Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney
’s Mormon faith is not standing in the way of a prominent Southern Baptist from backing him for his potential run for the presidency. Mark DeMoss, the founder of an evangelic public relations firm, recently accepted a volunteer position with the Romney campaign, The Christian Post reported.
DeMoss said other things besides Romney’s religious beliefs drove his decision.
"I decided that it's more important for me that a candidate shares my values than it is [if] he or she shared my theology," said DeMoss, who also supported Romney during his 2008 run. "I don't have the tiniest bit of doubt that Gov. Romney shares my values on so many important issues."
DeMoss praised Romney’s political experience, business acumen and his support for traditional values such as marriage between a man and a woman. He said Christian voters mistakenly emphasize theology over qualifications when choosing a presidential candidate.
"I don't know why we take a test that we don't apply anywhere else in life, for the most part, and apply it to the one job in America called president of the United States," he said. "I just don't agree with that."
DeMoss encourages other Christian conservatives to focus on the candidates’ character and qualifications over religious beliefs.
Romney has emerged as the GOP frontrunner as other prominent Republicans have decided not to run for president or are lesser known.
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