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Romney in Ohio: 'I Feel That We're All Catholic Today'

6:30 PM, Jul 18, 2012 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
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At a townhall-style campaign event in Ohio on Wednesday, Mitt Romney was asked by a voter about his views on Barack Obama's "attack on religious freedom."

Romney replied:

Religious liberty, our first freedom of those enumerated in the Bill of Rights. And the president and his administration said they are going to usurp your religious freedom by demanding that you provide products to your employees, if you're the Catholic church, that violates your own conscience.

And so whether it's a Catholic businessperson or the Catholic church itself they're being told what they have to do that violates their religious conscience. That attack on religious freedom I think is a dangerous and unfortunate precedent.

And I know we're not all Catholic in this room. Many presumably are. But I feel that we're all Catholic today. In our battle to preserve religious freedom and tolerance and freedom in this country, it is essential for us to push back against that. 

Romney received a 20-second standing ovation. 

"Say it again!" yelled a member of the audience as the applause subsided.

"I will say it again," Romney replied. "That's one more good reason to get rid of Obamacare. And I'm going to get that done the first day I'm in office." 

After he received another standing ovation, Romney said, "Now, you'd think I'd have started with that. That's the line I should have started with, right?"

Romney's remarks on religious liberty begin at the 7-minute mark in this video (via NRO):

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