President Obama made his remarks about the Muslim community center near Ground Zero during a dinner commemorating Ramadan at the White House on Friday.
By the time the midterm elections roll around this fall, it will have been more than nine years since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, a point that’s not likely to be lost on candidates looking for a slogan or a cause. Meanwhile, the GOP is making sure to capitalize upon the so-called “Ground Zero mosque” controversy, first by repeatedly framing it as such and then by mobilizing to make it a special talking point for Republicans this election season. —KA
“It’s unwise to build a mosque at the site where 3,000 Americans lost their lives as a result of a terrorist attack,” Senator John Cornyn of Texas said on Sunday on Fox News.
“And I think to me it demonstrates that Washington, the White House, the administration, the president himself seems to be disconnected from the mainstream of America.”
Meanwhile Ed Rollins, a veteran Republican campaign consultant, said Democratic candidates would be forced to take a position on the issue in campaigning for November’s US mid-term elections.