Gay and Republican: Are They Compatible?

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Richard Grenell Richard Grenell (Capitol Media Partners)

The Democratic Party has long curried the favor of gay voters, and President Obama's endorsement of gay marriage has helped solidify Democrats as the gay rights party. On the other side, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has opposed even civil unions. Due to the stark ideological contrast, has being gay become fundamentally incompatible with being Republican?

Richard Grenell says no. Earlier this year, Romney appointed Grenell, the openly gay long-time U.S. spokesman at the United Nations for the Bush Administration, as his foreign policy spokesman. Just as quickly, Grenell resigned, after a storm of right-wing criticism sparked national attention regarding his sexual orientation and open support of gay marriage.

Grenell remains a staunch supporter of the Romney campaign and the Republican party. In a sometimes heated conversation with host John Hockenberry, he criticizes the media and partisans on both sides of the political spectrum for creating the circumstances that led to his resignation.

Guests:

Richard Grenell

Produced by:

Ben Bradford and Arwa Gunja

Comments [5]

johnny from nyc

may be he can be a closetted Romney adviser.

Use the service elevator to the oval office..

hahaha...

get a back bone buddy .. you got shafted by wiesel

Jun. 20 2012 03:33 PM
Johnny from nyc

this guy must hate himself.

what a glut for abuse.

who cares what he has to say about foriegn policy he's not important

romney said so

bye bye..

Jun. 20 2012 03:29 PM

Interestingly Richard Grenell neglected to mention Bryan Fischer the American Family Association guy in Tupelo MS whose campaign to get Romney to kick Mr. Grenell off the campaign was the primary reason for him leaving. Mr. Grenell made some allusions to 'those on the left' who wanted him off the campaign; I think Mr. Grenell is being dishonest and disingenuous in his praise of Mitt Romney; That guy threw him under the bus as soon as the Extreme Right Wingers started complaining. The AFA is classified as a Hate Group by the Southern Poverty Law Center so Romney is letting hate groups influence his decision making.

Jun. 20 2012 10:05 AM

Compatible? When a person defines their identity according to their sexual preference it isn't possible to be gay and Republican... or anything else.

Jun. 20 2012 09:32 AM
listener

Are Catholic Latinos compatible with the goals of Obama Administration?

It seems the wedge issues are used very selectively for some reason.

Jun. 20 2012 09:27 AM

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