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December 14th, 2011
01:12 PM ET

How important is the issue of personal faith in the GOP presidential race?

Newt Gingrich's personal baggage continues to serve as the elephant in his campaign's room. The thrice-married, twice-divorced, Southern Baptist-turned-Catholic would not seem like a natural choice for the influential social conservative and evangelical wings of the Republican party.

In an effort to assuage their concerns, Gingrich provided an influential Iowa organization, The Family Leader, a written response to their "Marriage Vow" – A Declaration of Dependence Upon Marriage and Family.  But some critics wonder if the former house speaker has done enough to atone for his past sins.

Today on American Morning, Christine Romans talks to McKay Coppins, reporter for Newsweek and The Daily Beast, and Dr. Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics & Religious Liberty Comm., about the issue of personal faith in the GOP presidential race.


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