Obama speaking at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas on Friday.
A large chunk of southern voters remain deeply skeptical about President Obama's religion. A new survey out today from Public Policy Polling reveals about half of Republican voters in Alabama and Mississippi believe the president is a Muslim.
In Alabama, 45 percent say he's a Muslim, 41 percent aren't sure and 14 percent think Obama's a Christian. In Mississippi, 52 percent of likely GOP voters say Obama's a Muslim, 36 percent aren’t sure and only 12 percent take his word that he's a Christian.
In reality, Obama is a Christian. This perception issue has plagued the Obama campaign for years now, despite evidence to the contrary.
Many anti-Obama conspiracy theorists claim he's a secret Muslim who wasn't born in the United States.
Alabama and Mississippi hold their GOP primary elections tomorrow.
Alabama Governor Robert Bentley said religion could get in the way for Mitt Romney. He said today Romney's Mormonism "may be a problem in many states, not just in Alabama."
The voter said, "I never refer to Obama as President Obama because legally he is not. [Applause] And well he constantly says that our constitution is passé and he totally ignores it as you know. He does what he darn well pleases. He is an avowed Muslim and my question is: why isn’t something being done to get him out of our government? He has no legal right to be calling himself president."
Santorum responded to part of her question, but did not challenge her statement that President Obama is an "avowed Muslim." He answered, "I'm doing my best to try to get him out of the government. [Applause] And you’re right about — he uniformly ignores the Constitution." Santorum added that the recent recess appointment of Richard Cordray is an example of how the president ignores the Constitution.
When asked why he did not correct the woman, Santorum said that it's not his place to correct everything that he is asked, according to NBC political embed Andrew Rafferty.
"Why do you guys ask these 'gotcha' questions like it's my job to go out and correct everybody who says something I don't agree with? I don't think it's my responsibility. Why don't you go out and correct her? It's not my responsibility as a candidate to correct everybody who makes a statement that I disagree with," Santorum said.
President Obama is not a Muslim. He is a Christian.
"I can't trust Obama. I have read about him and he's not — he's not…He's an Arab," she said.
Senator McCain famously corrected her by saying, "No ma'am. He is a decent family man, citizen that I just happen to have disagreements with on fundamental issues and that’s what this campaign is all about. He's not."
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A focus group of Republican voters in Iowa had some harsh criticism of President Obama for his handling of Egypt. Many of those voters don't trust him because they think he's Muslim. And Republican Congressman Steve King from Iowa hasn’t exactly set his constituents straight.
On the show, the Congressman told Lawrence that Obama’s speech in Cairo and emphasizing his middle name, Hussein, helps to “perpetuate the persona that he has a close relationship with the Muslim religion."
Obama has repeatedly declared himself a Christian. But to some, including King, that’s not enough.
How can one really prove they’re a Christian or Muslim?
Lawrence questioned King’s lack of action on this matter and asked to see his Christian ID card. It's must-see Last Word.