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Mitt Romney Loses His Cool In 2007 Interview (VIDEO)

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Mitt Romney may appear cool, calm and collected, but even the suave GOP hopeful has his messy moments. Case in point: a 2007 interview at an Iowa radio station.

Romney got into a heated exchange with conservative host Jan Mickelson at WHO 1040 during the 2008 presidential race. The two were discussing Romney's views when the host accused Romney of letting his religion dictate his political beliefs.

"I'm not going to have a conversation about what my church views are...because thats not the nature of the office I'm running for, and there are people in my church who are pro-choice, that is not against my church's view to allow people to have their own position on political issues," he said.

"That's not what it says, you can be subject to the church's discipline if you take any position," argued Mickelson.

The two men began to talk over each other until Romney began to appear agitated.

"You know what," he exclaimed, raising his voice, "I get just as much of a right to speak as you do."

The conversation mellowed, but as they began to debate the specifics of Mormonism, it grew heated again.

"I understand my faith better than you do, you don't believe that do you?" Romney charged.

"Well, I'm not sure," Mickelson replied.

"Well that's hardly worth having a discussion then," said Romney.

Watch the full exchange below.

 
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