A day before the election, a video that depicts a visibly angry Mitt Romney defending his faith has become a viral hit.
The clip, which according to news reports comes from a 2007 conversation the typically reserved GOP presidential candidate had with an Iowa radio talk show host, shows Romney engaging in a theological discussion that touches on subjects ranging from abortion to the second coming of Christ.
“I’m not running as a Mormon,” Romney said on the video which has been viewed over 1 million times. “And I get a little tired of coming on a show like yours and having it [be] all about Mormons.”
The host of the conservative show, Jan Mickelson, had pushed Romney to explain how Mormons, adhering to religious texts, could also be pro-abortion rights, according to report.
“Let me once again say, I understand my faith better than you do,” Romney said. “You don’t believe that, do you?”
But Romney still took on the question, also noting at the end of the interview that his record as governor of Massachusetts reflected his pro-life position.
“I was beaten up in Boston because I pointed out, time and again that I encouraged girls not to get abortions, that I told them to have adoptions,”he said. “I have not done anything that in any way violates the principles of my church in that regard. I made other mistakes, but in that regard.”
He added that while the Mormon Church prohibits abortion, “we allow other people to make their own choice.”
“I disagree with that view,” Romney said. “Politically, I look at that and say, ‘You know what, that’s wrong.’ It’s not a Mormon thing, it’s a secular position to say, ‘I was wrong, we should have, as a society, a prohibition on abortion in the following circumstances.’ But I’m not violating my faith, let me assure you.”
When Mickelson expressed hope that the next time Romney appeared on his show, they could have a more substantive discussion, Romney bristled.
“I don’t like coming on the air and having you go after my church,” Romney said. He added, “You’re trying to tell me that I’m not a faithful Mormon.
“I’m not running to talk about Mormonism,” Romney continued.