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Ex-Sen. Alan Simpson Attacks Homophobes Like Rick Santorum For Plaguing GOP

The above clip is noteworthy because 1) it comes from a cable news network; 2) it features somebody who’s operated in D.C.’s halls of power; 3) it addresses gay issues; 4) it features a member of the GOP discussing other members of the GOP; 5) it actually criticizes people who are against homosexuals. The words come from former Sen. Alan Simpson, the Republican of Wyoming, who has some terse words for “homophobes” like Sen. Rick Santorum: “We have homophobes on our party. That’s disgusting to me. We’re all human beings. We’re all God’s children. Now if they’re going to get off on that stuff—Santorum has said some cruel things—cruel, cruel things—about homosexuals. Ask him about it; see if he attributes the cruelness of his remarks years ago. Foul. Now if that’s the kind of guys that are going to be on my ticket, you know, it makes you sort out hard what Reagan said, you know, ‘Stick with your folks.’ But, I’m not sticking with people who are homophobic, anti-women, moral values—while you’re diddling your secretary while you’re giving a speech on moral values? Come on, get off of it.” Brava. [via]