Romney: ‘My friends cared more about what sports teams we followed than what church we went to’

“We were Mormons and growing up in Michigan; that might have seemed unusual or out of place but I really … Continued

“We were Mormons and growing up in Michigan; that might have seemed unusual or out of place but I really don’t remember it that way. My friends cared more about what sports teams we followed than what church we went to. My mom and dad gave their kids the greatest gift of all – the gift of unconditional love. They cared deeply about who we would BE, and much less about what we would DO.”

During his convention acceptance speech Thursday night, Republican presidentianl nominee Mitt Romney discusses growing up as a Mormon in Michigan.

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Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney waves to the audience at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Florida, on Aug. 30, 2012 on the final day of the Republican National Convention.

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  • NMremote

    …too funny – the cult status of Mormons (who claim Jesus walked the “Wild West” with them in the 1800s) will show that Mitt cannot become US president, as they say in “The Wizard:” “No Way, No How” – we will watch the GOP come undone as their “voodoo” politics is exposed by the minimal scrutiny offered by the media, all happening while the “new” Mormons kick back and sip Pepsi or Coke…

    The “Bible Belters” will support a black man before they will support a member of any fringe cult, regardless of money or what their self-proclaimed leaders recommend.

  • Watcher1

    His friends cared more for helping him hold down the gay guy and shaving his head than they did for their religion, probably still do.

  • Martin Heldt

    My church cares that I be honest.

    I’m a Christian so I can’t speak for Mormons: Do they care that Romney continually lies?

  • lucretius

    By the time America realizes how dangerous Romney is, it may be too late.

  • lucretius

    Mr. Romney’s friends and he thought it would be fun
    to commit assault and battery by holding down a long hair kid
    and cutting off his hair.

    And then, he thought so little of the incident, that he claims he forgot it.

  • Orion838

    Don’t count on it.

  • FLTransplant

    It’s easy for me to accept that for Mr Romney in his environment religious affiliation made no appreciable difference. Coming from a wealthy, powerful family I’m not surprised. I also believe that there’s very little in his background that, given his advantages, he would have found to have made an appreciable difference. For instance, I’d also easily accept that his race made no appreciable difference, either; but I’m certain that’s not the case for many otherss in this country. It’s sad to see that he cites his experiences as a positive–to me they indicate a lack of understanding of the trials and tribulations many of those he wants to lead experience.

    I can say that for millions of other Americans of the same generation growing up at the same time in different environments religious differences were significant in their lives. And that’s in the US, where we rarely engaged in terrorist killings based on which religion one believed in, such as happened in Northern Ireland, the Balkans, Afghanistan, and South Vietnam.

  • NC1Elk

    So much for the worrying about what kind of person he would be. Add that to his daily lying and constantly changing his face – another form of lying – we know all we need to know about the answer to that question.

  • nkri401

    Very insightful assessment!

    Further something happened with the “Greed is Good” generation that lost empathy with lower half of the bell curve population.

  • lucretius

    And he has no backbone.

  • ThomasBaum


    What terrorist killings based on religion are you referring to that happened in South Vietnam?