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Summarized by Kent Larsen

Following Tour with Romney, Kennedy Endorses Temple Steeple

BELMONT, MASSACHUSSETS -- Former Massachusetts senatorial candidate and LDS Church member Mitt Romney took his 1994 rival, US Senator Edward Kennedy, on a tour of the LDS Church's new Boston Temple on Friday, and following the tour Kennedy endorsed the LDS Church's plan for a steeple on the building. "I think if other churches are going to have their expressions in terms of spires this one should. Fair is fair," Kennedy said.

Kennedy toured the building with Romney for about an hour, and afterwards both men expressed respect for each other in comments to reporters. They also told reporters that religion should be kept out of political races, unlike what happened in their 1994 battle, in which Romney's LDS faith became an issue. "I really enjoyed my race here. It was a rough and tumble experience but a great life experience," Romney said. "We come from different sides of the political spectrum, but respect each other as individuals."

Kennedy recalled his brother, US President John F. Kennedy's, presidential campaign, in which he also faced questions over his Catholic religion. "I think President Kennedy probably said it best, that he wanted to be evaluated as a president who was a Catholic and not as a Catholic president," Kennedy said.

Romney also expressed his intention to run for statewide office in Massachusetts and said he will return to the state following Salt Lake City's 2002 Winter Olympics, which he presides over. Saying he is looking for a race to enter, Romney added, "I'm not afraid of running again. I'd love to run again if I thought I could win,"


Sen. Edward Kennedy and Mitt Romney tour Mormon temple
Boston Globe (AP) 8Sep00 T2
By Steve Leblanc, Associated Press


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