Romney becomes first Mormon major party presidential nominee
Though Romney has not often discussed his religion, there's no denying his nomination is a historic one because of it. Our Nick Reisman has more.
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TAMPA, Fla. -- Mitt Romney is the first Mormon to become the presidential nominee of a major party, a milestone for a religion founded in America only a century and a half ago. But up until the final night of the convention, it was a topic his campaign talked little about.
“Mitt didn't discuss questions of theology. He found the definition of religion in the new testament of James to be a practical guide: Pure religion is to visit the fatherless and the widows in their affliction,” said Grant Bennett, a Mormon Church Elder.
As a church elder, Romney provided counseling to a couple whose son was diagnosed with cancer. The Oparowskys told their story in an emotional speech.
Throughout that agonizing period, Mitt took time from his busy schedule to visit David. They developed a loving friendship,” Pat Oparowsky said.
Romney has been hesitant to discuss his religion, a religion that remains a target of prejudice that the candidate himself has experienced.
Utah Senator Mike Lee says he's very proud to see the first Mormon nominee of a major party. But he says it's the economic policies that Romney brings to the table that's important.
“The important thing here is not his religion so much as it is his belief in America. Not everybody's going to share his religious beliefs. Americans overwhelmingly share his beliefs in American exceptionalism,” Lee said.