On Tuesday’s edition of MSNBC Live, former Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell (D) called for President Obama to “man up” and take a position on gay marriage.
While discussing the president’s waffling on same-sex marriage, host Thomas Roberts mentioned the upcoming $2,500-per-plate LGBT Obama fundraiser hosted by Ricky Martin. The Washington Post reports that some of those LGBT donors now threaten to withhold funding from the president’s campaign, and so Roberts asks Rendell: “How does the president walk this political tightrope?”
“I think […] he should man up and say ‘this is what I believe,'” Rendell replied.
The president’s slippery views on same-sex marriage is definitely frustrating. Many analysts say his position remains that way so as not to alienate any of his black supporters, since they tend to be socially conservative and could abandon him if he were to openly advocate for same-sex marriage.
But Rendell maintains that being pro-gay-marriage would not politically harm the president. “I don’t think he’s going to lose any African American voters,” said the former governor. “And the people who vote solely on this issue, a single issue voter, gay marriage, none of them are voting for Barack Obama now, and they’re not going to vote for him whether he says he’s against it.”
Check out the clip below, via MSNBC:
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