Perry's Backers Won't Let Up on Romney's Mormonism

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Mitt Romney beats Rick Perry among all Republicans -- men, women, young, old -- except the "very conservative," The Wall Street Journal's Gerald F. Seib observes. Perhaps that's why Perry didn't distance himself too much from Robert Jeffress, the Dallas preacher who called Mormonism a "cult." And why, as The Daily Beast's McKay Coppins reports, another important minister who's a big backer of Perry has been emailing supporters about the need to start "juxtaposing traditional Christianity to the false God of Mormonism."

David Lane was in charge of raising money for the national prayer meeting in early August that was the unofficial kickoff to Perry's presidential campaign. He was among the key Christian leaders who pushed Perry to run, Time's Amy Sullivan reports. On October 12, Dick Bott, head of the Chrstian talk Bott Radio Network, emailed Lane that he would be interviewing Jeffress, saying Jeffress was right to question Romney's faith: "What would anyone think if a candidate were a Scientologist? ... Shouldn't they want to know what the implications were that may flow therefrom?"

On October 13, Lane replied: "Thank you for what you are doing and for your leadership. Getting out Dr. Jeffress message, juxtaposing traditional Christianity to the false god of Mormonism, is very important in the larger scheme of things ... We owe Dr. Jeffress a big thank you."

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