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."
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."
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