Romney to Address Mormonism

With Huckabee ahead in Iowa, Romney hopes to draw Christian voters
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 3, 2007 7:24 AM CST
Joni Scotter, of Marion, Iowa, listens to Republican presidential hopeful, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speak during a meeting with local residents and students, Friday, Nov. 30, 2007, at Kirkwood...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Mormon presidential hopeful Mitt Romney will address voters' discomfort about his faith in a speech Thursday, hoping to repeat JFK's 1960 success in allaying fears about his Catholicism, the Boston Globe reports. The former Mass. governor wants to convince Christian voters that his faith shouldn't be a reason to turn to other candidates—something they may already be doing, given Mike Huckabee's gains in the polls.

Despite Romney's reminders that voters aren't choosing a "pastor-in-chief," polls show 25-40% of Americans saying they would not vote for a Mormon. In his "Faith in America" speech at the George Bush Presidential Library in Texas, Romney will cover questions of "religious liberty, the grand tradition religious tolerance has played in the progress of our nation, and how the governor's own faith would inform his presidency."