A Mormon and a Catholic Walk into a Bar. -
May 30th, 2012, 06:18 PM
Rubio was baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints at age
eight, and his family was active in their local Nevada church community. He
returned to the Catholic Church a few years later, by the time he was 12, and
subsequently moved to Miami.*
While he mentions his Catholicism frequently, Rubio also attends a
Despite his frequent protests, Rubio is on every vice-presidential short list.
But would former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, a Mormon, be less willing
to choose a running mate with Mormonism in his past? Probably not.
Considerable skepticism about Mormonism still exists, particularly among white
evangelicals. Thirty-one percent of all Americans and 47 percent of white
evangelical Protestants think Mormonism is not a Christian religion.
But it’s not clear that Romney needs to worry about those voters: Among white
evangelical Republican voters, 91 percent said in November that they would back
Romney over Obama in a general election matchup.
Rubio could be damaged in another way. He’s never brought up his family’s Mormon
past when discussing his faith. (The senator will discuss his faith journey in
more detail in his upcoming book, “An American Son,” a spokesman said.)
Along with the inconsistencies in his accounts of his parents’ journey from Cuba
to America, it could feed into the idea that he shapes his own history for his
political convenience. But most successful politicians focus on certain parts of
their biographies and tailor their focus for their audiences (including
So while Rubio’s Mormon past adds a fascinating twist to the story of the
Republican rising star, it’s not likely to stop that rise.
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