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Rubio: Faith Shouldn’t Disqualify You From Office, But I Hope People With ‘Radical’ Beliefs Don’t Get Elected

Florida Senator and Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio stated that someone’s faith shouldn’t disqualify them from the presidency, but that he would hope people with “radical views and values” aren’t elected on Monday’s “Hannity” on the Fox News Channel.

Rubio said, [relevant exchange begins around 6:45] “Well, let me start by saying I personally know, first of all, that there are Americans that are Muslims, and are also very patriotic, and they love the United States of America, and they don’t want to see Shariah Law, and they don’t want to see any sort of thing like that happen in this country. I don’t believe anyone should be disqualified from the presidency because of their denomination or because of their faith. I believe in that strongly, as a country. Now, I personally also believe if someone believes in Shariah Law, they’re not going to be elected to anything, much less the presidency. That’s just a fact. But I do believe you can — and there are, hundreds of thousands, if not millions of people in this country, who are Muslim, but love America, don’t want to see — they’re not political about their religious views with regards to that, the way you would see in some other countries around the world. And I guess because I know there are people out there that love America, that even served in our armed forces, and some are in elected office. So — but I personally do not believe that your religious denomination should disqualify you from serving in office. I think that’s what voters decide on, on a variety of issues, including the values of someone. And I just say this, whether you’re a Muslim, or a Catholic, or anything, if you have radical views and values, you’re not going to get elected in this country, at least I would hope. And certainly someone that supports Shariah would not get elected in this country.”

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