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Debate Recap: Booing A Gay Soldier

So, the round-up reviews of the debate have focused on two things:

1) Rick Perry's admonition of Republicans who think that undocumented immigrants should not receive state monies for college and

2) this (click):


Yikes. The Log Cabin Republicans' response:
"Senator Santorum's shameful response to the combat soldier's question regarding open service was incoherent and out of touch. America's uniformed leaders support gays and lesbians serving alongside their colleagues with dignity and respect. Santorum's divisive and homophobic remarks do not befit a commander-in-chief,” said R. Clarke Cooper, Log Cabin Republicans Executive Director. “Americans want to hear about how our next President is going to cut our national debt, present a confident foreign policy and most importantly help the private sector thrive to create jobs. Unfortunately, for many Americans the take-away from last night’s debate was not that Republicans have the solutions our country needs, but that too many in our party are clinging so strongly to a failed and discriminatory law that they are willing to disrespect a man in uniform. As a current Army Reserve officer and an Iraq combat veteran, I found it appalling that a soldier serving down range would be disrespected in such a fashion."
Sentiments very similar to that of GOProud:
Tonight, Rick Santorum disrespected our brave men and women in uniform, and he owes Stephen Hill, the gay soldier who asked him the question about Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell repeal, an immediate apology.

That brave gay soldier is doing something Rick Santorum has never done – put his life on the line to defend our freedoms and our way of life. It is telling that Rick Santorum is so blinded by his anti-gay bigotry that he couldn’t even bring himself to thank that gay soldier for his service.

Stephen Hill is serving our country in Iraq, fighting a war Senator Santorum says he supports. How can Senator Santorum claim to support this war if he doesn’t support the brave men and women who are fighting it?
Valid points from both conservative groups.

But, here is where both LRC and GOProud miss the mark: the audience booed a member of the United States Army. Unbelievable.

To paraphrase many tweets on the Twitter: Hey Fox News Debate Audience, that wasn't a gay soldier you booed last night... it was an AMERICAN SOLDIER.

Honestly, I never thought that I would live to see the day where a Republican audience would turn on the U.S. military. Health care? Sure. Taxes? Absolutely.

But, as contradictory as it may be, the GOP has traditionally been the party that is pro-guns, pro-life, and pro-military. Doug:
And yet the members of the crowd in Orlando cheered Santorum and booed a man who’s putting his life on his line for his country. Because he’s gay. That’s pretty pathetic.
Pathetic indeed.

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