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Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney gestures during a speech to the NAACP annual convention, Wednesday, July 11, 2012, in Houston, Texas. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
HOUSTON (AP) -- Republican Mitt Romney says he's thankful that his father taught him "the knowledge of God."
The soon-to-be first Mormon atop a major presidential ticket stressed the importance of faith in his speech to the NAACP in Houston, quoting the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
Before he spoke, a local pastor asked God to protect President Barack Obama and prayed that in the upcoming election, nothing "that is formed against us will prosper."
Romney told the NAACP that as president he would represent "all Americans of every race, creed and sexual orientation," but also would "defend traditional marriage."
The NAACP recently announced its support for same-sex marriage as a civil rights issue.
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