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Reed's National Security Bona Fides

With President Obama under fire for supporting the proposed mosque and community center near Ground Zero in Manhattan, Rhode Island Senator Jack Reed played the increasingly familiar role of Democrat-with-military-bona-fides in defending the administration on the Sunday talk show circuit yesterday. From the Washington Post:

Meanwhile, on "Fox News Sunday," Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.) said that the issue of the mosque will be settled by local officials. He added that troops in Afghanistan are being asked to find common ground with Muslims.

"If we can't do that here in the United States, we're going to have a very difficult time over there," Reed said, later adding that "religious tolerance is what makes this country different from a lot of other countries."

GOP strategist Ed Rollins, speaking on Face the Nation, said the mosque issue will be a big impediment for Democrats this fall. He's got every reason to talk it up, of course. But this is just the sort of cultural marker that can become real campaign fodder. May not be the last time we see Senator Reed talking about it.

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