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Summarized by Kent Larsen

Does Bush Owe Mormon Church An Apology Also?
Salt Lake Tribune 2Mar00 N6
By Peggy Fletcher Stack: Salt Lake Tribune

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH -- After enduring two weeks of criticism from Catholics for speaking at Bob Jones University, a nondenominational Christian school in Greenville, South Carolina that condemns both Catholicism and Mormonism, presidential candidate George W. Bush sent a letter last week to John Cardinal O'Connor of the Roman Catholic Church apologizing for his speech there. However, Bush has not sent any letter of apology to the LDS Church, and most Church members don't seem to care.

Mormons are "used to people calling us names like that," says U.S. Senator Bennett of Utah. "We have learned not to get too upset about it." Bennett says that Bush has probably been advised against sending a letter, "I would think Bush's LDS advisers -- and I am not one, but certainly [Gov.] Mike Leavitt is -- would probably tell him not to bother. It's not that big a deal."

But U.S. News &World Report writer Paul Bedard wrote, as previously reported in Mormon News [See, that the failure will cost Bush votes in Utah, "Mormons tell us they'll vote their anger [against Bush] in the March 10 Utah primary," he wrote in the current issue of U.S. News.

Chase Rogers, head of John McCain's campaign in Utah thinks Utahns may take a second look at McCain because of it. But Rogers also added that Mormons may vote for McCain because he supports California's Proposition 22 while Bush is "not taking a position" on the initiative, according to Vicki Varela, Bush's regional campaign chairwoman.

But the Deseret News' columnist Lee Benson disagrees. He says that Senator Bennett is right, that Mormons have learned to reserve their anger for important things, like basketball. He recalls Bryant Gumbel's "Bo Diddley" comment and says that LDS Church members generally are laid back, particularly over politics. His view is that if Bush doesn't do well in Utah, it will be because Utahn's don't think he's a good politician.

See Also:

Bush at BJU? LDS only get mad in hoops Deseret News 5Mar00 N1,1249,155007784,00.html By Lee Benson: Deseret News columnist


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