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The Washington Post published an article Tuesday describing the post-2012 Mitt Romney as a man that packed up his Massachusetts home and settled in Utah just as he is packing up previous versions of himself and choosing to be open about the influence of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints on his life.
From the Washington Post:
Here in the Salt Lake Valley, first settled by his Mormon ancestors, residents look past Romney’s electoral shortcomings and revere him as a savior for rescuing the 2002 Olympics. Romney won his highest 2012 vote margin in Utah — 73 percent to President Obama’s 25 percent. This is also where Romney has been pondering a potential third campaign, calling out to friends and past supporters and praying with his wife, Ann.
“He feels very at home here,” said John Miller, a close friend in Utah who has been talking with Romney throughout his recent deliberations. “This is a very prayerful thing. . . . In the end, it’s really a decision between he and Ann and their belief system, their God. That’s the authentic Mitt.”
If he runs again in 2016, Romney is determined to re-brand himself as authentic, warts and all, and central to that mission is making public what for so long he kept private. He rarely discussed his religious beliefs and practices in his failed 2008 and 2012 races, often confronting suspicion and bigotry with silence as his political consultants urged him to play down his Mormonism.
The article quoted Tagg Romney saying that his father had been reluctant to speak too openly about his religious background on the previous campaign trails fearing that people would think his motivation for running was an attempt to convert others to his faith.
“If he were to run again,” he added, “I believe he would be much more willing to open up and share who he is — not by asking others to learn the doctrines of his faith, but by speaking of the values of love and service that it has taught him.”
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