Santorum: Every Mormon He Knows Shares His Values--Except Harry Reid

October 10, 2011 - 11:56 AM

(CNSNews.com) - Former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.), a Republican presidential candidate, said on Fox News Sunday yesterday that every Mormon he knows shares his values--except Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.).

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Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum. (AP Photo/Mike Carlson)

Santorum was asked by Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace whether fellow candidate Mitt Romney, who is Mormon, was a “true Christian.” Santorum said that every Mormon he has met has "great moral values" and shares Santorum's values, except for Harry Reid.

“Every Mormon I know is a good and decent person, has great moral values, and is by and large--with the exception of Harry Reid--by and large pretty consistent with the values that I share and the things I want to see happen to this country,” Santorum said on the Oct. 9 broadcast.

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Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. (AP Photo/Mic Smith)

Santorum, a Catholic, has made traditional values a focal point of his campaign, arguing strenuously during debates for the traditional position on issues such as same-sex “marriage,” abortion, and homosexuals in the military.

Romney’s Mormon faith became an issue after Pastor Robert Jeffress of Dallas told reporters that most Christians thought that Mormonism was a cult. Jeffress made the comments on Oct. 7 after introducing Texas Gov. Rick Perry – himself a Republican candidate – at the Values Voters Summit in Washington, D.C.

Santorum was asked by moderator Chris Wallace whether he thought Mormonism was a cult. He answered “no.”