Renee Ellmers Ad: No Muslim "Victory Mosque" at Ground Zero

Renee Ellmers, who is trying to unseat Democratic Rep. Bob Etheridge in North Carolina, is out with an ad in which "the Muslims" and "the terrorists" seem to be used more or less interchangeably.

The ad is focused on the planned Islamic cultural center a few blocks from the former site of the World Trade Center.

In the spot, a narrator says, "After the Muslims conquered Jerusalem, and Cordoba, and Constantinople they built victory mosques. And, now, they want to build a mosque by Ground Zero. Where does Bob Etheridge stand? He won't say. Won't speak out. Won't take a stand." (Etheridge's spokesman says the congressman does not support the project.)

Ellmers then appears onscreen.

"The terrorists haven't won," she says. "And we should tell them in plain English: No, there will never be a mosque at Ground Zero."

Ellmers, who has been endorsed by Sarah Palin, is considered the underdog in the race. She was helped somewhat back in July when video surfaced of Etheridge seemingly hitting a camera being wielded by a self-identified studentwho approached him on the street asking questions.

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