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Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush open to U.S. accepting some Syrian refugees

via @learyreports

Jeb Bush said this morning that U.S. should accept some of the refugees spilling across Europe from Syria and other war-torn areas.

"We're a country that has a noble tradition of accepting refugees," Bush said on Fox & Friends. "We need to make sure that they’re not part of ISIS or something like that." But Bush quickly transitioned to say the real issue is fighting the Islamic state and he faulted the Obama administration on Syria.

Marco Rubio struck a similar tone in an interview Tuesday with Boston Herald Radio.

“We’ve always been a country that has been willing to accept people who have been displaced and I would be open to that if it can be done in a way that allows us to ensure that among them are not ... people who are part of a terrorist organization. The vast and overwhelming majority of people who are seeking refuge are not terrorists, of course, but you always are concerned about that.”

Other candidates have been less open. Donald Trump said the U.S. should "possibly" let some in, but added, "There’s only so much we can do. We have to fix our own country. Now, Europe is handling it."

So far, the U.S. has taken in a miniscule amount of Syrians.

--ALEX LEARY

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