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Opinion

Chris Matthews

A history of running with religion

JFK’s campaign experience holds lessons for Romney

MITT ROMNEY was recently asked if he thought his religion would hurt him in his fight for the presidential nomination. He told the Fox interviewer that it would only be a problem “among a narrow group of individuals.’’

The first Catholic elected president, John F. Kennedy, was also optimistic he could prevail. He also honestly believed his religion should not be a barrier. Indeed, he thought it irrelevant.

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