McCain slams Cruz's call for religious test for refugees

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) on Tuesday panned the idea of favoring Christian refugees from Syria over Muslims, delivering a rebuttal to Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), a GOP presidential candidate.

McCain said using a religious test on Syrian refugees, especially children, makes no sense.

“I don’t think any child, whether they are Christian or whether they are atheist or whether they are Buddhist, that we should make a distinction,” McCain said. “My belief is that all children are God’s children.”

It’s a rare example of McCain siding with President Obama, who defeated him in the 2008 presidential election, on a hot-button political topic.

Cruz and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush over the weekend said efforts to resettle refugees from Syria should focus on Christians.