EWTN’s Raymond Arroyo interviewed GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney, asking him about religious liberty, taxes and his Catholic running mate. “The World Over” interview aired earlier today.

“Freedom requires religion… As you look at this history of this country, the freedom that was unleashed upon the world came as a result of individuals that our rights came from our creator, not from government,” Romney said in the 15-minute interview. “That observation led to a bursting forth on the world scene of freedom.”

Romney said he would work with Cardinal Timothy Dolan, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, to ensure religious liberty is protected. He also noted that Cardinal Dolan would give the closing benediction at the Republican convention. Romney also answered questions about his running mate, Congressman Paul Ryan, a Catholic, including questions about his habit of not wearing a tie on the campaign trail.

Arroyo also asked Romney about the Latino vote and whether or not, if elected, he would repeal the President Barack Obama’s executive order deferring the deportation of undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children.

Romney criticized the president’s “temporary” legislation, promising to establish “permanent pathways” for undocumented children and their parents to enter into the United States and become legalized.

Arroyo said EWTN had extended an invitation to both President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, a Catholic, but had yet to hear back.

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