Local author blends religion and politics in new book

How Can You Possibly be a Mormon and a Democrat? That is the title of a new book by Cache Valley resident Joe Anderson, son of Clint Anderson and grandson of Ladell Anderson, former coach and athletic director at USU and BYU.On KVNU’s Crosstalk show Monday, Anderson said he hopes the book will help remove some animosity when families and friends are discussing politics.Anderson refers to himself as a free-market conservative Republican but he says his research brought some surprises. One such surprise concerned Harry Reid, U.S. Senate majority leader, a Democrat and a Mormon who joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints while living in Logan attending Utah State University.Anderson says he learned that Reid is not only pro-life but also pro-gun and pro-death penalty.”It’s a great story and I really warmed up to him,” Anderson said of Reid. “I saw an interview with him and Tom Daschle where he talked about being a good father. “He said, ‘my kids are as good as they are because of my wife. And she would have been doing that if I’d been something else, politician or whatever.”Yet he says Reid votes with Democrats 95 percent of the time and Anderson admits he would never vote for him. Another surprise, he said, was to learn that the average economist in the U.S. is a moderate Democrat.

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