Is America ready for a Mormon president?
Former Republican Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney announced his presidential candidacy in New Hampshire Thursday.
June 2nd, 2011
04:05 PM ET
11 years ago

Is America ready for a Mormon president?

(CNN) - Mitt Romney’s campaign team knows that his Mormon faith scared off Republican voters the last time he ran for president.

But they believe a lot has changed in the last four years.


Filed under: 2012 • CNN Belief Blog • Mitt Romney • New Hampshire
soundoff (19 Responses)
  1. Sniffit

    I don't give a rat's shiny pink patoot what religion he is. He's a MORON. Take out one of the "Ms" and it answers all the questions without having to judge a man based on his religion. I judge him on the content of his character and his mind. One is full of crap and the other is full of nothing.

    June 2, 2011 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  2. rs

    Based on his moderate positions, wrangling healthcare issues in Mass. and his general demeanor and background, Romney is the best shot Republicans have. To answer your question though, look at who is assailing him- other Republicans. Palin just today attacked Romney. The circular firing squad continues. America might well elect Romney, Repubicans (and especially their anit-American Tea Party) certainly won't.

    June 2, 2011 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    America, maybe but Republicans will never support a Mormon candidate. They're the party of bigots.

    June 2, 2011 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  4. Gryphon Moor

    Is America ready for a Mormon president? It is a question complicated by the fact that America will have endured four years with a Muslim president. Will the invitation for "Change" no longer seem appealing? It is that climate that surrounds the very question. November 2012 seems a distant future to Americans that struggle day to day to survive and who strive to make sense of a dizzy downward spiral.

    June 2, 2011 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  5. gt

    america is not voting for a pope, cleric, deacon. priest , witch doctor... and i will bet plenty of mormans were at joplin and alabama...and not many pagans or atheiest...

    June 2, 2011 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  6. Bill NY

    I'm ready, but Mitt Romney(I saw my father march with Martin Luther KIng) is not that Mormon.

    June 2, 2011 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  7. kat

    Anyone is better than the clown we have now

    June 2, 2011 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  8. vic , nashville ,tn

    The biggest problem for Romney is his words
    He believe Romney’s care good Massachusetts not for the nation lot of explanation to do

    June 2, 2011 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  9. GI Joe

    I'll never vote for anyone that idolizes Joseph Smith. That's just plain idiotic. Jesus Christ is the ONLY son of God. They are heathens to idolize another human.

    June 2, 2011 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  10. once upon a horse

    too many American's never really warmed up to a non-white president that some STILL think is a Muslim. Religion should not be an issue as race should not either but there are still those who can't get pass that. My choice for not supporting Romney has NOTHING to do with his religion, it has to do with his constant flip/flopping and not being a real standup person. Plus being a Republican trying to kiss up to the Tea Party hasn't helped either.

    June 2, 2011 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  11. michaelam

    Personally, his religion is the least of my worries. The fact that he flip-flops, lies, and he's a Republican are the main reasons why I would NEVER vote for him. Furthermore, his job creation abilities while governor of Mass. were dismal at best. And as a typical lying Republican, he blamed his Democratic controlled legislature for his colossal failure. Ironically, Mass.'s new governor, a DEMOCRAT, also has a DEMOCRATIC controlled legislature and has managed to create numerous jobs. Under Romney, Mass. ranked 47th in job creation!


    June 2, 2011 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  12. Indy

    The first Black President has not had it easy so thinking the answer would be no. More to the point is Mitts has already run and failed and there is nothing new he brings and then ad Robama Care into the mix and it would be very tough for him to get the nod

    June 2, 2011 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  13. Jrdz

    No America is not ready for a mormon president and I an sick and tired of these right wingers & tea bagger trying to cram their version of religion downs every bodys throats.

    June 2, 2011 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  14. The Real Tom Paine

    I am reminded of a quote descirbing Jefferson Davis when I see Romney: " He is as cold as a snake, and as ambitious as Lucifer."

    June 2, 2011 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  15. LNB

    I agree. Mormon, Muslim, Christian, Jew, Pagan, agnostic....makes no difference to me,either. It is a person's character and heart and mind that matter to they live their own life, what they have done, how they live. For example, Mitt is a republican. And that tells me a lot.

    June 2, 2011 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  16. G D

    IMost of us believe religion is personal, so the media is making too much out of this aspect of Romney. His constant changing of critical positions to pander to his perceptions of the voter base is what we should question. The answer to that one is NO, we're not ready for Mitt!!

    June 2, 2011 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  17. leona

    Romney believes in America , in self-determination, and will make no apologies to any other nations on behalf of this country. He understands economics and would not have to appoint a Czar ( like Obama does) on every subject. He is successful in the world and knows what it takes for others to achieve the American Dream. ENOUGH with the " College Professor President ! "

    June 2, 2011 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  18. leona

    The country needs a CEO, not a minister. Religion has no bearing on the job a President must be equipped for. Can we do worse than what we've got with high unemployment, huge debt and 3 or 4 wars at any given time?

    June 2, 2011 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  19. AK

    Its not his religion i am worried about, its the fact that this man stands for NOTHING! He has flip flop on more things than I can count. His problem is not being Mormon, but being a Moron who stand for 0.

    June 2, 2011 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |