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Romney 'Face'-s Questions

Mitt Romney showed up at Sunday night's GOP debate, but also sat down Sunday morning with Bob Schieffer on CBS' Face the Nation.

Schieffer described the interview as "[Romney's] most candid interview" on the subject of religion.

"Is it fair to ask you about your faith?" Schieffer asked.

"You can ask anything you'd like," Romney replied. "I don't feel bad at all about people asking me about my faith. I think it's natural. Most people don't know much about it, so if people want to ask questions, I'm happy to respond. If they have questions about the doctrines of my church, I typically direct them to the church, because they can probably do a better job explaining than I can," he continued.

Watch the exchange on Romney's faith below:

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The setting and tone of the governor's comments are much different than an early August discussion of Mormonism with Iowa radio talk show host Jan Mickelson. The host brought up Romney's faith during a commerical break, leading the former governor provide an emotional defense of his faith.

"There's nothing I distance myself from. There are mormons in the leadership of my church, who are pro-choice.

"Don't confuse what I do as a member of my faith, with what I think should be done by government," Romney told Mickelson, often raising his voice. "I understand in my church better than you do," he said several times.

While the conversation with Mickelson was during a commerical break, the Romney campaign ended up posting the exchange on YouTube:

Romney's "Face the Nation" interview also focused on the debate over which candidate is the "real Republican" in the race.

"There's no question that the older I get, the smarter Ronald Reagan gets," Romney said, among other things.

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Finally, Schieffer and Romney discuss the former governor's evolution in thought on abortion, and questions on immigration, gun control, and gay rights.

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A side note: One can help but notice that something is up with Romney's hair. Less product? More grey? He looks a little older.

-- Ed O'Keefe

By Ed O'Keefe |  October 22, 2007; 3:05 PM ET Mitt Romney
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