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McCain Couldn't Pick a 'Pro Gay Rights' Running Mate

In an interview about potential running mates with The Weekly Standard, John McCain said he'd consider a running mate (like former Pennsylvania governor Tom Ridge) who's pro-choice, but not somebody like NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who's for gay rights:

Bloomberg_mccain"I think it's a fundamental tenet of our party to be pro-life but that does not mean we exclude people from our party that are pro-choice. We just have a--albeit strong--but just it's a disagreement. And I think Ridge is a great example of that. Far more so than Bloomberg, because Bloomberg is pro-gay rights, pro, you know, a number of other issues."

This is a man who doesn't even know what the acronym LGBT stands for. He also doesn't really believe in gay adoption, supports a ban on gays in the military, is worried if his clothing looks too gay, isn't sure if condoms stop the spread of HIV, thinks same-sex marriage ceremonies are okay as long as they're just pretend, and has promised right-wing religious groups that he'll start speaking out more vocally against LGBT causes.

It's astonishing that some gays (14% according to this poll) will not only support him, but fund his campaign.

(via think progress)

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  1. One more thing if McCain picked a Pro-Gay rights running that 14% just might jump to 15%. Who knows maybe it may even go down.

    Posted by: mike | Aug 14, 2008 11:43:52 PM


  2. McCain may suck on equality, but I trust him over foreign relations than Obama. I would trust McCain at 3am than Obama.

    Obama would tell our enemies to have Kumbaya and appease them, and he would not defend freedom unlike Ronald Reagan.

    If we did not have Russia, Venezuela or Iran to worry about I would love to support Obama and have equality.

    Posted by: matt from california | Aug 15, 2008 12:00:43 AM


  3. Matt,

    You mean "defend freedom" like the Ronald Reagan who destroyed workers'rights in the air traffic controllers strike, sponsored terrorists who murdered hundreds of thousands in Central America and Africa (while torturing and raping nuns on the side), supported apartheid and subverted the Constitution in Iran-contra?

    Oh, that Ronald Reagan!

    Posted by: Eric | Aug 15, 2008 2:34:52 AM


  4. Matt,

    You mean "defend freedom" like the Ronald Reagan who destroyed workers'rights in the air traffic controllers strike, sponsored terrorists who murdered hundreds of thousands in Central America and Africa (while torturing and raping nuns on the side), supported apartheid and subverted the Constitution in Iran-contra?

    Oh, that Ronald Reagan!

    Posted by: Eric | Aug 15, 2008 2:35:57 AM


  5. Sorry friends, this is not about McCain for me, its about Obama. I'm not voting for the candidate who began his campaign on "The Gospel Tour", running from church to church with anti-gay zealots. The Convention is near, the flawed candidate could still be replaced by a true advocate for Human Rights - Hillary Clinton.

    Posted by: glennmcgahee | Aug 15, 2008 8:40:35 AM


  6. Back in the mid-1980's McCain used to take good-looking "willing" young men to cheap hotels on New York Avenue in the district and get naked with them. Never engaged in sexual activity... but it was weird none-the-less.

    Posted by: DantheMan | Aug 15, 2008 8:46:42 AM


  7. Im amazed people can be "astonished" that some people can genuinely be conservative and gay.

    I think its a disservice when you're expected to vote one way simply because of your sexuality. You may not agree with it - but alot of gay people don't vote based on a single issue.

    If you're gay - but 90% of your political idealogy is the same as the Republicans, can you fault a person for voting based on issues vs. sexuality alone?

    I think if you answer "yes" to that, then frankly you're being as bigoted and narrow-minded as the gay-bashing wingnuts we all love to hate.

    And before anyone blows their top - I'm voting for Nader NOT McCain - so please don't assume Im a conservative. Im just a bitter Hillary supporter.

    Posted by: AERES | Aug 15, 2008 9:49:10 AM


  8. "Sorry friends, this is not about McCain for me, its about Obama. I'm not voting for the candidate who began his campaign on "The Gospel Tour", running from church to church with anti-gay zealots. The Convention is near, the flawed candidate could still be replaced by a true advocate for Human Rights - Hillary Clinton."

    Posted by: glennmcgahee | Aug 15, 2008 8:40:35 AM"

    GLENN,

    and then what? Hillary cruises to a landslide victory? With who?

    Posted by: Jason | Aug 15, 2008 9:56:44 AM


  9. Any homosexual who votes for McCain is stupid. Obama SAYS things to get elected, but DEMS are far more liberal than the god threatening ReThugs who believe a theocracy is the best thing for America. Wake up queers, you screaming about diversity because you want to vote republican is the same as if an African American supported the KKK. Grow up.

    Posted by: Bobby | Aug 15, 2008 11:01:52 AM


  10. "..you fault a person for voting based on issues vs. sexuality alone?"

    we fault you if you vote for a political party that would deny you human rights based on your sexuality alone.

    I always talk about GAY DIVERSITY, but it is difficult when you have "conservative" homosexuals who've always hated openly gay people (going back before the 1970s), but now they feel some need to call themselves "gay".

    J. Edgar Hoover, Roy Cohn, Larry Craig, etc.

    MATT from Reagan Land,

    You'd like McCain "at 3am"? Shiiiit, I'd rather turn over and find sexy SlimJim next to me....sexiest, most handsome president this country may ever see.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Aug 15, 2008 11:27:07 AM


  11. I personally do not trust John McCain, gay issues aside, the man is a war monger. He does not have the countries best interest in mind if he believes that we should stay in Iraq for 100 years and even to say that in a joking fashion is repugnant to me.

    On a slightly more "conspiracy theory" tangent...I cannot trust a man who was held captive by the North Vietnamese for years; refusing to be sent home because he did not want "special treatment". I saw the Manchurian Candidate! All it will take is that 3 am phone call from the North Vietnamese saying the "naked tiger flies at midnight" and brainwashed grandpa gets out of bed and launches a nuclear strike on Europe.

    Posted by: Jzn | Aug 15, 2008 12:37:04 PM


  12. The 14% of gays that would support McCain consists of the pitiable minority of us who continue to suffer from deeply embedded self-loathing. They may have accepted, superficially, their own gayness, but continue to hate themselves for it.

    CDMatthew from Boston

    Posted by: CDMatthew | Aug 15, 2008 7:21:08 PM


  13. The 14% of gays that would support McCain consists of the pitiable minority of us who continue to suffer from deeply embedded self-loathing. They may have accepted, superficially, their own gayness, but continue to hate themselves for it.

    CDMatthew from Boston

    Posted by: CDMatthew | Aug 15, 2008 7:23:26 PM


  14. Andy - get a clue. this is from the guy that u are drooling over for Pres. :
    "For me as a Christian, it is a sacred union. God's in the mix," ????

    That is from Obama not McCain about same sex marriage.

    Hill 2012!!!!

    Posted by: Mike | Aug 17, 2008 6:33:52 AM


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