Sen. Reid says Romney has 'sullied' his Mormon faith
Pollster Frank Luntz weighs in on comments
- Duration 5:50
- Date Sep 25, 2012
Pollster Frank Luntz weighs in on comments
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Fox News alert and back now to our breaking news on some inflammatory comments made -- by the senate majority leader this is the Senate's highest ranking Democrat.
About governor Mitt Romney's faith.
Senate majority leader Harry Reid allegedly telling reporters that governor Romney is quote.
Not the face of mormonism.
And that the governor has quote sell lead his fate.
Another well known Mormon congressman Republican Jason -- it's firing back.
And calling this way out of bounds this is just breaking we have that independently confirm this this is the news crossing into the Fox News wires right now.
But joining me now to react -- pollster Frank Luntz he's author of the book words that work.
And he is consult with the number of high profile political campaigns he's also a Fox News contributor and by the way.
His website is Luntz global dot com if you wanna sit in one of -- things focus groups but I want to ask you about this breaking news frank as somebody who is a wordsmith.
And advises politicians on.
What messaging works what do you make of this.
I hope it's not true.
Actually hope that Harry Reid did not say that Mitt Romney has sullied his -- Could you imagine the reaction the if this had happened within that Catholics or Jews.
That it's usually anyone who brings up religion is doing so to make a political point which the American people resents you do not want religion and politics.
Crossing between each other.
And some I'm hoping that Harry Reid says it declares that he was misquoted and -- the idea that she would use your religion.
And suggested someone else isn't good at his -- or has sullied his face.
That would be a new low in this campaign that and I know Harry Reid.
And I just wanna say I hope they didn't say that my assumption is until it's proven that he want to set something.
What I wanna I wanna correct myself because -- we're getting messages looking through this is just breaking so forgive me but.
This is foxnews.com reporting it and saying that he did it during a conference call with reporters so it wouldn't be.
And -- -- right now today if you're talking to reporters clearly you wanted out there now you tell me why would they want that out there and why would they be going to Harry Reid.
-- and because Harry Reid is in the attacked for the -- Democrats isn't quite often been the one to launch the attacks the issue for -- heat though being a Mormon himself.
Is that how you why would you connect these two issues and second we have -- as a country.
Who is -- with Barack Obama becoming president.
We've broken down barriers repeatedly.
Why would you want to put a religious barrier in front of the American people I just doesn't make sense.
I mean if you had a top Republican surrogate for Mitt Romney going out saying Barack Obama is not the face of christianity and he's so we -- have faith that person be fired -- -- -- -- -- that person be fired.
Within sixty seconds.
Mitt Romney is a great father he's an amazing husband.
Has his Barack Obama.
Any idea that she would launch something so hideous.
And so deliberately divisive this close the election.
-- I don't understand it doesn't make sense to me it's not a good strategy -- Campaign and we'll see through asking about that -- -- this campaign we saw.
The Obama campaign going after Mitt Romney.
Viciously for a time you know he's a vulture.
His hand at being capital he doesn't care about anybody other than the rich people bop bop but then -- get the Democratic National Convention message changed.
Dramatically and having -- both conventions.
I can tell you that we -- a week of testimonials on Mitt Romney's behalf at -- Republican National Convention.
Including a lot of folks who took when he -- when he wasn't.
We saw a clip entry -- report you know -- Little boy seven year old who was dying he helped him write his will at the child's request a little girl suffered brain hemorrhage and Mitt Romney personally making Thanksgiving dinner bringing it over to the mother in the family.
And so on and so -- the massive change at the DNC where the where they came out actually saying.
He is a good guy they actually said look Ronnie is a good -- but different policies.
Why -- shift back if this is actually coming from the campaign.
Because they've made the decision that this is not going to be a referendum on Barack Obama or even a choice between Barack Obama Mitt Romney.
He Obama campaign I think has decided in -- -- more evidence of it that this will be a referendum on Mitt Romney.
That between now and Election Day other than the debate you won't see any positive Obama that you won't see anything about what's going to be the next four years the goal is going to be to demonize Mitt Romney.
Again what I don't understand is why go at him as a person I can understand criticizing his business record which they have done.
But why would you attack the person when his own well I just.
They want an issue more autism I mean this.
This is not the first time we've seen more communism attack and people who don't like Mitt Romney by the -- Salt Lake Tribune who has the original reporting.
Is this an attempt to put you know Mormon is in front -- in this campaign to try to scare people who don't understand that religion.
And the fact that it's a Salt Lake Tribune tells me that this is accurate and so Harry Reid was not -- quoted Harry Reid deliberately meant to do that.
And I think that's part of the destruction of politics as -- -- it.
But we got to take a look at what happens after the election regardless of who wins -- -- -- bring this country back together.
How we can perhaps -- civil dialogue about things we believe in without smears against each other but I'm trying to bring these extemporaneous issues into the process.
Making this country is being -- right now because of what's going on this is just the latest example that I would be I would hope other Democrats.
Would ask Harry Reid to a polished.
It's an Obama I mean if this turns out to be true to President Obama come -- say -- he doesn't speak for me.
It's simple if someone made the same accusation as you said about Barack Obama.
I believe the Romney campaign would apologize and they -- They would be forced to by public opinion the same thing should happen here I do think Harry Reid -- Mitt Romney an apology.
Frank Luntz thank you thanks.