Perry campaign declines Romney invitation to repudiate pastor

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"I would call upon Gov. Perry to repudiate the sentiment and the remarks made by that pastor," Romney said. "I just don't believe that that kind of divisiveness based on religion has a place in this country."

Pastor Robert Jeffress introduced Perry at the Value Voters Summit in Washington last Friday and said in remarks to reporters afterwards that the view that Mormonisim is a "cult" was not "a right-wing fringe" view, but rather "a mainstream view."

"Rick Perry's a Christian. He's an evangelical Christian, a follower of Jesus Christ," Jeffress said Friday in remarks to reporters. "Mitt Romney's a good moral person, but he's not a Christian. Mormonism is not Christianity. It has always been considered a cult by the mainstream of Christianity."
Perry later said to reporters that he does not believe that the religion is a cult, but has not spoken at length about the incident.

The comments also earned the ire of Christie, who attacked Perry's association with the pastor.

"I think in any campaign that associates itself with that type of conduct is beneath the office of the president of the United States," Christie said.


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