Less than 24 hours before voting begins, Americans are again being hit with the question: Is this country ready for a Mormon president?
A video filmed five years ago, when Mitt Romney first tried to secure the GOP nomination, shows a visibly angry Romney defending his faith. For much of this election, he has pivoted from talking about his religion.
“I get a little tired of coming on a show like yours and having it [be] all about Mormons,” Romney said on the video, which has been viewed more than 1 million times.
Romney goes on to say that in the second coming of Christ, “he will reign from two places, that the law will come forward from one place, from Missouri, and the other will be in Jerusalem.”
Patrick Mason, a scholar of Mormon studies at Claremont Graduate University, who spoke to The Washington Post, said the timing of the old video's revival was “suspect.”
“A lot of people are saying this is a last-ditch effort by people who oppose Romney to bring out the Mormon card, to bring out the weirdness,” Mason said.
Thus far, since the video's reemergence, the Romney campaign has not returned a request for comment on how his faith would affect his presidency, if elected. The Toledo Blade's TK Barger questioned whether Romney would try to change US law to comply with Mormon principles.
“The church disapproves of coffee. Like New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg instituted restrictions on soda, could Mr. Romney take our coffee?” he asked.