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Republican Presidential Candidates Talk God And Religion

Republican Presidential Candidates Religious Views

First Posted: 11/01/11 01:19 PM ET Updated: 11/01/11 01:21 PM ET

How many kinds of Christian does it take to make a Republican presidential debate? That depends on whom you ask.

The elite eight of GOP presidential candidates include two Catholics, two Mormons and four Protestants of various stripes. While some outside of the race have questioned the Mormonism of Romney and Huntsman, the candidates themselves have shied away from the faith issue.

They haven't remained silent about religion however, so we've compiled the best quotes (or worst, depending on perspective) from Republican hopefuls that have added fuel to the fire of religious debate in America.

Mitt Romney on American Chosenness
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In an October foreign policy speech, Mitt Romney said: "God did not create this country to be a nation of followers. America is not destined to be one of several equally balanced global powers. America must lead the world, or someone else will."

Photo: Former Mass. Gov. Romney bows his head during his address to the Republican Leadership Conference on Mackinac Island, Mich., Sept. 24.

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