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Hillary Clinton Shuts Down Ben Carson Comments On Muslim President Eligibility

"Now let's move on."

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton joined the chorus of 2016 hopefuls criticizing neurosurgeon Ben Carson for saying he would not support a Muslim becoming president.

Clinton, like Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), invoked the Constitution in a tweet Monday, debunking Carson's point that Islam is incompatible with the Constitution and the American presidency.

Carson's comments came Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press." He told host Chuck Todd he "absolutely would not agree with" putting a Muslim candidate in the White House. He immediately faced criticism, as Republican candidates Cruz and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said Carson, simply, was wrong.

Graham tweeted that the doctor "is not ready to be Commander-In-Chief. America is an idea, not owned by a particular religion."

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), also pursuing the Democratic nomination for president, took to Twitter to call out Carson, too.

"You judge candidates for president not on their religion, not on the color of their skin, but on their ideas, on what they stand for," he said.

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