View Full Version : Reid breaks with Obama, opposes mosque

08-16-2010, 06:26 PM
By MEREDITH SHINER | 8/16/10 3:36 PM EDT Updated: 8/16/10 4:59 PM EDT

Breaking with President Barack Obama, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) announced his opposition Monday to an Islamic mosque and cultural center being sited a few blocks from Ground Zero in New York.

The construction of the center, which has come under fire and become a talking point for Republicans, was supported Friday by the president in a speech at the White House marking the beginning of the Muslim holiday of Ramadan.
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On Monday, a spokesman for the senator, who’s facing a tough reelection bid this fall, weighed in on what now has become a national issue.

“The First Amendment protects freedom of religion,” Reid spokesman Jim Manley said in a statement. "Sen. Reid respects that but thinks that the mosque should be built someplace else. If the Republicans are being sincere, they would help us pass this long-overdue bill to help the first responders whose health and livelihoods have been devastated because of their bravery on 9/11, rather than continuing to block this much-needed legislation."

The Sept. 11 responders legislation failed in the House before it left for its summer recess, despite 255 “yes” votes because Democrats placed the legislation on the suspension calendar, meaning that it would need the support of two-thirds of the House for passage.


08-16-2010, 06:27 PM
Is anyone buying what he's selling?

08-16-2010, 07:40 PM
I wouldn't trust Reid with your lunch, Poli, let alone my own.

08-16-2010, 08:52 PM
Is anyone buying what he's selling?

Remember when Reid tried to get Clear Channel to drop Rush by manipulating a quote and then circulating a letter through the senate? Rush auctioned the letter on Ebay and donated the proceeds (plus his matching gift), over $2 million, to a USMC charity. Reid then turned around and tried to claim that he had "worked together" with Rush to make the contribution. It was one of the most dishonest, smarmy performances that I've ever seen from a politician, and that's saying something. Maybe Reid does oppose the GZ mosque, or maybe it's just another example of his trying to latch onto something that could keep him in office. Ultimately, it makes no difference; nothing Reid says can be taken at face value because he has no honor.