Republican presidential frontrunner John McCain went on the defensive today after controversial comments buy a major supporter become public. McCain is trying to distance himself today from the Rev Jerry Falwell after anti-gay comments by Falwell were leaked to the media. The comments in which Falwell blames gays for 911 and claims gays are a tool of Satan could seriously damage Mc Cain appeals to independent voters.
In a statement to reporters the McCain campaign stated that McCain wasn’t aware that Falwell had made such comments, and that the candidate while not agreeing with the Rev Falwall was merely interested in pandering to the reverend’s supporters. This signals a serious setback for McCain who has spent much time and energy trying to woo the religious right.
“John McCain has a serious problem here.” Says Washington watcher Abe Wisenacker. “The Falwell comments will drive left leaning independents into the waiting arms of the democratic candidate. McCain needs to now distance himself from Falwell without alienating the religious right. That is going to be a tall order.”
The controversial comments are as follows:
“Homosexuality is Satan’s diabolical attack upon the family that will not only have a corrupting influence upon our next generation, but it will also bring down the wrath of God upon America.”
“(re: 9/11 attacks) “…throwing God out of the public square, out of the schools, the abortionists have got to bear some burden for this because God will not be mocked and when we destroy 40 million little innocent babies, we make God mad…I really believe that the pagans and the abortionists and the feminists and the gays and the lesbians who are actively trying to make that an alternative lifestyle, the ACLU, People for the American Way, all of them who try to secularize America…I point the thing in their face and say you helped this happen.”
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