This according to CBS News:
Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney will deliver a much-anticipated speech on religious faith at the George H. W. Bush library on Thursday, CBS News has confirmed. Romney’s Mormon faith has been an underlying theme of his presidential candidacy but, until today, it has been an area he and his campaign have shied away from addressing directly.
“This speech is an opportunity for Governor Romney to share his views on religious liberty, the grand tradition religious tolerance has played in the progress of our nation and how the governor’s own faith would inform his Presidency if he were elected,” said Romney spokesman Kevin Madden in a statement released this evening.
To be honest, I think he has to. If he does not pull all the stops and try to bring in more voters who might be hedging on him specifically because of his Mormonism, he may as well throw in the towel now. Polls have him slipping in Iowa and New Hampshire, he’s already essentially in a tie in South Carolina.
For him to regain ground, he’s got to level on this issue that’s been plaguing him. I personally don’t think it’s going to make much difference. Romney’s problem is not his faith, it’s hist constant waffling on issues. At the last CNN/YouTube debate he refused to directly answer several questions, he’s got too much politician in him and that performance helped to shine light on that fact. Furthermore, it gave other candidates like Huckabee a chance to shine on the stage next to him.
I think many conservatives would probably prefer Giuliani over Romney simply for the fact that Giuliani speaks his mind on the issues and has not compromised his views just to win an election.
“Governor Romney understands that faith is an important issue to many Americans, and he personally feels this moment is the right moment for him to share his views with the nation,” Madden said in his statement. For Romney, it is a crucial moment in the campaign, one which will put his faith under the kind of spotlight he has sought to avoid until now.
Crucial indeed, this is make or break for the Governor. Time is running short for a chance to make a better impression. I say this only because the current trend is him losing ground, he’s got to stop the bleeding before it goes on too long.