Romney: America ready for a Mormon President

Mitt Romney and wife
Mitt Romney & wife (AP)

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney says he also is troubled by the Mormon church's past practice of polygamy, but that he can overcome voter concern about his religion.

"What's at the heart of my faith is a belief that there's a creator, that we're all children of the same God and that fundamentally the relationship you have with your spouse is important and eternal," he said Sunday on CBS' "60 minutes."

But the former Massachusetts governor acknowledged that "there's part of the history of the church's past that I understand is troubling to people."

"Look, the polygamy, which was outlawed in our church in the 1800s, that's troubling to me," he said. "I have a great-great grandfather. They were trying to build a generation out there in the desert. And so he took additional wives as he was told to do. And I must admit, I can't imagine anything more awful than polygamy."

Romney, who has five sons with his wife of 38 years, says he was worried he might lose her to somebody else when he left his Michigan high school sweetheart behind in college while he did two years of missionary work in France.

She had coverted from Episcopal to Mormon and attended Brigham Young University in Utah.

"You get all these Mormons out there with strict prohibition against premarital sex, and they're young and they're attractive, the hormones work very well and people decide it's time to get married," he said.

But she waited for him and they were married three months after Romney joined her in college in 1969.

"No, I'm sorry, we don't get into those things," Romney said when asked if the couple had premarital sex. "The answer is no."

Romney also said voters are clearly upset over President Bush's handling of the war in Iraq but that, for now, people should give the troop increase in Iraq a chance to work.

"I think the administration made a number of errors," he said. "I don't think we were adequately prepared for what occurred. I don't think we had done enough planning. I don't think we'd considered the various downsides and risks."

Regarding the current strategy, he said, "I think we're gonna know in a matter of months if it's working or it's not working."


  1. SEAL

    There is no way this man is going to be the republican candidate for president. Why waste time even discussing him?

  2. Bill Jonke

    Mr. Holier than Thou Romney is going to preach, proselytize and plummet himself into political oblivion.

    So much for separation of church and state!

  3. Carl Nemo

    All I can say is beware of Mitt. He’s got a plan for our tax dollars. As demonstrated by the Republican party between Ronald Reagan and dubya they managed to slap about 5 trillion bucks on our national debt-load to date, not including the fact it’s unpayable with compound interest slapped on the “loan”.

    I thought I’d post a link concerning Mitt Romney-R and his “plan” for AmeriKa. Ol’ Mr. $250,000,000 Mitt thinks we need to build a stronger military. Say what…!? I think I see a big fat, bold, “nada” X across his face as far as his candidacy for president. If he wants a “stronger” military then I urge him to donate half his fortune to the MIC investment program. The reason I’m supplying this is because I want to show linkage between the fix we are in as a nation and the lunacy that these pol ego-maniacs proffer to us as “their” plan for our money; i.e., money our nation does not have. It’s truly the “twilights last gleaming” unless “we the people” get motivated and say enough is enough…!
    God Bless America but more importantly God Save America from the these forces of evil that are eating at this once great nation’s guts.

    I’ve noticed they are showing Mitt and his wife looking upward in recent photo’s as if they see the face of God and the angels smiling at them, or is it simply ceiling leaks in their local temple… :))

    p.s. Since I’ve posted this commentary, Yahoo in the News has expunged the Romney, Yahoo in the News article concerning his wanting to build a stronger military…?!
    Yahoo dropped it’s Yahoo in the News msg boards about six months ago, indicating to me they want to join the ranks of the “cold, grey souls that shall know neither victory or defeat”…! Evidently Yahoo is owned and controlled, lock, stock, and barrel by NWO/MIC/AIPAC/PNAC “running dogs”…!

  4. jarrodlombardo

    I kinda liked Romney before he denounced polygamy. Now the only Republican candidate I find tolerable is Ron Paul.


  5. Sandy Price

    It has only been until recently that no Black members of the church could join the Priesthood and go higher into the church itself. Women are still forbidden.

    What bothers me the most is the all-consuming influence that the President olf the church has over the members. The leader is the all mighty prophet and is consulted by their Bishops when they face a prohlem.

    If elected President of the United States, Mitt Romney will be under the influence of the Prophet which is like the Pope. I think this is a bit much for America to have live with. It was bad enough under a President who spoke to God during his Presidency but a Morman has a God and a Prophet; neither of whom represents the Constitution.

    Romney is fixated on fixing American families. We all know what this would mean. Divorce would be so hard to attain that couples would find it easier to kill each other than try for a divorce. The believe in no stimulants or drugs would cause our FDA who change their ways. Smoking, drinking would be shunned upon. I lived in a Mormon family and saw the hypocrisy so steep, I could not believe they continued to attend church.

    The POTUS takes an oath to protect the Constitution, not the Book of Mormon and I for one have had enough of these religious wackos trying to save us from ourselves.

  6. Paolo

    I have plenty of reasons to oppose Mitt Romney, but his religion isn’t one of them.

    Frankly, all religions are based on sheer speculation, and all religions are equally unprovable. Mormonism is no more or less rational than Catholicism, Judaism, Protestantism, Islam, or any other religion you care to mention.

    Does Mormonism have some unpleasant skeletons in its closet? Yessirree! The most embarrassing is the tenet, only recently overturned, that no black people need apply for the priesthood. This was based on the old protestant belief that the “mark of Cain” was black skin: a belief dating back centuries that gave white Europeans a nice excuse for enslaving black people (and teaching them that old time religion).

    By the way, the Bible doesn’t say God turned Cain into a black man. It just says He “put a mark” upon him. Leave it to racists to assume the mark was black skin.

    The church overturned that law as quietly as it could. Of course, this still leaves open the question of whether the church still believes that blackness is “the mark of Cain” or not. The church didn’t go back on the old doctrine; it just said blacks were now welcome. Nice!

    Regarding polygamy: beliefs in one man, one wife are the exception, not the rule, both in history and in many modern societies. The Bible does not condemn polygamy (except, I think, in a few sentences in Paul’s Epistles). Abraham was a polygamist, as was King David, King Solomon–actually, just about all the kings of ancient Israel and Judea. As long as polygamy is among consenting adults, I say it’s none of my (or anyone else’s) business.

    By the way, are inner city gang leaders who father multiple children by multiple women, and then let the welfare state support them, polygamists? Or are they worse than polygamists? Just a thought…

    Romney says he “can’t think of anything more horrible” than polygamy. Really? Not war, not torture, not invading defenseless third-world nations on false pretenses? Or how about destroying a nation by running up unimaginably huge deficits that must eventually bankrupt everyone? Polygamy is worse than all that?

    Oh, sorry–those other things are all defended vigorously by the Republican party, so they must be virtues, not vices. My mistake.

  7. Mick

    I was working in Utah in 1993, and an article in the Salt Lake Magazine (similar to the Chicago Magazine)had a polygamist family on the cover, with an extensive article on the inside. While against the law, it certainly was a blind eye and a deaf ear that it aknowledged its existance.I have tried to get the magazine from the archives but it has disapeared. I can’t believe that any Utah polititions are unaware of this. What family in America would not profit from four or more injcomes in the same household? Not that polititions care how much money a person makes.

  8. Carl Nemo

    For those that haven’t watched the production I highly recommend that folks rent the 2006 HBO production of “Big Love” a story about modern day Mormon polygamists playing house in suburbia. It’s actually well-produced and if anything overwhelms one’s psyche with the incredibly complex extended family nonsense that’s constantly wheeling about in both the fore and background. After watching it, all I could think is, very few people could deal with polygamist liasons. Most folks can’t deal with the simple interaction between a one on one relationship, marriage etc. When you get done with the series you’ll be exhausted and if anything have respect for any guy who plays patriarch to multiple wives and children. (:|
    They don’t need to go to jail, they need to be awarded the Nobel “Piece” Prize… :))

    p.s. It will take “Big Love” on the part of the American people to put up with Mitt’s agenda too!

  9. Sandy Price

    There are several layers of heaven that Mormons strive to achieve. One must have a wife and many children. The old way was to have many wives and many more children. But Utah was not allowed to enter the USA unless they gave up multi-wives. But it is the level of heaven that motivates many of the members.

    I have a book of Mormon around here some where and will search out the dos and don’ts of getting higher into heaven.

    Apparently killing people was not on the “no fly” list as my own great great grandfather massacred many other Mormons one afternoon when he thought they had something wrong. He ended up being shot himself after he dug his own grave. That wouldn’t be so bad except he was one of the apostles of the temple. Parley Parker Pratt was a terrible man and I recently sent my copy of his autobiography to the Salt Lake City Temple as I didn’t want it in my library. He had 9 wives and nobody knows how many children. He was my grandfather’s grandfather.

    My own grandparents did a Mission in Molokai at the turn of the century and both came home never to spend another day as a member of the church. My grandmother told me that no church has the right to stamp out a culure of others. They helped clean up the Leper colony and then returned to California where their family (and I) were all born and raised.

    The church has a lot of good things going for it but I would never trust anyone dedicated to the Prophet in Salt Lake City. It is as dangerous as a dedicated Catholic is to the Pope. The Prophet is said to have insight from Jesus Christ. Has he read the Constitution? I doubt it. This is America folks and our laws come from the Constitution not from anyone who has an inside line to God.

    “No church has the right to stamp out the culture of others.” If we know anything, we should know this.