Michael Medved

Rick Santorum’s decisive win in Louisiana came with exit polls showing 23% of voters citing “strong moral character” as the candidate quality that mattered most. Santorum won 71% of their support - not surprising given his long-standing stress on ethical issues. But these same “morality voters” expressed a two-to-one preference for Newt Gingrich over Mitt Romney – 13% to just 6%.

Why would they select the thrice-married, scandal plagued, House-censured former Speaker over an exemplary family man with 43 years of marriage, sixteen grandchildren, and a long business career shockingly free of ethical taint?

Some voters appear to hold Romney’s Mormon faith against him, but core principles of pluralism demand acknowledgement that theological disagreements don’t amount to bad character. Meanwhile, doctrinal differences haven’t stopped Mitt Romney and millions of other Mormons from living productive, patriotic and deeply moral lives. 


Michael Medved

Michael Medved's daily syndicated radio talk show reaches one of the largest national audiences every weekday between 3 and 6 PM, Eastern Time. Michael Medved is the author of eleven books, including the bestsellers What Really Happened to the Class of '65?, Hollywood vs. America, Right Turns, The Ten Big Lies About America and 5 Big Lies About American Business
 
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