Some members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints have been bracing for a public feud over their faith ever since Mitt Romney first ran for president. What they surely didn’t expect was that it would be generated by a fellow Mormon, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. He claimed this week that Romney has “sullied” the Mormon faith with his “47 percent” comments. Mormons, said Reid, have a mandate to help the needy. But that doesn’t require an automatic commitment to federal spending programs. Reid was wrong on substance, but also in his approach: Inviting a conversation about Mormon teachings at this stage of the campaign can only serve to fire up critics of Mormonism. Whatever his intentions, Reid’s comments were off base.
Harry Reid takes unfair swipe at Mitt Romney’s faith
September 27, 2012
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