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Mitt Romney: 'My heritage and my faith have made me the person I am'

On 'Meet the Press,' Mitt and Ann Romney opened up about their religion. Mrs. Romney likens the possibility that her husband could be the first Mormon president to Barack Obama’s election as the first African-American to hold the position, an event that 'made us proud as Americans.'

Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney and his wife Ann greet the crowd at a campaign rally in Nashua, New Hampshire on Friday.

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In the minds of many voters, two things about Mitt and Ann Romney have set them apart from most Americans: their wealth and their Mormon faith.

Both issues – personal and in some ways deeply private – have seemed at least a distraction from their main campaign message, which is to focus on the US economy and the way in which they frame President Obama’s failure to adequately deal with persistent joblessness

At the Republican convention in Tampa, Fla., the Romneys’ religion was addressed more openly than it had been to date – although more so by fellow Mormons who told of Mr. Romney’s prayerful compassion and practical help in times of deep trouble than by the candidate himself.

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On NBC’s “Meet the Press” Sunday, the Romney couple themselves opened up more about their faith and also about the perception – pushed by Democrats – that their wealth leaves them out-of-touch with most Americans struggling in difficult times.


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