McCain: I’m Opposed To Muslim Center Near Ground Zero

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Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) told The Weekly Standard that a Muslim community center should not be built near Ground Zero in New York, though at the same time he said this was only his own opinion and not a pronouncement on law.

“I understand that I am a senator from Arizona, and I’m a long way from New York City,” said McCain. “But I am entitled to my opinion. And obviously my opinion is that I’m opposed to it. I think that it’s something that would harm relations, rather than help.”

McCain was asked what President Obama, the man who defeated him in the 2008 election, should say about the topic. “I don’t tell him what to say,” McCain responded. “He should say what he feels.”

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