Rick Santorum, indiscreet homophobe and GOP presidential candidate, made an unusual move by appealing to gay voters, saying they were more than welcome to join his campaign as he fights for strong national security and lower taxes.
On Fox News' On The Record with Greta Van Susteren Tuesday night, Rick made a case for pulling gay voters to his campaign even as he said that his efforts against gay marriage should not be seen as a personal attack. "You know, we can have a public policy discussion that says that, you know, certain things... our laws should be certain ways without seeing it as a personal attack. It's not a personal attack. It's what we believe is best for the country" he told Greta, explaining why he wants their votes even after acting directly in contrast to their desires. Rick turned up the charm by saying, "I have nothing against gay people," a statement that may not be accepted by anyone who has even the faintest idea who he is.
Santorum's appeal was based around the idea that his other policies would be something that gay voters would support. He rejected their attempts to redefine what marriage is, but said, "We have a public policy disagreement. I know there are a lot of gays who are strong on national security and believe in lower taxes and getting this economy moving, and welcome them to join our campaign." He has basically told groups looking for equality that they can't have it, but that's okay, because his other ideas are just so fantastic that they'll like him anyway. It may not take a rocket scientist to figure out how well this one will go over.
Rick's record against gay marriage isn't just simple disagreement with the idea. In the past he talked about the battle on same-sex marriage, saying that he would "die on that hill" to fight what he viewed as a threat to "the very foundation of our country." He said that he rejected legalizing gay marriage because then, oh the horror, it would be seen as equal to straight marriage. As well as his rather infamous claim that failure to defend the institution of marriage will cause "our country will fall," he was also endorsed by an anti-gay group in Iowa called "The FaMiLY Leader," yet another organization that attempts to disguise bigotry by oh-so-cleverly tossing "family" in the name.
But surely gay voters will look past all that and offer him their overwhelming support. Nothing could possibly go wrong with this, nothing at all.
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