A reader alerted me to an article contending that GOP presidential candidate “Newt Gingrich told a gay man and longtime resident of Oskaloosa[, Iowa] here today that he should vote for President Obama.” According to Memeorandum, the story is generating quite the buzz in the blogosphere.
Only problem is that the spin of the Democrat who posed the question is at odds with the reality of what the former House Speaker actually said. He left out a lot of context as the actual video of their encounter reveals:
Here’s what Gingrich actually said:
I think for those for whom the only issue that really matters is the definition of marriage, I won’t get their support and I accept that that’s the reality. On the other hand for those for whom it’s not the central issue in their lives, if they care about job creation, if they care about national security, if they care about a better future for the country at large, then I think I’ll get their support.
Emphasis added. The Republican is not saying to vote for Obama because he’s gay, but to vote for Obama if gay marriage is the only issue that really matters to him. As my friend Rick Sincere (who posted the initial article on Facebook) put it:
The man who asked the question spun Gingrich’s response as quite a lot broader than just the marriage issue. Why he would say vote for Obama is a mystery, though, since Obama has said he’s opposed to gay marriage. (Except in 1996, when he was for it.) (more…)