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Campaign 2012 / Romney / Mormon Factor #1020702

CNN Evening News for Monday, Apr 23, 2012
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(Studio: Anderson Cooper) The issue of the Mormon factor in Mitt Romney's presidential election campaign introduced. A statement from Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer† about Romney's Mexican roots and polygamy quoted. [ROMNEY - denies his dad's dad was a polygamist as they lived in Mexico until a revolution there.]

(Colonia Juarez, Mexico: Gary Tuchman) The Romney family roots in Mexico featured; scenes shown of the Romney Mormons in a tiny town who came here in the 19th century with some being polygamists. [The ROMNEYS - talk about their long life in Mexico; states there is no polygamy here now.] [Cousin Meredith ROMNEY - recounts being kidnapped, held and ransomed.] [Cousin Kelly and Kent ROMNEY - offer views on the immigration issue.]

(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Live discussion held with Faith and Freedom Coalition founder Ralph Reed and Governor Brian Schweitzer† about Romney. [SCHWEITZER - says his concerns are Romney's far-right turn on immigration calling for self-deportation; notes Romney has a Latino and women voter gap; clarifies his point on Latino and female voters and Romney.] [REED - says Romney has closed the gender gap; accuses the governor of bringing up the gender issue.]

Cooper, Anderson;
Tuchman, Gary

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