- The Washington Times - Monday, September 21, 2015

Mitt Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential nominee, weighed in on the bubbling controversy over whether a Muslim is suited to be president and shot down the idea that there should be a religious litmus test for The White House.

“Of course, no religious test for the presidency — every faith adds to our national character,” Mr. Romney said via Twitter (twitter.com/MittRomney).

Ben Carson, a Seventh-day Adventist, has come under fire for saying over the weekend on NBC’s “Meet the Press” that he does not think that Islam is consistent 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,” Mr. Carson said.

The issue was pushed to the forefront of the campaign after Donald Trump refused to correct a questioner at a town hall event in New Hampshire who said President Obama was Muslim and asked how the nation could get rid of Muslims who are training to “kill us.”

Mr. Romney, a Mormon, struggled in 2012 to woo some born-again or evangelical Christians, who play major roles in early primary states, because of his faith.

 

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