Rep. Raul Labrador: I'm Not Going To Endorse Mitt Romney, But It's Time For Republicans To Get Behind Him

Mitt Romney just got another ringing endorsement from one his fellow Republicans who is also a member of the Mormon Church... or maybe not. On this Sunday's Meet the Press, Rep. Raul Labrador had this to say about Romney appearing to have the nomination wrapped up:

LABRADOR: Like I said before, I have not endorsed Mitt Romney, I'm not going to go out and endorse him, but I think he's going to be the candidate. And I do believe it's time for Republicans to get around... to get behind him, because we know he's going to be the candidate and it's time to beat Obama.

They're all holding their nose with their support of him. The Boston Globe has more on some of the earlier portion of the segment above where Labrador was complaining about Lawrence O'Donnell saying mean things about the Mormon Church -- Media will make Mitt Romney’s faith a major campaign issue, Rep. Raul Labrador predicts :

Rep. Raul Labrador of Idaho predicted Sunday that the media would make Mitt Romney’s Mormon faith a major issue in the Republican front-runner’s expected general election contest with President Obama.

Romney’s religion was on the table Easter Sunday during religion-themed political talk shows, including NBC’s “Meet the Press,” where Labrador was a guest. Labrador, also a Mormon, was responding to Utah Senator Orrin Hatch’s statement Tuesday that the Obama campaign is “going to throw the Mormon Church at him like you can’t believe.”

“I think the media is going to do that for the Obama campaign,” Labrador said.

As evidence, Labrador cited “nasty things” said Tuesday by MSNBC host Lawrence O’Donnell.

“Mormonism was created by a guy in upstate New York in 1830 when he got caught having sex with the maid and explained to his wife that God told him to do it,” O’Donnell said on his show. “Forty-eight wives later, Joseph Smith’s lifestyle was completely sanctified in the religion he invented to go with it. Which Mitt Romney says he believes.” [...]

Labrador, who has not endorsed Romney for president, said “everyone in politics is going to be influenced by their faith.” But he agreed with Romney’s argument that religion should have minimal influence on voters.

“What you need to look at is the man, Mitt Romney,” Labrador said. “We need to look at his life and the things that he’s done. And clearly he’s had a very good life.”


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