Mitt Romney courts evangelicals at Liberty University
Mitt Romney’s Mormon religion has been a problem for some evangelicals. At conservative Liberty University Saturday, Romney stressed Christian values without mentioning his own faith, part of an apparently successful effort to win over evangelicals and other social conservatives.
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Without dwelling on – or barely mentioning – his own faith, Mitt Romney Saturday portrayed himself as a religious conservative who believes that “there is no greater force for good in the nation than Christian conscience in action.”
“Central to America’s rise to global leadership is our Judeo-Christian tradition, with its vision of the goodness and possibilities of every life,” Romney declared.
The institution, founded by the late televangelist Jerry Falwell and billing itself as “the largest Christian university in the world,” was a crucial setting for Romney – who is a Mormon – as he tries to attract evangelicals and other social conservatives who’d held out hopes for Rick Santorum and other Republican presidential candidates now fallen by the wayside.
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