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Lazio Trains a Camera on Ground Zero

GOP gubernatorial candidate Rick Lazio tries reclaiming some momentum, putting out an ad reminding people he was an early critic of the mosque plan, and renewing his call for the project's funding to be investigated by Andrew Cuomo, the state attorney general and Democratic candidate for governor.

As if it's needed, the ad features images of people running from Ground Zero on September 11, and of the rubble after the towers fell. And the only voices in the commercial are from people being interviewed, all regular New Yorkers. Many of them are filmed with the current construction site at Ground Zero in the background, which helps reinforce the point opponents are trying to make: the location is too close to the proposed mosque.

But, to be clear, the mosque is two blocks from Ground Zero, and not within eyesight of one another.