Romney: Faith Shouldn't Count in Race

August 3, 2007

Author: M.E. Sprengelmeyer

Source: Rocky Mountain News,1299,DRMN_15_5656860,00.html

URBANDALE, Iowa - Everywhere he goes, people keep asking former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney about his Mormon faith.

But applying religious tests to the presidential race would be like "what you see in countries in the Middle East," and shouldn't be a factor in 2008, Romney said Thursday.

In an interview with the Rocky Mountain News, Romney downplayed the possible effects of any "whispering campaign" about his religion, although he said he isn't surprised that he has gotten extra scrutiny because of his membership in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.