RNC says Obama announcement 'politics'
May 9th, 2012
04:05 PM ET
2 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."

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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."

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Filed under: President Obama • RNC • Same-sex marriage
soundoff (67 Responses)
  1. Lili

    Thanks, President Obama for doing the right thing!!!! Discrimination in any form is wrong!

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2012

    May 9, 2012 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  2. Obama 2012 - BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of FAILURE

    I can hardly wait to see the reception the Democrat Party gets in North Carolina when they hold their convention there. Will the Democrat Party sponsor some gay pride parades as part of the event???

    May 9, 2012 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  3. Crow

    Everything Obama does is politics. If he ever got around to governing we might have a budget and unemployment at decent levels. Obama is a great POLITICIAN and seems very nice but he sucks as President.

    May 9, 2012 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  4. Boytjie

    Oh, please, the GOP has been playing politics with this issue for years.

    May 9, 2012 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  5. Dan j

    He was for it before he was against it before he was for it. Guess it polls well now. Let's see if he follows through

    May 9, 2012 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  6. Dan

    And RNC has not played POLITICS with just name it.

    May 9, 2012 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  7. B.

    Oh, you mean like Romney attempting to -take credit- for the success of the Auto Companies after he said to" let them go bankrupt" ! ONE minor thing that Romney left out was the detail of MONEY to allow them to do it. that Obama made possible.

    Romney operates like Nixon did.

    May 9, 2012 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  8. Obama 2012 - BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of FAILURE

    Once again, Obama asks the country to BEND FORWARD and take another nasty taste of his far left agenda. Do you need any more proof that Obama is a FAR LEFT LOON America???

    May 9, 2012 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  9. Silence DoGood

    @Ken "A brave and gutsy move on the part of the President!"

    It is not brave and gutsy to follow the polls and pander to the majority to get votes. How about keeping his promises on closing Guantanamo and stopping the US military adventurism around the world. THAT would be gutsy.

    May 9, 2012 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  10. Governor 47th in Job Growth

    RNC PR BS being the useless toad per usual. Get that big government out of our personal lives, right Rinse Prius?

    May 9, 2012 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  11. betterdays

    Just let these folks (as our president would call them) be "married," give them their benefits (it's all about $$$$ anyway) and get it over with. Maybe then they'll quit bellowing about how cruel the world is, but I doubt it. By the way, just because I dislike something or someone, or find it/him/her distasteful or objectionable, does not mean I'm afraid of it/him/her. So this (fill in the blank)-phobia argument is a sham.

    As for our president, he will always take the side of the "oppressed," and he's trying hard to convince as many people as possible that they fall into that category.

    May 9, 2012 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  12. sonny chapman

    What would the RNC call the tail hook landing,flight suit strut & MISSION ACCOMPLISHED caper of George W. ?

    May 9, 2012 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  13. Silence DoGood

    @boytjie "Oh, please, the GOP has been playing politics with this issue for years."

    You have finally picked up on the sad fact that Obama and the RNC are both playing politics. Welcome to the Status Quo.

    May 9, 2012 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  14. Scott

    Do away with all the red tape and let people make thier own decisions. Romney 2012.

    May 9, 2012 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  15. Anonymous

    How dare a politician engage in politics! Oh the horror!

    May 9, 2012 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  16. Are you kidding me?

    Seriously which is it. Yesterday they had Pataki slamming the president for not saying anything now they call it politics when he picked a side. Just happens that our president made a good call and he knows that people will respect him more for having an open mind.

    For those who disagree calm down. The world is not going to crack in half or explode.

    May 9, 2012 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  17. Kathleen Farrell

    There are way bigger issues out there. Who cares who marries? Unbelievable that bigotry still takes center stage.

    May 9, 2012 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  18. johnborg

    I don't think this is politics, as the RNC says, however, if it was... the RNC is admitting that gay marriage is becoming more and more accepted in the mainstream society or else they would feel threatened by Obama's stance.

    May 9, 2012 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  19. lies from the right but mostly hate

    Like the gop would never play politics with everyday issues.hypocrits

    May 9, 2012 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  20. Lionel

    Way to go Obama. Someone with courage. Romney the flip-flopper is a dork.

    Latinos for Obama 2012

    May 9, 2012 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  21. once upon a horse

    except for the Log Cabin Republicans and GOPride groups that are in total denial, the GOP is not going to get the LGBT support or vote anyway so I see no need for Priebus to even comment on this. It's not like this announcement is going to take any votes away from his party.

    May 9, 2012 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  22. sassysticks53

    I see President Obama has struck a raw nerve with the GOP clowns! Good. Everybody the GOP hates and loaths will be voting to re-elect the President . The GOP will pay dearly for their extremism, bigotry, misogny, etc., etc.

    May 9, 2012 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  23. The REAL Truth...

    @Silence DoGood – "stopping the US military adventurism around the world. THAT would be gutsy."
    ---------------------–
    hmm..I wonder whom it was that got our troops out of Iraq...??
    Oops.. sorry, forgot that was wannabe Mittens... LOL

    May 9, 2012 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  24. Stormin Mormon

    Let people do what they want????? We will all be listening to Mormon BS with Romney running things.

    May 9, 2012 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  25. Another Day in the RW Idiot Mines

    "How about keeping his promises on closing Guantanamo and stopping the US military adventurism around the world. THAT would be gutsy."

    How about you stop coming here and spewing your big Gitmo lie when it was the cowardly bedwetters in the GOBP cult that blocked closure? That would be gutsy!

    May 9, 2012 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
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