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No Protestant on GOP ticket for first time ever

For the first time in the nation’s political history, the Republican ticket will be absent a Protestant as either the presidential or vice presidential candidate. Mitt Romney is Mormon and Paul Ryan is Catholic.

Republican presidenial nominee Mitt Romney and vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan arrive in the convention hall in Tampa, Florida, on Aug. 30. / Joe Skipper / Reuters

Yet the Protestant, even evangelical heavy Iowa and Nebraska delegates who are filling the convention hall in downtown Tampa seemed unfazed by this trivial fact. What they deemed more important was that both men were committed husbands and fathers and were men of deep faith.
It’s all a sign the times are a’changing, Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman told KerneyHub.com. “I think it reflects who we are as Americans. We are constantly changing. We are always striving to get better.” …
Some historians argue that the 1860 ticket was absent a Protestant candidate but that was only because Abraham Lincoln – who held Christian beliefs – was not a member of a specific church. His vice presidential running mate, Sen. Hannibal Hamlin of Maine, was a Unitarian.


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