Two days after President Obama waded into the controversy over plans to build a mosque near ground zero in New York City, Republican Senate candidate Carly Fiorina said it was an “intensely personal and local issue,” adding that she didn’t think “it’s helpful when the president of the United States weighs in.”
On Sunday in Los Angeles, Fiorina said she saw the issue differently: “We all support religious freedom – I don’t think that’s what it’s about.”
“I think it’s now about the sensitivities of people who lost loved ones and honestly I think we ought to leave it up to the community of New York to work this through,” Fiorina said. “But it’s, I think, clear at this point that a large number of people from that community support the right for anyone to practice their religion, but are asking for some sensitivity and forbearance.” She added that the sentiments of the families of 9/11 victims—some of whom have spoken out against the mosque—“are paramount.”
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The chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee believes the mosque set to be built near ground zero in New York City will be a campaign issue this fall.
"It demonstrates that Washington, the White House, the administration, the president himself, seems to be disconnected from the mainstream of America,” John Cornyn (Texas), said on Fox News Sunday. "I think that's one of the reasons why people are so frustrated."
President Obama on Friday spoke out in favor of the group's right to build blocks from where the World Trade Center stood. He and the White House later clarified his remarks to indicate that he did not offer support for the "wisdom" behind their decision.
"This is not about freedom of religion," Cornyn said. "I do think it's unwise to build a mosque in the site where 3,000 Americans lost their lives as the result of a terrorist attack."
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When President Obama used the occasion of the White House Ramadan iftar dinner to announce his support for the Ground Zero mosque, some of his partisans rushed to praise what they viewed as a ringing endorsement of the controversial project.
"Obama's forceful speech yesterday expressing strong support for Cordoba House…will go down as one of the finest moments of his presidency," wrote Washington Post reporter Greg Sargent. Obama, Sargent said, "isn't hedging a bit: He's saying that opposing the group's right to build the Islamic center is, in essence, un-American."
"CAP Supports Building of Mosque Near Ground Zero," was the headline of a press release from the liberal think tank Center for American Progress. "President Obama is upholding the best traditions of our Constitution in supporting the right of Muslim Americans to build a mosque and community center on private property near Ground Zero."
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