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Candidate Overview: Mitt Romney

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By Griffith Fuller


By Griffith Fuller

Brow-raising controversy and political aggressiveness follows Mitt Romney’s campaign. Overshadowing much of Romney’s positions are his religious views. Romney, a devout Mormon, has stood by his beliefs in the face of several uneasy reactions from conservative voters, citing the defense of John F. Kennedy when questions were raised regarding his faith.

“I do not define my candidacy by my religion,” Romney said. “A person should not be elected because of his faith, nor should he be rejected because of his faith.”

Romney went on to assure voters that his church would hold no sway over him.

“I will serve no one religion, no one group, no one cause and no one interest,” he said. “A president must serve only the common cause of the people of the United States.”

When in debate with other candidates, Romney takes the lead in attacking other candidates, most of the time aiming for former New York Mayor and fellow candidate Rudy Giuliani. Romney has accused Giuliani of being in support of illegal immigration and having too many personal problems for anyone’s good.

Romney himself stands strongly for the Patriot Act, tactics used in detainee prisons like Guantanamo Bay and a border fence, making him an easy target for Democrats if he is elected in the primaries.

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