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Romney 2007 Discussion Of Faith Goes Viral

DES MOINES, Iowa, (UPI) — A video showing an angry Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney defending his Mormon faith has gone viral on the Internet a day before the election.

The clip, which news reports said comes from a 2007 conversation Romney had with an Iowa radio talk show host, shows Romney engaging in a discussion on a variety of theological topics, Politico reported Monday.

“I’m not running as a Mormon,” Romney said on the video. “And I get a little tired of coming on a show like yours and having it [be] all about Mormons.”

In the video, Jan Mickelson, host of the conservative show on WHO in Des Moines, pressed Romney to explain how Mormons, adhering to religious texts, could also be pro-abortion, Politico said.

“Let me once again say, I understand my faith better than you do,” Romney said. “You don’t believe that, do you?”

Romney fielded the question, and then noted near the end of the interview his record as Massachusetts governor reflected his anti-abortion position.

“I was beaten up in Boston because I pointed out, time and again that I encouraged girls not to get abortions, that I told them to have adoptions,” he said. “I have not done anything that in any way violates the principles of my church in that regard.”

Romney became testy when Mickelson said he hoped they could have a more substantive discussion the next time Romney was his guest they.

“I don’t like coming on the air and having you go after my church,” Romney said. “You’re trying to tell me that I’m not a faithful Mormon.

“I’m not running to talk about Mormonism,” Romney said.

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  • Kinetic1

    ““I’m not running to talk about Mormonism,” Romney said.”
    No, but you’re a Mormon running for President. Kennedy had to deal with being a Catholic running for President. We have yet to see a Jewish person make the leap, and most Christians are familiar and comfortable with the Jewish faith.

    I’ve been involved with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormons) and I can testify that there are a lot of beliefs and practices that most main line and fundamental Christians would have issues with. there are a lot of ideas in the church that have merit. The mission teaches young men a lot about self sacrifice and self reliance. No, I would not compare it to military service (sorry Ann,) but it’s a good way to test yourself. Their commitment to family, community and faith are all positive, but it can also be exclusionary. Here’s a story I like to tell that wraps it up pretty well.

    At a multi denominational meeting the representative for the Catholics and the Mormons were speaking to one another when the Mormon said,
    “Your church is said to be the original church of Jesus, and we believe that ours is the re-establishment of
    Christ’s church. We won’t know for certain who’s right until judgement day, but one things for sure; either way, everyone else here is wrong.

    So yes, if you want to be the leader of America, you’re going to have to deal with questions about Joseph Smith and his now lost Golden Tablets (and the Greek Psalter, the Kinderhook plates and the Papyrus, all of which he is said to have translated and all of which are considered very questionable.) American Christians are fine with a Scientologist portraying the leader of the free world on screen, but they may have issues with a Mormon playing the real thing.


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