Former Vatican Ambassadors Support Romney

Mitt Romney’s Mormon background doesn’t concern five former Catholic ambassadors to the Vatican who endorsed him for President on Saturday.

“We the undersigned former U.S. Ambassadors to the Holy See — Thomas Melady, Ray Flynn, James Nicholson, Francis Rooney and Mary Ann Glendon — are united in our wholehearted support for the candidacy of Mitt Romney for the Presidency of the United States because of his commitment to and support of the values that we feel are critical in a national leader,” they wrote in an endorsement posted on Romney’s campaign website.

“Although our political affiliations are diverse, we recognize the importance of family and traditional values in American life. We also share the conviction that Governor Romney has the experience, vision and commitment to the common good that our country needs at this crucial moment in history.”

Four years ago, right wing evangelicals warned Presidential candidate John McCain against choosing Mitt Romney as his running mate on account of his religious background. McCain endorsed Romney last week.

Around 20 leading social conservatives signed an open letter to Senator McCain expressing their displeasure over the prospect of a Romney Vice Presidency, which was being pushed by Karl Rove, Fox News host Sean Hannity and other influential Republican voices.  Among the anti-Romney signers were people like Paul Weyrich of the Free Congress Foundation, who once supported Romney and then publicly regretted it. [More]