W.H. on Cruz: America’s Established by People Seeking Religious Freedom
REPORTER: "Does he get angry? Does he show his frustration back there in the oval office?"
EARNEST: "Well look there is no denying the president is passionate about these issues duty does not condone the comments we have seen from several Republican candidates on this stuff. But look, I also think the comment you just ready that apparently are recent comments from a lease one candidate, they are difficult to distinguish from comments that we've seen these candidates make over the last year. So maybe I'm just feeling particularly animated today, but look -- [laughter] I got a chance to spend a little time outside before the briefing today. But we are talking about core American values and we are talking about that kind of policies that it into place that is safeguarded our security made the United States the beacon of freedom around the world for generations. And the fact is that generations to look at this, too. There are generations of Americans have fought and died for those values. Our country was established by people who were fleeing governments that were targeting them because of their religion. There are refugees in this country, including from Cuba, who were fleeing the fragrant violation of human rights by their government. And they all turned to the United States because of will to stand for and because of what our values are. And for those values and the principles and those policies to be run down by somebody pursuing a cynical ploy to win votes in a party primary, it's disappointing to say the least."