Lakeland, Florida (CNN) – The running mate of Florida GOP gubernatorial candidate Rick Scott is condemning the Gainesville pastor organizing a Quran burning to protest radical Islam.
“We have to look at it as a moral issue, it’s a sensitivity issue, and we should not be supporting something like that,” state Rep. Jennifer Carroll told reporters Wednesday at a campaign event in Lakeland, the Scott campaign’s first public comments about the controversial protest.
Scott is battling Democrat Alex Sink in the governor’s race.
Asked to clarify if she believes the protest should be allowed to proceed, Carroll's spokeswoman Erin Isaac responded: “No.”
Pastor Terry Jones of the Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville is moving forward with the protest, scheduled for Saturday to mark the ninth anniversary of the September 11 attacks.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Gen. David Petraeus, the top U.S. military commander in Afghanistan, have condemned the protest and warned that images of the Quran burning could inflame anti-American sentiment and put U.S. troops' lives at risk.
Carroll also said she “would not agree” with Jones’ characterization of Islam as “evil.”
Scott’s running mate was appearing at Polk County GOP headquarters on behalf of Senate candidate Marco Rubio, who scrapped his campaign schedule this week following the death of his father.
Sink also condemned the planned demonstration in a statement Wednesday.
"I stand with General Petraeus in condemning the planned burning of the Quran, as it could put our brave troops in harm's way. I also feel this display of hatred and intolerance is not in keeping with the values and spirit of our state," she said.
Updated 1:55 p.m.