Iowa’s Leading Anti-Gay Activist Says Romney ‘Sucking Air’ After ‘Diss’ of GOP Forum in Des Moines


Mitt Romney has "dissed" a Republican presidential forum in Des Moines this weekend organized by Iowa's leading anti-gay "pro-family" group The Family Leader, according to its president Bob Vander Plaats:

Vanderplaats"Mitt Romney has dissed this base in Iowa and this diss will not stay in Iowa," Bob Vander Plaats said in an interview with Fox News. "This has national tentacles. … This might prove that he is not smart enough to be president, " Vander Plaats continued, clearly miffed. "I think what will happen is what happened in 2008. He's been in this position before. He's been on top of polls only to find his campaign tanking and sucking air."

In related news, Think Progress has been pointing out Romneys flip-flops on gay rights.

TP notes Romney's views on gays in 1994:

According to several articles in the Boston Globe in the mid ’90s, just before launching his senate run, Romney told an audience of Mormon Church members that homosexuality was “perverse” and “reprehensible.” From the Boston Globe, July 15, 1994:

“He said he was appalled at the incidence of homosexuals in the congregation,” said Rick Rawlins, a 32-year-old Mormon who had previously served as a counselor to the ward’s bishop. “He went on to say that he found homosexuality both perverse and reprehensible.”

And later, in 2002:

Eight years later, during his 2002 run for governor, Romney took a similarly progressive position when he proclaimed, “All citizens deserve equal rights, regardless of sexual preference.”


  1. Bart says

    “This might prove he’s not smart enough to be President.” We all know that about Romney, Mr. Vander Platt. But who is that would come and speak with your creepy little group? Bachmann? Santorum? Perry? Cain?

    Can you hear the laughter? It starts at the coasts and works its way all across the country. Because there’s nothing more cringe worthy to the American voter at large than being hateful and stupid.

  2. hugo says

    what’s with the ‘diss’ thing? Vander Plaats trying to be a Valley girl? Gurrl, you’re trying too hard.

  3. HadenoughBS says

    “All citizens deserve equal rights, regardless of sexual preference.”

    So Mr. Mormon GOPer Flip-flopper thinks being LGB or T is a preference, huh? Well, ya know what, Mittens, sexual orientation is NOT about choice or preference, it’s an innate human trait; HOWEVER, deciding to be or remain a Mormon (or a Papist or a Southern Baptist et al) IS a choice or preference. That’s a major difference you should know and accept.

  4. Craig says

    “This might prove that he is not smart enough to be president…” And whom from their party is smart enough??

    If anything this tells me he might be the smartest(sad).

  5. anon says

    I’m sure Romney had better things to do, particularly since he rarely campaigns in Iowa anyway. Iowa and S. Carolina are the two states early in the season for the evangelical wing of the R. party to show their strength, which is why Mike Huckabee won the nomination in a landslide. No, wait…

  6. Triple Axel says

    Responding to Craig, the smartest of the bunch is actually Jon Huntsman. Interestingly, the most moderate of this cast of characters are Mormon… go figure.

  7. Richard says

    I’m not a Mitt supporter, but I think that his quotes from 1994 and from 2002 represent an evolution of enlightenment. He may not have used the appropriate language, but these quotes at least point to movement in the same direction. “What are his thoughts now?” is a more important question.

  8. Name: says

    I agree I believe he hasn’t flip flopped at all. He’s “become” more enlightened. Unfortunately the guy who has his job now, hasn’t.

  9. Jerry6 says

    Anyone who votes Republican next year deserves what will happen to them as a result if they win. Unfortunately,the rest of us will have to suffer along with them.