Report: Marco Rubio has Mormon roots

posted at 1:20 pm on February 23, 2012 by Tina Korbe

A pop quiz for you. Marco Rubio is: (A) Roman Catholic (B) Nondenominational (C) Mormon or (D) All of the Above. If you answered (D), you might be right.

According to a Buzzfeed exclusive, the Roman Catholic who attends a nondenominational church in Miami was baptized with his family into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints when he was eight years old and remained active in the LDS church for several years after that. While he and his family ultimately returned to the Catholic Church in time for Rubio to make his First Communion at age 13, the freshman senator has never requested that his name be removed from the LDS rolls, his spokesman told Buzzfeed. That means he’s probably technically still considered an LDS member.

Buzzfeed portrays this as a potential drag on Rubio’s supposed race to the vice presidency:

The revelation adds a new dimension to Rubio’s already-nuanced religious history—and could complicate his political future at a time when many Republicans see him as the odds-on favorite for the 2012 vice presidential nod. Vice presidential candidates are traditionally chosen to provide ethnic and religious balance to a ticket. Mitt Romney’s Mormonism and Rubio’s Catholic faith would already mean the first two members of minority traditions on a Republican ticket in American history. Rubio’s Mormon roots could further complicate that calculation.

It’s difficult to say with certainty what effect — if any — this would have on Mitt Romney’s consideration of Marco Rubio as a potential vice president. Eight-year-olds might be right around the Catholic Church’s “age of reason,” but does what Rubio believed from the time he was eight to 12 matter as much as what he has believed as an adult? Hardly. I’d say it’s more confusing that Rubio claims Catholicism while attending a nondenominational church.

Meanwhile, the story calls to mind what the Media Research Center discovered some time ago: The media covers the religious views of Republican politicians in far greater detail than it ever covers the religious views of Democratic politicians. Then, after playing up those religious beliefs, the MSM accuses the Republican candidates themselves of making everything about religion. That’s certainly happened to Rick Santorum. No matter how much he wants to talk about the economy, interviewers always ask him about social issues — and frequently throw in a little something-something like this: “Your campaign has been defined by your positions on social issues.” OK … Defined by whom? Rick Santorum hasn’t defined his campaign like that.

Marco Rubio should touch lightly on this and move on. It’s just really not a big deal — except maybe in that his experiences as a member of LDS probably give him a perspective and understanding of Mormonism the rest of us lack. Yes, religious views shape political views and, yes, deeply religious people will witness to their faith when asked about it, but that doesn’t mean Mormon politicians or Catholic politicians don’t understand that the president of the United States is president of people of all different religious persuasions. If anything, minority-religious candidates understand best of all why religious liberty is so important and will be more apt to seek to protect it than those whose beliefs have never been threatened by law or — more commonly — by the MSM.


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Rubio will NOT be the VP, for so many reasons. The End.

Schadenfreude on February 23, 2012 at 1:23 PM

first they came for the mormons… lol

gatorboy on February 23, 2012 at 1:24 PM

You know who this helps.

Philly on February 23, 2012 at 1:24 PM

Oh my gosh!!!

Romney/Rubio 2012!

AsianGirlInTights on February 23, 2012 at 1:25 PM

Explains the unreasonable assertion he made that Romney is conservative. Rubio does not stand out in my eyes as some stalwart conservative. So, does the fact that he is Mormon mean anything? Certainly cheapens his support of Romney.

astonerii on February 23, 2012 at 1:25 PM

Rubio will NOT be the VP, for so many reasons. The End.

Schadenfreude on February 23, 2012 at 1:23 PM

Thank you for your insight Cassandra :P

Dawnsblood on February 23, 2012 at 1:25 PM

Not that interesting about Rubio but at least it was yet another opportunity to tell us how persecuted poor Rick Santorum is. Oy!

rhombus on February 23, 2012 at 1:26 PM

Rubio’s Catholic faith

Marco Rubio is a bigoted theocrat and part of the POPISH PLOT!!!!111!11

Rubio’s Mormon roots

It is bigoted to focus on a candidates personal religious beliefs!!11!111

/Mittwits

steebo77 on February 23, 2012 at 1:26 PM

All this on Rubio, and not one college transcript, ex-girlfriend, or anything else pertaining to god-king Barack. You can tell that they fear by what they seek to destroy.

Jorge Bonilla on February 23, 2012 at 1:27 PM

Important?

No.

davidk on February 23, 2012 at 1:28 PM

So are the Mormons going to execute him for going back to Catholicism? Were Catholics ever going to execute him for converting to Mormonism in the first place?

I wonder if any of his ministers ever said “God damn America?” Betting not.

rbj on February 23, 2012 at 1:29 PM

All this on Rubio, and not one college transcript, ex-girlfriend, or anything else pertaining to god-king Barack. You can tell that they fear by what they seek to destroy.

Jorge Bonilla on February 23, 2012 at 1:27 PM

This.

davidk on February 23, 2012 at 1:29 PM

Romney/Rubio/Reid for world takeover. Maybe beck as press sec.

hanzblinx on February 23, 2012 at 1:30 PM

“The media covers the religious views of Republican politicians in far greater detail than it ever covers the religious views of Democratic politicians. Then, after playing up those religious beliefs, the MSM accuses the Republican candidates themselves of making everything about religion…”

I think it’s well past the time to tell the MSM to fornicate itself…

Seven Percent Solution on February 23, 2012 at 1:30 PM

Two points:

First, if Rubio attends a non-demoninational church, then he is not a Catholic, no matter where he made his First Communion or what religion he claims to be.

Second, the Buzzfeed article says “Mitt Romney’s Mormonism and Rubio’s Catholic faith would already mean the first two members of minority traditions on a Republican ticket in American history.”

That Roman Catholicism is a “minority tradition” comparable to Mormonism may come as a shock to many, considering that the Roman Catholic Church has 1.18 billion members worldwide, fully half of the world’s Christians are Catholic, and the single largest religious denomination in the United States is Roman Catholicism.

Shump on February 23, 2012 at 1:30 PM

So, Hot Air is still shilling for Journ0lista-run Buzzfeed

Knott Buyinit on February 23, 2012 at 1:30 PM

Dawnsblood on February 23, 2012 at 1:25 PM

:) One doesn’t need a big glass to look into…he just won’t. All else is specualation.

This revelation makes it even less likely, though he was not going to be even before…He made it very clear. He is not a dummy.

Schadenfreude on February 23, 2012 at 1:31 PM

How is this a story? This is the kind of pointless crap I read over at dkos when I need a laugh.

thirtyandseven on February 23, 2012 at 1:31 PM

Que? Marco Rubio era uno Mormónio?

Emperor Norton on February 23, 2012 at 1:31 PM

THIS ENTIRE ARTICLE WAS WRITTEN BY JOURNOLISTER BEN SMITH.

Why people still link to or read him is a mystery.

tetriskid on February 23, 2012 at 1:31 PM

Stop with the mormon stuff, already. Mormons are hard working, successful people. Stop with the boogeyman stuff.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on February 23, 2012 at 1:31 PM

I want to hear more from him regarding how wrong we are for not wanting illegal immigrants here. BTW, where did that thread go?

a capella on February 23, 2012 at 1:31 PM

Hey, if Obama having slaveholding family members in his past didn’t mean anything, then this also means nothing.

Warner Todd Huston on February 23, 2012 at 1:32 PM

All this on Rubio, and not one college transcript, ex-girlfriend, or anything else pertaining to god-king Barack. You can tell that they fear by what they seek to destroy.

Jorge Bonilla on February 23, 2012 at 1:27 PM

+ several million

Schadenfreude on February 23, 2012 at 1:32 PM

The media covers the religious views of Republican politicians in far greater detail than it ever covers the religious views of Democratic politicians.

Partly because Repubs tend to be more religious?

davidk on February 23, 2012 at 1:32 PM

All this on Rubio, and not one college transcript, ex-girlfriend, or anything else pertaining to god-king Barack. You can tell that they fear by what they seek to destroy.

Jorge Bonilla on February 23, 2012 at 1:27 PM

This!!

Bitter Clinger on February 23, 2012 at 1:32 PM

Go Team Santorum!!! 2012

multiuseless on February 23, 2012 at 1:33 PM

Did Rubio have his ashes on?!?

MeatHeadinCA on February 23, 2012 at 1:34 PM

The Mormons are coming! The Mormons are coming!!

portlandon on February 23, 2012 at 1:34 PM

I think it’s well past the time to tell the MSM to fornicate itself…

Seven Percent Solution on February 23, 2012 at 1:30 PM

BUT, with contraception. (The heathens.)

davidk on February 23, 2012 at 1:35 PM

If he were still (which I doubt) considered a Mormon by the Mormon church, he would not be one in good standing – not eligible for the privileges and rights within the church of a member in good standing. I don’t even think they would consider him a “jack” Mormon. I have always been a little queasy about Rubio with regard to establishment allegiance since the beginning despite him making all of the appropriate sounds and gestures.

trinket509 on February 23, 2012 at 1:35 PM

Hey, Rush is talking about us right now!

rbj on February 23, 2012 at 1:35 PM

95% of Mormoms vote for Romney.

They are voting for him because he is a Mormon.

to h#ll with the issues

liberal4life on February 23, 2012 at 1:35 PM

Explains the unreasonable assertion he made that Romney is conservative. Rubio does not stand out in my eyes as some stalwart conservative.

astonerii on February 23, 2012 at 1:25 PM

LMAO! Did either one of them endorse Dede Scozzafava? Newty did. You need to get your eyes checked.

cicerone on February 23, 2012 at 1:35 PM

Go Rick or Newt!

Pragmatic on February 23, 2012 at 1:35 PM

Heh. Rush it talking about HA and this very piece right now.

Kataklysmic on February 23, 2012 at 1:35 PM

That’s certainly happened to Rick Santorum. No matter how much he wants to talk about the economy, interviewers always ask him about social issues — and frequently throw in a little something-something like this: “Your campaign has been defined by your positions on social issues.” OK … Defined by whom? Rick Santorum hasn’t defined his campaign like that.

You’re being disingenuous. Rick Santorum has defined his entire political career around social issues. He has been the King of Social Issues in the GOP, a first responder whenever social issues are at the forefront. Social issues are what he is known for, and even now he won’t shut up about it–his remark about contraceptives came up unasked, remember? So please, stop plugging the guy for just five minutes and play it straight.

troyriser_gopftw on February 23, 2012 at 1:36 PM

The national debt is spiraling out of control and here we have another ‘classic’ Tina post. First we were treated to the pressing question as to whether or not candidates would have ashes on their heads and now Marco Rubio may have at one time been a mormon. It’s a good thing we’ve taken care of all the serious problems and can focus on this stuff.

You know, you can’t chastise the media for failing to address the real issues if you’re going to keep posting this kind of crap.

kkaneff79 on February 23, 2012 at 1:36 PM

Heh. Rush just referred to us as ‘Where Ed Morrissey and his gang is’.

Lanceman on February 23, 2012 at 1:36 PM

95% of Mormoms vote for Romney.

They are voting for him because he is a Mormon.

to h#ll with the issues

libtard4life on February 23, 2012 at 1:35 PM

You mean the way 95% of blacks voted for Obama? To h#ll with the issues, right?

cicerone on February 23, 2012 at 1:36 PM

If he does not go to a Catholic church, but instead goes to another – he is not Catholic. It is one thing to be Catholic and not go to church, it is an entirely different to be Catholic and go to a different church.

ArkyDore on February 23, 2012 at 1:38 PM

I must be missing something. Why is this newsworthy?

People convert to Catholicism (and Christianity more generally) from all sorts of backgrounds. Who cares what he was/did as a kid?

I can’t speak for Catholics, but good luck finding more than 3 Evangelicals who find this story upsetting in any way.

jazz_piano on February 23, 2012 at 1:38 PM

95% of Mormoms vote for Romney.

They are voting for him because he is a Mormon.

to h#ll with the issues

liberal4life on February 23, 2012 at 1:35 PM

Same as the blacks for Obama.

You need a nap, and a new brain.

Schadenfreude on February 23, 2012 at 1:38 PM

So. I still think he’d make an excellent VP pick

ConservativePartyNow on February 23, 2012 at 1:39 PM

Tina sure is obsessed with people’s religion.

Dante on February 23, 2012 at 1:39 PM

That Roman Catholicism is a “minority tradition” comparable to Mormonism may come as a shock to many, considering that the Roman Catholic Church has 1.18 billion members worldwide, fully half of the world’s Christians are Catholic, and the single largest religious denomination in the United States is Roman Catholicism.

Shump on February 23, 2012 at 1:30 PM

I have to agree with this. Too many lump all Protestants together as if they are a single denomination, which is far from the case. I grew up Lutheran but I had an uncle who was Baptist. He and my parents used to have some electric discussions about differences between just those 2 denominations.

Bitter Clinger on February 23, 2012 at 1:39 PM

Hey, guess what! I just paid $9 bucks for a pound of ground beef.

JPeterman on February 23, 2012 at 1:39 PM

I always thought Rush must read Hot Air. So many of his topics follow the headlines here. This is the first shout-out I’ve heard to Ed and his gang, though! :)

Nikkia2112 on February 23, 2012 at 1:40 PM

All this on Rubio, and not one college transcript, ex-girlfriend, or anything else pertaining to god-king Barack. You can tell that they fear by what they seek to destroy.

Jorge Bonilla on February 23, 2012 at 1:27 PM

You hit the nail right on the head. We’re supposed to worry about what church Rubio’s parents chose for a few years when Rubio was a mere boy — but the 20 years Obama spent as an adult in a “godda** America” openly racist church is off limits. We have reached the reductio ad absurdum level of hypocrisy.

jwolf on February 23, 2012 at 1:41 PM

I always thought Rush must read Hot Air. So many of his topics follow the headlines here. This is the first shout-out I’ve heard to Ed and his gang, though! :)

Nikkia2112 on February 23, 2012 at 1:40 PM

Rush has mentioned Ed on numerous occasions. He even mentioned ‘
Allahpundit’ once.

Lanceman on February 23, 2012 at 1:42 PM

I always thought Rush must read Hot Air. So many of his topics follow the headlines here. This is the first shout-out I’ve heard to Ed and his gang, though! :)

Nikkia2112 on February 23, 2012 at 1:40 PM

Rush has mentioned Hotair several times, usually mentioning Ed by name.

RBMN on February 23, 2012 at 1:42 PM

I’d say it’s more confusing that Rubio claims Catholicism while attending a nondenominational church.

Why? Would President Santorum force people to register via religious beliefs?

Zaggs on February 23, 2012 at 1:42 PM

Hey, guess what! I just paid $9 bucks for a pound of ground beef.

JPeterman on February 23, 2012 at 1:39 PM

The rubes will find out that aside from so much per gallon of gasoline, it will affect the prices of food, flying, loss of jobs, downing of the entire economy…

Maybe they’ll put 2 and 2 together and send Obama to anohter white house.

Schadenfreude on February 23, 2012 at 1:43 PM

95% of Mormoms vote for Romney.

They are voting for him because he is a Mormon.

to h#ll with the issues

liberal4life on February 23, 2012 at 1:35 PM

Oh’s the irony…

MNHawk on February 23, 2012 at 1:43 PM

It’s difficult to say with certainty what effect — if any — this would have on Mitt Romney’s consideration of Marco Rubio as a potential vice president.

Um, no, it isn’t. If Romney gets the nod and picks Rubio, the entire election from the Left will be bashing the LDS Church, and sowing enough doubt in the entire GOP ticket to ensure Obama has a second term.

MadisonConservative on February 23, 2012 at 1:43 PM

You hit the nail right on the head. We’re supposed to worry about what church Rubio’s parents chose for a few years when Rubio was a mere boy — but the 20 years Obama spent as an adult in a “godda** America” openly racist church is off limits. We have reached the reductio ad absurdum level of hypocrisy.

jwolf on February 23, 2012 at 1:41 PM

Who cares what church (if at all) any of them go to? GWB was by all accounts a good Christian (when he decided to put down the bottle). His Presidency from a conservative perspective was anything but spectacular.

kkaneff79 on February 23, 2012 at 1:43 PM

I don’t see a problem with rubio although i am always suspicious when a party pushes an individual forward before they have any experience….. like obama for instance. However, i don’t believe rubio qualifies for the natural born citizen requirement.

aniptofar on February 23, 2012 at 1:43 PM

Rush has mentioned Ed on numerous occasions. He even mentioned ‘
Allahpundit’ once.

Lanceman on February 23, 2012 at 1:42 PM

In what context? Was he positive, negative…? Thanks ahead.

Schadenfreude on February 23, 2012 at 1:44 PM

Rush has mentioned Hotair several times, usually mentioning Ed by name.

RBMN on February 23, 2012 at 1:42 PM

Ed was the featured guest interview in a month of the Limbaugh Letter, once upon a time.

MNHawk on February 23, 2012 at 1:44 PM

Can’t hear Rush at work, but I can only imagine that he will say this is just a (another) stupid distraction. Keeps the population fractured over stupid crap, so they can’t unite and pressure on the REAL issues – debt, F&F, union payoffs, lack of a budget, etc.

HA took the bait.

The left has written the script, and the right tries to counter or play along, but they are just falling into the trap. Reposting this was just lame.

I subit that it is rare in any family where any religion is practiced that a kid goes a different direction than the parent. Possible – I have witnessed that – but it is far from the rule.
An 8yo, then 13yo is merely following his parents on their search for a church they like (or truth, or whatever). The fact that he attends a ND church shows that that search (now personal for him) continues.

Non-story.

Hueydriver on February 23, 2012 at 1:45 PM

This is a story, yet Odumbos Muslim faith is not.

rjoco1 on February 23, 2012 at 1:45 PM

Hey, guess what! I just paid $9 bucks for a pound of ground beef.

JPeterman on February 23, 2012 at 1:39 PM

What? Where did you find such a bargain?!?

-Kataklysmic on November 7th, 2012

Kataklysmic on February 23, 2012 at 1:45 PM

Rush has mentioned Ed on numerous occasions. He even mentioned ‘
Allahpundit’ once.

Lanceman on February 23, 2012 at 1:42 PM

I’ve heard Levin mention Allahpundit before and got a kick out of it. I don’t get to listen to Rush as much as I’d like.

Nikkia2112 on February 23, 2012 at 1:47 PM

By summer Obama will be more Christian than Christ, and more white than his own mother.

Media, suffocate from what you eat, what you dwell in, and also for dereliction of duty.

Schadenfreude on February 23, 2012 at 1:47 PM

In what context? Was he positive, negative…? Thanks ahead.

Schadenfreude on February 23, 2012 at 1:44 PM

They nearly always mention HotAir in a positive light. I don’t listen to talk radio anymore, because a lot of it is repeat from what has been posted on HotAir. I am not saying that they are the original source, just that by the time Rush gets around to talking about it, I’ve already read about it.

The LDS thing is interesting and if Rubio and Romney have talked for any length of time, I suspect that this probably would have come up. Much like when two people have lived in the same city in the past.

ArkyDore on February 23, 2012 at 1:48 PM

Important?

Yes.

A Gallup poll last June found that 22% of Americans will not vote for a Mormon. That includes 18% of Republicans, and 27% of Democrats.

Sure, you can interpret this satistic as religious prejedice. You should. But it’s also reality. Putting Willard and Rubio on the same ticket would be a double whammy.

Emperor Norton on February 23, 2012 at 1:48 PM

95% of Mormoms vote for Romney.

They are voting for him because he is a Mormon.

to h#ll with the issues

liberal4life on February 23, 2012 at 1:35 PM

In my Ward (yes I am Mormon) I know of several members who will not vote for Romney. My own brother (leans liberal) in CA will not vote for Romney. Where you get this 95% statistic is beyond me.

DuctTapeMyBrain on February 23, 2012 at 1:48 PM

Rush is prob reloading this site every few minutes. Wonder if he’s registered here.

Buckshot Bill on February 23, 2012 at 1:48 PM

LMAO! Did either one of them endorse Dede Scozzafava? Newty did. You need to get your eyes checked.

cicerone on February 23, 2012 at 1:35 PM

I know what you are saying. I was going to buy a plane ticket to go visit my family in Dallas the other day, but when I went to look online, I found out that the price of rice in China had gone up 2% and I decided I would have to put off the trip until the price had climbed an additional 23%.

You see what I did, right? You can follow the logic of my argument? It makes perfect sense to you, does it not?

astonerii on February 23, 2012 at 1:48 PM

Rubio is not eligible, period. Let him stay in the Senate and grow into a conservative, non-murderous version of Ted Kennedy. We’ll need one when Mitch McConnell is sent out to pasture.

Archivarix on February 23, 2012 at 1:49 PM

In what context? Was he positive, negative…? Thanks ahead.

Schadenfreude on February 23, 2012 at 1:44 PM

He was, at the time, I can’t remember exactly when, referring to a specific post by AP, and he said “I was reading HotAir last night and there was a post by some blogger there called Allahpundit…”

Rush reads HA and he knows damned well who Allahpundit is. He was just trying to be cutsie.

Lanceman on February 23, 2012 at 1:50 PM

How about (E) Who gives a flying feces?

His moral compass is clearly pointed in the correct direction – his spirituality is his own business.

Hey, I have an idea guys,

Lets try to destroy one of the few young shining star candidates on our side because, as a child, he shopped his spirituality around.

Give it a rest.

Defenestratus on February 23, 2012 at 1:51 PM

Abobo ain’t havin’ any of this!

abobo on February 23, 2012 at 1:52 PM

“The media covers the religious views of Republican politicians in far greater detail than it ever covers the religious views of Democratic politicians. Then, after playing up those religious beliefs, the MSM accuses the Republican candidates themselves of making everything about religion…”

I think it’s well past the time to tell the MSM to fornicate itself…

Seven Percent Solution on February 23, 2012 at 1:30 PM

That’s been overdue for a decade. Still waiting for someone with a spine who realizes that the media are not friends.

kim roy on February 23, 2012 at 1:53 PM

Okay, the assumption underlying the article is that voters will shy away from candidates based on their religion. Which voters? I know there are polls, such as a Gallup showing that 22% of Americans(not likely voters) would not vote for a Mormon. But Gallup also reveals that 25% of Americans said they wouldn’t vote for a Catholic the year before JFK was elected.

I mean if we have no problem nominating a Mormon, who cares if the VP is a Catholic who was Mormon as a child? We currently have a president with a Black liberation theology background and we already have a Catholic VP. So it definitely is not independents who will be scared away by Mormon/Catholic. And Republicans clearly don’t have a problem since if Romney is the nominee, it’s because Republicans voted for him. Is this another Rubio-is-weird-and-scary story? I mean, seriously, I don’t know where the author pulls his notion that belonging to Mormonism or Catholicism is a big problem for a candidate.

I definitely take exception with the idea that a religion one ‘belongs’ to for 5 years as a child is relevant to his current beliefs. I mean, imagine if Obama went to a church for 5 years as a child where the pastor denounced America as bad and racist. What would matter more would be the religion he chose as an adult, the worldview he forged.

Crispian on February 23, 2012 at 1:54 PM

Rubio needs to stay on the plantaintion.

/democratESPN headline writer

SouthernGent on February 23, 2012 at 1:55 PM

Rush is prob reloading this site every few minutes. Wonder if he’s registered here.

Buckshot Bill on February 23, 2012 at 1:48 PM

Probably one of the lefty trolls, designed to show how stupid liberals are.

Rush has followed Ed since Captain’s Quarters days, even reaching out to Ed when Ed had some medical issue and was going to be prescribed pain medication, warning him about the dangers.

rbj on February 23, 2012 at 1:55 PM

Oh boy…liberals are desperate already and the guy isn’t even running for anything. When I was eight years old, I peed on the side of the road. Does that make me a flasher? Anyway, the real Muslim is in the White House already.

cajunpatriot on February 23, 2012 at 1:57 PM

I think all the TruCons washed their hands with Rubio after he failed to criticize Romney harshly enough. If anyone really finds issue with this non-revelation revelation, they are scum.

antisense on February 23, 2012 at 1:59 PM

Who cares if he’s a mormon, methodist, lutheran, catholic, or baptist. If a muslim can be president, why not a mormon. In any case, I couldn’t care less what religion some belongs to. All I care is what his politics are. I’ll even vote for a conservative muslim.

rjulio on February 23, 2012 at 1:59 PM

Rubio being or being raised as a Mormon important: NO. Concern about Obama destroying this country: Yes very important.

Beastdogs on February 23, 2012 at 2:01 PM

Slow news day.

WordsMatter on February 23, 2012 at 2:02 PM

The media covers the religious views of Republican politicians in far greater detail than it ever covers the religious views of Democratic politicians.

That’s because Republicans by and large have them. Democrats not so much. Evidence: Nancy Pelosi, Joe Biden, Barack Obama

clippermiami on February 23, 2012 at 2:03 PM

The rubes will find out that aside from so much per gallon of gasoline, it will affect the prices of food, flying, loss of jobs, downing of the entire economy…

Maybe they’ll put 2 and 2 together and send Obama to anohter white house.

Schadenfreude on February 23, 2012 at 1:43 PM

No, the rubes will be told by the Democrats via the MSM that high fuel prices are the dastardly work of evil speculators, most likely Republican speculators, and the rubes will believe them.

My opinion of the wisdom and perception of my fellow citizens is getting lower all the time. Must…fight…cynicism…

troyriser_gopftw on February 23, 2012 at 2:04 PM

Important?

Yes.

A Gallup poll last June found that 22% of Americans will not vote for a Mormon. That includes 18% of Republicans, and 27% of Democrats.

Sure, you can interpret this satistic as religious prejedice. You should. But it’s also reality. Putting Willard and Rubio on the same ticket would be a double whammy.

Emperor Norton on February 23, 2012 at 1:48 PM

Yeps, let allow bigots to define the fate of the country. That will work fine.

joana on February 23, 2012 at 2:04 PM

He was EIGHT YEARS OLD when he, his mother and sister converted to LDS. When he was THIRTEEN he was confirmed in the Catholic Church…… JEEEEEZZZZZZ!!!

roux on February 23, 2012 at 2:05 PM

Ooooooh. Hoogley boogley. Not teh Mormon! Oh nooooooes!

dczombie on February 23, 2012 at 2:05 PM

Who freaking cares? Nobody!

gator70 on February 23, 2012 at 2:08 PM

Oh my gosh!!!

Romney/Rubio 2012!

AsianGirlInTights on February 23, 2012 at 1:25 PM

LDS/lds 2012 !

Red State State of Mind on February 23, 2012 at 2:09 PM

Explains the unreasonable assertion he made that Romney is conservative. Rubio does not stand out in my eyes as some stalwart conservative. So, does the fact that he is Mormon mean anything? Certainly cheapens his support of Romney.

astonerii on February 23, 2012 at 1:25 PM

His parents took him to a Mormon church from the age of 8 to 12 or so, and “he is Mormon”? What a bozo.

All this on Rubio, and not one college transcript, ex-girlfriend, or anything else pertaining to god-king Barack. You can tell that they fear by what they seek to destroy.

Jorge Bonilla on February 23, 2012 at 1:27 PM

As others have said above, this is the nut.

As a fiscal conservative, I’m willing to give credit and leeway to social conservative issues, but when religious identity becomes a key issue in an election YOU MAKE US LOSERS.

peski on February 23, 2012 at 2:09 PM

So what a Senator from Florida who is not a Presidential candidate, did as a Minor when he was 13, is worthy of investigation, but a Presidential candidate who as an a adult was a standing member of the Church of Jeremiah Wright is not worthy of one?

Ca97 on February 23, 2012 at 2:11 PM

So…have identity politics really reached the level that we’re analyzing the actions of politicians when they were 8 years old?

What color bike did he get when he was 9? If it isn’t black he’s clearly a racist.

Kriggly on February 23, 2012 at 2:13 PM

The war on Christian(ish) religions by Barack Hussein Obama and his Mass Media minions is strong and unrelenting.

But this should not come as a surprise to anyone since it is well known that the vast majority of the Liberal base is atheist or claim a religious preference out of respect for familial tradition while the Liberal politicians claim a religious affiliation strictly for self-serving purposes.

SD Tom on February 23, 2012 at 2:13 PM

So when is the Heaven’s Gate cult like suicide going to happen here at Hot Gas?

rubberneck on February 23, 2012 at 2:15 PM

O/T (but not really), what’s Jindal’s InTrade for VP right about now?

Jorge Bonilla on February 23, 2012 at 2:16 PM

I have to laugh. Soo many idiots here that think if such and such is the nominee, obama will win in a landslide.

Look, fools, obama didn’t win in a landslide when he ran against a worse candidate than Bob Dole.

He won by approximately 9.4 million votes. About 7.2 million on those came from CA, IL, and NY, states the R candidate isn’t going to win anyway. That leaves about 2.2 mil. Do you honestly think that with the millions of lives in turmoil right now he’s somehow gonna find those 2.2 mil in those states now?

Lanceman on February 23, 2012 at 2:17 PM

I doubt Marco remembers enough from his time as a Mormon to be truly “useful”.

I was a Catholic from age 5 to 10. While I do have some memories, much of what I know about Catholicism comes from friends and family who were or are Catholics as my recollections of details are minimal if not barely even anecdote worthy.

Logus on February 23, 2012 at 2:17 PM

So when is the Heaven’s Gate cult like suicide going to happen here at Hot Gas?

rubberneck on February 23, 2012 at 2:15 PM

I will personally spring for your Nikes and a roll of quarters.

Lanceman on February 23, 2012 at 2:18 PM

I’m waiting for the Santorum wieners to start whining about this too. More proof the fix is in for that mean, mean, meany Mitt Romney who loves fatty, fat cat Wall Street bankers.

jan3 on February 23, 2012 at 2:19 PM

the Roman Catholic who attends a nondenominational church in Miami

It is my understanding that Rubio goes to Mass every week and that his wife and children go to the nondenominational church. I assume his family goes every week.

Rubio also goes with them besides going to Mass. I don’t know if he does that every week or often or sometimes.

Rubio and his wife have contributed alot of money to the nondenom church.

Rubio makes it a point to say he is still Catholic. Until that changes, I will take him at his word. While it is confusing, this new revelation makes the 2 church thing a little more understandable to me. Because it is very unusual.

Elisa on February 23, 2012 at 2:19 PM

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