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By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
Evangelicals expected to lead most prayers at GOP National Convention

Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speaks to the VFW convention at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center in Reno, Nev., Tuesday, July 24, 2012 before a major foreign policy address before he embarks on an international trip. (AP Photo/The Sacramento Bee, Jose Luis Villegas) MAGS OUT; TV OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT

UNDATED (AP) -- Spiritual leaders will give invocations and benedictions each day at the Republican National Convention, but it's unclear if Mitt Romney will ask anyone from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to pray.

Romney will be the first Mormon nominated for president by a major party, but he rarely discusses his church while campaigning.

In the 1980s and 1990s, Romney served as a bishop, or pastor, for Mormon congregations in the Boston area.

The GOP convention will begin Aug. 27 in Tampa, Fla. The full roster of speakers hasn't been released.

Robert Millet, a Mormon scholar who advised Romney aides before the 2008 presidential campaign, says Romney won't want people to think he'll let Mormonism guide his presidency, so evangelicals may be asked to lead most prayers at the convention.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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