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Mitt Romney just took the stage at the Values Voter Summit, and took an indirect shot at the Texas pastor who introduced Rick Perry yesterday -- and claimed Romney is not a Christian and a member of "a cult."

Before Romney went on stage, Bill Bennett spoke at VVS and condemned Jeffress' words as "bigotry."

Romney seized the opportunity Bennett's words gave him.

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It’s almost straw poll time at the Values Voter Summit. The around 3,000 in attendance have been voting in the poll since VVS kicked off Friday, and soon we’ll know who they think woud be the best POTUS and VPOTUS candidates next year.

Based on crowd size and reaction alone, it’s fair to say Herman Cain and Ron Paul seem to have the edge. Only Michelle Bachmann expressly asked for straw poll support in her speech from the podium.

Here’s the straw poll ballot for president, via Dave Weigel:

Michele Bachmann Herman Cain Newt Gingrich Jon Huntsman Ron Paul Rick Perry Mitt Romney Rick Santorum

Al Davis, the owner of the Oakland Raiders, died Saturday, the team said on its website. He was 82.

Davis was part of professional football for six decades, and he first came to the Raiders in 1963. Since then, the team has had 28 winning seasons and won three Super Bowl championships.

Davis was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1992.

On stage at the Values Voter Summit Saturday, Mitt Romney called out Bryan Fischer — an event sponsor and prominent anti-Mormon evangelical — who went up on stage directly after Romney’s speech.

That transition had been hyped for days leading up to VVS, and Romney addressed it in his remarks:

Our values ennoble the citizen, and strengthen the nation. We should remember that decency and civility are values too. One of the speakers who will follow me today, has crossed that line. Poisonous language does not advance our cause. It has never softened a single heart nor changed a single mind. The blessings of faith carry the responsibility of civil and respectful debate. The task before us is to focus on the conservative beliefs and the values that unite us – let no agenda, narrow our vision or drive us apart.

Former Reagan Education Secretary Bill Bennett took the stage at the Values Voter Summit and dismissed Rick Perry’s new supporter, Southern Baptist Convention chief Robert Jeffress.

Jeffress shook things up yesterday when he called Mormonism a “cult” and urged social conservatives to vote for a candidate who’s a “true follower of Christ.”

Bennett called out Jeffress for bringing up Mitt Romney’s faith.

“You did Rick Perry no good, sir,” Bennett said.

Ron Paul is set to take the stage at the Values Voter Summit in DC this morning. He kicks off a day that will feature Mitt Romney and the VVS Straw Poll results.

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