Is Rick Perry having a Rev. Jeremiah Wright moment? He's having to distance himself from evangelical leader Robert Jeffress, who says that Mormonism – Mitt Romney's religion – is "a cult."
Pastor Wright was President Obama’s minister until he had to be rebuked and rejected by then-candidate Obama during the 2008 presidential campaign.
At the Values Voter Summit in Washington Friday, the Rev. Jeffress – who introduced Perry to the conservative gathering and has endorsed the Texas governor – said Mitt Romney’s Mormon religion was “a cult” and “not Christianity.”
So far, Perry (through a campaign spokesman) has said he doesn’t agree with that provocative characterization of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. But he has yet to call out Jeffress personally or to reject the controversial minister’s endorsement – a step that certainly would put him at odds with a key segment of the Republican base.
It took a while for him to do so, but when he did Obama made a firm and clear break with Wright, whose sermons critics found to be not only racially inflammatory but hateful of America.