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Aug 18, 2010 8:27 PM by Monica Quintero

Proposed mosque near Ground Zero has senate candidates speaking out

The heated debate continues over whether the proposed mosque near Ground Zero should be built. Senator Barbara Boxer addressed that issue with KSBY News. The Democrat made a campaign stop in Santa Barbara. Boxer's challenger, Former Hewlett-Packard CEO and Republican Carly Fiorina is also speaking out about it.

The proposed site is just two blocks from Ground Zero. It's an issue that has emotions are running high and people strongly divided. Some say it's about religious freedom, but there are others calling it a "house of evil."

Senator Boxer said, "It's very simple for me to answer this." She's seeking a fourth term in Washington. The Democrat made a campaign stop Wednesday afternoon at the Santa Barbara Adventure Company and addressed a crowd of supporters. "I completely think this is an issue for New Yorkers to decide and they will decide it their way."

Boxer's opponent is also expressing her opinions on the proposed mosque. Republican Carly Fiorina made a statement to the press on Tuesday. She said, "The President was wrong in suggesting this issue was about freedom of religion. This issue is not about the freedom of religion."

She went on to say, "This issue is about the feelings of those families who lost members and friends and colleagues at 9/11 and it is about respecting hallowed ground." But on Wednesday, Fiorina's campaign issued a statement to KSBY News, that she believes it is a local issue to be decided by New Yorkers.

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