Was Romney’s Stage A Mormon Pulpit?

Ellen Ratner surmises that the podium used by Mitt Romney at his Republican nomination acceptance speech is awfully similar to the pulpit design at the Mormon Tabernacle Church. (Photo/LDSliving.com)

The Mormon pulpit (left) and Mitt Romney's podium at the Republican National Convention (right).

I couldn’t help but notice that the podium used by Mitt Romney Thursday night to deliver his RNC acceptance speech looked eerily similar to the pulpit of the Mormon Tabernacle in Salt Lake City, Utah.

During the 2004 GOP convention, observers surmised that the George W. Bush campaign modeled its podium to look like a cross, which upset some in the Jewish community.

In my opinion, it’s very possible that the actual podium that Romney spoke from, and the design of the stage, was in the shape of a beehive — the Mormon symbol for industry.

So, you be the judge. Was the stage a copy of the Mormon Tabernacle pulpit, or is the fact that the two look sort of similar merely a coincidence? Get the conversation started on Urtak (below).

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Ellen Ratner
Ellen Ratner is the White House Correspondent and Bureau Chief for The Talk Radio News Service, covering the White House and providing exclusive reports to talk radio stations from the Congress and government agencies. In addition, she is a credentialed reporter at the United Nations in New York where Talk Radio News Service has a bureau. Ms. Ratner is a news analyst on The Fox News Channel where she is currently seen on “The Strategy Room” and is heard on over 400 radio stations across the United States. She was the only talk show host granted two interviews with President Bill Clinton. Ms. Ratner helped to develop the concept of “radio rows” with the first large one held at the White House in 1993. In addition, she has trained many groups in use of radio, television and Internet media. Her latest book, Ready, Set, Talk! A Guide to Getting Your Message Heard by Millions on Talk Radio, Talk Television, and Talk Internet, was published in July 2006. A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Ms. Ratner graduated from Goddard College in Plainfield, Vermont. She earned a Masters Degree in Education from Harvard University. Follow Ellen on Twitter @ellenratner
  • tanner

    i just have one thing to say….
    who the hell cares.. its a podium.. of course its going to look similar to ANOTHER PODIUM! lets worry about what he is saying, not where he’s saying it from.

  • Todd Hadden

    Better a podium than a Rameumptom

  • Tina Ferrer

    Don’t make me laugh Ratner, I have chapped lips.

  • http://comicnut.blogspot.com/ Paul J.

    I have heard it all. My God you progressive are such bigots.

  • http://www.facebook.com/madelyn.martine Madelyn Martine

    What a bigoted thing to write. Did you comment on Obama’s greek columns in 2008? I think that was who he thinks he is. An emperor. Lefty’s on parade get more and more desperate to criticize a man whose life is an open book. Unlike the one in office now.

    • frankieray

      Open Book!? Tax returns???? Give me a break. Then the anti lefty comments relative to religious bigotry – all the right wing rhetoric of Obama being a Muslim?! Give me another break.

      Mitt Romney, man of the wealthy and for the wealthy. We’re much closer to a man of the people for the people – Mormon, Muslim, Christian, Atheist, Buddhist, Hindu, rich, poor, in between, or whatever!

  • http://www.facebook.com/jeff.pope.12 Jeff Pope

    Like the old Kenny Loggin’s song said: “What the fool believes, he (she) sees. And no wise man has the power to reason it away.”

  • Anonymous

    Ms. Ratner, let’s get the “conversation” started: Have you always been a religious bigot, or did you just become one?

  • Anonymous

    Did you learn about the Mormon pulpit from Harry Reid the head of the Senate and Mormon, that is very prompt in paying his tithes.

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