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Question of the Day
New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg is a political hybrid whose aspirations for the White House have waned.
“Every one of my positions cuts out half the country. I’m pro-choice. I’m pro-gay rights. I’m pro-immigration. I’m against guns. I believe in Darwin,” Mr. Bloomberg says.
Does he pine for the 2012 presidential ballot? Guess not.
“If drafted I won’t run unless I really thought you had a chance to win. No. No is the answer. I’m not running. Make that clear,” he says.
Mr. Bloomberg is still backing the proposed $100 million “ground zero mosque” that would be built two blocks from the site of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
“I happen to think this is a very appropriate place for somebody to build a mosque because it tells the world that America and New York City really believe in what we preach,” the mayor insists. “We all say freedom of religion. Well, it’s not just freedom of your religion, it’s freedom of everyone’s religion.”
“Peace-seeking Muslims, pls understand, Ground Zero mosque is UNNECESSARY provocation; it stabs hearts. Pls reject it in interest of healing,” Tweeted Sarah Palin on Sunday. “Peaceful New Yorkers, pls refute the Ground Zero mosque plan if you believe catastrophic pain caused @ Twin Towers site is too raw, too real.”
And part two, from another female politician.
“I do not want a mosque built near the 9/11 site. I think it is wrong and would be held up as an important propaganda victory by radical extremist Islamics. The people of New York, the families of those murdered oppose this monument to the attack on this country,” says Kristin Davis, the former “Manhattan Madame” now running as a Libertarian for New York governor.
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5 percent of Democrats and 18 percent of Republicans say they are “very conservative.”
19 percent of Democrats and 47 percent of Republicans say they are “conservative.”
32 percent of Democrats and 29 percent of Republicans say they are “moderate.”
32 percent of Democrats and 3 percent of Republicans say they are “liberal.”
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