Skip to comments.At GOP debate, crowd boos gay soldier's question on 'don't ask, don't tell' (Barf Alert)
Posted on 09/22/2011 11:29:45 PM PDT by SideoutFred
A gay soldier's question about the end of the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy elicited boos from the audience at Thursday night's Republican candidate debate, and a promise from Rick Santorum to reinstate the policy if elected.
In a video submission, Stephen Hill told the Republican presidential candidates that he "had to lie about who he was" when he was deployed to Iraq in 2010 because of his sexual orientation, and his fear that he would "lose my job."
"My question is, under one of your presidencies, do you intend to circumvent the progress that's been made for gay and lesbian soldiers in the military?" Hill asked.
Loud jeers were heard immediately from the Orlando, Fla., crowd, marking the third straight debate when the audience's reaction overshadowed the candidate's.
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Did the soldier get booed immediately? I recall Santorum being cheered for his answer. Now I have to watch that section again.
I don’t think he got booed at all, it was the policy that was being booed. Nevertheless, the media and liberals will run wild with this stuff. It’s all they have at this point.
Pretty sad and ironic to say the least. The vast majority of military support the GOP over the Dems by huge margins, but many of these liberals are too stupid to understand this. The comments section in that LA Times article needs a little conservative love!!
I wish people wouldn’t boo or cheer at these things. Let the answers come, and let viewers sit there and think for themselves.
We are right on so many issues, but those we hope to sway back off at such displays.
No, I’m not talking about preventing freedom of expression. I’m just recalling how when I wasn’t as conservative as I am now, listening to the answers, and then later then the MSM flipped out over certain things, I’d think “That’s not how I received that answer.”
The cheering and such makes it so much more like a lib feel-good event, instead of an opportunity to hear responses. And I don’t care if someone’s gay or whatever, if they’re a soldier they deserve to say what they have to say, even if it’s stupid.
I’ll try to translate the homo speak...”can I, as a gay person, prance around in tight pink shirts, while marching with my partner and a gun and those who oppose my fabulous lifestyle should be punished?”
Dang Max, You translated that a little TOOOO well..
Anything you wanna share with us? ;)
The social issues haven’t been discussed enough in the debates.
The two Ricks will tear Romney to pieces if they ever remember to mention the taxpayer-funded abortion coverage in RomneyCare.
And of course much of the progress toward Mass gay marriage was made under Mitt’s watch.
it won’t be long before the left pushes for affirmative action for having a certain number of homos in the military .. having homo marriages at the base chapel with the newly married couple walking together under the sword arch and then all the homos partying all night at the officer’s club.. it’s coming soon to a military base near you
Very true, but Romney is dead right on immigration and Perry is completely loco on it.
None of these candidates is going to be perfect, just the way it is.
>> Did the soldier get booed immediately?
The audience was notably quiet except for a couple of boos once the video of the self-described homosexual soldier ended.
And Issa just jumped the gun by endorsing Mitt. That is a political distraction from his principal duty, which is to investigate the Demorat-nest in D.C.
McCain was just like Dole...”next in line”. The GOP does this every so often and then realizes typically by the next election that they better nominate someone who can actually win.
This has been shoved down our throats so much it is hard not to let out some remark!! When I was in the military it was not tolerated you were drummed out. Unfit to serve! When your in boot camp and have to take showers with other guys you sure don’t want some gay guy scoping you out!!!
Lie about who he was? What is it about being gay that REQUIRES him to mention "who he is?" What is it about the military that REQUIRES him to lie?
You seem to be suggesting I support his point of view. I’ve done no such thing. I just think those who are serving have the right to ask a question of a candidate—yep, even gay ones.
Doesn’t mean I support the point of view. But I don’t get this “shoving down our throats” thing. Nothing any supporter of this crap has ever done has been about that. (VOTING for pols who support such positions is something else entirely.)
I don’t see what is achieved by the crowd responses in these situations. Much better, to me, to let them have their say, and then let the candidates articulate their positions. If they make sense, then those we need to draw to our side will not be put off by boos that hit people on the emotional level. Let the intellectual argument carry the day, not momentarily satisfying boos.
Yup. The same idiot party that’s about to honor Rangel the crook.
If I were Frankenstein I’d take Newt’s brain, Santorum’s courage, Perry’s heart, Cain’s business acumen, and Romney’s debating skills, sew everything together, and presto, there’s your candidate. (For effect I’d also dress up Bachmann as Dorothy, and add Gary Johnson’s dog.)