Mitt Romney has taken to Twitter to slap Dr. Ben Carson over his controversial view that a Muslim should not be president.
The former Massachusetts governor and 2012 GOP presidential candidate said in a message posted on Monday:
On Sunday's NBC program "Meet the Press," the retired pediatric neurosurgeon-turned-politician — who is in second place behind Donald Trump in GOP presidential polls — said:
"I would not advocate that we put a Muslim in charge of this nation. I absolutely would not agree with that."
Romney is the latest of several influential Republicans taking Carson to task.
Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, who is also running for the GOP presidential nomination, said in an interview with Iowa Public Television airing later this week: "You know, the Constitution specifies there shall be no religious test for public office and I am a constitutionalist."
Another candidate, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, told Ed Berliner on Newsmax TV's
"The Hard Line" that there is "no religious test to hold public office in America…. I'm less concerned about what faith a person has. I'm more concerned about the authenticity of their faith and how that plays out in their policies."
Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, who is also in the GOP presidential contest, said on Twitter that Carson "is not ready to be commander-in-chief. America is an idea, not owned by a particular religion." He added that Carson should apologize.
Rep. Peter King of New York, the former chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, told Fox News a Muslim has "every right to be president and become president."
King added: "If you believe in the type of Islam which believes in jihad you should not be president. But there are many, many good Muslims in this country. I've been critical of the Muslim community but I know there are many, many good Muslims."
Carson's remarks also triggered the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), a major U.S. Islamic group, to demand that he bow out of the race.
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