WASHINGTON -- Five former U.S. ambassadors to the Vatican have endorsed Mitt Romney in his campaign to win the Republican nomination for the presidency.
The Romney campaign released the ambassadors' statement Jan. 7, three days before the New Hampshire primary, customarily the first such primary in the nation every presidential election year.
"We believe it is important to support the one candidate who is best qualified by virtue of experience, intelligence and integrity to build on all that is best in our country's traditions and to lead it to a future where every American has the opportunity to reach his or her highest potential. That candidate is Mitt Romney," said the former ambassadors, all of whom are Catholics.
Thomas Melady, who was Vatican ambassador during the presidency of George H.W. Bush, told Catholic News Service in a Jan. 10 telephone interview that the statement was "very positive" and "didn't bring up the religious question."
Some GOP activists have voiced their concerns over Romney because of his Mormon faith.