Mitt’s No JFK

With Huckabee’s stock rising with the GOP, ABC News reports that Mitt Romney is preparing to “do a JFK,” and address the issue of faith in a “speech entitled “Faith in America” at the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library in College Station, Texas.”

But if Kennedy’s experience is any guide, one speech will not put the issue to rest. Historical amnesia aside, Kennedy’s speech in Houston was not his first big public attempt to address and end discussion of the issue of his faith — far from it. Nor was not the end of the matter, either.

Kennedy — who as a senator had opposed federal aid to parochial schools and the appointment of a U.S. ambassador to the Vatican — had tried to put the issue to rest as early as March 1959, when Look magazine published an interview with him strongly asserting his belief in the separation of church and state.

“Whatever one’s religion in his private life may be,” Kennedy said, “for the office-holder nothing takes precedence over his oath to uphold the Constitution and all its parts.”

Pulling a JFK” and delivering a speech on Mormonism, probably won’t save Romney and it probably won’t be enough to convince voter’s from the religious right who are hardened in their mindset that when it comes to religion it’s their way or… Besides, apparently Huckabee’s got “‘a different kind of Jesus juice'” which may be too much for the Mittster to overcome with the conservative Christian sect of voters.

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2 Responses to Mitt’s No JFK

  1. Dizzy Dezzi says:

    I think this will hurt Romney more than he realizes.

    I’m a former Mormon and I am also on many Ex-Mormon chat lists. Some of the members on those boards are also established authors and ex/anti-Mormon spokespeople. They are probably more excited about this new “development” than Mitt is, himself.

    As Mitt is anxious to tell the world that (maybe?) his Mormonism will in no way in limit how he can run the country, there are many others who can’t wait to tell the world what (ever) it is that Mormons do believe that may make Romney unsuitable to serve in the office of the presidency.

    Honestly, I can’t wait to see that particular dogfight.

  2. Darrell Prows says:

    Being an ex and living in Utah, “the beliefs” is a discussion I try to stay away from. But I know what you mean by looking forward to how this situation might develop.