'Tin Man' Romney Is Mormon at Heart

'Proudly square' persona provides key to Mitt: Maureen Dowd

By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff

Posted Jan 15, 2012 2:27 PM CST

(Newser) – Spock vs. the Tin Man? That's how Maureen Dowd sees the likely matchup between President Obama and Mitt Romney for the Oval Office: "Neither the president nor his likely challenger are bon vivant, backslapping types," she writes in the New York Times. "Both like to see themselves as pragmatists and saviors." Still, she's able to peek behind the well-coiffed Romney persona with help from The Real Romney, a book that delves into Mitt's devotion to Mormonism.

"Peek" is the word, because "some important moments for Mormons are restricted to Mormons"—even Mitt's marriage in flowing white robes was off-limits to the in-laws. But Romney reportedly hopes to bring Mormonism into the mainstream with his candidacy. And his "proudly square" Mormon persona, backed by a 42-year marriage, at least seems authentic—more so than the help-the-poor rhetoric he uses to promote his tax plan, "which would help the wealthy and hurt the poor," Dowd writes.

Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney greets suporters after holding a forum at American Legion Post 15 in Sumter, South Carolina, January 14, 2012. South Carolina will hold its Republican primary on January 21, 2012.  AFP PHOTO/Emmanuel Dunand
Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney greets suporters after holding a forum at American Legion Post 15 in Sumter, South Carolina, January 14, 2012. South Carolina will hold its Republican primary...   (Getty Images)
CHARLESTON, SC - JANUARY 14:  Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney as he leaves after attending a Huckabee forum on January 14, 2012 in Charleston, South Carolina. Republican presidential candidates continue to campaign for votes in South Carolina ahead of their primary on January 21st.
CHARLESTON, SC - JANUARY 14: Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney as he leaves after attending a Huckabee forum on January 14, 2012 in Charleston, South Carolina....   (Getty Images)
GREER, SC - JANUARY 12:  Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney speaks to the media during a campaign stop at Cherokee Trikes & More on January 12, 2012 in Greer, South Carolina. Voters in South Carolina will head to the polls on January 21st to vote in the primary election to...
GREER, SC - JANUARY 12: Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney speaks to the media during a campaign stop at Cherokee Trikes & More on January 12, 2012 in Greer, South Carolina. Voters in South...   (Getty Images)
CHARLESTON, SC - JANUARY 14:  Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney as he leaves after attending a Huckabee forum on January 14, 2012 in Charleston, South Carolina. Republican presidential candidates continue to campaign for votes in South Carolina ahead of their primary on January 21st.
CHARLESTON, SC - JANUARY 14: Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney as he leaves after attending a Huckabee forum on January 14, 2012 in Charleston, South Carolina....   (Getty Images)
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