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Wednesday, January 30, 2008

McCain Campaign Sends Out Anti-Gay Robocalls In Florida


“I’m calling with an urgent Mitt Romeny [unintelligible]"

"We care deeply about traditional values and protecting families. And we need someone who will not waver in the White House: Ending abortion, preserving the sanctity of marriage, stopping the trash on the airwaves and attempts to ban God from every corner of society. These issues are core to our being.

"Mitt Romney thinks he can fool us. He supported abortion on demand, even allowed a law mandating taxpayer-funding for abortion. He says he changed his mind, but he still hasn’t changed the law. He told gay organizers in Massachusetts he would be a stronger advocate for special rights than even Ted Kennedy. Now, it’s something different.

"Unfortunately, on issue after issue Mitt Romney has treated social issues voters as fools, thinking we won’t catch on. Sorry, Mitt, we know you aren’t trustworthy on the most important issue and you aren’t a conservative

"Paid for by John McCain 2008.

After being called on this, the McCain Campaign pulled the Robocall.

Log Cabin Republicans have a defensive post on their blog, where they fail to hold John McCain accountable on their blog. If this had been Mitt Romney, Log Cabin Republicans would have been all over him.

The blogosphere has been chattering this afternoon about a supposedly anti-gay robo-call the McCain campaign launched at Gov. Mitt Romney.

The attacks on Sen. John McCain by the gay Left are completely out-of-bounds and don’t reflect the facts.

First of all, Politico originally posted about this. Politico is hardly the "gay left."

Let’s look at those facts:

Had anyone bothered to reach out to the McCain Campaign, they would have realized Sen. McCain immediately stopped the calls. The campaign told us Sen. McCain never saw the script and never approved it, which is why he stopped the calls ASAP.

From Politico:

McCain spokeswoman Jill Hazelbaker said they launched the automated calls as a response to the calls Romney sent out against them over the weekend.

Did the campaign go on the record with Log Cabin Republicans? Or was this going on background. The robocall said "Prepared and Paid for by McCain for President." Does that mean there are other robocalls by the McCain campaign that don't get approved by John McCain? How many of these are they by Mr Campaign Finance Reform? Log Cabin Republicans didn't get a named McCain spokesperson saying these calls had been pulled. The Atlantic found out from an unnamed McCain spokesperson that the calls had been pulled. So there is still a question: why won't a named McCain spokesperson go on the record on this?

Of course, those facts won’t satisfy the left-wing who pounces on these kinds of things. But where were these same left-wingers when Democrat Barack Obama, who has never introduced a single piece of pro-gay legislation in his Senate career, paraded around on stage with an anti-gay religious leader who believes in so-called “conversion therapy”?

I don't like HRC much, but I do recall they denounced Obama publicly for having an event featuring the anti-gay Donnie McGlurkin.

Where were they when Democrat Sen. Hillary Clinton couldn’t bring herself to denounce Gen. Peter Pace’s anti-gay remarks last year?

Actually, again, Gay Lefty bloggers, and the Human Rights campaign denounced Hillary Clinton publicly on this one.

Where were they when Obama proposed meetings and negotiations with the gay-murdering president of Iran?

This is a fairer point - though it distracts from the issue at hand - and that is John McCain taking some personal responsibility.

We can’t defend the McCain staffer who initiated these short-lived robo-calls, but let’s hold both sides accountable, folks!

-posted by Scott Tucker

This was pathetic. Why is Log Cabin Republicans running interference for a candidate who runs an anti-gay ad? It's what I've often criticized Stonewall DFL for doing.


norman said...

It looks as tough the right wing is up to its old tricks, they have nothing to show for after this dismole adminastration seven years of tax free greed for the top free enterprizers. The s timulus bill, will come due some day in the form of taxes. so this proves that the right wing economics is a proffatering for the corprate greed from the top down, Tricale poverty. The gay isue is a smoke screen, for christain hate, That gives them the power to steel. In greed we trust, in the name of there God, Danger Danger toxic greed I will never trust a GOP.