What Kind of Presidential Candidate Will Evangelicals Support? Let's Ask Jeffress.
Our first real introduction to First Baptist Dallas's Robert Jeffress was in the fall of 2008, when the downtown pastor came under fire for referring to Mormon Mitt Romney a member of a "cult." That came up today on FOX News, where Jeffress is a frequent guest and where he was asked today who evangelicals will support in the upcoming presidential election now that Mike Huckabee has said he's definitely not running. Jeffress is decidedly disappointed about that -- not only because Huckabee's written the forward to his forthcoming book, says the pastor, but because they're pals.
So, then, who will evangelicals rally around? Says Jeffress, only yesterday he was on a conference call with "50 of the top evangelical leaders in the country talking about this issue." And there's no consensus among them. All Jeffress cares about, he says, is: "Is this person committed to stemming the tide of ungodliness and evil that is sweeping our country?"
At which point he gets back to Romney, insisting, yet again, that "Mormons are not Christians according to evangelical Christians ... and I thought it was pretty hypocritical of some my fellow Christian leaders who during the Bush administration talked about how important it is to have a Christian in office who suddenly turned around and supported Mitt Romney saying, 'We're electing a commander-in-chief, not a theologian-in-chief." The whole video follows.
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