The Speech

That, and other news, in today’s Political Panorama.

Mitt Romney sought to alleviate concerns about his Mormon faith on Thursday, offering shades of JFK’s 1960 arguments on Catholicism.  But what he might have done is open up the issue as fair game for other campaigns — even to the point of attacking the Mormon religion itself.

 

“Let me assure you that no authorities of my church, or of any other
church for that matter, will ever exert influence on presidential
decisions. Their authority is theirs, within the province of church
affairs, and it ends where the affairs of the nation begin,” Romney
said.

He did defend his Mormon beliefs — but did not go into details as to what they were.

“I believe in my Mormon faith and I endeavor to live by it,” Romney
said. “My faith is the faith of my fathers. I will be true to them and
to my beliefs.”

Will it work? According to ABC News, Fred Thompson’s South Carolina co-chair said that Mormonism’s tenets are “Very unusual to the point that it’s almost unbelieveable.”

Full text of Romney’s speech here.

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