Are Republicans Ready Now for a Mormon President?

DAN SCHNUR, director, Unruh Institute of Politics at USC

“Either Mitt Romney or Jon Huntsman could very well be the 2012 Republican nominee for president. But if they fall short, it will have a lot more to do with health care (in Mr. Romney’s case) or same-sex marriage (for Mr. Huntsman) than either man’s religious faith. Both men have taken positions on issues fundamentally at odds with a majority of registered Republicans, and much larger percentages of G.O.P. party regulars oppose them on those policy matters than voice concerns about the Mormon religion. These two issues are what have made Mr. Romney the shakiest Republican frontrunner in modern history and created a significant obstacle for Mr. Huntsman to overcome as he tries to become known among primary voters.”

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