October 09, 2007
"I say government can be our friend"
Posted by Gordon Smith

Harry Reid spoke at BYU today, and I am happy that I attended his talk. He was funny and engaging in a way that doesn't come across on television soundbites.

He said that he is often asked, "How can you be a Mormon and a Democrat?" His response, "I'm a Democrat because I am a Mormon, not in spite of it." Ok, a ridiculous question deserves a ridiculous answer, so I will give him that.

At one point in the talk, Senator Reid drew contrasts between his views and those of his opponents using the "I say ... Others say ..." format. This divided the crowd of several thousand as applause followed each position.

For the most part, however, Senator Reid's message was intended to be unifying, not divisive. He said that he hoped Mitt Romney's presidential bid would be judged based on Romney's political positions, not on his religion. We all know that is not going to happen from many supporters or detractors, but here's to hoping! Reid also made a pitch for public service, citing a long Mormon tradition.

He was rewarded for his efforts with a standing ovation. From about half of the audience. Maybe BYU really is that competitive.

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