The First 2012 GOP Presidential Candidate is GAY!

  • coolarmydude

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    Mar 25, 2011 4:10 PM GMT
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    Fred Karger seated right.

    Meet Fred Karger: He's the first official entrant in the race for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination. He's also openly gay, a proud feminist, pro-same sex marriage, pro-abortion-rights, and a critic of Sarah Palin who thinks many Republicans are hypocrites.

    "There is no place for hatred and bigotry in this country," Karger said Wednesday in a statement. "I want to be a participant and help shape the debate in the Republican Party and our nation."

    Karger, a California businessman and the first openly gay presidential candidate for a major political party, is a long-shot at best who will have a terrifically hard time winning over more than a tiny fraction of the Republican base. He doesn't anticipate being invited to the debates, but says he'll fight to be heard.

    http://onevoiceamongmany.newsvine.com/_news/2011/03/24/6335832-first-official-gop-candidate-for-president-in-2012-is-gay-and-doesnt-care-for-sarah-palin

    More about him: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fred_Karger

    More on the story: http://www.ebar.com/news/article.php?sec=news&article=5569

    His political website: http://fredkarger.com
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    Mar 25, 2011 4:16 PM GMT
    I like him already.. maybe someone will return the GOP back to its real roots and expel the disease that has ravaged it for 50 years.
  • coolarmydude

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    Mar 25, 2011 4:22 PM GMT
    In the interest of gay rights as a whole, it's good to see a GOP moderate who either unabashedly supports gay rights, like Megan McCain, or is a prominent gay figure in the GOP. When conservatives realize that being gay is as mainstream and normal as any other person, then gay rights will flourish even more.
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    Mar 25, 2011 8:38 PM GMT
    What a stark contrast he is to the rest of his party.
    And the rest of the Repub field vying for the nomination.

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    Mar 25, 2011 8:41 PM GMT
    He sounds like the sort of person you could vote for without feeling dirty.
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    Mar 25, 2011 10:23 PM GMT
    Hay I too am a feminist too, when feminisem is about equality for both sexes, and not just extra rights. As a proud homosexual who wants to see us real gays have an identity of our very own, and equality too, one still does not see how anyone can support the gay agenda 100% as not all of it is good or right!

    Would I vote for him, have to wait and see.
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    Mar 27, 2011 7:47 PM GMT
    The above mentioned particulars sound good... but I will have to see where he stands on:

    - Needless military adventurism/interventionism (Iraq/Afghanistan/Libya etc.)
    - Fiscal responsibility/balanced budget
    - Simplifying the tax burden and enabling the middle class to save/invest more of their income (lower taxes)
    - Restoring jobs to Americans.
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    Mar 27, 2011 7:53 PM GMT
    Say whaaaaat? Hell I'd be a republican if it weren't for their horrible reputation of stomping on the rights of everyone who isn't rich, white and male. You go dude, I'll straight up vote for him, would be my first republican vote since...... well, ever
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    Mar 27, 2011 7:59 PM GMT
    Chance of Getting Elected:

    Icicle. Hell.

    But good for him anyway.
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    Mar 27, 2011 8:11 PM GMT
    Now this is my kind of President! He has a different stance on everything about the Republican party that I don't like. We gays need to unite and support this guy!
  • jarthon

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    Mar 27, 2011 8:17 PM GMT
    I feel this is not much past a publicity stunt. I could see him starting off alright but he'll lose EVERY "southern" state with their rampant homophobia and he'll be forced to drop out and we'll see someone like Palin or Huckabee get the nomination. And if Obama doesn't do something memorable, he'll end up losing. Not saying he is a bad President or anything but everything has just plateaued.
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    Mar 27, 2011 8:17 PM GMT
    If only gay people could help propel him to at least double digits in some early states, he could at least be a greater factor in the conversation. Gay republicans out there: unite! (And I don't say that sarcastically... for a time -before 2004 -I believed most gays in the U.S. were Republicans 'cause most of my American friends are, then I began to read American politics by myself...)

    Good for him.
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    Mar 27, 2011 8:45 PM GMT
    Good for him; wouldn't it show tolerance and acceptance if he actually gets a good run?

    Having said that, I have been told over and over again on this board that you can not be gay and a Republican and that you need to be self hating if you are Republican... Will this man prove people wrong?
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    Mar 27, 2011 8:49 PM GMT
    True_Blue_Aussie saidHay I too am a feminist too, when feminisem is about equality for both sexes, and not just extra rights. As a proud homosexual who wants to see us real gays have an identity of our very own, and equality too, one still does not see how anyone can support the gay agenda 100% as not all of it is good or right!

    Would I vote for him, have to wait and see.


    How could you vote for him? Aren't you an Australian? Dual citizenship? Expat with an absentee ballot?
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    Mar 27, 2011 9:05 PM GMT
    rickrick91 saidWhat a stark contrast he is to the rest of his party.
    And the rest of the Repub field vying for the nomination.



    See, they do exist Rickrick, you can be Republican and gay and not be self hating. Now can you lay off the gay Republicans on RJ for a little bit?
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    Mar 27, 2011 9:06 PM GMT
    I somehow don't think the republican voters on a national level will embrace the guy... too bad.

    He even did an "It gets better video"



    61yo, handsome guy too, gay men do take care of themselves better than our straight counterparts.

    This is him when he was about my age

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    He could have picked me up....
  • metta

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    Mar 30, 2011 8:11 AM GMT

    Openly gay Republican Fred Karger announces 2012 presidential run




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