Mitt Romney spoke about the importance of family and hard work in a commencement address at an evangelical Christian university today, but barely mentioned hot-button social issues like abortion and gay marriage or his Mormon faith.
The Republican presidential candidate told graduates at Liberty
University in Virginia that culture matters. He defined American
culture as one that "promotes personal responsibility, the dignity of work, the value of education and the merit of service."
Romney's one sustained applause line came when he declared:
"Marriage is a relationship between one man and one woman."
The remarks come days after President Barack Obama voiced his
support for gay marriage.
The president did not revisit the issue today. Instead he used his weekly address to again urge Congress to take up a "to-do list" of tax breaks, mortgage relief and other initiatives that he insists will create jobs and help middle-class families struggling in the sluggish economy.
Obama also appeared in the Rose Garden of the White House to honor award-winning law enforcement officers.