Roy Barnes (D) & Nathan Deal (R)
ATLANTA -- Georgia's gubernatorial hopefuls both say they oppose building a mosque near ground zero in New York City.
Nathan Deal told The Associated Press on Thursday that as "a potential governor of the state of Georgia" he really didn't have
But the Gainesville Republican said "that as an American" he opposes the mosque being place there, saying it "keeps the wounds of 9-11 alive."
Barnes, a Democrat, said in a statement that the area "is hallowed ground and it is too painful and divisive to build a mosque there."
The issue has become a political flashpoint this election