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Report: Newt Gingrich Tells Gay Iowa Voter To Support President Obama

During a campaign stop in Oskaloosa, Iowa, Republican hopeful Newt Gingrich allegedly told a gay Iowan he would be better off voting for President Obama.

According to the Des Moines Register’s Jason Clayworth, Scott Arnold, an associate professor of writing at William Penn University, approached the former Speaker of the House and “asked him if he’s elected, how does he plan to engage gay Americans. How are we to support him?” “He told me to support Obama,” said Arnold.

Update: Newly obtained video has been posted by The Washington Post of the exchange, watch below.

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Clayworth reports on the exchange:

“When you ask somebody a question and you expect them to support all Americans and have everyone’s general interest,” Arnold said. “It’s a little bit frustrating and disheartening when you’re told to support the other side. That he doesn’t’ need your support.”

“It doesn’t inspire hope at all,” Arnold said of Gingrich’s statements. “And if that’s what he’s trying to do and that’s what he’s trying to say, that this is a collective effort if he’s elected president, yet he tells me to support the other side?”

Clayworth notes that Gingrich has a half sister who is a lesbian and said recently in Iowa that same-sex marriage “is a temporary aberration that will dissipate.”

Update: Dave Weigel transcribed the interview:

ARNOLD: My question is, how do you plan to engage such a large community of people on this one specific issue do not support you. They may agree with you on the other parts of what you stand for, but how do you plan to engage and get the help of gay Americans and those who support them?

GINGRICH: I think for those for whom the only issue that really matters is the definition of marriage, I won’t get their support. I accept that that’s a reality. On the other hand, for those for whom it’s not the central issue in their life, 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.

ARNOLD:: So what if it is the biggest issue?

GINGRICH: Then I won’t get their support.

[…]

ARNOLD: And how do we engage if you’re elected, though? Then, what, what does that mean?

GINGRICH: Well, you engage in every topic except that.

ARNOLD: Except the one that’s most important.

GINGRICH: Well, if that’s the most topic important to you…

ARNOLD: To many millions of people.

GINGRICH: Well, if that’s the most important to you, then you should be for Obama.

ARNOLD: Okay.

GINGRICH: I think that’s perfectly legitimate.

ARNOLD: I am, but thank you.

GINGRICH: I think that’s perfectly legitimate.

Watch the exchange below via CBS:

(h/t The Blaze)

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