MANCHESTER, New Hampshire (CNN) - Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney gave a wide-ranging answer when invited by moderator Wolf Blitzer to address the voters about his Mormon faith.
Romney referred to President John F. Kennedy, who in 1960 was the first Catholic elected President.
Romney said, "President Kennedy some time ago said that he was not a Catholic running for president, he was an American runnning for president."
Romney said questions on his faith are fair and that he shares the same values as members of other faiths across the country.
Romney said he believes "Jesus Christ is my savior," adding, "I believe God created man in his image. I believe that the freedoms of man derive from inalienable rights that were given to us by God."
Romney closed the answer with a message for political pundits, saying some of them hope he'll distance himself from the Mormon church to help himself politically.
"That's not going to happen," he said.