Romney To Give "Mormon" Speech This Week
A quick overview of the initial media reaction: CNN, NY Times, Politico I, Time, Townhall I, Townhall II, NRO, CBS, Reuters, ABC News (this is a particularly good one), Globe, Politico II, SL Trib, USA Today, Atlantic Monthly I, Atlantic Monthly II
"Governor Romney has made a decision to deliver a speech titled “Faith in America." The governor has been invited to The George Bush Presidential Library in College Station, Texas to deliver this address on Thursday, December 6. This speech is an opportunity for Governor Romney to share his views on religious liberty, the grand tradition religious tolerance has played in the progress of our nation and how the governor’s own faith would inform his Presidency if he were elected. Governor Romney understands that faith is an important issue to many Americans, and he personally feels this moment is the right moment for him to share his views with the nation. Governor Romney personally made the decision to deliver this speech sometime last week. While identifying a venue for this address, the campaign consulted with President George H.W. Bush’s office last week about Governor Romney’s decision. President Bush was gracious enough to extend an invitation to deliver the speech at the presidential library. The invitation to speak at the presidential library is not an endorsement of Governor Romney’s campaign."
One good thing about this is that it should finally stop the chorus call of articles and op-eds calling for Romney to give the speech. No doubt Huckabee's rise in Iowa helped Romney decide that if he was ever going to give a speech addressing his religion, now was the time for it. As for what effect it will have, I think it's anyone's guess. Your thoughts?