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Thu., Dec. 6, 2007, 9:07 a.m.

Romney: Mormon Faith Won’t Dictate Decisions

Text of Romney's speech here

Item: Romney says religious liberty, tolerance vital to/Idaho Statesman

Mitt Romney: If I am fortunate to become your president, I will serve no one religion, no one group, no one cause and no one interest. A president must serve only the common cause of the people of the United States. Let me assure you that no authorities of my church or of any other church for that matter, will ever assert influence on presidential decisions. Their authority is theirs within the province of church affairs and it ends where the affairs of the nation begins.

Question: We've been having this discussion about Romney's faith for a coupla days now. It strikes me a bit as deja vu. John Kennedy was questioned about his Catholic faith when he ran against Nixon. Are you assured by Romney's statement today that his religious beliefs won't intrude on his conduct if he wins office?

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D.F. Oliveria started Huckleberries Online on Feb. 16, 2004. Oliveria's Sunday print Huckleberries is a past winner of the national Herb Caen Memorial Column contest.