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Ted Cruz: 'Those In Politics Have An Obligation Not To Wear Their Faith On Their Sleeve'

Ted Cruz breaks the irony meter at this Tuesday's GOP Presidential Town Hall on CNN.
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Ted Cruz breaks the irony meter at this Tuesday's GOP Presidential Town Hall on CNN. Here's how he responded when he was asked how religion played a part in his political decision making and whether or not religion should interfere with that decision making when it affects members of all religions.

CRUZ: Listen, with me, as with many people in America, my faith is an integral part of who I am. I'm a Christian and I'm not embarrassed to say that I'm not going to hide that and treat if like it's something you can't admit publicly and acknowledge it's an important part of who you are.

But I also think that those in politics have an obligation not to wear their faith on their sleeve. There have been far too many politicians that run around behaving like they're holier than though. And I'll tell you, my attitude as a voter if some politician stands up and says “I'm running because God told me to run,” my reaction is as a voter is “Great. When God tells me to vote for you we'll be on the same page.”

That's pretty rich coming from one of the most overtly religious politicians we have running for office anywhere in America right now, who has done nothing but wear his religion on his sleeve and who won't be happy until we turn the United States into an Evangelical Christian theocracy.

And if Tailgunner Ted (h/t Charlie Pierce) really believes that it's akin to a bad joke for voters to get the idea that any politician is somehow anointed by God and that it's God's will that they run for office, maybe he should have a talk with dear old dad.


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