself about his religious beliefs is proof that this country knows no "religious liberty"!

    Religious Discrimination

    December 2, 2007 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  3. Romney2008

    Maybe Romney will clear some air regarding some of the misconceptions that people hold about Mormons.

    Overall, hopefully the public can be educated a bit about the Mormon religion and feel comfortable that they are a Christian religion that preaches love, service, and kindness to their fellow beings.

    I look forward to hearing what Romney's speech will include. He is an educated, sucessful, articulate and upstanding man. I think he would be a wonderful president.

    Romney 2008!

    December 2, 2007 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  4. Don Houghton, Oklahoma City, OK

    I wonder if he will talk about his mormon "magic underwear". A country can only hope. USA! USA!

    December 2, 2007 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  5. Rob/Barbara McDonough

    We look forward to hearing Mitt Romney speak about his religion and faith in America. He comes across as a god fearing man with good principles and values. The full name of the church is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Saints and it sounds pretty Christian to me.

    December 2, 2007 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  6. Ryan, Oakland, CA

    Don't screw it up Mitt! All of us Mormons have have been punished enough with Mitt's animal abuse, torture advocacy, intolerance towards homosexuals, and general flip-flopping. Don't mess this up too!

    December 2, 2007 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  7. J. Francis, Columbia, SC

    After his speech, I would suggest reading The God Makers: A Shocking Expose of What the Morman Church Really Believes. Could the Mormon belief that Jesus returns to Independence, Missouri have anything to do with Romney's running??

    December 2, 2007 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  8. eric e, middlebury vt

    too little, too late.

    Romney is sunk and he knows it. Giuliani lost the nomination thanks to his new scandal (just a sample of what would have come along in the national election). Thomspson peaked before he announced his candidacy.

    It'll be McCain or Huckabee, which should scare democrats because Clinton will lose to McCain and maybe even Huckabee.

    December 2, 2007 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  9. Matthew - San Antonio TX

    Anyone who has "faith" as part of their lives is not fit to serve in office. We need reasonable people, directed by rational thinking not outmoded religious beliefs. Please!

    December 2, 2007 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  10. Bob Bush, Westerville, OH

    Faith should be private. I care less for a candidate's religion. I want a President who cares first about the nation, and leaves religion out of politics. The idea that the President should be a person of faith is dangerous. Our republic was built on religious freedom, not on one religion. The President, and the candidates, should leave religion to the people, and govern the country, or talk about how they would govern the country, not about the Gods they pray to each day.

    December 2, 2007 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  11. michael 9mm NYC NY

    Here we go again!
    How many people who committed crimes also
    find religion right away for personal gain?
    Mormans only recently allowed "Negroes"
    to become part of their religion.
    Thats really benevolent ,Ain't it???

    December 2, 2007 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  12. A True Republican, PHX, AZ

    I truly hope that after this, Americans will set aside their fears of the "Mormon" religion, and realize that Mitt Romeny is the most ethical, honest, intelligent, and best candidate out there for president, and the only republican who can beat Clinton. God Bless America!

    December 2, 2007 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  13. DB, SEATTLE, WA

    Romney's timing is perfect regarding this decision. Those who believe he wont win the nomination are blinded by false hope from other candidates. GO MITT GO!!

    December 2, 2007 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  14. Charles in Salt Lake City, UT

    It's about time, long overdue. It will remain to be seen if Mr. Romney will actually be forthright about some of the more serious issues of his faith that concern most of us (such as the aspect of racism contained within the Book of Mormon) or not, but at least this is a step in the right direction.

    I commend him for this decision.

    December 2, 2007 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  15. Mark, Las Vegas, NV

    Sen. Harry Reid, the senate minority leader, has never been under fire from the Democratic party for his being a Mormon. It is ridiculous that the Republican party has Mitt Romney's back against the wall because of his religious affiliation. It just shows the hipocrisy of the "Christian" right.

    December 2, 2007 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  16. James, Provo, Utah

    This man is a loser and deserves to lose an incredibly pitiful primary election. Mormon are NOT christians. Don't let this man pull a sheet over your eyes. Which is exactly what he is attempting to do. Do your own independent research on Mormonism and it will shock you. This a cult, not a religion, and especially not Christianity. Be smart, do research. http://www.rapidnet.com/~jbeard/bdm/Cults/mormon.htm

    December 2, 2007 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  17. Newt G. Chicago, Ill

    This is what he really really needed to do, not that he needs to explain his faith but because he seems so flustered when people bring it up, he comes across as not wanting to talk about it. He is not a spokesman for his church so I doubt there will be any doctrine in his talk. He should really tell people about how his faith will influence his decision making policies which it undoubtly will. He probably will at the same time quote one of his churches articles of faith.
    " 11 We claim the privilege of worshiping Almighty God according to the dictates of our own conscience, and allow all men the same privilege, let them worship how, where, or what they may.
    12 We believe in being subject to kings, presidents, rulers, and magistrates, in obeying, honoring, and sustaining the law.
    13 We believe in being honest, true, chaste, benevolent, virtuous, and in doing good to all men; indeed, we may say that we follow the admonition of Paul—We believe all things, we hope all things, we have endured many things, and hope to be able to endure all things. If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things.
    Joseph Smith "
    Most of the Mormons I know I look up too, a few oddballs but you see that in any organization religious or corporate.
    Good Luck Mitt!

    December 2, 2007 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  18. Brian

    Finally! I'm excited to see what he has to say!

    December 2, 2007 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  19. Lee, Mays Landing New Jersey

    Oh evangelicals may believe Mitt Romney has faith, but just in the wrong things. Mormons are as Christian as Muslims are, maybe less. They are not Christian.
    Then again I don't think Pat Robertson, George Bush and many self-identified American Christians are actually Christians either. But that's a whole 'nother story.
    There is a certain rot in a segment of American religious/political thought.

    December 2, 2007 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  20. Matt, Eugene, OR

    Considering that the proper name is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, where does the confusion regarding its Christianity arise? Perhaps media outlets should review their style guides.

    December 2, 2007 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  21. Tom Las vegas, Nevada

    I do not believe Mormons are Christians, Just because they have good family values doesn't make them Christians. Lets not confuse the two, I've heard Mr. Romney talk about his good family values, but then say if you want to learn more about the church's teaching and doctorine please refer to the leaders of the church. I believe this is a total cop out on his part. The teachings of the book of Mormon are not in line with the Christian beliefs. Mr. Romney does not get my vote.

    December 2, 2007 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  22. Richard, Jacksonville, FL

    http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/la-et-rutten1dec01,0,4122002.column

    December 2, 2007 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  23. Jim, Irmo, SC

    What do you all think? I can't tell if this is a good move or not. If he claims that Mormonism is the same as Christianity he will alienate the Christian right that disagrees with that position. If he claims that Mormonism is different than Christianity he makes the Mormons mad.

    December 2, 2007 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  24. Tim,nashua,NH

    http://my.barackobama.com/page/community/post_group/ObamaHQ/CRRB

    December 2, 2007 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  25. Dan Tanner, Westboro MA

    1. The Constitution says that there shall be no religious test to hold office.

    2. Religion is all mythology anyhow.

    3. If people want a theocracy, they should move to one of those fanatical Muslim countries; then they'll see what it's really like.

    December 2, 2007 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
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