Perry Tackles Pastor's Comments

    HANOVER, NH - OCTOBER 11:  Republican presidential candidate and incumbent Texas Gov. Rick Perry prepares for a presidential debate hosted by Bloomberg and the Washington Post on October 11, 2011 at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire. The event moderated by U.S. television talk show host Charlie Rose and featuring eight Republican candidates, presents the first debate of the 2012 political season focused solely on the economy.  (Photo by Scott Eells-Pool/Getty Images)

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    At tonight's debate, Rick Perry fumbled over his words while addressing the controversial remark one of his evangelical supporters made at last week’s Values Voter Summit. Texas pastor Robert Jeffress had introduced Perry as a “genuine follower of Jesus Christ” and proceeded to label Mormonism a cult. In a roundabout way, Perry managed to conclude that he didn’t agree with Jeffress’s statement. Mitt Romney remained levelheaded, saying he’d “heard worse comments about my faith.” He said it was a “dangerous thing” to select candidates based on their religion. Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich delivered their own mini-sermons on the role of faith in selecting a presidential candidate. Santorum took a more secular stance, emphasizing that voters “should pay attention to the candidates’ values and what they stand for.” Gingrich said faith “absolutely” matters, arguing that one can’t have sound judgment without faith.

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