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Mitt Romney Talks Mormonism, YouTube Clip From 2007 Interview Goes Viral (VIDEO)

A video showing Mitt Romney discussing his Mormon faith has become a viral sensation in the days leading up to the election.

The YouTube video, which shows a visibly agitated Romney defending the Mormon faith in an off-air exchange with conservative radio talk show host Jan Mickelson, has already racked up more than a million views since it was posted online last week.

The clip from a 2007 interview may not be new, but it has, according to some, reignited a debate about the GOP nominee's religious beliefs.

Mitt Romney has largely avoided discussing the details of his Mormon faith throughout this year’s presidential race, speaking in general terms about his church-related values and charitable deeds. But the revival this week of a testy 2007 interview caught on video offers a reminder of the struggles Romney has confronted as a politician wary of being defined, or confined, by his faith.

“I’m not running as a Mormon,” Romney tells Mickelson in the video. “And I get a little tired of coming on a show like yours and having it [be] all about Mormons.”

The 5-minute clip shows Romney and Michelson engaged in a theological discussion about a variety of topics including abortion and the second coming of Christ, Politico notes.

Watch the full exchange below:

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