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Debbie Wasserman Schultz: Romney's Mormonism Off-Limits in the General Election


"You watch, they're going to throw the Mormon church at (Romney) like you can't believe."

Questions have surrounded Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's faith since his 2008 run for the White House. Mainly, people have wondered how his membership in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints would impact his prospects among Republicans and the nation as a whole (The Blaze has explored this subject in detail).

Now, some Republicans -- particularly Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch -- are openly claiming that the Obama campaign will try to use Romney's faith against him in the general election. On Wednesday, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) responded to Hatch's comments on the matter and flatly denied that faith would be a factor in Democratic campaigning this year.

(Related: Voter Confronts Romney With ‘Quotes’ From the Book of MormonDuring WI Town Hall)

"You watch, they're going to throw the Mormon church at (Romney) like you can't believe," Hatch said during a campaign event in Utah.

Wasserman Schultz, who also chairs the Democratic National Committee, took issue with this claim, calling it "nonsense" and pledging that the issue of religion would be off-limits in the 2012 presidential campaign. She also characterized Hatch's claims that the Democrats will exploit Mormonism for political gain "just preposterous."

Watch her interview with MSNBC's Chris Jansing to hear her thoughts (around 4:30):

"That suggestion is utter nonsense. Let’s remember that President Obama has had so many things hurled at him – birth certificate questions, whether he is or is not a Christian," Wasserman Schultz continued. "For them to suggest that religion will be injected [into the election] by President Obama and the Democratic Party, I mean, I think they need to take a look inward at the accusations that their party and their supporters have hurled before they take that step."

Considering the issues that President Barack Obama had surrounding Rev. Jeremiah Wright and his former church -- and the ongoing controversy regarding how closely he adheres to his faith -- it will certainly be interesting to see how the campaign handles Romney's faith allegiance.

(H/T: Politico)

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