Except--Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney is a devout Mormon. So what does that mean for Election '08? The road to the White House runs through some very fundamentalist precincts in Iowa and South Carolina, and the national political press will have a field day with some of the more unusual Mormon beliefs. A Mormon in the White House? is the first book on this intriguing candidate and his unusual faith story. Through exclusive interviews with the governor, his family, and closest associates, mixed with candid conversations with some of the country's leading Christian pastors and shrewdest political observers, Hugh Hewitt sets out to explain Romney, his faith, and the importance of that debate in a headline-making and election-shaping opening shot in the campaign before the campaign.
A wonderful nuance in the history of 2008 presidential primary elections. A pivotal year in the history of the GOP. With a subject that is currently employing strategy to secure the Republican nomination in 2012. It's Ten Things Every American Should Know.
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Release Date Feb 1, 2007
Publisher Regnery Publishing, Inc.
ISBN 159698502X EAN 9781596985025
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More About Hugh Hewitt
Professor Hugh Hewitt is a lawyer, law professor and broadcast journalist whose nationally syndicated weekday radio show is heard in more than 120 cities across the United States. Professor Hewitt is a graduate of Harvard College and the University of Michigan Law School, and has been teaching Constitutional Law at Chapman University Law School since it opened in 1995.
Professor Hewitt has been a frequent guest on CNN, Fox News Network, and MSNBC, and has written for The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and The Wall Street Journal. He has received three Emmys for his work as co-host of the ground-breaking Life & Times program, a nightly news and public affairs program that aired on the Los Angeles PBS affiliate, KCET, from 1992 until 2007. Professor Hewitt also conceived and hosted the 1996 PBS series, Searching for God in America.
Hugh is the author of a dozen books, including two New York Times best-sellers; A Mormon in the White House?: 10 Things Every American Should Know about Mitt Romney, and THE FAIRTAX FANTASY. In a 2006 profile of Hewitt for The New Yorker, Columbia University School of Journalism Dean told his readers that Hewitt was, “the most influential conservative you have never heard of.”
Professor Hewitt is best known as the host of his radio show, which has an audience estimated at more than 2 million listeners every week. Since its debut in July of 2000, Professor Hewitt has conducted groundbreaking interviews with government officials from both parties and widely respected analysts, authors and pundits.
Hewitt writes daily for his blog, HughHewitt.com, which is among the most visited political blogs in the U.S. He is also a weekly columnist for The Washington Examiner and Townhall.com.
Professor Hewitt served for nearly six years in the Reagan Administration in a variety of posts, including Assistant Counsel in the White House and Special Assistant to two Attorneys General. Since returning to California in 1989 to oversee the construction of the Nixon Library in Yorba Linda, Hewitt has served as a member of the California Arts Council, the South Coast Air Quality Management District, and the Orange County Children and Families Commission.
Mr Hewitt lives in Orange County, where he pursues his greatest loves--his wife, the Cleveland Browns and Indians, Ohio State and Notre Dame football, and running.
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Hugh Hewitt is entertaining, but pretty much a moderate sellout...um, i mean Nixon Republican. This books very being pretty much means to me, that he should step out of the commentary in any election Romney runs in. If he were a judge in a case Romney was involved in, he would step aside for ethical reasons, the same should apply here. The book is informative, but clearly sympathetic. Hugh asks good questions, he's a good interviewer, on and off the radio. Its an interesting read, but clearly in the tank for Romney, its not what I would consider an objective reflection or assesment of the man, and thats okay.
Missed opportunity Feb 10, 2008
If more people would have researched the candidates thoroughly (and read this book), Mitt Romney would be taking the oath of office in January 09. Those of you who are Christians and have said: "I won't vote for a Mormon" should realize that you're participating in your own demise. The liberal media and the secularists know that if they can divide Christians by encouraging some of them to be bigots, their side wins. We need to look at how the candidates live their lives and what they stand for. Christians should look in the mirror before they judge others. Romney is one of the smartest men who has ever been "dumb enough" to run for president. I would love to see how his analytical mind, backed by all the data his "team" would have gathered, would have changed the entitlement programs, for example. Now conservatives have to choose between liberal leaning candidates on both sides of the aisle. BIG MISTAKE IN 08!
Romney 2012 Feb 9, 2008
I finished reading this book last night and after hearing that Mitt Romney had suspended his campaign. I believe he lost in the South because the voters there preferred another good candidate that just happened to be an Southern Baptist. Mitt Romney's resume is very impressive and his Mormon family values should make him a very desirable candidate to most Americans. They just need to get to know him and his faith better. I believe this book will return in the future as an updated paperback and there will be a Mormon in the White House in 2012.
Three One Syllable Words Explain it all: Jan 9, 2008
PAY LAY ALE!
Romney uttered these words in the presence of "angles" and witnesses in a temple of the Mormon church. Google it for yourself. Learn about the ridiculous church of Joseph Smith (of which I used to be a part of) and see if you want a man who chanted "Pay Lay Ale" while lowering his arms three times while wearing a Chef Boyardee hat to run the United States of America.
Will American voters be sMITTen? Dec 23, 2007
Author Hugh Hewitt has produced an appealing pro-Mitt Romney book that highlights the former Massachusetts Governor's political and business career and gives cogent reasons why he should not be discriminated against because of his Mormon faith.
Romney alone of all the candidates has had to overcome the 'religious problem'to a greater extent than past Catholic contenders, Al Smith (1928), JFK in 1960, and another JFK in 2004. His Mormon religion was used against him by a member of the Kennedy clan when Romney ran against Ted Kennedy in the 1994 senate race and more recently, and importantly, by Mike Huckabee in trying to cement his lead in the Iowa Caucus race due in early 2008. While I am a lot closer to Huckabee in a religious sense than I am to Romney that attack, by the now front-runner in Iowa, was a low cheap shot and Huckabee deserves censure where it counts -by the American voters.
America is the Great Republic precisely because it stands for across-the-board-freedoms and tolerance and Hewitt rightly warns that those Christians who wish to make Romney's faith a matter for intense debate and clause-by-clause scrutiny should be aware that they are opening a pandora's box for future attacks, by secularists, a cynical media and rabid atheists, against candidates of faith of a more orthodox persuasion. For those who may doubt that then the news today (23 december 2007), about former British PM Tony Blair announcing his conversion to Roman Catholicism, is instructive. Mr Blair said he was never able to discuss his religion in public in the UK, unlike politicians in the US, for fear of being seen as a 'nutter.' Thus far has the public square detioriated in the UK and if Romney is subjected to a barrage of criticism and derision for his faith then it will establish the same pattern for the future in the US- namely politicians of faith will be fair game and intimidated into surrendering the public square to the haters of religion.
Like any other candidate for office Hewitt believes that Romney should be judged on his policy positions and for conservatives there is a lot to appreciate about Mitt: from his defence of traditional marriage as a Republican Governor in the bluest of liberal Democratic states, his strong defence and national border credentials, low tax policies, school choice, and a pledge to continue to appoint judges, as he did in Mass., that interpret the law instead of trying to make the law.
As for Romney's pro-life change, Hewitt effectively catalogues some of the leading Democrats who changed the other way (to pro-choice) but somehow they don't receive the same attention from the secular mainstream media. Also what some might call Mitt's 'flip-flopping' can be described by others as him becoming more consistently conservative. Didn't a chap called Ronald Reagan move from being a liberal-abortion law governor to a consistently pro-life president? Come to think of it wasn't the Gipper once a Democrat? As Hewitt implies, being accused of being a flip-flopper is a very politically loaded term and frankly at times just plain silly as it it takes no account of a considered re-evaluation and changes of circumstances.
Hugh Hewitt has written a timely book for all Americans to consider about a central character in a fascinating struggle for the Republican Party presidential nomination.
In writing this review on my 29th wedding anniversary I am reminded that Mitt Romney is the standout family man of all the candidates- devoted to his wife and children and with no hint of scandal- and given the tumultuous history of the Mormon Church in the 19th century, plus some of those less faithful who seek to denigrate him today, you have to say politics can be an amusing business.
Everyone voting for President should read this book! Dec 6, 2007
First of all, I am a Mormon. I did not have a desire to vote for a Mormon candidate for president simply because I shared his faith. I was interested to read about Governor Romney's life, and what would qualify him to lead our country in what promises to be a very challenging time in our history. I found that his ethics and his life experiences uniquely qualify him for this position.This book is very informative, and is written by a non-Mormon in an honest and candid manner. It WILL clear up misconceptions you may have about Governonr Romney.