GOP Slaps Obama on Mosque

Issue will haunt in November, says Cornyn
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 15, 2010 11:15 AM CDT
In this July 4, 2010, file photo Gen. David Petraeus, the new commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan, speaks.   (AP Photo/Dusan Vranic, File)
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(Newser) – David Petraeus stopped by to say he's not overwhelmed by his 2011 deadline in Afghanistan, but President Obama's stance on the Ground Zero mosque was pretty much the only game on the Sunday shows today. The GOP should keep its paws off the Constitution, DNC chair Tim Kaine said, while Chris Van Hollen said he agreed with Obama that “The issue is one for the people of New York City.” To which the Democratic rep from the NYC district in question said, "There's no way for government to block this." Politico runs down the list:

  • NY Republican Peter King, meanwhile, knocked Obama for "trying to have it both ways" and said if he “was going to get into this, he should have been much more clear."
  • John Cornyn said the mosque issue would haunt Obama come November. “The president himself seems to be disconnected from the mainstream of America…and that’s why Americans are frustrated,” he said.
  • Kaine also came back to slap the GOP for "raising wacky ideas," like repealing the 14th Amendment.
  • “Michael Steele has failed miserably to do the things he’s supposed to do," said GOP strategist Henry Rollins, declaring the RNC chair a "disaster."

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