November 12th, 2007
11:00 AM ET
15 years ago

Romney gives Roberta McCain a 'pass' for Mormon comments

Romney campaigned in New Hampshire over the weekend.

LACONIA, New Hampshire (CNN) - At a campaign stop near former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney's Granite State vacation home, Romney dismissed comments made by Arizona Sen. John McCain's mother on his faith.

"Mrs. McCain's comments? Oh I give a pass to anybody that's over 90. They can say whatever they want," Romney told reporters with a smile.

On the show "Hardball," McCain's 95-year-old mother, Roberta, criticized Romney's religion and experience.

McCain's mother told host Chris Matthews "as far as the Salt Lake City thing, he's a Mormon and the Mormons of Salt Lake City had caused that scandal. And to clean that up, it's not a subject."

Romney was selected to head up the Salt Lake Organizing Committee for the 2002 Winter Olympic Games following allegations of bribery and scandal within the organization.

While McCain's mother received a pass from Romney, his campaign has worked hard to court the evangelical Christian constituency by alleviating concerns over his Mormon faith.

When asked if he would start to discuss his faith more openly on the campaign trail, Romney said he didn't feel it was the right time, but was "open to the idea."

Related video: Watch a short clip of Mitt Romney reacting to Mrs. McCain's comments.

Related: Romney advisers oppose speech on religion

–CNN New Hampshire Producer Sareena Dalla

Filed under: John McCain • Mitt Romney • New Hampshire
soundoff (128 Responses)
  1. Francisco, Yakima WA

    Excerpt from, viewed on 11/12/2007:

    The Commandments
    Obedience to God’s Commandments
    Pray Often
    Study the Scriptures
    Keep the Sabbath Day
    Holy Baptism and Confirmation
    Follow the Prophet
    Live the Law of Chastity
    Obey the Word of Wisdom
    Live the Law of Tithing
    Observe the Law of the Fast
    Obey and Honor the Law
    Endure to the End

    Membership in the Church
    Articles of Faith
    Church Organization
    Serving in the Church
    Missionary Work
    Church Growth
    Forever Families
    Temples and Family History
    Humanitarian Aid and Welfare
    Teaching and Learning in the Church
    Holidays and Observances

    November 12, 2007 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  2. mish

    McCain's mom is right! For details about the Salt Lake Olympics, see

    Like Mormonism, the blog isn't what it seems.

    (Funny photos too!)

    November 13, 2007 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  3. mish

    McCain's mom is right! For details about the Salt Lake Olympics, see

    (Funny photos too!)

    November 14, 2007 02:44 am at 2:44 am |
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