The AM Dial continued to respond to Barack Obama’s newfound support for gay marriage this Thursday with former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and potential vice-presidential candidate Marco Rubio weighing in on the topic.
Fulfilling a promise to his listeners to comment on the issue a day earlier, the king of conservative talk radio mocked the media’s longstanding characterization of Obama’s “evolving” views regarding same-sex marriage on Philadelphia’s WPHT 1210 AM.
“So the White House sends up the pink smoke – coming out of the chimney there in the White House. The media gets the message – he’s finished evolving! We’ve got a position! We have a position! It’s like a butterfly now. We have a position, oh hallelujah! Say what it is.” Rush Limbaugh quipped.
Gingrich with Gallagher
Former presidential candidate Newt Gingrich offered his own thoughts in a radio interview with Mike Gallagher on Philadelphia’s WNTP 990 AM.
Gingrich expressed his belief that the move eliminated a line of attack against Romney as a “flip-flopper” while citing the inability of gay marriage proponents to prevail in state-level referendums.
“Notice also he picked immediately after the people of North Carolina repudiated the concept. So, in every popular vote that I know of traditional marriage between a man and a woman has won. And people have reaffirmed that they believe that that should be the law of the land.” Gingrich pressed.
“And yet here you have the president – just as he did with ObamaCare – saying he doesn’t care what the people of North Carolina, the people of California, the people of every state that I know of that’s had a referendum, he doesn’t care what the people think. He wants to impose his judgment.”
When asked whether this Tuesday’s vote in North Carolina on gay marriage or Joe Biden’s recent media appearance on NBC’s Meet the Press played a role in the administration’s decision-making, the former House speaker pointed to political pressure from his base as the cause for Obama’s recent support for gay marriage.
“I think Biden’s comments were a trial balloon that they floated. I think what’s happened is that the pressure on the hard left – if you’re a hard left activist this is one of those key issues that is a defining moment. And I think they were fed up with Obama who still has Guantanamo open, still has troops in Afghanistan, still is doing lots of things they don’t believe in. His economic policy has failed. And I think this is one of those last straws where they said look you gotta stand up for this.”
Rubio with Ingraham
Florida Senator Marco Rubio joined Laura Ingraham on Wilmington’s WDEL 1150 AM this Thursday, addressing President Obama’s recent decision to support same-sex marriage as well as student loan debt and immigration issues.
“We have a lot to go through with you on the issue of immigration, on the…student loan issue. And yesterday of course the president on the issue of gay marriage – what’s your reaction to the president’s move on this?”
“Well that was his position back in 1996 and then he kind of came back and told people something different because he wanted to get elected and now he’s – I guess they’ve decided it’s better to be for it again. So he’s gone back to be for it.” Rubio said before pivoting back to Obama’s record on the economy.
“The truth is that the number one issue facing our country is that there are millions of Americans that don’t have a job, that haven’t had a job in a long time that are working twice as hard and making half as much and that these things have only gotten much worse since President Obama was sworn in…and he doesn’t want to talk about that.” he maintained.
“So every single week whether it’s the student loan issue this week or now this gay marriage issue, next week it’ll be something else. Every single week they will trot out another issue to avoid having to talk about the economy because if this election is about the economy – which is what it should be about he can’t win.”
Ingraham and Rubio went on to broach Charles Krauthammer’s comments on Fox News this Wednesday where he asserted, “There’s one thing that I wish the president had done, which is to say which is now his side of the debate, show a little respect for the other side. Because as we saw with Prop 9, and other referendums on gay rights, those people who oppose gay marriage are demonized by the pro-side as bigots, as haters and often suffer boycotts and worse. Whereas I think he ought to say to the country, a difficult decision, each side ought to respect the other and not demonize them.”
While defending the Right’s view on marriage, Rubio acknowledged that future demonization of opponents of same-sex unions remains a distinct possibility.
“The issue here is a very straight forward one. And that is this institution called marriage, which societies have had for a very long time, what does it mean? What is it? What is a marriage? And for those of us that believe that a marriage – the word marriage – is a very specific institution, and that is the union of a man and a woman under law together.” the senator insisted.
“I think you can have that belief and not have to be characterized the way some people are characterized about it. I think it’s an honest and open debate that people are having all across the country.” he continued.
“And so I think Charles is absolutely right when he talks about one of the pitfalls of this issue is this effort to demonize people. But that’s not unique to this issue…I spent all week kind of chuckling to myself being lectured by my senior colleagues here about the student loan issue. I’m one of only two US senators that have one. And yet they’re lecturing me about student loans.” Rubio noted.
“And obviously if you don’t vote for the Democratic plan on student loans you’re not in favor of students. If you don’t agree that the federal government should have the power to mandate that the Catholic Church pay for things the Catholic Church teaches against you’re waging a war against women. If you don’t believe that we should raise taxes you’re waging a war against the working class. I mean every week it is an effort by this president to divide one group of Americans against another group of Americans for the purposes of getting him reelected. It’s very, very sad.” he finished.
The Latino Vote
Ingraham also prompted Rubio to offer an assessment on how the president’s support for gay marriage would impact his standing with Hispanics.
“The Latino vote – would this help or hurt with him?” she asked.
“I don’t know. Again, the number one issue in the Hispanic community is jobs and economic empowerment – the desire to leave your children better off than yourself. I think that’s the number one issue in our country for all Americans.” Rubio answered.
“You know what I’m running into – people that have worked their entire lives and sacrificed so their kids could go to college. Their kids did everything their parents asked of them. They got good grades, they went to college, they studied hard, they got a degree, they got an advanced degree, and they can’t find a job.” he later commented.
“It’s like everything we promised them would happen for them if they did what we asked them to do has turned out not to be true. And there’s this extraordinary concern about that. The kids having to move back in with their parents, all those kinds of things. It’s not working the way they thought it would work in America. And they’re desperate to see a change of direction on that and this president is not offering it.”
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