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. scott,manchester NH

    ya really IS sickening to watch- not only the section of the electorate that has religion on the brain and entrenched in its voting ideology- but to see how the Christian Right is completely consumed with things that have nothing to do with reality. America is in an incomprehensive financial mess and we have the whole world pissed off at how our overwhelming idiocy can result in such a braindead loser at the controls...and yet we still...STILL watch the Right continue with its OCD style politics.
    and the GOP knows full well, that that is ALL they are going to do as they campaign, is focus every ouce of energy on the JFB (jesus freaks block) because that critical voting group knows NOTHING,zero, nada, about money management and problem solving...ALL they do is wake up and pray, hang around for the whole day and pray, and pray before they go to sleep...

    Jesus is going to take care of everything...but only after everything goes straight to hell, courtesy of our republican leader-wannabees.

    what a mess.

    December 2, 2007 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  2. ashley, santa rosa, ca

    should be interesting...cant wait to hear it

    December 2, 2007 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  3. Lorretta, Waynesboro, Georgia

    I'm sorry. I must not. I can not. I will NOT vote for a Mormon. People simply do not know what Mormons believe (they will be Gods someday and baptizing the dead, among other things). This is not representative of my faith or my values. Mormonism is a cult. Plain and simple.

    December 2, 2007 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  4. JJ

    Most of my Christian friends vehemently deny Mormonism's place in Christianity. In fact, many of them hate Mormonism so much they prefer extremist Islam to it. While I'm not Mormon, if I were I would not want to be associated with the Christian Right. "Christian" people are among the most INTOLERANT I've ever met.

    December 2, 2007 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  5. kate, SLO, Ca

    stop the hate

    December 2, 2007 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  6. Craig Grant Carlsbad

    As the direct decendent of the first mayor of Salt Lake City and a grand nephew of the second longest serving President of the Church of Latter Day Saints I offer the following two points

    1)It is not about discrimination against religion its being discriminating about 'silliness' masquerading as religion. If you don't know the details of the Mormon religion suffice it to say that it is based on key elements which can now be proved by science to be 100% false (in addition to being silly) like the assertion that Indians are decendents of the lost tribes of Israel.

    2) More critical do we really want someone in the white house who actually believes that he is not going to heaven but is evolving and will eventually become a god just like Yahweh did? Do you Christians really want a god in training having nuclear capability?

    December 2, 2007 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  7. Disappointed in Wisconsin

    I am apalled at how many people think Mormonism isn't a Christian religion. Every single faithful Mormon will agree that Christ is their savior. Christ is our elder brother, our example and our redeemer. He was resurrected, and each of us will be as well. The difference between the Mormon religion isn't whether or not Mormons believe in Christ. The biggest difference is that Mormons believe there is a latter day prophet, just as in biblical times (makes sense to me that if there was a prophet to lead and guide people 1000 years ago, there would be one in our day of age).

    If you really wonder if Mormons are Christians, ask one of them. Each and every one of them will tell you that they are. In fact, if you watch some of them, you can find out the answer through their actions.

    How disappointing that some people think they know so much about a religion, and use their tid bits of knowledge to spread untruths.

    December 2, 2007 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  8. Rick, North Carolina

    The country has reached a new low.
    I could care less about someone's religous beliefs, how about what you are you going to do to get us out of debt, get the illeagls out of the country, get a real energy policy so we dont have to fight wars over oil.
    What about all the americans that do not have enough to eat and can not go to a doctor. How about changing the tax laws so it encourages manufacturing here again before we get in a war with China over oil. Ever wonder how we are going to pay for social security or medicae payments.
    Wake up people, we got serious issues, keep your religion to yourself and address what is important to me and my children.

    December 2, 2007 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  9. mike Cobb, Palo Alto, CA

    If Governor Romney is going to speak about religious liberty in America, let's hope that he addresses the specifics of where he thinks that religious dogma should drive policy decisions. It would appear that he thinks that it should ... religion is, after all, the basis for the Religious Right's opposition to reproductive choice, stem cell research, and gay rights. Our society respects religious freedom ... women opposed to abortion are forced to have one ... but they would prevent others from having the freedom to make that choice. Imposing religious views on an entire society is one of the underlying problems of the Middle East. Let's not let people like Romney do that here at home.

    December 2, 2007 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  10. Kim

    Please stop these moronic statements that Religion is Private, Especially when secular forces within this nation are on the continuous attack against the faithful (i.e. ACLU, etc).

    The public sector within this nation is on the attack of any resemblance of morality - period!

    When that state, such as Massachusetts forces children to accept teachings of alternative lifestyles against the will and religious beliefs of their parents it is VERY PERSONAL and in-your-face. It is these areas whereby the true character of the candidate is revealed. Romney, irrespective of his beliefs, allowed Massachusetts to head down the path of moral swill.

    There is such a thing called judgment and this nation is not immune to it. There is TOO many who hold on to their belief in title only.

    Jesus did NOT asked the faithful to be Christian but to be DISICPLES and to go out and make disciples. There will be many Christian's (in Title Only) who will stand in judgment.

    Check out:

    December 2, 2007 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  11. Oscar Maldonado, CA

    Harry Reid is not running for president, that's why his Mormon faith is not being scrutinized. He was elected by Nevada, which includes a large population of Mormons.

    December 2, 2007 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  12. Dan, Fairfax, VA

    I'd like to see him give a speech on WHERE EXACTLY HE STANDS on the issues, with no flip-flopping. Not that it would matter anyway, since he will change them all again next week. Just like he used to support amnesty for illegals when he hired them to work in his sanctuary mansions, then all of a sudden about 5 months ago decided he was against it.

    We don't need a flip-flopping, bold-faced liar, silver-spoon elitist hypocrite in the WH. We had enough of that the past 8 years.

    December 2, 2007 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  13. Butch Dillon

    In the true fashion of a Mormon missionary, Willard Mitt will say very little while sounding as pious as a polytheist can.

    December 2, 2007 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  14. Shelley, Chapel Hill, NC

    "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."

    Lee, what a perfectly un-Christian thing of you to say. You should be ashamed of yourself.

    December 2, 2007 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  15. RB, from the bay state

    Go, Mitt go!

    .............Just go away.

    I don't care a whit about your religion. It shouldn't be a factor in how you think you would be as a president. You've already shown you can't run a state, let alone our county.

    Massachusetts says "Good riddance"

    Don't let the door hit ya where the Good Lord split ya.

    December 2, 2007 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  16. Darrel Lone Rock Iowa

    Never argue with an idiot
    They will drag you down to there level
    and beat you with experiance

    Any way try voteing Independant this time around.There is still hope if we
    can get the message out.

    As far a Romney goes we need to wait and see what he says to the people in his upcomeing talk. Being a Morman is going to be an big up hill battle for him to win. I doubt he can. Huckabee is coming on to strong. Its a long time yet till November 08 and there are going to be some bombs going off on a regular basis in the political areana.

    December 2, 2007 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  17. DS, Sac, Ca

    As a person who left the Mormon religion, I feel obligated to comment on this. People who say Mormonism is a cult or that Mormons are not Christians, are misinformed. Don't get me wrong. I'm not a fan of the Mormon religion, or any other religion for that matter, but generally speaking Mormons are good people who believe in Jesus Christ.

    December 2, 2007 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  18. Dana, Los Angeles, Calif.

    Michael from NYC is ill-informed & wrong. Mormom's have allowed African American's to join their faith from the beginning. They are Christian – as they are baptized in the name of Jesus Christ & believe the Holy Bible to be the word of God. They also believe the Book of Mormon to be a sacred book from God. Why not? I am married to a Mormon – though I am not one. They are good Christian people.

    December 2, 2007 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  19. Jeremy McKinney, TX

    To all of those people who have left comments before me that find disgust when the topic of faith comes up with political candidates, need I remind you that this land that we call home was founded by the belief of individuals that felt so strong in this regard that they fought against all odds for. Against the superpower fo their day, they fought in the snow, feet bleeding, for the oppurtunity to worship as they feel. It is not a requisite for candidates to have a faith in God, but the framers of the constitution felt it such an item of importance that they freely included their belief that it was by the power of God that they found victory and that it is that same faith in God that aided in the structure of our nation. Like it or not, that is what this country was built on – a faith in God that motivated great men to action. It is also comical to me to have people feel as if they know if someone is Christian or not without knowing them, and in the same light calling themselves Christian because they go to a certain church. Jesus Christ said that "by their fruits you shall know them".

    December 2, 2007 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  20. Matt, Arlington, VA

    Wow- I've never seen more bigoted comments. Talk about religious intolerance. The Mormons I know in VA are some of the nicest, family oriented and faithful people I know. I find it amusing that people with bigoted comments are so inflamed and make ridiculous accusations. Mormons are Christians like the rest of us. They believe in CHRIST– get over it and get your own houses in order.

    December 2, 2007 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  21. juli t

    Are people actually thinking that they need to somehow be AFRAID of MOrmonism and what it teaches-you're worried about underwear when Kennedy's "Catholicism" knew NO MORAL BOUNDS???

    December 2, 2007 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  22. JT

    These kind and open minded comments really impress me. Thank goodness we have such kinda and tolerant people to teach Christians about tolerance and open mindedness.

    December 2, 2007 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  23. Mel,Tucson,AZ.

    The LDS religion is the same as nick name "Mormon" The samr as "Bill" is "William". The people who say "Mormon" isn't Christian surely have absolutely >NO< knowledge about this religion. I don't agree with this religion but thet are CHRISTIAN.

    December 2, 2007 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  24. Jay, Kenosha, WI

    I'm not afraid of someone because they have different religious beliefs than my own. Are you?

    I would never slander someone because they have different beliefs than my own. Would you?

    December 2, 2007 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  25. bob. southe carolina

    mormons are not Christians!

    December 2, 2007 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
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