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Ross Douthat: Mitt Romney’s Mormon story

Published: Saturday, Aug. 29 2015 8:41 a.m. MDT

This photo taken Aug. 2, 2012 shows Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney campaigning in Golden, Colo.  (Charles Dharapak, Associated Press) This photo taken Aug. 2, 2012 shows Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney campaigning in Golden, Colo. (Charles Dharapak, Associated Press)

Our take: Republican nominee Mitt Romney has said very little about his LDS faith during his campaign for president. New York Times columnist Ross Douthat writes on how Romney's lack of faith conversation has shaped his campaign, and some of the background.

There’s an interesting dilemma facing the filmmakers who are presumably hard at work, in some well-hidden editing room, on the biographical movie that will play just before Mitt Romney accepts his party’s nomination: What should the movie say about Romney’s Mormonism?

So far, Romney has said very little about his faith in this campaign, which is clearly how he likes it. Indeed, his campaign has pushed back vigorously against even innocuous press coverage of Mormon folkways and beliefs, on the theory that trying to explain a much-distrusted, much-misunderstood religion could only distract from the economic message.

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