Mitt Romney and Religion in America's Public Life

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Mitt Romney said today no Mormon authority will influence what he does if he's elected President of the United States. With a religious test prohibited by the Constitution, should any candidate have to defend his or her religion? Does Mormonism raise special questions? Has Romney provided the answers some voters think they have a right to ask? Also, the President's plan to assist sub-prime mortgage holders, and a dispute over fortune telling in Southern California provides a rare glimpse into the lives of Gypsies.

Mitt Romney (2nd L) stands with his wife Anne, former President George Bush and former first lady Barbara Bush at the George Bush Presidential Library, December 6, 2007 in College Station, Texas. The Republican President hopeful talked about the role of religion in government and his Mormon faith.
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