Ted Cruz: ‘I’m Not Running to be Pastor-In-Chief’

Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) hit back at critics who say that his tone is overly religious by assuring them that he’s “not running to be ‘Pastor-In-Chief.”

In an interview with CBN, Cruz said that a president shouldn’t act as a pastor, and that if he becomes president he will, “be a president of everybody, president of every faith…”

“I’m not running to be ‘Pastor-In-Chief.’ It is not the calling of a political leader to deliver the salvation message. That is the calling of us as believers, it’s the calling of a pastor but it’s a different role to be a political leader.”

Cruz was quick to point that he will not be ashamed of being a Christian.

“I am a Christian and the Word says if you are ashamed of Jesus He will be ashamed of you. I don’t intend to have that conversation with my maker,” Cruz said.

“My responsibility as president is to defend the constitutional rights of every American, to keep every American safe,” he added.

Comment count on this article reflects comments made on Breitbart.com and Facebook. Visit Breitbart's Facebook Page.