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Romney Still on Defense Over Mormon Religion

Tuesday, 03 January 2012 12:28 PM

Mitt Romney’s Mormon faith remains a concern for Iowa caucus-goers according to conversations with voters and evangelical leaders.

Romney is trying to counter that concern by pushing patriotism and denigrating President Barack Obama, The Washington Post reported.

“In that wonderful hymn, ‘America the Beautiful,’ there is a stanza that begins, ‘Oh beautiful, for patriot dream, that sees beyond the years,’ ” Romney said at a recent event. “I believe that the founders, the patriots, their dream of America was not to establish a nation that would last for a little while, but principles that would be enduring. I believe in those principles.”

Romney, according to the Post, went on to say that Obama’s belief “would poison the very spirit of America that allows us to be one nation under God,” concluding, “I’m asking you to do everything in your power to make sure that people who believe, like you and I, have the support that you can give.”

However, at a recent Romney event, 68-year-old Karen Poe said that while beating Obama was key, she wasn’t sure she could get behind the former Massachusetts governor. “He’s a Mormon,” she told the Post. “Everyone needs to base their decision on something, and the basis for his decisions would be different. I’m not convinced it’s a good point of view to be coming from.”

Poe said that while she’d also have issues with a Jewish or Muslim candidate, Mormons worried her more because “they are a very controlling religion,” the Post reported. Nonetheless, after Romney’s appearance she said that if he were the candidate she could support him.

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