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Cruz: Obama Planning To Take Syrian Refugees After Paris Attack is ‘Lunacy’


Monday on CNN’s “The Lead,” Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) responded to President Barack Obama criticizing his proposal for the United States to prioritize Christian refuges from Syria by saying to continue his plan to bring tens of thousands of refugees is “nothing short of lunacy.”

CNN played a clip of Obama from earlier today saying turning away refugees would be a betrayal of American values and without naming them, then apparently criticizing Cruz and former Gov. Jeb Bush (R-FL), another candidate for the the GOP presidential nomination, for suggesting that Christian refugees be a priority.

Cruz responded saying, “What Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton are proposing is that we bring to this country tens of thousands of Syrian Muslim refugees. I have to say particularly in light of what happened in Paris, that’s nothing short of lunacy.”

Cruz was asked,”What would have happened if your father was trying to get from Cuba to the United States and the political leaders here said, nope, we don’t think so because who knows maybe you could be somebody who could, you know, commit crimes against America?”

Cruz replied, “That’s why it’s important to define what it is we’re fighting. If my father were part of a theocratic and political movement like radical Islam, that promotes murdering anyone who doesn’t share your extreme faith or forcibly converting them, then it would make perfect sense.”

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