Roy Blunt Pulls Ground Zero Web Video About Robin Carnahan

Missouri Republican Senate candidate Rep. Roy Blunt's campaign has removed a web video posted last night featuring Democratic opponent Robin Carnahan discussing the "ground zero mosque" controversy while viewers are shown the smoldering aftermath of the fall of the Twin Towers, the Washington Post reports.

You can see the video at left. In it, Carnahan is heard saying she won't tell people in New York "what to do" when it comes to building an Islamic cultural center two blocks from Ground Zero. The words "Robin Carnahan Won't Oppose Controversial Ground Zero Mosque" are shown onscreen, overlaid over footage of the wreckage from the attacks.

Blunt said he wasn't aware the video had been posted, and his campaign said it was the result of someone getting "carried away." A blogger reposted the video to YouTube.

"It was up overnight and quickly replaced," Blunt spokesman Rich Chrismer said in a statement to the Post's Greg Sargent. "It did not reflect the right tone and was quickly replaced with an image of Robin Carnahan and Barack Obama." He noted that Blunt opposes the controversial project.

As Sargent notes, Carnahan is calling for an apology and accusing Blunt of exploiting the Sept. 11 attacks.

"Congressman Blunt should immediately own up to what he did, take responsibility for it, and apologize to the families of the 9-11 victims, whose tragedy he exploited for his own personal political benefit," she said.


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