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Oct 12, 2011 12:47
Category: Religious News

Political disagreements over Pastor comment

  HANOVER, N.H. (AP) - Mitt Romney has called on Texas Gov. Rick
Perry to disavow comments from a Baptist pastor who says Romney
isn't a Christian and that Mormons belong to a cult. But Perry has
refused to do so.
     The Perry campaign says the Texas governor disagrees with the
Rev. Robert Jeffress of Dallas, who endorsed Perry's presidential
bid and introduced him ahead of a speech in Washington. Jeffress
contrasted Perry's religion with Romney's, and in comments to
reporters called Mormonism "a cult" and said Romney is "not a
Christian."
     Romney calls that kind of language divisive and wants Perry to,
in Romney's words, "repudiate the sentiment and the remarks."
     A spokesman for Perry dismissed Romney's comments as political
rhetoric.
     But New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who endorsed Romney, said,
"Any campaign that associates itself with that type of conduct is
beneath the office of president of the United States."