McCain Fails To Mollify Critics Over 'Christian Nation' Comments

03/28/2008 02:45 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • New York Sun

A personal missive by Senator McCain has failed to win over critics of his comments asserting that the Constitution established America "as a Christian nation."

In an exchange of letters obtained by The New York Sun, the Republican presidential hopeful accused the head of the Anti-Defamation League of misconstruing statements he made in an interview published Saturday with the Web site beliefnet.com.

Mr. McCain's three-paragraph letter to the ADL's national director, Abraham Foxman, amounted to an extended explanation of his remarks in the interview, during which he indicated he would support a Christian candidate over a Muslim for president and that "the Constitution established the United States as a Christian nation."

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