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Mike Huckabee’s latest campaign ad now airing in Iowa
Is it too late for Mitt Romney to address the “MORMON” issue?
Orin Hatch, the Mormon GOP Senator of Utah thinks it is time for Mitt Romney to declare his independence from the Latter Day Saints Church.
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney probably should give a speech to declare he’s not a captive of the Mormon church, Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch said Tuesday.
“There’s a concern that his religious beliefs might interfere with serving all people. There’s no question they do not,” said Hatch, also a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. “He needs to put that problem to bed.”
With Mike Huckabee closing the gap in the Iowa polls and Huckabee’s recent advertising as a “Christian Leader” there is evidence that the “MORMON” issue is hurting Romney’s campaign.
Mr. Huckabeeâ€™s rise in Iowa â€” some recent polls now put him in a dead heat with Mr. Romney, who had led surveys for months â€” has been fueled by evangelical Christians, who believe Mormonism runs counter to Christian orthodoxy.
Although Mr. Romney, a former governor of Massachusetts, has been able to make inroads among the evangelicals, an influential voting bloc in the state, interviews with Mr. Huckabeeâ€™s supporters make clear that a sizable number are distinctly uncomfortable with Mr. Romneyâ€™s religion and cite it as a major reason they would not vote for him in the stateâ€™s Jan. 3 caucuses.
The time for Mitt Romney to “comfortably” distance himself from his religion may have passed. Had Mitt discussed the issue immmediately after his win in the Ames Straw Poll, no one would question the timing.
Now with the first elections/caucus in a little more than thirty days, Romney risks looking as either a desperate politician or an opportunist.
Flap does not expect Orin Hatch’s recommendation to be followed.
Mike Huckabee has taken the lead in Iowa in the latest Rasmussen poll just released.
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