Didn't Barak Obama convert to Christianity from Islam shortly before his first political run?
Also, I felt similarly to NCD re: Mitt Romney as far as not knowing if he actually was a viable candidate enough so to actually win and I've been doing more research on him (his website www.mittromney.com
is excellent) and I really do think that he will be a viable candidate. He is a smart man and I think that he's been playing his cards very well. He's not too far out in front yet and I think that is very deliberate so as not to draw too many attacks (eg Hilary and Barak). I think that he has excellent leadership skills having been involved with the Olympics and he is doing a great job as far as religion goes in knowing what to answer and what to deflect.
My personal experience with the Romney family has been very good as well. I had a friend on his mission in Brazil. There was a family who he knew who was being sponsored to have a dramatic eye surgery. The surgery and flights were being paid for for this man and his family but they needed to find accomodations, spoke no english at all and obviously knew noone in America. The surgery was to be done in Boston. I received a phone call from this friend who was asking for help (I lived by NYC at the time) as they had to change planes in NYC. I called one ward member who used to live in Boston and was told to forget about it that missionaries were sometimes "too altruistic"
but here's the name and number of the Stake President in Boston if you want to try to arrange something. I called and spoke with the Stake Pres.'s wife who was so extremely helpful and nice about the whole thing telling me that there was a Portuguese branch that she was sure they could find a family to host them and translate, etc. Not a problem. She didn't even bat an eye not knowing me or this family. It turned out that by the time the trip arrived that they had involved the Rotary Club and they were helping as well and did the translating in NYC but they did stay with with a Portuguese family.
Mitt Romney was the Stake President at the time and it was his wife that I spoke with. That experience really endeared me to them and the type of people they are. I was happy to hear when he was appointed to lead the Olympics and I think he did an amazing job. He also ran the strongest campaign against Senator Kennedy that had ever been run so the man knows how to run a campaign and has gained a lot of experience from that esp in regards to handled "the mormon issue" as some like to call it.
Personally, I'm glad that I live in a state where my vote will make a difference in this matter. I know that the south is going to be somewhat of a tough place to overcome certain stereotypes about Mormons so I'm glad that I live here to help explain and clarify.