RNC says Obama announcement 'politics'
May 9th, 2012
04:05 PM ET
6 years ago

RNC says Obama announcement 'politics'

(CNN) – The chairman of the Republican National Committee painted President Barack Obama's endorsement Tuesday of same-sex marriage as a purely political move, issuing a statement soon after news of the president's decision hit.

"While President Obama has played politics on this issue, the Republican Party and our presumptive nominee Mitt Romney have been clear," RNC Chairman Reince Priebus wrote. "We support maintaining marriage between one man and one woman and would oppose any attempts to change that."

- Follow the Ticker on Twitter: @PoliticalTicker

Earlier Wednesday, Romney addressed same-sex marriage in an interview with KDVR in Colorado.

"Well when these issues were raised in my state of Massachusetts, I indicated my view, which is I do not favor marriage between people of the same gender, and I do not favor civil unions if they are identical to marriage other than by name," Romney said. "My view is the domestic partnership benefits, hospital visitation rights, and the like are appropriate but that the others are not."

Romney made the comments before Obama said in an interview with ABC News, "I think same-sex couples should be able to get married."

Also see:

Federal inmate's sizable West Virginia presidential vote tally

Santorum explains late night endorsement on late night TV

Bachmann a Swiss citizen?

Filed under: President Obama • RNC • Same-sex marriage
soundoff (67 Responses)
  1. vote the Tea Party OUT in 2012

    if this is just pure politics as Priebus wants to call it, then why did he and the RNC need to say ANYTHING? Most people know where the RNC stands on LGBT issues even though one of their biggest right wingers Dick Cheney SUPPORTS gay unions.

    May 9, 2012 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  2. Is Obama a puppet President?

    Obama has chosen only now to establish a position on this issue? I'm amazed that it only took him three years, and in an election year to announce this. So sad that Obama can't make a decision when he doesn't have political motivation and an election on the line. Can there be any doubt as to the lack of leadership here? It would appear that Democrats would rather use this single issue to campaign on, rather than their own record, which of course is abysmal.

    May 9, 2012 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  3. Willis

    Is there ever going to be a time when Mitt comes out of his shell & has a press confrence & takes questions. Bishop Pinocchio cant hide behinfd Fox Gimmie a kiss interviews forever!!!!!!!!!

    May 9, 2012 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  4. Ex-GOP Con

    "While President Obama has played politics on this issue, the Republican Party and our presumptive nominee Mitt Romney have been clear," RNC Chairman Reince Priebus wrote. "We support maintaining marriage between one man and one woman and would oppose any attempts to change that."

    WOWWW! Change the GOP mascot to a hippo already. The hypocrisy is rank with Reince Priebus and his party!

    May 9, 2012 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  5. Willis

    Mittster says Yea I saved the auto industry....... Yea thats the ticket........ with my wife........ morgan fairchild...... yea thats the ticket.....

    May 9, 2012 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  6. vic , nashville ,tn

    Republicans still in 1900 so who care what they say

    May 9, 2012 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  7. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Yes, it's politics, year after year after year and it's politics that Republicans have always been cowards about. Let's go back to Dick Cheney who undeniably has a lesbian daughter and partner and grandchildren from their union and he wouldn't speak up for them but is seen publically with them. That's a coward and anyone else who denies them their rights and freedom is a coward. Obama doesn't coward to anyone or any political party, he's the PEOPLES PRESIDENT.

    May 9, 2012 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  8. Willis

    Having an Habitual Liar for Candidate for the Prez of the United States is just to much for me. Man is is this Yahoo Somethin or What..

    May 9, 2012 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  9. Tom

    Senator McCain I will take that bet against the Spinelesss Russia is our biggest foe Complete Idiot. He make me Laugh!!!

    May 9, 2012 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  10. Anthony R. Seta

    Everything is politics.... regardless of what the RNC chairman says.

    There will be pros and cons to the president 'formally' supporting Gay Marriage. It's no real secret that he has never had any real animosity toward the concept. He has just been wise enough to strategize by keeping this issue from becoming all-consuming in a presidential election cycle – until now. On the pro-side, at least his aides can stop fiddling around with evasive answers and just get to the point when asked about this matter. Jay Carney's job will be a bit easier. On the negative side, the gay marriage thing is a ballot issue that stands to lose votes for the president and other down-ticket races for democrats in critical swing states. That is the cold hard mathematical reality to this decision.

    For my part, I'm already supportive of the Gay Marriage movement and therefore am glad the president has made this decision. Regardless though, I am inclined enough to the Real-Politik of the situation and realize that this one issue may cost us the election this year and potentially lose the senate as well. Those are the real costs. While I'm very supportive of this decision, I can only feel a sense of gloom & doom as I'm all to familiar with the anti-gay movement in this nation and their sentiments and how this action by the prez could very much jeopardize our chances of winning the election this year.

    May 9, 2012 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  11. Namejkane fl live from teapublican moon base no taxes, no regulation no health care, free gas.

    Republican morons have no credability on any issue and will find out after Dem landslide in Nov. Get on board ,thanks teaparty clowns!!!!

    May 9, 2012 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  12. macrasta

    amazing.. so what Romney said yesterday about taking credit for the auto industry is not political??? good grief....

    May 9, 2012 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  13. dakster

    Dear Mitt – what do you have against me and my partner of 17 years from being able to collect social security benefits if the other dies? Gosh, straight couples can get married and in one or two years, abuse their spouses and their children and still get these benefits. Yet, two loving guys in a monogamous relationship cannot. Gosh you really don't get it do you!

    May 9, 2012 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  14. Sarah

    Duhhhh...ya think? The man creates his own problems by playing both sides of an issue until he can figure out which will get him the most votes- then again, I'm eveloving to think this is 'truth' and 'leadership'. Yuh!

    May 9, 2012 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  15. Lynda/Minnesota

    "While President Obama has played politics on this issue, the Republican Party and our presumptive nominee Mitt Romney have been clear"

    What is the big deal, Priebus. Both candidates have now drawn their lines in the sand on opposite sides of the issue. If Romney is comfortable with his decision, so be it. If not, he needs to clarify that stand. Those most "offended" by President Obama's decision weren't going to vote for him anyway. As it stands, even Dick Cheney and Laura Bush are on record advocating for equality in marriage. As a follower of Christ, I too believe marriage is between one man and one woman. However, as a United States citizen, I recognize that not all are in agreement with me.

    Either way, President Obama still has my vote of confidence. He is the President of All the People - and not just the President of those we agree (or disagree) with.

    May 9, 2012 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  16. Obama 2012 - BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of FAILURE

    Obama is getting desperate for votes and donations... This can only be called a Hail Dick & Harry pass. He's already pandered and bought off every conceivable voting block out there. Desperation make you do dumb things. This will cost him many close swing states because he just motivated many of his opponents and alienated many religious blacks and hispanics who will now chose to stay home. THANK YOU JOE BIDEN!!!

    May 9, 2012 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  17. Ken

    A brave and gutsy move on the part of the President!
    Romney only wishes that he had the cajones to do the same!

    May 9, 2012 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  18. Ronda in Houston,TX

    The Repubs are doomed and they know it. They just want the POTUS to sit in the WH and say nothing and do nothing...oh wait, that's what the GOP is all about.

    May 9, 2012 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  19. Sarah

    To Is Obama a puppet President?- I have to say I thought this since his forst act when he announced his executive orders. When he was questioned as to what they were about he had no answers and defferred countless times to others to answer the questions regarding what the executive orders were and how they would be carried out. He had no clue and the word Puppet came to mind. Time gives the impression he is but history will tell our kids if he truly was or if he just had so little respect for an office he may not have been properly prepared.

    May 9, 2012 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  20. cali girl

    whatever, just blowing blah blah

    May 9, 2012 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  21. NVa Native

    Again Obama stands up to the arrogance & ignorance of the right wing sleaze machine and the GOPuppets want people to think they had nothing to do with it.
    Sleazy GOPuppets go and cry in the shadows in your lizard brains and leave Thinking America alone.

    May 9, 2012 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  22. Jay

    The GOP would call the President coming out in favor of brushing after meals 'political' and an attempt to destroy 'freedoms'.

    May 9, 2012 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  23. mcskadittle

    This announcement is politics. I think most of us understand that everything a politician does is "politics" its the job

    May 9, 2012 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  24. cali girl

    using this as political fodder? how about Robmey's wife in tv ads promoting her as a mom of 5. go back and rething something else.

    May 9, 2012 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  25. kate

    I was in SLC this weekend. This months Salt Lake City Magazine reads,"The Myth of Mitt". How he did NOT save the Olympics and how he used millions and millions of tax payers money to make him self look like a hero. Yet another smoke and mirrors LIE. Read it and learn. This is from His People.

    May 9, 2012 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
1 2 3