Powell: If I won, I'd be doing Rangel 'a favor'
New York Assemblyman and candidate for Congress Adam Clayton Powell IV (D) was on ABC's 'Top Line' Tuesday to discuss the New York City mosque and his upcoming primary election against embattled Rep. Charlie Rangel.
When asked about the mosque, Powell sided with President Obama. "I completely agree with President Obama," Powell said. "We live in a nation that cherishes its religious freedoms." Powell compared opposition to the mosque to racial profiling in airports. "If it were a synagogue or church, nobody would be complaining, and I don't think this is a fair issue. Imagine if you were Muslim. How would you feel about it?"
Powell continued, saying that the opposition is "making the charges between the Muslim religion and the 9/11 attacks. That's a very, dangerous, dangerous slippery slope. We should not make that connection."
Powell was then called to weigh in on Rangel's ethics woes. "The fact is that I believe I would be doing him a favor if I win on Sept. 14, because if that happens, obviously, then all of his ethical issues go away," Powell said. "The fact is that everyone knows a change is coming. The question is, "When, and who, will replace Charlie Rangel?" And we're very ready to answer those questions, and I'm prepared for a big victory on Sept. 14."
When asked about Rangel's recent birthday fete, Powell was quick to tout his street cred during the event, "I was at a subway station, and listening to the people," Powell said. "Obviously -- and you know, they're so appalled by seeing Charlie Rangel dancing on stage, like if nothing had happened, like there's nothing wrong going on. And the fact is, it's very arrogant and people are turned off by that."
August 17, 2010; 3:37 PM ET
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