Romney: Religion Not Priority Issue With Voters

Saturday, 17 Sep 2011 11:25 AM

By Gary Cohen

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Mitt Romney has learned the lessons of his last White House campaign . In an interview on Fox News Radio, the 2012 GOP hopeful said, "I know there are some for whom religion is the most important issue and I may lose some of those folks, but for the great majority of Americans, they want to see this country going again."

romney mormon voter priorityIn his 2008 run for president, the former Massachusetts governor's faith had a seismic impact on his chances with Evangelical voters.

As reported in The Hill, this remains a formidable issue in the current campaign with a Gallup Poll in June showing 22 percent of potential voters would not put a Mormon in the White House. The poll broke down to 18 percent of Republicans, 19 percent of independents and 27 percent of Democrats would not support a Mormon candidate for president.

In the 2012 Republican field, Romney is up against a fellow Mormon in former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman and two Evangelical politicians in Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota and Tex. Gov Rick Perry.

Romney said in the Fox Radio interview the biggest lesson he took from the 2008 campaign is, "You gotta make sure the people know why it is you are running and what you stand for." He touched on the fact that after he lost out to Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., for the 2008 nomination, he said he had no plans of running in 2012.

Romney said he was joined in that feeling by his wife but he emphasized, "It was Barack Obama who convinced her and convinced me" that he needed to make another run for the Oval Office.

He pointed out that the heart of his campaign is making voters understand his experience as a conservative, businessman with a background in private sector business.





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