ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Republican gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino said Monday during a live television interview that he doesn’t believe President Barack Obama is a practicing Christian “in his heart.”

“I think he worships himself,” Paladino told YNN’s “Capital Tonight” news program.

‘I’m not saying he’s anything else, but I think Mr. Obama is about himself,” the millionaire Buffalo developer said. “I think any religious beliefs that he advocates are part of the theater to make himself look better to the American people.”

The comments come as Obama is again countering claims that he is a Muslim. In an interview broadcast Sunday on ‘NBC Nightly News,” Obama repeated his position that the confusion over his religious beliefs stems from misinformation over the Internet.

When asked Monday if he believed that Obama was a Christian, Paladino said, “No, not in his heart.”

A Quinnipiac University poll released Tuesday shows Obama has hit his lowest approval rating among New Yorkers. The poll shows just 51 percent of voters in the state dominated by Democrats approve of his performance. Among Republicans, 80 percent disapprove.

Quinnipiac’s Maurice Carroll said Paladino’s comments probably played well with Republicans, especially those most likely to vote in the primary in two weeks.

Paladino hasn’t apologized for many of his past controversial comments. He has answered criticism by saying he’s a straight talker and not a career politician, which he says is what New York state government needs after years of corruption, overtaxing and overspending on special interests.

More recently, Paladino has said he would stop a proposed Islamic cultural center and mosque a couple of blocks from ground zero by using eminent domain to seize the site and develop it as a memorial to those who died in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. He said building a mosque near ground zero would be like erecting a monument to the Japanese navy at Pearl Harbor, site of the World War II attack.

In addition to the state polls on the mosque issue, national polls show that some Americans believe the president practices Islam.

Paladino’s spokesman, Michael Caputo, said after the interview that Paladino stands by the remarks and that he has little regard for Obama and for “what he’s doing to this country.”

Paladino had the extended interview because his Republican opponent in the Sept. 14 primary, Rick Lazio, refused to join him in a debate.

Lazio and Democratic nominee Andrew Cuomo wouldn’t comment on Paladino’s remarks.

The Quinnipiac poll questioned 1,497 voters from Aug. 23-29. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.5 points.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

Comments (37)
  1. Sabastian Curry says:

    Obama is a joke. Would any of you hire him? To do what? What skills does he have? Look at his friends, do you think you would like them? Hahahaha, Wake up sheeple, you have been fooled, and you should be ashamed.

  2. Otto says:

    Wow, I guess just about anything will pass for news now.

    1. tacamojo says:

      Sorry it’s not about American Idol. This just went over your head.

  3. COMMANDER,K says:

    TO THE WEAK-KNEED REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRAT…..TO ALL THE COMMUNIST IN THE IG,FBI,CIA,AND U.S. Senators and the left wing media outlets////////07 Sept. 2008 11:48:04 EST, Televised “Meet the Press” THEN Senator //Mmslim Barack Hussein Obama, was asked about his stance on the
    American Flag.

    General Bill Ginn USAF (ret.) asked //Mmslim Barack Hussein Obama, to explain WHY he doesn’t follow protocol when the National Anthem is played. The General stated to Obama that according to the United States Code, Title 36, Chapter 10, Sec. 171 “…During rendition of the national anthem, when the flag is displayed, all present (except those in uniform) are expected to stand at attention facing the flag with the right hand over the heart. Or, at the very least, ‘Stand and Face It’.”

    NOW GET THIS!! – – – – –
    ‘Senator’ //Mmslim Barack Hussein Obama, replied:

    “As I’ve said about the flag pin, I don’t want to be perceived as taking sides”.
    “There are a lot of people in the world to whom the American flag is a symbol of oppression..”
    “The anthem itself conveys a war-like message. You know, the bombs bursting in air and all that sort of thing.”


    //Mmslim Barack Hussein Obama, continued: “The National Anthem should be ‘swapped’ for something less parochial and less bellicose. I like the song ‘I’d Like To Teach the World To Sing’. If that were our anthem, then, I might salute it. In my opinion, we should consider reinventing our National Anthem as well as ‘redesign’ our Flag to better offer our enemies hope and love. It’s my intention, if elected, to disarm America to the level of acceptance to our Middle East Brethren. If we, as a Nation of warring people, conduct ourselves like the nations of Islam, where peace prevails – – – perhaps a state or period of mutual accord could exist between our governments.”

    “When I become President, I will seek a pact of agreement to end hostilities between those who have been at war or in a state of enmity, and a freedom from disquieting oppressive thoughts. We as a Nation, have placed upon the nations of Islam, an unfair injustice which is WHY my wife disrespects the Flag and she and I have attended several flag burning ceremonies in the past”.

    “Of course now, I have found myself about to become the President of the United States and I have put my hatred aside. I will use my power to bring CHANGE to this Nation, and offer the people a new path… My wife and I look forward to becoming our Country’s First black Family. Indeed, CHANGE is about to overwhelm the United States of America “INPEACH OBAMA THE COMMUNIST ,GOD OPEN YOUR EYES.//////For us there are only two possiblities: either we remain american or we come under the thumb of the communist Mmslim Barack Hussein OBAMA. This latter must not occur.the commander

    1. tacamojo says:

      When did he say this? It sounds just like him. Just need some proof that he actually said it.

    2. tacamojo says:

      Disregard previous comment…..I see the reference now. Thanks. Is there an audio of this clown saying this??

    3. tacamojo says:

      Please check your references before posting these stories as true. I know it’s real easy to believe Obozo said these things and it wouldn’t surprise me in the least that this is really how he feels. But let’s stick with the facts only. The truth will damage him more than rumors.

  4. COMMANDER,K says:

    TO THE WEAK-KNEED REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRAT ====Wake up america!!!! This goverment is the most corrupt we have had in years. The good old boy network is very much in charge.Mr. obama and pelosi are the puppet masters.How many of their good friends benefited by the agreement ” what a farce. All of the u.sSenators voted for this. I am ashamed to say I voted for the these corupted self serving politicians.With good reason they picked an out of towner to be president.All u.s departments need an overhaul. We need to rid ourselves of the puppet masters and the dept heads that bow down to obama and pelosi.I am sick of the lip service I have been getting from these dummies over violations, their friends are getting away the goverment . Barack Hussein Obama , threatens friends and bows to Mmslim.
    INPEACH OBAMA ,GOD OPEN YOUR EYES.///For us there are only two possiblities: either we remain american or we come under the thumb of the communist Mmslim Barack Hussein OBAMA. This latter must not occur.THE COMMANDER..REPOST THIS IF YOU AGREE

  5. Tara says:

    He’s got my vote now. I guess this makes me a bigot. BTW I am an African American and I love my country, that’s why I want to see a real change in Ny politics.

  6. theTruth says:

    Excellent. Do not bow down and worship Obama. Sounds good

  7. LB says:

    Mr. Paladino sounds like one of the few who will speak the truth about the Destroyer-in-Chief. If one dares to express an opinion against Obama, they are branded a racist, hateful, etc. Stop being politically correct, especially since Bush and other presidents were bombarded every day with criticisms. This man is destroying this country at breakneck speed and needs to be stopped now.

  8. HarrisG says:

    Should have been “loser” not lose. It’s too hard to type in the dark. Must turn on lights.

    1. tacamojo says:

      Your kind are always in the dark….what’s new???

  9. HarrisG says:

    Carl Paladino stinks. If he’s got to resort to this kind of name calling, he’s a lose. People who vote for him are bigots and fools.

  10. Craig says:

    Paladino nailed it! Better yet he’s one of the few to speak the truth out loud.

  11. Nathan says:

    Sounds like someone has some self-esteem issues. Then again, been to western NY state lately? NO wonder.

  12. Albert says:

    Lazio: “Dont build the mosque”
    Paladino: “Obama is XYZ” and here i thought that th main issue was NY state current Fiscal problems… it looks like we new yorkers will be replacing one incompetent Governor with either a looney or dingbat.

    1. I wonder... says:

      Is Paterson incompetent, or is that just what the media has shoved down our throats?

      1. Albert says:

        he is…. his administration has one scandal after another. not to mention he lied under oath.

  13. Yosef says:

    how republican leaders and their supporter are bullish to this brave President? The answer is-too extremely!!!!

    1. mnelson says:

      Yosef: this makes no sense, just like your presidents policies.

  14. John says:

    obama is a cheater

  15. finsonius says:

    How myopic! It’s a very bizarre comment. Paladino, in my opinion, is now non-electable. Comments like that feed into the irrational arena of public opinion now accentuated by the fact that we have our first President of diversity. Sometimes I am scared for this country…..

    1. albert says:

      i agree with you…. neither him or lazio have a platform to run on, other then “don’t build the mosque” and “Obama is XYZ”

      1. tacamojo says:

        Is XYZ liberal code for A$$hole??

    2. kirche says:

      bizarre? hardly, seeing that the majority of americans agree with him. and because of this fact, he’s guaranteed himself to be elected.

    3. Len says:

      He ought to be non-electable. Right thinking New Yorkers must do all in their power to make sure that such nut jobs never are in power.

      1. tacamojo says:

        It’s never stopped them before. Why would this be different?

  16. Johnny Ramone says:

    Come on! Glen Beck worships himself!

  17. poopypants says:

    Judge not lest ye be judged. How the heck could he possibly know what goes in the President’s heart of hearts? What a jerk!

    1. Mike says:

      I love the way you liberals fall back on Biblical phrases when you’re backed into a corner. What hypocrites you all are. By the way, if you really want a Biblical perspective on the real end of the world, read the last page of the Book of Revelation.

      Because, since you want to use the Bible as your reference point here…….

      One the last day………..WE WIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    2. tacamojo says:

      Your messiah doesn’t have a heart….is that why you’re calling him a jerk??

  18. JQ Public says:

    And just how is this different from any other politician?

    1. JT says:

      Because according to the Messiah, he was going to be different and bring “CHANGE” to Washington. He does not need to read hearts just observe the ACTIONS

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