Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) declined to support Ben Carson’s recent claim that he would not "advocate" for a Muslim president, instead citing the U.S. Constitution.
“You know, the Constitution specifies there shall be no religious test for public office and I am a constitutionalist,” Cruz said during an interview on Iowa public television on Sunday.
The Texas Republican also seemed disinterested in debating the faith of President Barack Obama, which again became a topic of conversation after a man accused the president of being a Muslim at a Donald Trump rally.
“The president’s faith is between him and God,” Cruz said. “What I’m going to focus on is his public policy record.”
When asked about the potential of thousands of refugees settling in the U.S., Cruz said Muslim refugees could pose a terrorist threat.
He added that "Christians are a very different circumstance because Christians are being persecuted, they are being persecuted directly for their faith and the Obama administration has abandoned Middle East Christians."