In the wake of Mitt Romney’s speech on his Mormon faith, we’ll look at the role faith plays in American politics and how a candidate’s faith may shape him or her once in office. We’ll also look at the historical role of faith in American history and its influence on various movements.


  • E.J. Dionne Jr. senior fellow at The Brookings Institution, Washington Post columnist, and author of "Souled Out: Reclaiming Faith and Politics After the Religious Right" and of "Stand Up Fight Back."
  • Michael Gerson senior fellow,Council on Foreign Relations, former speechwriter for President George W. Bush, and author of "Heroic Conservatism: Why Republicans Need to Embrace American's Ideals (And Why They Deserve to Fail if They Don't)"
  • Richard Bushman Richard Bushman is Professor of History Emeritus at Columbia University and has been appointed the Howard W. Hunter Visiting Professor of Mormon Studies at Claremont Graduate University. He's also author of several books, including, "Joseph Smith: Rough Stone Rolling." (2005)

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