Friday, October 20, 2006

Does Romney’s Mormon Faith Hinder Presidential Bid?

As you can tell from previous posts, I am not a Romney fan. In fact, I fear that his geographical closeness to NH may negatively impact Senator McCain’s vote totals in the NH primary. My concern with Romney is definitely not religious. I am a firm believer that one’s religious background should not come into play as to their qualifications to be President.

That being said, however, those of you who are old enough to remember what John Kennedy went through running for President as a Catholic, can certainly see why many people may have concerns about Romney’s Mormon faith. Kennedy handled it well, keeping a clear dividing line between his politics and the Catholic Church.

So why isn’t Romney following the same process? A recent article on has disclosed that “Governor Mitt Romney's political team has quietly consulted with leaders of the Mormon Church to map out plans for a nationwide network of Mormon supporters to help Romney capture the presidency in 2008.” While Romney’s Mormon faith doesn’t concern me, this decision does. If he doesn’t see the risk in involving Mormon Church leaders in his Presidential run, how might he deal with even more critical risks as President? This campaign approach will be an interesting one to follow.