The Kennedy Comparison

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


Percentage of U.S. population

6 million

Mormon population

in the United States in 2007


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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