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GOP watch: 'Intentionally cagey'

The New York Daily News: “‘The president says he's a Christian. I take him at his word,’ Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Sunday on NBC's ‘Meet the Press.’ ‘I think the faith that most Americans are questioning is the President's faith in the government to generate jobs.’ But McConnell's carefully worded remark raised eyebrows among those who felt the statement was intentionally cagey.”

“Republican Rep. Paul Broun of Georgia won his seat in Congress campaigning as a strict defender of the Constitution. He carries a copy in his pocket and is particularly fond of invoking the Second Amendment right to bear arms. But it turns out there are parts of the document he doesn't care for -- lots of them,” the AP writes. “He wants to get rid of the language about birthright citizenship, federal income taxes and direct election of senators, among others. He would add plenty of stuff, including explicitly authorizing castration as punishment for child rapists.

This hot-and-cold take on the Constitution is surprisingly common within the GOP, particularly among those like Broun who portray themselves as strict Constitutionalists and who frequently accuse Democrats of twisting the document to serve political aims. Republicans have proposed at least 42 Constitutional amendments in the current Congress, including one that has gained favor recently to eliminate the automatic grant of citizenship to anyone born in the United States.”