A Mormon Reporter on the Romney Bus

Friday, November 16, 2012


GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney speaks after conceding the race to President Barack Obama. (STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)

Buzzfeed reporter McKay Coppins followed Mitt Romney during the 2012 presidential election. Like Romney, Coppins is a practicing Mormon, although he never actually told anyone in the Romney family that he shared their faith. Brooke talks to Coppins about how his faith and his reporting intersected, and why the Romney campaign saw his religion as a liability. 

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McKay Coppins

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Brooke Gladstone

Comments [2]

Jeffrey Krull

To Gerald-from-Franklin: Obama's Muslim "roots" are quite removed -- His father, with whom he had almost no contact (only one visit for a month when Obama was ten) and certainly no upbringing influence, was more secular than Muslim. No doubt, Obama's experience in recent adult years with Trinity United Church of Christ was a source of some influence, both in terms of its Bible-based Evangelical Christian emphasis, as well as its Black Liberation Theology elements. But it's hardly the most formative influence in his life. His most formative upbringing influence was from his secular mother who raised him to be open-minded and to love education and intellectual development. During his childhood years in Indonesia, he attended a Roman Catholic school and a public school and was home-schooled by his mother. His stepfather was non-religious. His maternal grandparents, with whom Obama lived for some of his teen years, were non-church-going Methodist and Baptist and had, by Obama's account, minimal influence in his life.

Governor Romney's Mormonism, on the other hand, has had both formative and continuous influence on his life. Its influence is worth considering. Nevertheless, I didn't hear in this On The Media segment a discussion of concern about how Romney's Mormonism would affect his governing; rather, I heard a discussion of how the Romney campaign was concerned about the political ramifications of Romney's and this reporter's Mormonism.

Nov. 18 2012 08:50 PM
gerald from Franklin, NC

I was intrigued how Mr. Coppins and Ms Gladstone felt Mr. Romney's religion would have had a significant impact on the way Mr. Romney would have governed had he been elected. I believe this to be true as well as I have seen the influence of my own upbringing in my life. President Obama has roots in the Muslim faith as well as the church of Reverand Wright. Yet, curiously, those who have attemted to make similar connections with our current president have been ignored and rebuffed. Why would this be?

Nov. 18 2012 07:09 AM

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