The Kennedy Comparison

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Friday, December 7, 2007

As Romney acknowledged yesterday, his address echoed, in part, the actions of "another candidate from Massachusetts," who "explained that he was an American running for president, not a Catholic running for president." Romney made the comparison to John F. Kennedy explicit, saying: "Like him, I am an American running for president. I do not define my candidacy by my religion."

42.1 million

Catholic population

in the United States in 1960

23%

Percentage of U.S. population

6 million

Mormon population

in the United States in 2007

2%

Percentage of U.S. population

Note: All figures are approximate.

SOURCES: U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Official Catholic Directory,

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, U.S. Census Bureau


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