For months and months and months, there has been speculation that Mitt Romney would give a "Mormon Speech." There have been several reports that this has been an issue inside the usually disciplined Romney campaign. Well. He’s giving it on Thursday. Earlier Romney told the AP:

"I have some folks who think I should do it soon, some say later, some say never, some say right away," Romney said. "I’ll make the decision. But there’s no particular urgency because I’m making progress in the states where I’m campaigning."

Well. There’s urgency now. Romney is now clearly in 2nd in Iowa. There is now clear evidence that Romney’s religion is hurting him in Iowa, something that we predicted early on based on the strange makeup of the caucus electorate.

This is probably the clearest evidence yet that the Romney campaign understands how precarious its position is in IA. It will not be enough to simply attack Mike Huckabee in Iowa. Romney will have to find a way to build trust over their barrier of his religion. This is probably his last chance, and it is a … hail mary.

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sampo · December 2, 2007 at 10:59 PM

Soren,
I’m dying to know if Mitt will cover an inch of new territory with this speech. My gut tells me no –he’ll just babble on about glittering generalities. “America needs a person of faith in the White House, etc etc”.

Are you able to pull off a Lexis search to see if he utters anything new?

ALB · December 4, 2007 at 12:16 PM

“I knew Joe Montana. Joe Montana was a friend of mine. And you, sir, are no Joe Montana.”

Or, at least, that’s what I imagine Jerry Rice might say to Steve Young at Hail Mary time.

Does Romney know how to pull a Hail Mary?

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