August 26th, 2012
08:29 PM ET

Romney on faith, family and private life

By Kevin BohnMelissa Dunst and Courtney Yager, CNN

(CNN) - It is a side of Mitt Romney the public often does not see - opening up about his faith, devotion to his family and his work as a Mormon overseas missionary and later church leader at home.

In a rare discussion of these topics, he described to CNN Chief Political Analyst Gloria Borger his 2½ years as a teenager serving as a church missionary in France. He said that period helped "ground my relationship with God" and cement his beliefs.

When Romney sat down with Borger this summer for CNN's documentary "Romney Revealed: Family, Faith and the Road to Power," it was while he was campaigning and fundraising in Indiana - and just a day before he secretly met with Rep. Paul Ryan to offer him the No.2 slot on the Republican ticket.

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While it might be expected Romney would be guarded and on message as he is usually is on the campaign trail, he was candid on a range of topics - from his private life to religion to his wife - areas he rarely has talked about.

As he prepares to accept his party's nomination for president, Romney and his team are trying to show the voting public a more personal side of the candidate.

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