(CNN) – Asked whether he considers himself to be a traditional practicing Catholic, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani declined to discuss his faith during a campaign stop in Davenport, Iowa on Tuesday.
The Republican presidential candidate, a supporter of abortion rights, called it “a matter of individual conscience.”
“My religious affiliation, my religious practices and the degree to which I’m a good or not-so-good Catholic, I prefer to leave it with the priests,” said Giuliani in response to a question from a member of the audience at his campaign forum. “I don’t believe there should be a religious test for public office. I think America’s beyond that.”
Questions on a candidate’s religion have become prominent in the Republican race. Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney recently told a Des Moines radio host that he wasn’t “running to talk about Mormonism” after a long string of questions, and Kansas Sen. Sam Brownback asked for an apology from former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee in response to a supporter’s e-mail questioning Brownback’s Catholic faith.
- CNN's Mark Norman