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Advisers plug candidates
By Scott Helman, Globe Staff
CAMBRIDGE -- Itís appropriate for the public to ask questions about Mitt Romneyís Mormon faith as he pursues his presidential campaign, a top Romney campaign strategist said today.
The strategist, Alex Castellanos, was speaking at a forum of Republican presidential advisers held at Harvard Universityís Kennedy School of Government. He was asked why the media seemed to be celebrating the fact that the country may elect its first African-American or woman president, but treating the specter of its first Mormon president with suspicion.
"I think thereís very little known about the governorís faith," Castellanos said at the forum, which also featured top advisers to Arizona Senator John McCain and former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani. "Itís just a question mark that folks are right to ask about."
The forum treated about 400 students, faculty, and guests to a peek inside three leading GOP presidential campaigns. The advisers, who also included Rick Davis for McCain and Chris Henick for Giuliani, were largely guarded and revealed little beyond conventional wisdom, but they offered some insights into how issues such as Iraq and the Internet are figuring in their strategies.