September 30th, 2007 12:50 EST
McCain Doesn't Want Muslim as President
GOP presidential candidate John McCain says America is better off with a Christian President and he doesn't want a Muslim in the Oval Office...
McCain later clarified his remarks, saying, "I would vote for a Muslim if he or she was the candidate best able to lead the country and to defend our political values."
A Muslim rights group ripped the Arizona Republican's remarks.
"That kind of attitude goes against the American tradition of religious pluralism and inclusion," said Ibrahim Hooper, spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations.
He urged McCain to "clarify his remarks" and "stress his acceptance of political candidates of any faith." Senator John McCain said in an interview posted on the Internet on Saturday that the Constitution established the United States as a Christian nation and that his faith is probably of better spiritual guidance than that of a Muslim candidate for president.
“I just have to say in all candor that since this nation was founded primarily on Christian principles, that’s a decision the American people would have to make, but personally, I prefer someone who I know who has a solid grounding in my faith,” Mr. McCain said in response to a question about the possibility of a Muslim’s running for president.
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