Romney's Mormon Faith May Not Dominate

Thursday, 28 Apr 2011 10:13 AM

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Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney may still have to defend his faith four years after addressing the issue head on. But this time around, there may be another Mormon, Ambassador to China and former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, in the running. And that will help keep the issue from dominating the campaign, KSL-TV in Salt Lake City reported Thursday.

romney, mormon, huntsman"If we have two Mormon candidates in the race, (Mormonism) becomes less of an anomaly," said John Green, an expert in religion and politics at the University of Akron in Ohio. "You may see somewhat greater acceptance (of Mormons) on the part of the general public."

Beyond a second candidate of the same faith, Romney has become a nationally known commodity since his last run for office. He has spent time raising money and making connection with other Republican politicians.

In 2008, Romney decided to give a speech directly addressing his religion, hoping to quell any uneasiness with voters who might have seen it as a liability. This time around, Romney will probably face more scrutiny of his record versus his religion.

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