Romney Advised Against Religion Speech

By Lindsay Hamilton

Nov 10, 2007 6:06pm

ABC News’ Matt Stuart reports: At a Saturday campaign stop in Holderness, N.H., former Gov. Mitt Romney, R-Mass., said that he wanted to give a speech on his Mormon faith, but that he had been advised against it.

Romney was asked by an audience member about "prejudiced voters" for whom "Mormonism is a factor," and if Romney had to do a Kennedy-like speech.

Romney said that in a recent interview CBS’s Bob Schieffer asked him "eight or nine questions, all about my church." Afterwards, according to Romney, Schieffer asked if he was "ever going to give a Mormon Speech?" Romney joked, "I just did."

Romney continued, saying he "liked the idea" of giving a "special speech" on his religion but "the political advisors tell me no, no, no, its not a good idea. Draws too much attention to that issue alone. But I sorta like the idea anyway, and will probably do it at some point."

Later, at a stop in Laconia, N.H., Romney was talking about the importance of family and joked, "I love my wife and my five sons and their five wives.  Wait a second. Let me clarify that. They each have one."

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