Romney's Mormon faith no presidential obstacle, some say

Ability to reach across religious divisions is key
When John F. Kennedy ran for president in 1960, he was the first Catholic to seek the Oval Office. To win, he had to convince non-Catholic voters that, among other things, he wouldn’t take orders from the pope.

Now another Massachusetts politician with an eye on the White House —Republican governor Mitt Romney, a Mormon—faces a similar problem as he confronts suspicions among his party’s base that his church is at best a non-Christian sect and at worst a cult.

A recent Bloomberg/Los Angeles Times poll shows what Romney may be up against. Fully 37 percent of Americans said they would not vote for a Mormon candidate. Only Muslim candidates, at 53 percent, had higher negative ratings.


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