GOP senator breaks with Roy Moore over Muslims serving in Congress
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Sen. John CornynJohn CornynTrump plan to claw back billion in spending in peril Trump digs in amid uproar on zero tolerance policy Amendments fuel resentments within Senate GOP MORE (R-Texas) said on Monday that he disagrees with Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore's previous criticism over letting Muslims serve in Congress
 
"I think just because you're a member of a political party doesn't mean you agree 100 percent. ...So I would disagree with that statement and I dare say if you asked each one of the members up here, what they would feel about that, they would say the same thing," Cornyn told reporters during a press conference, referring to several other GOP senators standing beside him. 
 
The lawmakers were asked how they "square" their criticism of Democrats questioning Trump's circuit court nominee, Amy Barrett, over her Catholic faith with their support for Moore given his previous suggestion that Rep. Keith EllisonKeith Maurice EllisonVoters should keep eye on 2018 races for state attorneys general On The Money: Judge approves AT&T-Time Warner merger opposed by Trump | Effort to kill Trump tariffs blocked in Senate | Kudlow in hospital after heart attack | Panel advances Fed nominees Ellison introduces bill to curb stock buybacks MORE (D-Minn.), the first Muslim elected to the House, should be blocked from serving in Congress because of his religious beliefs. 
 
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Cornyn announced his support for Moore, who is the GOP nominee for the Alabama Senate race after defeating Sen. Luther StrangeLuther Johnson StrangeLoyalty to Donald Trump is new normal for the Republican Party In GOP primaries, Trump can hurt someone, but can he help? Trump loyalty tests, surging number of women winners defines Tuesday's election results MORE (R-Ala.) in the GOP primary, last week. 
 
In 2006, Moore took issue with Ellison becoming the first Muslim elected to Congress, arguing that lawmakers can and should stop him from taking his oath of office. 
 
”Enough evidence exists for Congress to question Ellison’s qualifications to be a member of Congress as well as his commitment to the Constitution in view of his apparent determination to embrace the Quran and an Islamic philosophy directly contrary to the principles of the Constitution," Moore wrote at the time
 
He added that "in 1943, we would never have allowed a member of Congress to take their oath on 'Mein Kampf,' or someone in the 1950s to swear allegiance to the 'Communist Manifesto."