Reuters, 12/6/7

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney vowed on Thursday the Mormon church would not run the White House if he is elected, as he sought to reassure Americans wary of his religion.

“Let me assure you that no authorities of my church, or of any other church for that matter, will ever exert influence on presidential decisions. Their authority is theirs, within the province of church affairs, and it ends where the affairs of the nation begin,” Romney said.

But Romney said he would not turn his back on his faith, as some would prefer.

“That I will not do. I believe in my Mormon faith and I endeavor to live by it,” he said.