August 14th, 2012
09:19 PM ET

"The Book of Mormon" goes national: Will the comedy hurt Romney on the campaign trail?

Broadway’s hit musical “The Book of Mormon” starts its national tour this week- stopping in the swing state Colorado before the election. The show has already grossed $102 million since its opening night in February 2011.

Could its wild popularity affect the race by helping or hurting Mormon presidential candidate Mitt Romney?

OutFront discusses the faith with BuzzFeed reporter McKay Coppins who was raised Mormon, helping to clear up some confusion and separate the fact from fiction.

“I think it could really bring his religion to the forefront,” says Coppins. “Whether that hurts or helps him will really depend on whether he addresses it. He’s been very reluctant to so far, but I think it will make it a bigger issue.

OutFront tonight: BuzzFeed Reporter McKay Coppins.

Romney-Ryan ticket makes U.S. religious history

In selecting Paul Ryan for his running mate, Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney has made modern political history: a major party ticket with no Protestant Christian.

Some historians call it the first ever. Others say it's technically the first since Abraham Lincoln. And there is an argument to be made regarding Dwight Eisenhower.

But in any case, "this Republican ticket really symbolizes the passing of an era," said William Galston, senior fellow with the Brookings Institution.

Romney is Mormon. Ryan is Catholic.


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