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The office of the presidency has a uniquely national constituency that transcends other elected positions in national government. The president is the only elected office holder who represents all Americans. The president is also the most powerful position in American politics. Responsibilities include leadership roles in domestic policy, foreign policy, the military, the economy, party politics, and much more. The stature of the office is elevated like none other in the American tradition. As a result, religious barriers before candidates of minority religions are going to be higher than any other elected office. Even though Mormons held prominent positions of power in Congress, Mitt Romney faced extraordinary religious scrutiny as a presidential candidate.
KeywordsPresidential Election Religious Commitment Presidential Candidate Civil Religion Christian Denomination
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