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There's nothing better than asking two guys who couldn't get their own presidential aspirations going what they think of the current crop of candidates. And better yet, let's ask them to opine on religious tests for office and whether Mitt Romney's Mormonism dooms him in the primary because he's not a "true" Christian, as friend of Perry Pastor Jeffress said at the Values Voter convention.
Pawlenty, to his credit, opts for the constitutional route of reminding David Gregory that there should be no religious test for office.
PAWLENTY: Well, in my view, David, it’s disappointing that Governor Perry and others who didn’t denounce Pastor Jeffress and those comments more directly, we have a country where we don’t have prohibitions on a particular church attendance for public office. In fact, it’s prohibited in the U.S. Constitution.
He always did seem a little too sane for the party to consider.
But Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal isn't done kissing up to those wacky tea party fringes of the GOP. Not only does he ignore that whole constitutional ban against religious tests, but he one-ups it with biblical strictures:
JINDAL: I don't think it's for any of us to judge somebody else's religious views, their relationship with God. The Bible is very clear, that's up to God, not up to us. I have some experience with this. Last time I ran for office, the Democratic Party in Louisiana attacked me for my faith.
GREGORY: Why not call on Perry to denounce this very strongly?
JINDAL: It did give me a chance to explain my Christian beliefs to Louisiana voters. It's not for any of us to judge somebody's faith, relationship to God. I think that would be inappropriate. The Bible is very clear. That's not our role.
Really not grasping that whole "separation of Church and State" are you, Bobby?