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Preacher says vote for Romney is vote for Mormon 'cult'

WASHINGTON (ABC 4 News) - Evangelical Baptist preacher Robert Jeffress called The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints a "cult" and that conservatives should vote for a "Christian" candidate instead of Mitt Romney.
"I know it's not politically correct to say, but it's true, Mormonism is a cult." -Pastor Robert Jeffress
WASHINGTON (ABC 4 News) - Evangelical Baptist preacher Robert Jeffress called The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints a "cult" and that conservatives should vote for a "Christian" candidate instead of Mitt Romney.

Jeffress made the statements during a speech at the Values Voter Summit, a gathering of religious conservatives in Washington, D.C. on Friday.

Jeffress reiterated his views on Mormonism to reporters outside the meeting afterward.

Jeffress said, "Do we prefer somebody who is a believer in Jesus Christ, or somebody who is a good moral person, but is part of a cult?"

Jeffress added, "I know it's not politically correct to say, but it's true, Mormonism is a cult."
"...those who want to understand the centrality of Christ to our faith can learn more about us and what we believe by going to mormon.org." -LDS Church spokesman Scott Trotter
Jeffress was asked to introduce Rick Perry to the gathering and made similar statements to reporters outside the meeting.

Rick Perry's campaign later issued a statement, saying Perry himself didn’t choose Jeffress to introduce the candidate and that Perry does not share his view of Mormonism.

A campaign spokesman later said that Romney would not comment on Jeffress' statements about the LDS Church.

LDS Church spokesman Scott Trotter later released the following statement regarding Jeffress' comments, saying:

"We really don’t want to comment on a statement made at a political event but those who want to understand the centrality of Christ to our faith can learn more about us and what we believe by going to mormon.org."

Stay tuned to ABC 4 News and ABC4.com for more on this story.

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