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Pundits Chew Over Romney’s Faith Speech

December 11, 2007 12:44 PM
by findingDulcinea Staff
Commentators evaluate the success of Mitt Romney’s Dec. 6 “Faith in America” speech, intended to boost the presidential candidate’s languishing campaign; journalists and the electorate of both political persuasions appear largely underwhelmed.

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According to The Wall Street Journal, Mitt Romney tried to focus on the similarities between his Mormon faith and other religions. The candidate noted that the American government is “tolerant enough” to include a variety of faiths.

Charles Krauthammer of The Washington Post responded by expressing his wish for an election in which a candidate’s religion would not be attacked or require explanation.

“It is un-American. It is unfortunate that Romney has had to justify himself in response,” wrote Krauthammer.

Some other pundits were less sympathetic. Andrew Sullivan and Maureen Dowd interpreted the speech, respectively, as veiled intolerance and as a desperate bid to compete with presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, the former governor of Arkansas.

As the dust cleared from Romney’s Texas podium, a Gallup poll was published on Dec. 11 under the banner “Percentage Unwilling to Vote for a Mormon Holds Steady.”

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