Romney Giving Speech on His Faith Today – Video added

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.

Update

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…

Update

Here is Romney’s entire unedited speech:

It was a good speech, but I don’t think it’s going to help him any.

  • JB

    Mitt Romney is not speaking to the Americans of this Nation: he is directing his speech to the Other Christians – the Buddhists, Jews, Muslims and countless other religious people of this country.

    The proof is that he makes the statement that the Lord gave him strength from the verse he quoted about giving food and shelter to those who did not have food and shelter. Well, Mitt Romney has already stated that he does not believe that the American People as a Nation need National Health Care. He (President Mitt Romney – the lord of the land) giveth and taketh away. As President, he alters the fate and faith of the People. He is blinded by his own ideal of himself.

    First, anyone who has faith if God as the Almighty, the Allah, etc. would see that Jesus was saying, “I am teaching you how to be One with God not Worship Idols.” Idols are any thing – person, place, object. So, if we believe that any Prophet of any religion like Buddha, Mohammed, Jesus, etc. we learn that we open our Hearts and Minds to the Creator- the Source. And, since we live in a Nation which lacks tolerance of belief in the 1st Amendment to the nth degree, we lack the true acceptance of the meaning of Religion in our Country.

    Some people pray: some are struck with lightening. Some listen: some feel: some see: some ignore. Everyone is has a unique relationship with the Creator. Mitt Romney has no idea how the messages from God come to everyone else because he is stuck with his lingo about himself being the Man for the Man “who kneels down and prays”.

  • Michael Jerryson

    The impact of this video is not about the substance, but the image. Romney did an excellent job of positioning himself in a setting similar to that of presidents- with the national flag on either side and a dark backdrop.

    He used very indirect references to JFK, no doubt, a way of galvanizing support for his New Hampshire race. And so, no, the speech concerning Mormonism was not very impactul like Nate said, but I think these other dimensions might be.

  • JB

    Mitt Romney is staging the entire speech in such a posture and voice that he sounds like a school teacher giving a lesson to third graders. He is not speaking intelligently: he speaks as if his audience is not intelligent.

  • To be honest, I think his Mormonism was just a small issue for him to overcome. I think if he wasn’t so wishy-washy on abortion and other issues, he wouldn’t be stumbling now. People want a solid candidate. Romney has been waffling lately and did poor in the last debate seeming to be unable to answer questions directly. In my opinion, that’s his problem, not his religion.