Sen. Ted Cruz said excluding Muslims from running for president of America on the basis of religion is unconstitutional.
Cruz’s comment comes in response to fellow GOP presidential candidate Ben Carson remarks that a Muslim should not be elected president because Islam is counter to constitutional principles, though he didn’t specify which principles.
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“You know, the Constitution specifies there shall be no religious test for public office and I am a constitutionalist,” the Texas senator said during the taping of “Iowa Press” at Iowa Public Television.
Cruz was about Ben Carson’s televised statement that Islam is inconsistent with the U.S. Constitution. “I would not advocate that we put a Muslim in charge of this nation. I absolutely would not agree with that,” Carson said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”
Cruz also referred to the ongoing controversy raised in the media over whether Donald Trump should have corrected a man who incorrectly stated at a rally that President Obama is a Muslim and not an American. “My view, listen. The president’s faith is between him and God. What I’m going to focus on is his public policy record,” Cruz said.