As Billy Hallowell reported on the front page earlier this week, Pastor Robert Jeffress, who has refered to Mormonism as "a cult" and Mitt Romney as a "conservative of convenience," has come around and endorsed the former Massachusetts governor (now that he's basically locked the Republican nomination).
"I haven’t changed my tune. In fact, I never said Christians should not vote for Mitt Romney," he said Sunday on Fox News.
And in an interview with the Associated Press, he kicked the charm up a notch:
Jeffress says voters will have to choose between a Christian like President Barack Obama and a Mormon like Romney. He says the difference is that Obama embraces non-biblical principles while Romney embraces biblical principles like the sanctity of life and the sanctity of marriage.
Given that choice, Jeffress says he believes Christians should support Romney in November "in spite of his Mormon faith."
You can almost hear Romney knees knocking at the flattery.