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Chris Matthews Asks Rick Santorum Why Nobody Talked About Gay Issues at GOP Debate: VIDEO


Igor Volsky at Think Progress LGBT clips a Chris Matthews exchange with Rick Santorum following last night's debate in which Matthews demands to know why gay and social issues were not brought up during the debate.

Says Matthews: "Why did no Republican, no Republican on that stage, really included you, wanted to focus on those hard social, moral issues…It seems like your party believes that you can’t win this general election if you talk about same-sex marriage…"

Frothy's correct in noting that MSNBC never asked those questions of the candidates. Anybody know how much control the campaigns have over the debate agenda?


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  1. I think it's very ominous that the GOP has stopped talking about these issues. It's like they are going underground with their hate. At least when they are doing it out in the open we know what we are dealing with. Just because the Republicans have stopped talking about it doesn't mean we can let everyone forget what a bunch of hateful bigots they are.

    Posted by: MT | Sep 8, 2011 9:57:28 AM

  2. Why is this guy getting any airtime at all?

    Posted by: Gigi | Sep 8, 2011 10:29:38 AM

  3. @MT, they are definitely going underground with it. The word much have come from on high in the GOP that anti-gay rhetoric is "too divisive" for general audiences, though they really milk it when speaking to Evangelical groups and others.

    From watching Bachmann and others the talking-point seems to be, "I am running for President and I'm focusing on IMPORTANT issues like jobs and the economy!" Yeah well, the Republicans who were elected in the mid-terms said the same thing but as soon as their butts hits the chair they went after their usual ideological targets, social issues including gays, unions, and lowering taxes for the highest few percent.

    Posted by: Caliban | Sep 8, 2011 10:58:45 AM

  4. What would be the point of asking the candidates about marriage? They all think gay people are unworthy of civil rights. They all think that straight people should be allowed to get divorced and remarried as many times as their heart desires. They're all homophobic hypocritical bigots. Everyone teabagger and Republican already knows that, and doesn't care.

    Posted by: David in Houston | Sep 8, 2011 11:06:56 AM

  5. Lowering taxes is all they can come up with? They seem to ignore that under Bill Clinton who left office with a net surplus of $237 billion, 22 million jobs created and an unemployment rate of only 3.9% and all this when taxes were far higher than they are now. Lowering taxes does NOT create jobs. It's a myth that Clinton's administration debunked. Under Bush 43, only 4.4 million jobs created in 8 years, pitiful amid huge tax breaks for the wealthy.

    Posted by: Robert in NYC | Sep 8, 2011 11:10:11 AM

  6. With the upcoming debate sponsored by FOX and Google, looks like a good time to get in a question via YouTube as to why the Tea Party, which was thrust into office of the promise of lower taxes and fiscal responsibility has focused their attention strictly on social issues (particularly in the house and the various states). Union busting, gay marriage planned parenthood, abortion...what does this have to do with fiscal responsibility, lower taxes and especially JOBS?

    Hypocrites all. Wolves in sheep's clothing. If they take over the WH and both houses, expect another Salem witch hunt. Okay over-exaggerated, but you get the point.

    Posted by: whiwo | Sep 8, 2011 4:47:31 PM

  7. My biggest concern is, among the Republican Presidential candidates, there are some whacko Christian nut-jobs, that are backed by the rabid Tea-terrorist Party, and as soon as they are elected President, they will start shoving us Gays into ovens, because their God told them to!

    Posted by: Edward Schirm | Sep 9, 2011 5:18:34 AM

  8. Amazing how narrow-minded the liberals on this blog are. Some conservatives are bigots is true. All conservatives are bigots is false. Why must libs resort to name calling so frequently? Many on their side also have unpure thoughts on things.

    Posted by: CV1 | Sep 24, 2011 7:24:21 PM

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