Romney said he could never disavow his Mormon faith but would not allow his church to influence his decisions as president. As to the nature of his faith, he said, "I believe that Jesus Christ is the son of God and the savior of mankind. My church's beliefs about Christ may not all be the same as those of other faiths. Each religion has its own unique doctrines and history."
During that campaign, Romney was subjected to the political shenanigans for which South Carolina is infamous. Many evangelical GOP voters received Christmas cards purporting to be from Romney, with controversial verses from the Book of Mormon. He has visited South Carolina only once this time around, while Huntsman has been twice.
Huntsman, at a news conference in July at a high-tech automotive research facility here, said he didn't think voters would resist him based on his faith.
"Campaigns are tough and you've got to face a little bit of head wind from time to time," he said, "but I don't think religion is going to be a deal-breaker."