November 29th, 2007
12:07 AM ET
14 years ago

General from GOP debate linked to Democratic campaign

ST. PETERSBURG, Florida (CNN) - During Wednesday night's CNN-YouTube debate retired brigadier general Keith Kerr, posed a powerful question about gays in the military. The general had been invited to attend the debate and was given an opportunity to address whether his question was answered.

Following the debate, CNN learned that Kerr was listed as a member of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Americans For Hillary Clinton Steering Committee.

CNN Senior Vice President and Executive Producer of the debate, David Bohrman, says, "We regret this, and apologize to the Republican candidates. We never would have used the General's question had we known that he was connected to any presidential candidate."

Prior to the debate, CNN had verified his military background and that he had not contributed any money to any presidential candidate.

Following the debate, Kerr told CNN that he's done no work for the Clinton campaign. He says he is a member of the Log Cabin Republicans and was representing no one other than himself.

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  1. Brian Barton

    Funny, Democrats are complaining that it was a fair question and should have been answered and it was, however, how many real questions were asked of Hiliary Clinton and the only one that has been asked (immigration) when she answered it she labeled it as "gotcha" politics.
    Hiliar ious, that her campaign would attemot to stack another "fake" question.

    November 29, 2007 02:13 am at 2:13 am |
  2. Tom, Texas, USA

    CNN alleges: "Keith Kerr posed a powerful question about gays in the military." "[P]owerful question"? Try: "Boilerplate leftist kook talking point." "[P]owerful" to whom? CNN? Evidently, CNN considers something "powerful" if it agrees with its fundamentalist leftist agenda. CNN also states that Kerr "had been invited to attend the debate ...." "[I]nvited" by whom? CNN? "[I]nvited" for what reason? To promote CNN's agenda? Also, why did CNN give a homosexual activist like Kerr "an opportunity to address whether his question was answered" unless CNN considered this "Republican" so-called "debate" to be a forum for homosexual activists to argue in favor of CNN's preferred ideology?

    November 29, 2007 02:21 am at 2:21 am |
  3. Chris, Fort Collins, CO

    It doesn't matter who he works for! His question was completely fair! It affects Hillary in no way. He didn't plug for Hillary – the question had nothing to do with her.

    The REAL story here is hateful Republicans booing a 43-year military veteran because of his sexual orientation. That just fills me with disgust.

    November 29, 2007 02:30 am at 2:30 am |
  4. Anonymous

    Cooper needs to exit his closet, under fair disclosure rules. He pushes the gay agenda way too much, it's all he can get his voice up for.

    November 29, 2007 02:31 am at 2:31 am |
  5. Robert

    General Keith Kerr just happened to be in the audience tonight and CNN didn't connect the dots? Convenient. Also, the selected YouTube questions featured: a man waving a Bible, threatening NRA member, Confederate flag defender, etc. Wow. Convenient Republican stereotypes.

    November 29, 2007 02:35 am at 2:35 am |
  6. Lote Han, VA

    If you guys are suprised about the planted question from Hillary then I am ashamed of you all. You should be more worried about what this act says on CNN in her pocket and what to expect if she becomes POTUS which i pray won't happen.

    I know slick Willy is the master of triangulation, but there is no way in HELL Hillary would have voted for the war in Iraq if Bill felt it was wrong. What is really going on with the Clintons? They are not yet back in the White house and they are pulling all these stunts that makes HollyWood a rookie.

    And you guys want to send them back to the White House? You gotta be kidding me.

    November 29, 2007 02:36 am at 2:36 am |
  7. Greg, Dallas, TX

    It was a legitimate question, so who cares if it, or the questioner, was a plant? What's bizarre is that David Bohrman felt compelled to apologize for it. If this merits an apology, then the unethical skewing of air time among the candidates merits hari-kari. Someone hand the man a sword, please.

    November 29, 2007 03:12 am at 3:12 am |
  8. Wayne, Silver Spring, MD

    LOL. I suppose CNN is building a nice track record of overlooking disclosures when it comes to Clinton 🙂

    It was the failure to disclose James Carvil's involement two weeks ago and now this. Surprise, surprise.

    I think that CNN, its executive and Hill are in the same bed as far as I'm concerened.

    November 29, 2007 03:22 am at 3:22 am |
  9. S. Katz, Boston MA

    Typical, concentrate on the nature of the person asking the tough questions, rather than the issues they bring up.

    Kerr is a citizen, and has every right to ask the question he did.

    The fact that no one on that stage was willing to answer the question meaningfully is the real story here.

    November 29, 2007 03:23 am at 3:23 am |
  10. sali, rutherford, nj

    Huckabee must want company on mars... he was way out there trying to speak around the question by the you tuber who questioned why he gave education breaks to children of illegal aliens... we don't need another holier than thou... self righteous... sympathizer who will please the illegals who are here to vote for these guys.

    November 29, 2007 03:41 am at 3:41 am |
  11. fred, Kansas City, KS

    CNN the most busted news network; fails to mention the other plants from the DNC debate on CNN YOU TUBE!

    Fairly tilted, Balanced attacker of all non-leftist!

    November 29, 2007 04:06 am at 4:06 am |
  12. Independent in IA

    The fact that the gentleman in question reached the rank of Brigadier General, says a great deal about both his character and his fitness to serve in the military alongside of straight-laced 'christian'(?) youth. Obviously, his competence to command shone brightly.

    November 29, 2007 04:22 am at 4:22 am |
  13. MikePost, Bosie, Idaho

    What is the evidence that Hillary planted the question? A general is quite capable of asking a very obvious question. If other Judeo-Christian countries like Israel and Great Britan can have openly gay soldiers, why can't we?
    Who cares anymore about a person's orientation other than dogmatic fundamentalists? Don't we have separation of church and state here anymore?

    November 29, 2007 04:38 am at 4:38 am |
  14. AnaHadWolves, Philadelphia, PA, USA

    Oh, God forbid a non-softball question should be posed to this Seven-Dwarf-ish crowd of clowns! Perhaps a non-buddy of the candidates should ask a hard question of them.

    After seven years of the Cheney/Bush Presidency/Vice-Presidency ( that order), I'm ready for a major change in leadership; none of these cretins is that change. Pah!

    November 29, 2007 05:05 am at 5:05 am |
  15. Ricky. Charlotte, NC

    Thank God we have people like Kerr in this country. He's served with pride and deserves to be recognized. His question was a very important one, unfortunately the answers were shameful.

    November 29, 2007 05:29 am at 5:29 am |
  16. Willy, Chesapeake, VA

    The gay general planted by the Clinton’s and CNN is no surprise. The Clinton News Network and the Clintons will do anything to cast a bad light on republicans. Bull Crap on you is your weak disclosure Cooper. You knew it all along.

    November 29, 2007 06:00 am at 6:00 am |
  17. mark wilkes barre pa

    Just goes to show that leading questions, steering the direction of conversation,and planting ringers in the crowd to provoke a resonse the media can run with is more important then asking questions that really matter

    November 29, 2007 06:22 am at 6:22 am |
  18. Mike, NC

    Who can be surprised that the Clinton Crime Family duped the CNN (Clinton News Network) to plant a question. ***People get real, do we really want to return the Clinton's and their corrupt morals and values back in the whitehouse. Haven't we suffered these crimainals enough???????????***

    November 29, 2007 06:40 am at 6:40 am |
  19. Tevin, Raleigh, NC

    Why Apologize? This is exactly the type of question that should be asked. It exposes bigotry. The candidates couldn't even answer the question!

    November 29, 2007 06:48 am at 6:48 am |
  20. Tom H, Palm Valley, FL

    Great question (the rant while he was in the audience was unacceptable) wrong person to ask it. Come on CNN, you just severely discredited yourself. Need to shake the label of the Clinton News Network, this didn't help. Get back to your former glory.

    November 29, 2007 06:56 am at 6:56 am |
  21. ProudVet ny ny

    aj huntington ny I keep repeating are trashy period, have a more educated comment or comments.

    As far as the question, why an apology, there should have been more of them to cath those empty suits off guard and see if they can truthfully answer the questions...any way, the circus was in town.

    November 29, 2007 07:00 am at 7:00 am |
  22. Jan, Toledo OH

    Did Hillary physically ask the man to ask that question at the debate or did he ask the question because that is what he is interested in. It's amazing how the news coverage is. Is this the scenario I am to believe. Hillary Clinton asks the man to ask the question on gays in the armed services, of course, knowing that CNN would select that question from that particular person out of how many questions. No one could be that lucky. By the way, it was a legitimate question.

    November 29, 2007 07:25 am at 7:25 am |
  23. Scott Smith, Chicago, IL

    CNN has a habit of 'planting' questions it seems and gives the Clinton campaign a leg up. Kerr got more airtime than a couple of the candidates themselves.

    The questions chosen for this debate were extremely disappointing and left out a plethera of important issues. Many of the questions appeared to come from liberal democrats than republicans. As a matter of fact, after the democratic debate, CNN talked about the debate for hours it seemed. CNN had a disappointingly brief panel following the republican debate and let the liberals in the panel speak more than the republicans. CNN – here's a tip. If you have conservatives watching, they would rather hear from Bill Bennett and other conservatives about their candidates. Not the radical left-wing, or is this by design????

    November 29, 2007 07:40 am at 7:40 am |
  24. AJ; Montpelier, VT

    Who cares? If it was a good question and one that needed to be answered, why should it have been prohibited?

    November 29, 2007 07:51 am at 7:51 am |
  25. Surrealist, Fort Myers, FL

    Big deal. This was the only issue that CNN allowed to slip through that had any relevance on candidates opinions on any domestic issues. And the GOP hot dogs chastised them. So they vetted 99% of the substantive questions related to domestic issues, the economy, and infrastructure. Obviously CNN caved in to any issues that would really make the Republican candidates sweat. How about the other 1000 questions related to health care, jobs, trade deficits, education–that never made to the floor!!! Give me a break–this couldn't have been anymore staged if the GOP had scripted it.

    November 29, 2007 08:11 am at 8:11 am |
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