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Republican presidential candidates stayed away from a Southern Baptist pastor’s dig that Mitt Romney is not a Christian and that his Mormon religion is a “cult.”

  • Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney speaks at  the Values Voter Summit in Washington.

    By Manuel Balce Ceneta, AP

    Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney speaks at the Values Voter Summit in Washington.

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By Manuel Balce Ceneta, AP

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney speaks at the Values Voter Summit in Washington.

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Robert Jeffress of First Baptist Church of Dallas, who supports Texas Gov. Rick Perry, told reporters at the weekend’s Values Voter Summit that Romney is “a good moral person” but Mormonism “has always been considered a cult by the mainstream of Christianity.”

Republican candidates on the Sunday talk shows wanted nothing to do with the jab at Mormonism, a faith shared by 15 members of Congress and GOP presidential candidate Jon Huntsman, former governor of Utah.

Perry quickly distanced himself from the cult comment but has not disassociated himself from Jeffress. Jeffress, one of several conservative evangelical pastors who spoke at Perry’s prayer rally in August, has long preached that if a Christian is not elected, God will lift his favor from the USA.

Republican candidates distance themselves from Mormon remark – USATODAY.com

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