"I would think that if people are really focused on bridging divides and encouraging understanding that now would be a time for the proponents of that mosque to withdraw and say they will find someplace else where their objectives can be met instead of continuing to inflame the passions of people who lost and suffered so much," Fiorina said.
Fiorina said that it was wrong for President Barack Obama to suggest that the issue was about the freedom of religion. The real issue is about the feelings of the families, who lost loved ones in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, she said.
Two days ago in Los Angeles, Fiorina called the mosque plan an "intensely personal and local issue" that should be left for the New York community to decide. Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer, Fiorina's Democratic opponent, had also called the issue a local one.
Andrea Saul, a spokeswoman for Fiorina, said that Fiorina still believes that it should be a local issue left up to the community of New York and that she was just expanding on her previous comments from Sunday.
PHOTO CREDIT: Fiorina speaking to reporters in Sacramento today. AP Photo/ Rich Pedroncelli.