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Romney Wanted Gay Spokesman to Stay on the Job

by Kasie Hunt
Friday May 4, 2012
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PITTSBURGH (AP) - Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney says he wanted an openly gay spokesman who resigned from his campaign this week to stay on.

He says his campaign doesn’t consider sexual orientation in hiring.

Interviewed Friday by Fox News, Romney called the spokesman, Richard Grenell, a "capable individual" and said many senior campaign aides urged him not to leave.

Grenell was hired in late April to speak for Romney on national security and foreign policy issues. A vocal supporter of gay marriage, Grenell resigned this week after conservative critics raised questions about his sexual orientation.

Romney says his campaign hires people "not based upon their ethnicity, or their sexual preference or their gender but upon their capability."

Romney also criticized Friday’s jobs report, calling it "not good news."

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  • Anonymous, 2012-05-04 10:40:44

    What a bunch of pandering BS after the fact! What’s his reason for not responding to the right-wing attacks prior to the resignation?


  • Anonymous, 2012-05-05 20:57:11

    Oh yeah, you can believe Romney. I seriously hope Americas are smarter than that, but same ones elected George Bush twice.


  • Marc , 2012-05-05 22:00:56

    Romney gains nothing by saying he wanted to guy to stay. And if Obama can buy votes so cheaply by throwing out trinkets about gay rights when he has plainly failed as a leader, your vote is many things, smart is not one of them.


  • Anonymous, 2012-05-07 20:14:16

    President Obama is a much better leader than bush. And he is a president who is for us gays.


  • Marc , 2012-05-08 05:07:23

    Is it pro gay to bankrupt the country?


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