Romney’s Bad Answer

Ken AshfordElection 2008Leave a Comment

Christian Science Monitor:

I asked Mr. Romney whether he would consider including qualified Americans of the Islamic faith in his cabinet as advisers on national security matters, given his position that "jihadism" is the principal foreign policy threat facing America today. He answered, "…based on the numbers of American Muslims [as a percentage] in our population, I cannot see that a cabinet position would be justified. But of course, I would imagine that Muslims could serve at lower levels of my administration."

So says the Mormon who wants to be President of the United States.  (Mormons account for 2% of the U.S. population, whereas Muslims range from 0.5 to 1% of the U.S. population).

Walked right in to that one, Mitt.

MORE:  Ezra Klein sez:

Romney, of course, is a Mormon, and has spent much of this campaign begging the electorate not to allow his membership in a cult harm his presidential campaign. For Romney to now turn on Muslims is like the fifth least popular kid on the playground trying to help his status by stealing the lunch money of the few losers beneath even him.