Hanover, New Hampshire (CNN) - Texas Gov. Rick Perry's son Griffin, an increasingly regular presence on the Republican campaign trail, distanced his father Tuesday from Baptist pastor Robert Jeffress and his controversial remarks about Mormonism.
Jeffress endorsed Perry's presidential bid last week and said that GOP frontrunner Mitt Romney, a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, is not a Christian. He also called Mormonism a "cult."
The younger Perry was asked about the flap during a question and answer session with a group of Dartmouth College students ahead of Tuesday evening's GOP presidential debate.
"You can't control what people who endorse you say," Perry answered. "Mitt Romney has said that Jesus Christ is his savior. That makes him a Christian."