Monday, January 22, 2007

Big Romney Press Day

Today was a pretty big day press-wise for Mitt Romney.
  • Roll Call reports that Romney is making concerted efforts to build support for his candidacy in the House of Representatives and early signs indicate that he is likely the favorite of a lot of House Republicans, including Minority LeaderJohn Boehner (R-OH), among others.
  • Professors David E. Campbell, of Notre Dame and J. Quin Monson, of Brigham Young University, wrote a Op-Ed in today's USA Today arguing that Americans have nothing to fear in a Mormon president, but that Romney should be aware that some voters might react unfavorably to his religion. They note the obvious parallels to John F. Kennedy's candidacy almost 50 years ago and they point out that Romney would enjoy the same autonomy as fellow Church member Harry Reid, who opposed the Federal Marriage Amendment last year in spite of Church support for the measure.
  • The Christian Science Monitor discusses the diverse presidential field and the hurdles Romney faces in over coming Mormon bias. The intro is pretty good... "At first, it sounds like a bad joke: What if a woman, a black, and a Mormon ran for president? Yet with Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, and Mitt Romney running for the White House, this welcome burst of diversity in US presidential candidates is no joke."

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