To date opponents have attempted to break down Romney's lead by attacking his business record. Now it seems that finally the previously unspoken negative of religion could play a huge part. The fact that Romney is a Mormon will not please Christian Conservative voters in the US.
Be it right or wrong Christianity does not play such a vital role in UK elections. It does in the US though.
Sections of US society that are part of the born-again Christian and evangelical US voters will balk at Romney being the GOP representative. Whilst this could cause Romney problems it may not devastate his vote. For one thing they are not all agreed as to who is their preferred candidate. Many of the god fearing votes will go to Rick Santorum but enough to win overall? Probably not. These votes could offer a boost to more than one candidate but not enough to one in particular to stop Mitt from winning the GOP nomination. If they were to all throw their political weight behind one candidate it could be a whole different ball game.
Media sources in the US are doing their best to attack some candidates and boost others. In the UK the GOP nomination race is not big news. Let's face it a UK election would hardly be headline hitting in the US. Whilst the US may feel that it is the centre of the Universe each country has its own big fish to fry, that is its own political news stories. Once the preliminaries of the real election are over and it is Democrat leader versus Republican leader interest around the World will hot up.
Boston globe has reported that the candidates tried to get under Romney's skin during the televised debate held January 16, 2012. The Globe have reported that Romney's opponents called for, "him to release his income tax returns, criticizing business decisions that led to laid off workers, and questioning his conservative credentials". Rick Perry voiced concerns that finding out the truth of Romney's tax returns after he had been selected as leader would be too little too late.The two hour debate resembled at times a meeting of business men all attacking each others track record. Romney steered away from playing that game, as much as he could. The candidates tried to please the audience but you "cannot please all of them all of the time".
Most people of the world right now have severe concerns about the future, the environment, the economy, world conflicts, world peace and more. Whilst scoring points off each other can help show which candidate is for you it tends to be non constructive. It can make the political party involved look to be rag taggle and far from agreed. That could seem to represent a party that does not rally behind its leader once he is chosen.The fight is on for South Carolina. The primary is to be held on January 23, 2012. It might be fair to say that if Mitt Romney wins and wins easily here, he will know that overall victory is within his grasp. That will not please the evangelicals of the US.
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