Moore, who said Muslim shouldn't serve, now opposes 'religious test'
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GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore is knocking the media's coverage of him, saying he doesn't "hate people" and doesn't support a religious test for public officials.

"There should be no religious test, no. That's against the Constitution," Moore told reporters as he walked through the Senate basement on Tuesday

Moore, who is a former judge, has made a slew of controversial statements, including suggesting in 2006 that Keith EllisonKeith EllisonDaunte Wright family lawyers call for 'strongest and most just sentence' for ex-officer Ex-officer Kim Potter found guilty in fatal shooting of Daunte Wright Attorney says ex-officer will testify at trial in Daunte Wright killing MORE, the first Muslim elected to the House, shouldn't be allowed to serve because of his religious beliefs.

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On Tuesday, he said that he wished the media "would print me as I am." 

"Well I'm a lot different than what The Washington Post has been printing," he told a Post reporter. "I don't hate people."

He noted that the Post endorsed his Democratic opponent, Doug Jones. 

Moore, who is running for the Alabama Senate seat after defeating Sen. Luther StrangeLuther Johnson StrangePress: For Trump endorsement: The more sordid, the better Pandemic proves importance of pharmaceutical innovation The Hill's Morning Report - Biden assails 'epidemic' of gun violence amid SC, Texas shootings MORE (Ala.) in the GOP primary, is attending the closed-door Senate GOP caucus lunch.

It will mark the first time Moore has met with the entire Senate GOP caucus. 

He appeared surprised to be surrounded by reporters as he walked through the basement, at one point asking a staff member if everyone following him was a reporter.