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It’s the Values, Stupid!

jjohnson84 Wrote: Oct 31, 2012 12:46 PM
Hate is a strong word. I dislike President Obama's policies, not the man himself. But I think you are right that there are people who hate the President personally. I don't think that is the common bond between those who are voting for Romney or some other candidate other than the President. Jack, would you also say that the commom thread that unites those opposed to Governor Romney is hate? Clearly, there are those on the left that HATE Romney the man, and everything he stands for. But there are also people who just don't like the direction he would take the country, his politics or his party, not the man. They don't like his stance on abortion, or tax cuts, or fill in the blank.

A version of this column appeared originally in THE DAILY BEAST.

It's too early to know whether Mitt Romney will realize his dream of becoming the first Mormon president, but he has already made history by achieving a new pluralism in the Republican Party and encouraging a more inclusive focus for the religious right.

I saw that change first hand as a featured speaker at a Battleground States Talkers Tour event in Cleveland last Thursday night. The boisterous, overflow crowd of 1,700 included a prominent portion of evangelical Christians who nonetheless cheered lustily at every mention of a Mormon named...

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