No Republican is going to bring this up in the pimrary. No Democrat is going to mention it until after Mitt Romney has locked up the nomination and it is too late for Republicans to change their candidate.
It’s an issue with no merit, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t a potent weapon. It came up briefly in 2008 and Romney chased it away, but he wasn’t the Republican Nominee and he wasn’t running against a man who is the result of an inter-racial sexual relationship.
I listen to “black radio” fairly regularly, something few “white” people do. You can bet your last dollar that if Romney is the nominee running against Barack Obama, this issue will be out front 24 hours a day for months pounding Romney into the ground for something he doesn’t believe (at least I don’t think so)
Back in the “good old days”, the Mormon church had an official policy that blacks could not be in leadership positions in the Mormon Church and were specifically not considered to be equals
Mitt Romney’s reaction to being hit with that charge is that it was his father George Romney who pushed the LDS church to repeal its stand in 1978. George Romney had tried to run for President in the 1960s with little success. George Romney was born in Mexico after his parents fled the country. It’s an open question as to whether George Romney was a “natural born” US citizen and eligible to run for President.
This is a letter George Romney received in 1964 while he was Governor of Michigan:
Enjoy your Super Tuesday Choose wisely.