Romney to Explain the LDS Church in a Speech

It looks like Mitt Romney will be explaining The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in a campaign speech at 9:30 central time from the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library in College Station Texas on Thursday December 6, 2007.  This was reported on Carl Cameron’s Blog.

The issues of Mitt Romney’s being a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is being paralleled to the issues of John F. Kennedy being a Catholic.

Catholicism was an issue during the United States presidential election back in 1960, former presidential candidate John F. Kennedy addressed fears that his Catholicism would impact his decision-making, he famously stated:

I am not the Catholic candidate for President. I am the Democratic Party’s candidate for President who also happens to be a Catholic. I do not speak for my Church on public matters — and the Church does not speak for me.

Kennedy also brought up the point of whether one-quarter of Americans were relegated to second-class citizenship just because they were Catholic.  Kennedy later went on to become the 35th President of the United States.

I am excited to hear what Romney will say about the Church and how he will address the fears of the public.  Hopefully America will realize that this situation with Mitt Romney is no different than the situation John F. Kennedy was in.  Mitt Romney is not the Mormon candidate for President.  He is the Republican Party candidate for President who also happens to be Mormon.

4 Replies to “Romney to Explain the LDS Church in a Speech”

  1. I thought the speech was awesome! As I mentioned on Steffielynn’s blog, I retired to the bedroom early just to listen and watch without distractions. My husband, an avid sports enthusiast, was watching something like football, basketball, golf, bowling, or whatever (I’m sure it was an important game or match or something) in the family room. Ten minutes later I guess curiosity got the better of me because he joined me in the bedroom to watch the speech. I need to mention that he is not a member of the church. Anyway, after three or four minutes, Romney had my husband’s rapt attention, and when it was over, he said, “Anyone who could listen to that and doubt that Mormons are Christians doesn’t know what they’re talking about.”

  2. focus,

    Thank you for the comment. I am always happy to hear feedback from others.

    marlajayne,

    I liked Romney’s speech as well. He inadvertently answered a few questions I had about how he would keep his faith and his presidency separate.

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