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04/19/2007


Would Rick Santorum Have Voted For Arizona's Anti-Gay 'Religious Freedom' Bill? 'Absolutely' — VIDEO

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Rick Santorum sat down with the National Review after CPAC a few weeks ago to talk about Arizona's "religious freedom" bill that would have allowed the "sincerely held beliefs" of business owners to legally discriminate against homosexuals. When asked whether he would have signed the bill had Santorum been in Arizona Governor Jan Brewer's place, he emphatically said yes, surprising absolutely no one. Also, somehow Obamacare is the government infringing on people's freedom of religion. Also said during the interview, utterly lacking in self-awareness:

The trunk upon which all other branches of rights flow from is freedom of conscience. If you don't have freedom of conscience, then freedom of speech doesn't mean very much, freedom of assembly doesn't mean anything because you can't speak or do what you believe is right. And what we're seeing is the government increasingly encroaching upon this very sacrosanct area of our Constitution and using all sorts of excuses to suppress people's rights

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Jon Stewart Mocks the Wingnut Line-Up at CPAC: VIDEO

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What do full stomachs, empty souls, and filthy Denny placemats have in common?

They're all on the minds of the wingnuts at CPAC, and Jon Stewart thoroughly relishes the opportunity to shred GOP heirs apparent, Mitch McConnell, Ted Cruz, Paul Ryan, Rand Paul, and Wayne LaPierre.

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Ralph Reed: Conservatives Can't Put the Gay Marriage Genie 'Back in the Bottle'

2_ralphreedMichelangelo Signorile interviewed former Christian Coalition leader Ralph Reed at CPAC on Friday and said that even though he believes the Republican party and every GOP candidate that will seek the nomination for president will be in favor of 'traditional marriage', he says a long sought after federal marriage amendment is dead in the water:

"Even if you passed a federal marriage amendment, I would assume it would grandfather in anyone who's been married, so I don't know. It was always a very difficult option. I don't think we ever got 50 votes in the U.S. Senate for that amendment. So, we always knew that the amendment was going to be very difficult to pass."

Reed added that trying to pass such an amendment would be "trying to put the genie back in the bottle."

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Sarah Palin's 'Green Eggs and Ham': VIDEO

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Sarah Palin took a page from Ted Cruz's 'Green Eggs and Ham' playbook at CPAC and proved she's still got the kind of knack for vapid conservative showmanship that makes wingnuts get on their feet and cheer, the L.A. Times reports:

Unburdened by the rules that keep serious politicians tethered to serious messages, her task was to toss red meat to a ravenously appreciative conservative crowd Saturday at the closing session of the American Conservative Union's annual CPAC conference.

By my count, her speech got more standing ovations than the one delivered Friday by CPAC favorite Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), who won the CPAC presidential straw poll.

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Ben Carson: Gay People Should Have Equal Rights But Not 'Extra Rights' Like Redefining Marriage — VIDEO

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Dr. Ben Carson - a "conservative hero" who compared gay marriage to NAMBLA and sex with animals and was subsequently forced to step down as a commencement speaker last year at Johns Hopkins University, despite his backpedaling attempts to apologize, took the stage at CPAC yesterday and said he would “continue to defy the PC police who have tried in many cases to shut me up," Right Wing Watch reports.

Added Carson: “Of course gay people should have the same rights as everyone else. But they don’t get extra rights, they don’t get to redefine marriage."

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Rand Paul Wins CPAC Straw Poll with 31 Percent of Vote

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Rand Paul won the 2014 Conservative Political Action Conference presidential straw poll, the WaPo reports:

Paul won 31 percent of the vote (compared with the 25 percent he won last year), beating a crowded field of more than two dozen names, including a number of potential 2016 GOP presidential contenders. He crushed second-place finisher Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.), who came in with 11 percent.

Rounding out of the top finishers in the poll, which was voted on by 2,459 CPAC attendees, were former neurosurgen Ben Carson (9 percent) and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (8 percent).

Paul's father Ron and Mitt Romney have been the top picks in the CPAC straw polls since 2007.


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