Romney Mourns Mormon Church President's Death

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is among those mourning the death of Mormon church President Gordon Hinckley, who died yesterday at the age 97.

At a campaign stop in Florida Monday morning, Romney called Hinckley a man of "great character and courage" and said he plans to attend his funeral in Salt Lake City.

The former Massachusetts governor says Hinckley was pleased about his quest to become America's first Mormon president. Romney recalls Hinckley telling him the campaign "would be a great experience" whether he won or lost.

Hinckley led the Mormon church for more than a dozen years and oversaw one of its greatest periods of expansion. The church grew from 9 million to 13 million members under his leadership.

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