Sink bucks Obama on mosque
Alex Sink, the leading Democratic candidate for governor, said this afternoon that she does not agree with President Obama's backing of a mosque near Ground Zero.
“Like all Floridians, I'm grateful for our constitutional right to freedom of religion," Sink said in a statement to the St. Petersburg Times. "When it comes to what to build close to the hallowed site of Ground Zero, I think it ought to be up to the people of New York City to decide. It is my personal opinion that the wishes of the 9/11 victims’ families and friends must be respected. They are opposed to this project and I share their view.”
Kendrick Meek, a Democrat running for U.S. Senate, offered a more couched reaction. "Our nation was founded on the pillar of religious freedom and construction of the mosque should not be denied on religious grounds, but this is ultimately a decision for the local community in New York City to make," he said in a statement.
Said Marco Rubio, the Republican in the Senate race: "We are a nation founded on strong principles of religious freedom. However, we cannot be blind to the pain 9/11 caused our nation and the families of the victims. It is divisive and disrespectful to build a mosque next to the site where 3000 innocent people were murdered at the hands of Islamic extremism. I strongly disagree with President Obama and Charlie Crist."