Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said an Islamic center shouldn’t be built near the site of the 9/11 attacks.
Reid, who is locked in a tough reelection campaign, broke with President Obama in calling for the New York center to be built somewhere else. Obama on Friday endorsed the right of a group to build the center, which includes a prayer space, near Ground Zero.
“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.”
Reid is the most senior Democrat to come out in opposition to the mosque.