Report from AOL News:
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) – Republican Mitt Romney declares in a speech being delivered Thursday that he shares “moral convictions” with Americans of all faiths, but should not have to explain his faith just because he is striving to become the first Mormon elected president.
“To do so would enable the very religious test the founders prohibited in the Constitution. No candidate should become the spokesman for his faith. For if he becomes president, he will need the prayers of the people of all faiths,” Romney said in remarks prepared for delivery at the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum.
“When I place my hand on the Bible and take the oath of office, that oath becomes my highest promise to God,” Romney said in a pledge echoing that made in 1960 when Democrat John F. Kennedy, sought to become the first Catholic elected president. “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.”
I mentioned earlier in the week that I don’t think this is going to do much for Romney. I think the people who won’t vote for a Mormon still aren’t going to vote for a Mormon even though he gives a speech on his faith.
We’ll have more analysis later and some video clips once his speech is delivered.
Here’s a short video highlight courtesy Hot Air:
That’s about what I expected really. Furthermore, that’s about what I’d expect any candidate to say for the most part. They’re an American and their religious beliefs are personal, etc…
Here is Romney’s entire unedited speech:
It was a good speech, but I don’t think it’s going to help him any.