Romney's Millennial Problem at Liberty University

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Talk about a stiff crowd.

This afternoon, Presidential hopeful (and this week's same-sex marriage elephant in the room) Mitt Romney gave the commencement speech at Liberty University. The evangelical college is the brainchild and former stomping grounds of Reverend Jerry Falwell - founder of the anti-abortion, anti-gay and pro-stay-at-home-woman "Moral Majority" movement in the early 1980s. So one could only imagine how Romney's day went after Obama's little announcement a few days ago. 

But, surprisingly, in the heart of the Bible Belt in Lynchburg, Virginia, the possible Mormon-in-chief stuck to his "faith and family values" guns when talking to the future-unemployed Class of 2012. His campaign argued that this was a commencement speech, not a political bit... at a school that was created out of the religious-political complex.

The only mention of the contentious issue came at the junction of democracy and its dialogues: "As fundamental as these principals are, they may become topics of the democratic debate," he said, "So it is today with the institution of marriage. Marriage is a relationship between one man and one woman"

This is coming from a candidate who has always had a rough time with the evangelical vote - after Huckabee in 2008 and Santorum this year, it's evident that the demographic wanted someone other than Romney to represent them. The reasons: his Mormon background (which many rank-and-file members of the Christian sect see as heretical) and his flip-flopping on abortion. That is why Romney tried to connect the religious ties with his audience:

"Central to America's global rise to leadership is our Judeo-Christian tradition, with its vision of the goodness and possibilities of every life," he said, not mentioning that those "possibilities" are limited to heterosexuals.

But the avoidance of the same-sex marriage issue is an interesting one: one has to remember that those seats at Liberty University were occupied by the Millennial Generation; an age group that overwhelmingly supports the rights of the LGBT community. Romney was speaking to the members of a shifting mindset; regardless if they were graduating from Liberty University, their age identity speaks louder volumes than ever.

Hence why he had to tread lightly with the topic. A similar occurrence happened the day of Obama's announcement, when Romney tried to focus on the economy instead of answering the obvious headlines that were breaking out everywhere. Same thing happened yesterday in out-of-touch North Carolina: Romney was completely silent on an issue the state had just been all but silent on. 

Word of advice to Romney: it's never good when you have to hush-hush an issue. Especially when you're speaking to a group of kids going into this job market.

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ISAAC JACOB
ISAAC JACOB

Is this the same Reverend Jerry Falwell's Liberty University that took millions of tax payers dollars of George W. Bush's FAITH-BASED-INITATIVE money to help the disadvantaged, and invested it in gold mines in Sierra Leone. And Jerry Falwell had to pay a large sum of money to the dictator of Sierra Leone to protect the gold mines.The the USA had to come in. And none of that George W. Bush FAITH-BASED-INITATIVE money went to the homeless, hungry, sick or disadvantaged! Bird's of a feather have an inclination to flock to gether! And the GOP, blames President Obama for all the problems the GOP has made to run America into the ground! Romney must of really felt at home with this bunch of hate mongers. Never trust a riligion that's biult on the murder of one of Gods children! That's delusioal and frightening ,that they believe in the murder of some one redeems them of thier evil works! And then they have to continuance to do more of the same!

The_Liann
The_Liann

Hannah Hood Hill, Mitt Romney's Great Grandmother, was involved in Same Sex Marriage with four other females on a Commune in Mexico, plus the addition of the Sperm-and-Name Donor, Miles Park Romney. There is not the slightest bit of doubt that these facts are true.

Hannah Hood Hill was lawfully, by LDS church blessing, married to Caroline "Carrie" Lambourne, Catharine Jane Cottam, Alice Marie "Annie" Woodbury and Emily "Millie" Henrietta Eyring Snow.

Strelnikov
Strelnikov

Romney could have possibly worked as a centrist Democratic candidate in the 1990s (if he could have downplayed his religion or any conservative ties), but right now he is the square peg in the round hole when it comes to the screaming-loud-and-dumb GOP. They want a guy who combines Ralph Reed with Ronald Reagan and the gravitas of an FDR; they got a man who is painfully uncomfortable in front of the cameras and totally clueless as to what is really going on in the country.

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Jerry Frey

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Guest
Guest

"Those seats at Liberty University were occupied by the Millennial Generation; an age group that overwhelmingly supports the rights of the LGBT community" which is why they all cheered him when he said "Marriage is a relationship between one man and one woman," right? That's why they cheered him because they overwhelmingly support LGBTQers, right?

Yellow journalism there, John Surico, nice try on your spin.

Perhaps Romney should have mentioned "this job market" or lack thereof is Barrack Hussein's fault, who promised if he didn't fix the economy, he would be a one-term president.

ajc7u82w6
ajc7u82w6

Although I was raised Catholic-I don't remember my scriptures.  Could someone tell me where it's written that Jesus denounced anyone except um...hypocrites?.  I only remember something about hypocrites, and oh yes, tax collectors.  Not too many references to lifestyle or whether mom stays home etc.I was always sure that the foundation being a Christian or Jew was compassion not exclusion but I could be wrong.

Brandt Hardin
Brandt Hardin

Romney’s Magic Mormon Underwear protects him from the evilsof the world including socialism, homosexuality and taxes on his inheritedwealth.  Can these sacred garments also makeit rain down enough cash for a victory in the race since well over 90% ofpublic offices are bought in our country? Drop by to discuss tighty whities and the role of money in politics at http://dregstudiosart.blogspot...

Otter04256
Otter04256

Uhhh, she was involved in a plural marriage with these women and her hubby not with the women.  There is total doubt your facts are not true.  Sorry Lyin.

Otter04256
Otter04256

Heh, there is total doubt you facts ARE true.  Sorry Li Ing.

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