If Romney doesn’t think it’s a good idea to distinguish between people based on whether they have faith, then why should we do just that when picking a President?
The thing is that this is a no-brainer of an “issue.” Actual atheists and non-believers make up a fairly small proportion of the population. The odds of Romney “running into” someone on the trail who doesn’t have any religious or even “spiritual” beliefs are not very good. Overwhelming majorities of Americans would not vote for an atheist for President, which means that an overwhelming majority of Americans agrees with Romney’s past statements that the President should at least believe in God some way somehow (though, apparently, if polls are to be believed, not in the God of Mormonism or Islam if it can be helped). A religious conservative–which is what Romney is pretending to be at the moment–should have no problem saying that he considers “religious faith” an important and vital thing and the lack of it to be a real problem. If it really makes no difference to Romney whether a man believes in God or not, which beliefs that a person holds actually do matter to him?