Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer and Carly Fiorina, her Republican challenger, agree on something: Both say the controversial mosque proposed to be built near Ground Zero is a local issue best left to New Yorkers.
"As a former local government official, Senator Boxer believes the city of New York has the right to make this decision," Zachary Coile, Boxer's spokesman, said Monday.
On Sunday in Los Angeles, Fiorina called the mosque plan an "intensely personal and local issue" and said she didn't think it was helpful that President Barack Obama had waded into the controversy.
Obama made news over the weekend by defending construction of the mosque, saying it was consistent with religious freedom.
"I think it's now about the sensitivities of people who lost loved ones and honestly I think we ought to leave it up to the community of New York to work this through," Fiorina said.
PHOTO CREDIT: Pedestrians walk past the 19th century building on Park Place in Manhattan where Muslims plan to build a mosque and cultural center on Saturday. (AP Photo/ Louis Lanzano)