Rick Santorum Criticizes Ted Cruz’s Comments At Christian Event

by Brett LoGiurato, Business Insider  |  published on September 26, 2014

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Former Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum on Thursday criticized comments US Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) made earlier this month i n a speech that critics have said was unnecessarily confrontational toward a Middle Eastern Christian group.

“We have a responsibility to stand by people who are being persecuted,” Santorum told Business Insider in a wide-ranging interview in New York. “This shouldn’t be an ideological test — well, you have to agree with us on all of these things, or else we won’t be with you. No, we’re going to be with you if you are a religious minority that’s being persecuted by a radical Muslim majority. Period.”

Cruz earned the ire of many conservatives for his speech to a group called “In Defense of Christians.” During those remarks, Cruz made a point to say he would not support groups in the Middle East who are not pro-Israel.