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

The three-word phrase - Ground Zero Mosque - has the dubious distinction of being inaccurate not once but twice. The project is not actually planned for Ground Zero; it's planned to go up two blocks away, without even a view of the former site of the Twin Towers. And it's not, strictly speaking, a mosque; it's an Islamic cultural center that includes a swimming pool, basketball court, restaurant and a prayer room. But for all its inaccuracies, the term was used to to fuel protest and debate across America this year. The Man Behind the Mosque PICTURES: Most Loaded Phrases in Politics
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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