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Carly Fiorina Just Failed the "Obama is a Muslim" Test

Republican presidential candidate and former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina chose not to correct a supporter's comment calling Barack Obama a "Black Muslim" during a campaign visit to New Hampshire Friday, an ABC affiliate reported.

"He doesn't want this country to get ahead," the man told Fiorina at a restaurant. "He doesn't. He's a Muslim. He's a Black Muslim."

Walking away from the table to shake another supporters' hand, Fiorina said, "Well, uh, it's time to do something different in many ways."

 
Carly Fiorina Just Failed The "Obama Is a Muslim" Test

Carly Fiorina just failed the "Obama is a Muslim" test.

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The man also characterized Obama as a "dictator," a statement Fiorina also did not address.

The belief that Obama is a Muslim is surprisingly persistent in some circles, and it's not the first time a presidential candidate has faced questions or statements from supporters who voice to the theory.

In September, top GOP candidate and business mogul Donald Trump also failed to correct a man in a campaign event audience who called Obama a Muslim. "We have a problem in this country," the man said. "It's called Muslims."

"We know our current president is one," the man continued. "You know he's not even an American[.]"

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John McCain faced a similar situation during his 2008 campaign when a woman described Obama as "an Arab." But the Arizona senator handled the comment much differently Fiorina or Trump.

"I can't trust Obama," the woman told McCain. "I have read about him and he's not, he's not uh—he's an Arab. He's not—" Rather than indulge the woman, however, McCain stopped her short.

"No ma'am. He's a decent family man [and] citizen that I just happen to have disagreements with on fundamental issues and that's what this campaign's all about," McCain responded. "He's not."

The stark contrast between the three candidates has been previously discussed, with observers lauding McCain for his good character and unwillingness to accept unfounded claims about his opponent. At press time, not as much can be said for Trump or Fiorina.