Friday, August 19, 2011

Johnson again questions worth of social issues for GOP | Iowa Independent

Johnson again questions worth of social issues for GOP | Iowa Independent - Lynda Waddington:

Aug. 19, 2011: "former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson ... told the National Press Club his thoughts on the 'social conservative fringe.' 'There is no majority in America that can be built on hypocrisy and inconsistency,' Johnson said Friday in Washington, DC....

“'Social issues are not going to win the White House in 2012. When I see Republican presidential candidates discussing morality as if the government were some type of watchdog and moral compass for America — then I see the American electorate being turned away,' he said.

“'When they look at the field of candidates for President, what do voters really see? They see: We need to balance the budget, but not too fast. We need to deal with entitlements, but not enough that anybody really feels a difference. And yes, we need to cut spending by trillions, but don’t touch defense. And worst of all, the voters see a party that says it wants government out of our daily lives, except when it comes to gay rights, a woman’s right to choose, what we do on the internet, or what our families look like....

“'Historically and philosophically, the Republican Party is the party which should be offering a notion of tolerance, truly small government and freedom — and that is why I’m a Republican. But watching the presidential race today, that is not what voters are hearing.'"

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