Romney’s loss closes out ‘Mormon moment’
November 8th, 2012
03:44 PM ET
10 years ago

Romney’s loss closes out ‘Mormon moment’

Washington (CNN) – Mitt Romney’s defeat appears to close out a years-long “Mormon moment,” a period of national fascination with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

It has also provoked Mormon disappointment; Romney would have been first Latter-day Saint in the White House, culminating a decades-long process of growing Mormon acceptance and influence.


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  1. thevalueofsparrows

    I think the right word in reaction to this, alleluia.

    November 8, 2012 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  2. Wire Palladin, S. F

    There is always a chance for a real candidate, Jon Huntsman.

    November 8, 2012 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  3. Woman In California

    This Christian will never vote for a “Mormon moment” but there were plenty of other reasons as well.

    Tax returns
    Bain Capital
    Viet Nam
    $77,000 tax deduction on a horse
    Government is bad unless I need it (Utah Olympics)
    War monger
    Missing computer drives
    "ObamaCare" and the list goes on and on.

    He had too many negatives in his life for me, but it no longer matters, as America made the right choice and we are better for it.

    November 8, 2012 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  4. Darryl

    The last thing this country would need is to be led by the book of Mormon and that is exactly what Mr. Romney would have done.

    November 8, 2012 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  5. Marie MD

    I didn't know much about the mormon church except that it took them until 1978 to allow Blacks as members and that was probably to look like they care about the black man/woman in a more civilized world or that women are still seen as second class citizens. After watching one of this cult's bishop's graham can now put them back on his website as such) do what the twit did and how he lie and flip flopped about everything he has ever stood or was for or against (whatever that is anymore) I think I don't want to know what kind of "religion" this is.
    If the elders are liars and cheaters what does that say about the flock!?

    November 8, 2012 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  6. cali girl

    There was no need to discuss Robmeys religion, or bring religiona at all to the campaigning.
    The thing that was most wrong was the lies,mistuths and do anything to get elected, including pumping 300 million from Roves Super Pacs. If any of that behavior reflects his religious choice, then Robmey needs to re examine his decisions

    November 8, 2012 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  7. Sorry Charlie

    What about Prince Harry Reid?

    November 8, 2012 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  8. just sayin

    dems will attack anybody of any religion, except their own. they are animals.

    November 8, 2012 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  9. The Real Tom Paine

    The history of the LDS cannot be summed up easily. They were horribly persecuted until they left for Utah, and they have been viewed as pariahs of one form or another since. They learned to keep the rest of the world at arm's length, and they still try to do that. I don't approve of a lot of things they do, but, ultimately, its none of my business how they live their lives. They need to grapple with their history, which includes not granting the priensthood to black men until 1978, their opposition to the ERA, etc, but they were also some of the earliest supporters of women's suffrage, and they have volunteered to serve their country in a larger percentage per capita than most other faiths. Give them some slack. Romney's faith was only an issue in the GOP, even though they have supported the GOP faitfully for generations.

    November 8, 2012 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  10. MrBeenThere

    Thank God....................

    November 8, 2012 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  11. Born again

    Believe me The mormon church is and always will be a cult. How can a Christian vote for member of this church is beyond me. The book of Mormon is pure hogwash. Yes I have problems with any religion that teaches that Virgin Mary was not a Virgin and Mormons have there own special heaven or the sign of the cross is devil worship.

    November 8, 2012 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  12. MrBeenThere

    Just remember the Mormons believe and teach there cult flock that it is OK to Lie, the end results justify the means. Oh one more thing does this mean the Billy Graham takes back his blessing to the Mormon cult.

    November 8, 2012 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  13. MrBeenThere

    @ Born Again........ don't forget the secret hand shake......

    November 8, 2012 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  14. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    I still don't know much about the Mormon religion but what I did learn that Mitt Romney is Mormon and he's a big liar.

    November 8, 2012 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  15. Facts don't Lie

    I noticed that unlike the far right that claimed that Obama was a Muslim and used that lie to attack him, the DNC NEVER attacked Romney on his faith even though he is a Mormon and Obama is not a Muslim. Just saying.....

    November 8, 2012 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  16. Anthony in California

    @Just Sayin (but I should probably really call you TruthHurts or FourAndTheDoor, or whatever)
    Dems attack other's religions? Please follow up with instances or facts.

    All the while, Obama gets attacked for his religion, his color, his choice of coke vs pepsi.
    Matter of fact, Obama gets attacked for religions he isn't even a part of. He is STILL being called a "Mooslim" by the Rightwing nuts. And if not that, he's a radical-America-hating-Christian. Priceless.
    Get over it bro. Your hypocrisy is costing you any legitimate chance at winning arguments on these boards.
    Not only that.. the fact that Obama won a second term not only keeps him out of the "worst President ever" category, and thrusts him into the "one of the best ever" with all the crap he's had to deal with, the name calling, the hate, the obstruction, the distractions. Just pray Warren or Hillary doesn't run in 2016.... and if either chooses Castro as the VP.. POOF! There goes the woman and the latino vote.

    November 8, 2012 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  17. Expat American

    Take out the second 'M' and you can finally close out Romney's more accurate 'moment' which lasted for about 6 years.

    Don't come around here no more, Liar.

    November 8, 2012 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  18. Data Driven

    Yeah, well, I'm tired of talking about broken bowls of olives and JC returning in Jerusalem before buying a timeshare in the Ozarks or whatever these people believe. Belief Blog is thataway -–

    November 8, 2012 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  19. Romney is NOT My Hero

    So, this "Mormon Moment" includes a lying, misogynistic, and just flatout stupid, racist who couldn't even shake hands with people below his economic status (except for photo ops). Is this something the church actually endorses? If not, then why did they let this nutcase through and put Jon Huntsman on the sidelines?

    I would vote for Huntsman NEVER anyone like Romney.

    November 8, 2012 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  20. Kurt

    I'm a Mormon, and I have to say I'm glad Romney ran. I don't agree with everything he (or Obama) did or said, but I'm glad he ran! More talking points for our missionaries!

    November 8, 2012 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  21. rs

    I don't know that it closes out anything as such. Mr. Romney portreyed himself as a nearly pathelogical liar- especially in the closing days of the election (thinking the Jeep debacle here in particular, but there were many egregious examples).If Mr. Romney's candidacy represented a "Mormon moment" (or I suppose a Jewish one or a Buddhist one or a Muslim one if he hailed from those faiths), would ANY religion feel Romney's behavior vis a vis the lies, a good measure, or representative of their faith? I kind of doubt it.

    November 8, 2012 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |