On Saturday, Gov. Charlie Crist of Florida said
he agreed with President Barack Obama's support of building an Islamic center and mosque near ground zero.
Although the mosque is planned for New York City, Crist's pronouncement has political implications in Florida.
As CNN's senior White House correspondent Ed Henry Tweeted
, "Crist backing president on mosque is a reminder it's likely he will caucus with Dems if elected to Senate as independent."
In response to Crist's comments, U.S. Senate candidate Marco Rubio released a statement Saturday, saying,
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 3,000 innocent people were murdered at the hands of Islamic extremism. I strongly disagree with President Obama and Charlie Crist.
Clearly Florida voters will be offered a stark contrast in November.
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