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Should We Worry That Mitt Romney Hasnít Been Fully Vetted?
Red State ^ | today | Brookhaven

Posted on 01/17/2012 9:04:37 AM PST by Brookhaven

It’s only in the last few weeks that people have started to examine Mitt Romney in detail, despite the fact that he has been running for president for five years.

For the first time, people are starting to discuss the specifics of what he did at Bain.

After 5 years of running for president, the question of why Mitt Romney has never released any of his tax returns has finally been raised. Releasing your tax returns is pro forma for most candidates–no big deal. Mitt Romney seems to be protecting his tax return information like a bulldog protecting a bone.

The GOP candidates have been debating constantly since May of 2011, yet it wasn’t until January of 2012 that someone asked specific, probing questions about Romney’s time as governor of Massachusetts. Other than RomneyCare, what does the average voter know about what Mitt Romney did as governor? Really, what? Name one thing you know Romney did as governor other than sign RomneyCare into law.

The main argument for nominating Mitt Romney is that he is the most electable candidate. But, part of being the most electable means there are no ticking time bombs in your past. In other words, you’ve been fully vetted.

One of Mitt Romney’s primary campaign strategies seems to be to avoid the vetting process at all cost. The phrase “Mittness Protection Program” is a joke, but it represents an underlying truth: Mitt Romney has tried to keep anyone from learning too much about him. He has refused to release his records, holds highly orchestrated public appearances that–like President Obama’s–seem to cross the line from orchestrated to scripted, and he has avoided interviews (at least the ones where he would receive tough questions) to the point that interviewers started to point out on their shows that they could get every GOP candidate but Mitt Romney to come on for an interview.

Whether there are any ticking time bombs in Romney’s past is unknown at this point, because his past hasn’t been fully vetted. One thing we do know for sure: we need to find out now, not wait until after he’s nominated. Because, you can rest assured that whatever Mitt Romney may be keeping undercover by hindering the vetting process now certainly will come out after he secures the GOP nomination, and it will be used by the Democrats to attack Mitt Romney in the general election.


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1 posted on 01/17/2012 9:04:41 AM PST by Brookhaven
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To: maggief; STARWISE

Do you think it’s time to release the information you found yesterday?

April is a long way off. IMO WIllard needs to answer questions about the meaning of the word “left” now.


2 posted on 01/17/2012 9:09:19 AM PST by hoosiermama
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To: Brookhaven

I’m sure the DNCmedia will take care of the vetting once the rest of the unchosen are gone. They will supply all the fake but accurate info the people need in order to elect hussein.


3 posted on 01/17/2012 9:09:44 AM PST by shelterguy
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To: Brookhaven

No worry, the democrats will do it in time for the election.


4 posted on 01/17/2012 9:11:33 AM PST by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: All

Folks, it ain’t gonna be Hussein.
America voted for what they hoped would be a new chapter in race-relations last time....
This time, a white guy not named “Hussein” is gonna win in a landslide.


5 posted on 01/17/2012 9:11:43 AM PST by Maverick68
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To: Brookhaven
Should We Worry That Mitt Romney Hasn’t Been Fully Vetted?

No worries - Barack Obama wasn't vetted much at all and that's turned out just hunkey dorey. /S

6 posted on 01/17/2012 9:11:52 AM PST by MissMagnolia (Evil is powerless if the good are unafraid (Reagan).)
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To: Brookhaven
Republicans cannot credibly run on repealing Obamacare with Romney as the nominee.

Romney Gives Mass. Health Reform an 'A' (in July, 2009)


"The portrait depicts the governor seated at the front edge of his desk wearing his trademark business suit. Beside him is a small framed photo of his wife, Ann, and ... [wait for it] ... a copy of the health care reform law he called his greatest achievement.

7 posted on 01/17/2012 9:12:14 AM PST by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: Brookhaven

Nobody wants to look at their own chosen candidate and some of the big ones have big flaws that will come out.


8 posted on 01/17/2012 9:13:26 AM PST by cripplecreek (Stand with courage or shut up and do as you're told.)
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To: Brookhaven

Since ‘O’ got into office without any vetting, it is by now an archaic practice and moot point!


9 posted on 01/17/2012 9:13:47 AM PST by SMARTY ("The man who has no inner-life is a slave to his surroundings. "Henri Frederic Amiel)
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To: Brookhaven

Well, they never vetted the illegitimate bisexual marxist Kenyan Muslim, because that would have been racist.

What excuse are they offering for not vetting Willard the Liberal?


10 posted on 01/17/2012 9:14:46 AM PST by Old Sarge (RIP FReeper Skyraider (1930-2011) - You Are Missed)
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To: Servant of the Cross

And Gingrich will take a beating in the green energy scam.


11 posted on 01/17/2012 9:16:37 AM PST by cripplecreek (Stand with courage or shut up and do as you're told.)
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To: Maverick68

Axelrod’s strategy is to have two, possibly three, white guys in the race not named ‘Hussein’. He’s tipped his hand, but there’s not much we can do to stop him. If we end up w one very strong candidate and one or two weak hangers on, we might still win. But when it’s one of theirs versus two or three of ours, the struggle is uphill all the way.


12 posted on 01/17/2012 9:20:14 AM PST by Fantasywriter
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To: Servant of the Cross

I’ve wondered why there is a painting inside that painting of Mitt Romney. It’s odd; nobody paints a painting inside a painting of someone. Then it suddenly became obvious why it’s there:

The painting in the background forms a halo around Mitt Romney’s head.

A square halo, but none the less a halo.


13 posted on 01/17/2012 9:21:08 AM PST by Brookhaven (Mitt Romney has been consistent since he changed his mind.)
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To: Brookhaven
If we can't even trust Romney to do something as basic and obvious as releasing his tax returns during our primaries... how in the world are we supposed to trust him in something as crucial as repealing Obamacare?...
14 posted on 01/17/2012 9:24:18 AM PST by Qbert ("The best defense against usurpatory government is an assertive citizenry" - William F. Buckley, Jr.)
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To: Brookhaven; ellery
I’ve wondered why there is a painting inside that painting of Mitt Romney. It’s odd; nobody paints a painting inside a painting of someone.

Romney looks like the picture that comes with the frame.

The plastic portrait of health care “reformer”.
[Please check out post #10 of this thread. I found this hilarious. FReeperdom once again always out front of the regular media. Ellery, where are you?]

15 posted on 01/17/2012 9:26:03 AM PST by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: Brookhaven; All

Now that they’ve got the refusal to release his tax returns - slam dunk him in the next debate with THIS question - which no one seems to realize.

“Why did you spend $100,000 to bury your official records as governor?” And bring out that that is an unprecedented action.

“What are you not proud of, Governor? Don’t you think the American people have a right to know what you did in the governors office before they elect you to the highest office in the land?”

http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/12/06/us-usa-campaign-romney-computers-idUSTRE7B500X20111206

let’s sent this info to EVERYone - and see who will air it - RUSH, Hannity, Drudge, Bret Baier, - write a short letter to your local editors with just the simple few lines that will catch peoples eye and, being short, they will take the time to read. (too late to get into SC papers - write to the Florida papers all over the state.


16 posted on 01/17/2012 9:27:56 AM PST by maine-iac7 (A prudent man foreseeth the evil,... but the simple pass on, and are punished. Prov 23:3 KJV)
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To: Brookhaven

Paging Dan Rather - please pick up the white phone.


17 posted on 01/17/2012 9:29:58 AM PST by SkyDancer ("If You Want To Learn To Love Better, You Should Start With A Friend Who You Hate")
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To: Qbert
If we can't even trust Romney to do something as basic and obvious as releasing his tax returns during our primaries... how in the world are we supposed to trust him in something as crucial as repealing Obamacare?...

Um, Gingrich and Perry couldn't even perform the relatively simple task of getting their names on all the state ballots, "how in the world are we supposed to trust him in something as crucial as repealing Obamacare?..."

18 posted on 01/17/2012 9:30:11 AM PST by Prokopton
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To: Prokopton

Ronald Reagan couldn’t even perform the relatively simple task of getting his name on all the state ballots in 1980, “how in the world are we supposed to trust him in something as crucial as...”

Things seem to have worked out pretty well with Reagan, despite the problems he had getting on all 50 state ballots in 1980.


19 posted on 01/17/2012 9:33:54 AM PST by Brookhaven (Mitt Romney has been consistent since he changed his mind.)
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To: Servant of the Cross

20 posted on 01/17/2012 9:36:20 AM PST by Future Snake Eater (Don't stop. Keep moving!)
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To: Brookhaven
But, part of being the most electable means there are no ticking time bombs in your past. In other words, you’ve been fully vetted.

When did the vetting of obama happen?

The hell with mitt, he has {I think} a real birth certificate and I think he is a natural born citizen.

Except for Rupaul, mittens is my last pubbie choice, but I'm more worried about the marxist that is in the white hut right now.

21 posted on 01/17/2012 9:40:50 AM PST by USS Alaska (Nuke The Terrorist Savages)
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To: Prokopton

Seems that conservatives have perfected the art of hypocrisy.

The failed yet oddly continuing attack on Romney’s wealth goes on while we deliberately ignore Green Gingrich’s promise to incentivize flex fuel vehicles, create a whole new federal environmental agency, and a new endorsement from a pro amnesty tea party hating hispanic group.

Looks like the democrats have already won.


22 posted on 01/17/2012 9:43:21 AM PST by cripplecreek (Stand with courage or shut up and do as you're told.)
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To: Brookhaven

ON, NTSA !


23 posted on 01/17/2012 9:48:46 AM PST by MindBender26 (New Army SF amd Ranger Slogan: Vengence is Mine, sayeth the Lord.... but He subcontracts!)
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To: cripplecreek
Seems that conservatives have perfected the art of hypocrisy.

Gingrich pushing the impeachment of Clinton because of his adulterous affair with a very young staffer, while he was engaged in an adulterous affair of his own with a very young staffer, brings new depths to the term hypocrisy.

24 posted on 01/17/2012 9:50:28 AM PST by Prokopton
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To: Brookhaven

Didn’t seem to matter with Obama........


25 posted on 01/17/2012 9:51:21 AM PST by SECURE AMERICA (Where can I sign up for the New American Revolution and the Crusades 2012?)
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To: Brookhaven

It is interesting to note that Romney was a Bishop and a Stake President in his church and particularly in the latter office, the LDS church investigates those so ordained to assure there are no moral or legal skeletons in their past.

However, it must be noted, that much of the candidates “worthiness” for the offices of bishop or stake president is based on self-reporting and self-judging.


26 posted on 01/17/2012 9:52:43 AM PST by BrotherJoseph
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To: Brookhaven

WAIT WAIT WATI I KNOW THIS ONE!!

ummm... Yes?


27 posted on 01/17/2012 9:53:38 AM PST by Mr. K (Physically unable to profreed <--- oops, see?)
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To: Brookhaven; All

Heads up, Freepers. I Challenge you.
There’s one more debate before the SC vote.

They’ve got Mitt on the ropes, weaseling about releasing his tax forms - let’s expand on that with further secrecy protection he’s spent big bucks on.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/12/06/us-usa-campaign-romney-computers-idUSTRE7B500X20111206

I just sent this message below to Newts web site - (go to Newt.org, scroll down the the very bottom and click on ‘contact us’ - copy and paste the following note below and send. If they get several of he same message - they will be far more likely to show it to Newt - and if he runs with it in the next/last debate, it will hit Mittens right between the eyes. He’ll stand there like a stuttering deer in the headlights. (My background is in advertising, journalism and campaign management.)

Pin Mitt on his secrecy - slam dunk

Now that they’ve got the refusal to release his tax returns - slam dunk him in the next debate with THIS question - which no one seems to realize.

*************

Copy, paste, send. Let’s deep six this plastic man.

“Why did you spend $100,000 to bury your official records as governor?”

“What are you not proud of, Governor? Don’t you think the American people have a right to know what you did in the governors office before they elect you to the highest office in the land?”

“It’s as if you’re in a ‘Mittness Protection Plan.”

Take 2 minutes and send this to Newt, bottom of page - ‘contact us” email all your friends and ask them too - if Newt gets it into the debate then media will report it - and the voters may put him over the top. It’s our survival that is at stake. (Like Newt said: ‘I can’t do it alone. I need you to help.’) We have to do more than sit back and opine - do it NOW - 2 little minutes out of your day -

http://www.newt.org/solutions


28 posted on 01/17/2012 9:53:43 AM PST by maine-iac7 (A prudent man foreseeth the evil,... but the simple pass on, and are punished. Prov 23:3 KJV)
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To: Prokopton
Gingrich pushing the impeachment of Clinton because of his adulterous affair with a very young staffer, while he was engaged in an adulterous affair of his own with a very young staffer, brings new depths to the term hypocrisy.

I hadn't even thought about that. Its just seems unlikely that conservatives will be willing to speak out against a left leaning president Gingrich if they aren't even willing to acknowledge his far left tendencies as a candidate.
29 posted on 01/17/2012 9:56:34 AM PST by cripplecreek (Stand with courage or shut up and do as you're told.)
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To: Brookhaven

Would someone without an ax to grind please explain this obsession with Mitt’s tax returns?

We already know he is wealthy.
We already know he is not under indictment for tax fraud.

If his filing and claims were not entirely in compliance with the law we all know the IRS would be all over him.

Seriously - please explain what is to be gained, other than a hope that a few nitpicking details might be used to embarass him.

Aren’t there much more significant issues at hand than Mitt’s taxes.


30 posted on 01/17/2012 9:59:56 AM PST by Iron Munro ("Don't pick a fight with an old man. If he is too old to fight he'll just kill you." John Steinbeck)
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To: cripplecreek
And Gingrich will take a beating in the green energy scam.

Not to mention his personal baggage. I was just reading about him being a deadbeat dad.

31 posted on 01/17/2012 10:16:20 AM PST by freespirited
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To: Servant of the Cross

Repealing Obamacare is not in the cards.

Our overseers have so decided.


32 posted on 01/17/2012 10:18:54 AM PST by B Knotts (Just another Tenther)
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To: freespirited
I was just reading about him being a deadbeat dad.

Hanging out at DU again I see.

33 posted on 01/17/2012 10:30:43 AM PST by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: Future Snake Eater

LOL. Oops, sorry for missing the courtesy ping!


34 posted on 01/17/2012 10:31:31 AM PST by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: Brookhaven

Should we worry that Newt Gingrich has never won a statewide election?


35 posted on 01/17/2012 10:33:26 AM PST by Hoodat (Because they do not change, Therefore they do not fear God. -Psalm 55:19-)
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To: cripplecreek
Looks like the democrats have already won.

Always with the negative waves cripplecreek. Always with the negative waves.


Have a little faith, baby. Have a little faith. Why don't you say something righteous and hopeful for a change?!

36 posted on 01/17/2012 10:38:39 AM PST by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: Brookhaven

There would be a neverending drip drab from his time at Bain, especially involving all the companies they acquired that went bankrupt. There would be complaints that the Bain business model of driving companies into debt so they could pay Bain dividends provided Bain with unjust enrichment at the expense of the fiscal health of those companies. There will be managers in those companies who complain Bain did a terrible job managing them and drove them into bankruptcy. And there will be the personal stories of the workers who were laid off.


37 posted on 01/17/2012 10:48:41 AM PST by JediJones (Newt-er Romney in 2012!)
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To: Servant of the Cross

The court documents are on-line. Links embedded in this article:

http://www.cnn.com/2011/12/26/politics/gingrich-divorce-file/index.html?eref=rss_topstories&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed:+rss/cnn_topstories+%28RSS:+Top+Stories%29

Just because you don’t want to believe it doesn’t mean it isn’t true.


38 posted on 01/17/2012 10:53:00 AM PST by freespirited
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To: Iron Munro

The question is why does Romney allow it to continue to be an issue when he could finish it by releasing. Something he is willing to do but (for some unfathomable reason) not until April.


39 posted on 01/17/2012 11:17:31 AM PST by DManA
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To: freespirited
Just because you don’t want to believe it doesn’t mean it isn’t true.

I believe it. I also know that it relates to 1980. 1980! According to CNN and other DNC-controlled media, shortly after the infamous and wrongly-reported cancer ward visit, Newt stopped paying alimony and child support, and Jackie had to take Newt to court to get him to contribute.

Funny how neither Jackie Gingrich Cushman nor Jackie Battley Gingrich are confirming this.

If this is an example of the damaging oppo weaponry to be launched by the DNC against Newt, I fart in their general direction.

This will have NO legs in 2012. None at the all. The public will laugh.

40 posted on 01/17/2012 11:30:39 AM PST by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: freespirited

Just yesterday he got this endorsement from a tea party hating pro Amnesty group and you see that his supporters have courageously chosen to pretend it didn’t happen. (or worse, constructed a conspiracy with Romney at its core)

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/2833684/posts

Yeah these folks are real interested in vetting all but their own candidate.


41 posted on 01/17/2012 11:50:38 AM PST by cripplecreek (Stand with courage or shut up and do as you're told.)
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To: Brookhaven

I find it hard to believe that anyone in politics as long as Romney has, and especially one surviving the furnaces of MA, hasn’t been extremely well vetted.


42 posted on 01/17/2012 12:16:33 PM PST by elpadre (AfganistaMr Obama said the goal was to "disrupt, dismantle and defeat al-Qaeda" and its allies.)
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To: shelterguy
They will supply all the fake but accurate info the people need in order to elect hussein.

They are holding their fire on the very accurate and unfake info about his religion.

43 posted on 01/17/2012 1:50:22 PM PST by Graybeard58 (Eccl 10 v. 19 A feast is made for laughter, and wine maketh merry: but money answereth all things.)
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To: Prokopton
Gingrich pushing the impeachment of Clinton because of his adulterous affair with a very young staffer

When did you buy the "it's all about sex" apologetics story from the DNC?

Clinton's impeachment was over the fact that he committed perjury/lied under oath. That was the impeachable offense.

His license was suspended in Arkansas for five years. Then he was disbarred by the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday, October 1, 2001 - for lying under oath, not for a tryst.

44 posted on 01/17/2012 2:30:38 PM PST by Scoutmaster (You knew the job was dangerous when you took it)
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To: Graybeard58

“”””They are holding their fire on the very accurate and unfake info about his religion. “”””

I have no problems with the Mormons. If you knew any personally, you wouldn’t either.


45 posted on 01/17/2012 2:46:41 PM PST by shelterguy
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To: shelterguy
I have no problems with the Mormons. If you knew any personally, you wouldn’t either.

You're right. I don't know a solitary Mortmon, except on this forum so I have no problems with Mormons. However, I do know Mormonism and I have a lot of problems with Mormonism.

46 posted on 01/17/2012 2:53:59 PM PST by Graybeard58 (Eccl 10 v. 19 A feast is made for laughter, and wine maketh merry: but money answereth all things.)
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To: Graybeard58

“”However, I do know Mormonism”””

No, you don’t.


47 posted on 01/17/2012 4:16:22 PM PST by shelterguy
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To: shelterguy
No, you don’t.

As a matter of fact I do know mormonism.

48 posted on 01/17/2012 8:43:33 PM PST by Graybeard58 (Eccl 10 v. 19 A feast is made for laughter, and wine maketh merry: but money answereth all things.)
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To: shelterguy; Graybeard58

The one Mormon I personally know ripped us off and we had to threaten small claims court to get the money he owed us. He also did other illegal and shady stuff. He is odious and he is also pro-”gay” rights. He tried to convert me and Hub to be Mormons as well.

Of course all Mormons aren’t like him. There are good and bad, just like any group of people. But their “Theology” is more like Scientology than any real religion. And no, I’m not going to argue about it. I’ve read enough on FR - direct quotes from Mormon literature - to want to debate it.


49 posted on 01/17/2012 8:57:20 PM PST by little jeremiah (We will have to go through hell to get out of hell)
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To: Graybeard58; shelterguy; greyfoxx39; svcw; SENTINEL

I have no problems with the Mormons. If you knew any personally, you wouldn’t either. [shelterguy]

- - - - - -
I know many Mormons personally, most I have issues with some I do not. Some of the most dishonest people I have ever met are Mormons.

However, I do still have some LDS friends. I have REAL problems with Mormonism and I know Mormonism better than most Mormons - having been one for many years.


50 posted on 01/17/2012 9:47:38 PM PST by reaganaut (If Romney is a conservative then I’m the frickin Angel Moroni.)
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