The Madeleine Brand Show for October 18, 2011

Possible Romney nomination: a game-changer for Mormons?

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Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney speaks with the media after visiting the Brewery Bar IV on June 20, 2011, in Aurora, Colorado.

The candidates for the GOP presidential nomination will take part in a debate Tuesday night in Las Vegas. The state is home to a significant population of Mormons, Sen. Harry Reid among them. Journalist Richard Ostling, who covered religion for Time Magazine and wrote the book "Mormon America," says the possibility of Romney's nomination could signify the mainstreaming of Mormons in America, in the same way that John Kennedy normalized Catholics in American political life.

Guest:

Richard Ostling, author of "Mormon America" and former religion reporter for Time Magazine


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