On Twitter, CNN's Ed Henry posts a statement from Majority Leader Harry Reid's spokesman:
"First Amendment protects freedom of religion. Sen Reid respects that but thinks .. mosque should be built someplace else"
Reid's statement comes hours after his GOP opponent Sharron Angle issued a statement saying that she supports constitutional right to build the mosque, but putting it so close to Ground Zero is disrespectful:
"Our forefathers made it very clear in the U.S. Constitution that people of all faiths have the right to practice their religion here in America. As with all religions, Muslims have the right to worship in New York or Nevada or any state in our nation.
However, by supporting the construction of a mosque at Ground Zero, President Obama has once again ignored the wishes of the American people, this time at the expense of victims of 9/11 and their families. They have said overwhelmingly that the location of this mosque is an affront to the memories of their loved ones who were murdered by Islamic extremists on 9/11. Their wishes should be respected.
As the Majority Leader, Harry Reid is usually President Obama's mouthpiece in the U.S. Senate, and yet he remains silent on this issue. Reid has a responsibility to stand up and say no to the mosque at Ground Zero or once again side with President Obama---this time against the families of 9/11 victims. America is waiting."