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09/25/2012 09:57 pm ET Updated Sep 25, 2012

Mitt Romney Dismisses Harry Reid Mormonism Comments: 'He Can Say Whatever He'd Like'

WASHINGTON -- GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney didn't have much to say Tuesday to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's (D-Nev.) statement that he "sullied" Mormonism, the religion they both practice.

"I really don't have any response to Harry," Romney told Fox News' Carl Cameron. "You know, he can say whatever he'd like to say. This isn't a race about Harry Reid."

Reid, who has criticized Romney throughout his candidacy, said this week he agreed with a Mormon blogger who felt the candidate badly portrayed The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. "I agree with him," Reid said. "[Romney's] coming to a state where there are a lot of members of the LDS Church ... They understand that he is not the face of Mormonism."

Romney's vice presidential pick, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), came to Romney's defense in the same Fox News interview.

"If there’s one thing we’ve learned about this we always get over-the-top comments from Harry Reid," Ryan said. "We’re used to hearing things like this coming from Harry. These kinds of comments have no place in it."

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