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Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI): To Win Elections, GOP Must Agree with Voters on Gay Marriage: VIDEO


Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin appeared on CNBC's Squawk Box this week, and his strategy for bolstering the GOP in upcoming elections was anything but conventional. Johnson called himself "a pretty traditional guy" and said that he believes "marriage is between a man and a woman." However, the Republican stated that his fellow party members need to focus less on social issues like abortion and marriage equality and stick to their economic policy, citing the legitimacy of the voting public's beliefs and state-by-state passage of same-sex marriage laws. 

Watch the Squawk Box segment, AFTER THE JUMP...

Think Progress reports:

The senator’s policy hasn’t always matched his rhetoric, however. He is signed on this Congress as a co-sponsor of the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act to institute federal limits on abortion and the DC Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The measure would ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.

Johnson may have turned over a new leaf now that his state's same-sex marriage ban has been struck down (though it is in the appeal stages) and Wisconsinites voted for Tammy Baldwin, the first openly gay senator, in the 2012 election cycle.

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  1. Naw, let the fundie tea baggers enjoy their Pain Capable Act of Total Political Marginalization. They haven't learned their lesson yet --- and they never will --- so they can never be trusted with power. Never.

    Posted by: Hansel Currywurst | Jun 24, 2014 1:00:25 PM

  2. We're approaching an election. The GOP is dragging out its handful of "moderates" to pretend that the party is evolving on gay issues.

    Posted by: BobN | Jun 24, 2014 1:04:25 PM

  3. But this guy voted to shut down the government?

    Posted by: simon | Jun 24, 2014 1:06:12 PM

  4. Uh...slight problem there... the GOP can't stick to their fiscal issues because their fiscal issues utterly screw over the working and middle classes. that's WHY they stick to social issues like abortion and hating gay people. they can't say "Vote for us and we'll make sure the wealthy get tax breaks while you get no help at all!" - so they say "vote for us and we'll stop gays from giving your children abortions in church!" or something.

    in every country around the world, the political party that runs on anti-gay anti-Choice platforms does so because their fiscal policies are a total screw-over to the middle and working classes.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Jun 24, 2014 1:07:40 PM

  5. And then after the elections...

    Posted by: Matt27 | Jun 24, 2014 2:16:07 PM

  6. The Republicans are a small-tent party...and getting smaller every day.

    Posted by: gr8guyca | Jun 24, 2014 2:20:36 PM

  7. Little Kiwi is exactly right. Why can't the working and middle classes see the kind of game the right is playing. I guess religious bigotry and racism are so powerful that they can't see beyond that.

    Posted by: Jonty Coppersmith | Jun 24, 2014 3:33:14 PM

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