Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Jon Huntsman Sr. Speaks with Fox News

Neil Cavuto of Fox News is a big fan of Jon Huntsman Sr., so much so that he praises him in his interview with the billionaire last Sunday. The subject of Mormons, and in particular, Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and his potential 2008 presidential election bid came up. I've commented on Gov. Romney's presidential future in a previous post, but an excerpt from the text of the Fox interview with Huntsman is below.

CAVUTO: Let me ask you. You are a Mormon. And Mitt Romney, governor of Massachusetts, who is a Mormon, we are told, is giving serious thought to running for president.
HUNTSMAN: Right.
CAVUTO: Americans don't understand Mormons, Jon. Does he have a chance?
HUNTSMAN: I think Mitt has a wonderful chance.
I knew Mitt's father, George, very well. We were in the Nixon White House together when he was secretary of HUD. But we have grown up together. Mitt is one of the most outstanding young men. He is articulate. He is bright. He is knowledgeable.
And people hear about Mormons, and they think, gosh, they are a different breed or culture. But, you know, we have five U.S. senators. We have 18 in the House of Representatives. We have some of the great CEOs in America. We are just normal people, like everybody else. And, for some reason or another, people mischaracterize us.
I want to tell you, Mitt is going to be an all-star, when it comes to 2008.
CAVUTO: Do you think he will be the next president?
HUNTSMAN: I think he has a very good chance at it. I'm working hard for him.

13 Comments:

At 12:25 PM, February 08, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree wholeheartedly with Mr. Hunstman's comments on the national sentiment outsiders have towards Mormons. I mean the sentiment and perception that Mormon's are wierd and extremely different than the rest of the country. Kudos to the those mormons who, for whatever reason, are in the national spotlight. The more exposure the world gets of the members of our church the more outsiders will realize we are just like everyone else!

 
At 1:23 PM, February 08, 2006, Blogger Garrett said...

to anonymous,
I'm not so sure I, as a Mormon, am totally comfortable with the classification of Mormons as being "just like everyone else." Sure, we live and work in the community, just like everyone else, but in many other areas, we need to remain different, such as in the arena of morality, dress, speech, and in heeding the words of living prophets. I believe being different is a good thing as long as the characteristics that make you different are moral and righteous. I believe smart voters who want change will appreciate these differences, unfortunately, there is a large percentage of voters who aren't smart.

 
At 6:15 PM, March 10, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree and respect so much Mr. Huntsmans views and beliefs on Mormons. I think its wrong to clasify them as weird. We are all different. I belive thats what makes the world a unique and desirable place to live. As long as we learn to live with differences and respect the idea that, we are all unique and valuable human beings no matter where we come from or what belief system we hold, this world will be a much better place. Selda.

 
At 9:33 PM, January 21, 2007, Blogger melissaclee said...

It's nice to see a positive view of mormons in the media.

 
At 10:49 AM, March 05, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Americans should not consider Mitt Romney for President precisely because he is a Mormon. Mr. Romney is entitled to his beliefs, but Americans are entitled to judge how stupid the man is to believe in the Book of Mormon, which “forms the doctrinal foundation of the Church” and “speaks the word of God to all the world.". ( Encyclopedia of Mormonism). The founder of this “religion”, Joseph Smith, claimed that in 1823 an angel named Moroni appeared to him and revealed gold plates written in “reformed Egyptian letters” buried in a hill near his Palmyra, New York home, plates which contained "the fullness of the everlasting Gospel." After digging up this book, which Smith claimed no one else could look upon or risk instant death, Smith began "translating" the text "by the power of God.", using the technique of burying his face in his hat in order to shut out all light and allow him to look into mystical “seeing stones”, the identical technique used for treasure hunts had culminated in Smith’s criminal conviction for fraud upon an elderly man who financed one treasure hunt expedition. This book was a cunning, wicked fraud calculated by Smith to deceive thousands. Romney’s professed belief in this ridiculous work of fiction, which forms the foundation and basis for such wild and preposterous beliefs that dead Mormon believers will become worshipped demi-gods on alien planets after death, demonstrates Romney cannot be trusted to review and critique thousands of non-fiction documents President reads from trained analysts at the CIA, FBI, and other national security agencies about actions of terrorists and nations in the world that seek to do us harm. Mr. Romney’s belief in this fabricated book, and his statements regarding his perceptions of morality obviously based thereon, demonstrates that for his entire lifetime he has made personal and policy decisions upon “failed unintelligence”, as influenced and guided by John Smith’s fictional work called the Book of Mormon. Though he has the constitutional right to stupidly believe what he wants to as to religion, we have the right to judge his intellect for such beliefs. We cannot risk Mitt Romney’s inability to separate fact from fiction as a national leader, and thereby his proven lack of intellectual acuity.. Anyone dumb enough to vote for Mitt Romney is sufficiently ignorant to believe in the Book of Mormon, and probably should become a Mormon too, but please, stay out of national politics.

 
At 10:49 AM, March 05, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Americans should not consider Mitt Romney for President precisely because he is a Mormon. Mr. Romney is entitled to his beliefs, but Americans are entitled to judge how stupid the man is to believe in the Book of Mormon, which “forms the doctrinal foundation of the Church” and “speaks the word of God to all the world.". ( Encyclopedia of Mormonism). The founder of this “religion”, Joseph Smith, claimed that in 1823 an angel named Moroni appeared to him and revealed gold plates written in “reformed Egyptian letters” buried in a hill near his Palmyra, New York home, plates which contained "the fullness of the everlasting Gospel." After digging up this book, which Smith claimed no one else could look upon or risk instant death, Smith began "translating" the text "by the power of God.", using the technique of burying his face in his hat in order to shut out all light and allow him to look into mystical “seeing stones”, the identical technique used for treasure hunts had culminated in Smith’s criminal conviction for fraud upon an elderly man who financed one treasure hunt expedition. This book was a cunning, wicked fraud calculated by Smith to deceive thousands. Romney’s professed belief in this ridiculous work of fiction, which forms the foundation and basis for such wild and preposterous beliefs that dead Mormon believers will become worshipped demi-gods on alien planets after death, demonstrates Romney cannot be trusted to review and critique thousands of non-fiction documents President reads from trained analysts at the CIA, FBI, and other national security agencies about actions of terrorists and nations in the world that seek to do us harm. Mr. Romney’s belief in this fabricated book, and his statements regarding his perceptions of morality obviously based thereon, demonstrates that for his entire lifetime he has made personal and policy decisions upon “failed unintelligence”, as influenced and guided by John Smith’s fictional work called the Book of Mormon. Though he has the constitutional right to stupidly believe what he wants to as to religion, we have the right to judge his intellect for such beliefs. We cannot risk Mitt Romney’s inability to separate fact from fiction as a national leader, and thereby his proven lack of intellectual acuity.. Anyone dumb enough to vote for Mitt Romney is sufficiently ignorant to believe in the Book of Mormon, and probably should become a Mormon too, but please, stay out of national politics.

 
At 1:58 PM, April 26, 2007, Anonymous Mike said...

Wow, your little rant has changed my mind. Gosh, what was I thinking supporting someone as stupid as Mitt Romney.
He's so stupid in fact that he couldn't possibly change the state of Massachusetts's 3 billion dollar deficit into a nearly 1 billion dollar surplus.
So stupid that he couldn't save the 2002 winter olympics from bankruptcy.
So stupid that he couldn't found one of the most successful venture capital companies in the world.
Dumb dumb Mitt Romney.

 
At 3:41 AM, December 27, 2007, Blogger Kathleen said...

I had an opportunity to see Jon Huntsman Sr. interviewed on the Glenn Beck show on Christmas Day (it might have been a rerun). It was most enlightening.

The discussion about the fact that Mitt Romney is a 'Mormon' is quite irrelevant! It is the same discussion everyone had in the 60s over Jack Kennedy; he was a Catholic, so therefore how could he ever be elected?

Have we not learned from our maladjusted thinking of the long ago past? Would we say the same of a Protestant, or Methodist?

We need to keep our heads out of the sand!

 
At 7:32 PM, January 11, 2008, Blogger Jana said...

I thank God every day that I too was "dumb enough" to believe in the Book of Mormon. My life is richly blessed every day because of it every day, and no one's ignorant misrepresentation of facts can change that. It is between God and me. It's amazing someone as "dumb" as I can enjoy such happiness and success. You ought to try being so "dumb" sometime... it sure feels good.

 
At 1:43 PM, February 05, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mormonism is a fantastic fairy tale- and it stuns me that anyone could be deceived into that. It does say something about the judgment of these people - believing a book that is EASILY shown to be a pure fabrication - here's an excellent documentary that compares the overwhelming archaeological and historical factual evidence supporting the veracity of the Christian Bible/Jewish Torah, and the comparable agonistic lack of evidence, and stunning degees of disproving evidence, for things written in the book of mormon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G1mFdO1wB08&feature=related

 
At 2:54 PM, June 01, 2009, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have read with some interest both the pro and con perspectives on Mitt Romney. To say that any man is a fool because he believes in a book is, in itself, foolish. As far as I know the origin of the Bible has never been proven, and how many times in our lifetime has science been forced to rethink their truths? We all believe in something, if we didn't we wouldn't bother getting out of bed in the morning. It is near sighted to judge a person simply because of a single belief. If you want to judge someone, judge them on their character and accomplishments.

 
At 10:11 AM, October 15, 2009, Anonymous N.De Silva said...

I would like to make this opportunity to appreciate the great work has been done by Mr Huntsman for the betterment of the humanity.Such people with big hearts are hard to find these days.As a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints,I have heard of the good work he has done even though I live in Sri Lanka.I'm a student ,a social worker, a counsellor and a volunteer.I must say that being born in a mormon background he has been able to understand the value of charity and he is a prrson who does alot of work without making announcements to catch the public eye.The formation of Huntsman cancer research institute is like one of my dreams came true.The names of people like him who can understand people and help the needy are blessed with eternal happiness ever!Amen!
Ms.N.De Silva
nipunidesilva@yahoo.co.uk

 
At 7:50 PM, October 13, 2011, Blogger Joseph said...

To Anonymous:You seem to have done some research on the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I like Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman am a member of the Church. I hold that membership in high regard and have a great peace that comes from having read and prayed about the Book of Mormon and it's origin, like millions of other members of the church. In the book of Mormon there is a promise that says if you will read it, ponder it and then ask the Lord if it is true, he will manifest the truth of it unto you by the power of the holy ghost. It is my testimony that I have felt that wonderful spiritual witness that the book of mormon is true. Have you ever had a spiritual confirmation? It is the most amazing thing. When you absolutely know through the spirit of the Lord that what you are reading or doing is correct, what more can you ask for. Try it, put it to the test and come to know the Love of the Savior as never before.

 

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