Mitt refuses to stand up for gay soldier booed by debate crowd

Mitt refuses to stand up for gay soldier booed by debate crowd

Despite claiming that he is against discrimination in terms of sexual orientation, during a Republican Primary debate in October 2011, Romney refused to scold the audience after they booed an openly gay soldier.


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Romney disapproved of discrimination “based upon sexual orientation.”During the Fox News debate, Romney said, “Let me — let me go back and say that. I do not believe in discriminating against people based upon their sexual orientation.  There are some people that do. I had a member of my administration, my cabinet who was — who was gay. I didn’t ask justices that I was looking to appoint -rather, people who are applicants for jobs — what their sexual orientation was. I believe as a Republican, I had the potential to fight for antidiscrimination in a way that would be even better than Senator Kennedy, as a Democrat, was expected to do so.”   [Fox News Debate, 12/15/11]

Romney on debate audience booing of a gay soldier: “I have not made it my practice to scold the audience.” According to Politico, Mitt Romney doesn’t believe he has responsibility to stop audiences at his campaign events from booing gay soldiers. “I think we can hear the boos,” Romney told the Union Leader of Manchester, N.H., on Monday, in an a 70-minute interview broadcast on C-SPAN. “I would tell you that in these debates there has been a lot of booing and a lot of applause. Cheering and booing. Some of which I don’t agree with. Now I have not made it my practice to scold the audience and say, ‘I disagree with this person, I agree with that person,’ because it goes in a lot of different directions. I don’t recall with this soldier whether people were booing his question or just booing him.” [Politico, 10/3/11]

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