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Mitt Romney is a Mormon. Does it matter in politics?

A prominent evangelical leader who supports Rick Perry says the Mormon religion "is a cult." Several polls show a significant minority of voters would not vote for a Mormon, a subject Mitt Romney may have to address again.

Republican presidential candidate former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney greets volunteers who work aboard the USS Yorktown as he makes a stop to speak to supporters on the floating maritime museum, Thursday, Oct. 6, 2011 at Patriots Point in Charleston, S.C.

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Mitt Romney’s religion – he’s a Mormon – has been raised once again in the Republican presidential campaign.

The question is, will it disrupt his front-runner status, especially among the social and evangelical conservatives who are an important part of the GOP base, frequently overlapping with the tea party?

In introducing Texas Governor Rick Perry at the “Values Voter Summit” in Washington Friday, prominent evangelical leader Robert Jeffress asked, “Do we want a candidate who is a good moral person, or do we want a candidate who is a born-again follower of Jesus Christ?”

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Just to make it clear what he was talking about, the Rev. Jeffress, pastor of a large Southern Baptist church in Dallas, later told reporters: “Mormonism is not Christianity. It’s not politically correct to say, but Mormonism is a cult.”


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