November 29th, 2007
12:07 AM ET
15 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. Willy Chesapeake, VA

    Total shock. Why would the (un) bias CNN and Clinton's allow such a thing?

    November 29, 2007 08:15 am at 8:15 am |
  2. Eric, Geneva IL

    We have to be careful not to believe evrything people say... espeacilly on the news... they should have done a better backround check... and why cant gays be in the millitary? it wasnt until after WWII that blacks were DEsegreated... each situation is the same... getting fair rghts for ALL americans especially millitary personel

    November 29, 2007 08:17 am at 8:17 am |
  3. Willy, Chesapeake, VA

    There were two plants in the crowd sent in by the Clintons. The Gay General and Anderson Cooper.

    November 29, 2007 08:19 am at 8:19 am |
  4. RealityKing

    There was a liberal bias in the air all night. From the setup questions to the supposedly Ron Paul fans that filled the audience booing Rudy. And let's not forget CNN's post political analysts, it certainly didn't match up to the ex-Clinton administrators gushing about Hillary after the dem debate. In fact, 5 of the 6 political analysts on Anderson Coopers show, if you actually called Campbell that, were liberals who trashed the candidates platform without any analysis of the debate at all...

    Exactly what we come to expect from the liberal monkey group like CNN. NO LONGER the most trusted name in news..

    November 29, 2007 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  5. cicilia,nashua,nh

    You need to apologize to the American people that your Debates are set up and twisted to suit certain candidates and they are so unprofessional. I wonder what is going on in America.

    November 29, 2007 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  6. Gay , Hopkinsville Kentucky

    I was annoyed that CNN chose to give a member of the audience a soap box during a Presidentila debate, and then, when it was revealed he actually was associated with the Clinton campaign everything fell into place. With the many questions submitted for inclusive, I find it difficult to accept the idea that he was randomly chosen to appear in person.

    Now I know why my friends call CNN the Clinton nextwork and the democrat candidates don"t want Fox News to host one of their debates. It might actually be fair and balanced.

    November 29, 2007 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  7. Chris, Pensacola FL

    Yeah, it doesn't matter who he works for.

    Anyone can ask questions. Although I think the republicans answered correctly, the audience was terrible to him.

    I'd smack each and every one of them for their non-patriotism.

    November 29, 2007 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  8. Christian, Tampa FL

    Unfortunately, all the Republicans will just use this information to dodge the larger issue. It just so happens that Kerr is absolutely right and has the credibility that none of those candidates could ever hope to match, and that conservatives are just plain wrong on this issue. They were wrong about women's rights, racial issues, slavery, and they are wrong about gay rights.

    November 29, 2007 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  9. Bob, Falls Church, VA

    So many Democratic plants, one has to wonder about CNN these days. I mean, who else missed the "Concerned Young Undecided Person", questioning on abortion, who just happened to be wearing a John Edwards 08 shirt? Honestly, CNN, do you think you could make your plants a little less obvious?

    November 29, 2007 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  10. anon New York, NY

    He's listed on her LGBT steering committee.

    Either he is lying or Mrs. Clinton is lying.

    Who do you'all think is telling the truth?

    November 29, 2007 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  11. Patty, somewhere

    Can CNN stop apologizing please once and for all! Who are you trying to please other than republicans trying to switch the topic from answers to questionners? It's already plastered on other republican websites that one of the questionners supports Edwards and another supports some other democrat, so no amount of apologizing about anything will do anything to stop republicans saying you are nothing ut democratic supporters. It was a legitimate question, he was given the same opportunity to say whether his question was answered like another questionner in the audience was. I don't see people complaining you selected Grover Norquist to ask a question... and in case I missed something, I don't ever remember seeing it listed that anyone who wanted to submit a question had to be a registered republican supporter?????

    November 29, 2007 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  12. joseph, austin, tx

    this is why the debates are a waste of time I think Newt said it best "its like a bunch of seals waiting to be fed." By the way Newt would be a great candidate for president.

    November 29, 2007 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  13. John Karsten, Virginia Beach, VA

    I think the question was valid. I am in the military, and if a homosexual wants to serve his or her country so be it. They can take a bullet just like the rest of us. But if you ask me, why would a homosexual serve a country that will not recognize their rights. Just like during the Civil War, many African Americans served with great honor and valor, but yet they had no real rights. More power to them! Just something to think about.

    November 29, 2007 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  14. Will, Virginia

    I feel that CNN knew retired brigadier general Keith Kerr work for the Clinton campain

    November 29, 2007 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  15. Mike USMC 95-99

    Funny thing is that the greatest, pure military leader of all-time was a bisexual...Most likely a true homosexual...

    No one questions his military prowess, his ability to motivate a small army across the known world to India, nor his ability to make peace among those he conquered...

    Let any of those on the stage claim that manlove hindered the abilities of Alexander the Great...

    Still a silly wedge issue that the "base" loves to talk about...Haven't we had enough of the "base" over the past few years?

    give me a break...

    November 29, 2007 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  16. Heather, Chicago IL

    Well, that and has noone found it slightly odd that the guy who asked the last question to Ron Paul, out of those 5000 submissions recieved, also asked a question in the Democratic youtube debate as well?? What are the odds of that? And when will you guys in the media get it through your thick skulls – he has no intention of a third party run. You ask him that a million times and he'll tell you one and the same. Paying someone to pretend to submit a question that the media asks repeatedly is just lame.

    November 29, 2007 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  17. Daryl McCall Charlotte, NC

    For the life of me I can't understand why CNN continues to blatantly take sides in political races. Is CNN a news organization or a propaganda arm of the left? Do the guys at CNN still not see the link between their ratings and the obviously correct impression of their political bias. As a news consumer I want to hear the news not be manipulated by it!

    November 29, 2007 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  18. LEN

    ANDERSON COOPER HOSTING????????????????

    November 29, 2007 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  19. Paul. Glasgow. Scotland

    Hello America. I watched the debate last night. One question(of many I could ask!) eh, what does a person's sexual orientation have to do with how well they do their job? Also, if the bible is a 'revelation' from god, why shouldn't we 'humans' expect to understand all of it? Sorry America, but your 'modern' politics, look very 'third world' to me...and I beg you, no more Republican governments for a while, please, you need a break...and so do we!

    November 29, 2007 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  20. Marty Jones, Amarillo, TX

    So many embarassments, so little cred. No wonder CNN is losing the ratings battle.

    November 29, 2007 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  21. AJ, Ames, Iowa

    Who cares who asked the question – if it is a good question then why would you hesitate to use it?

    November 29, 2007 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  22. Bill Harding, Atlanta GA

    Of course, Fox News and all conservatives convinced that the media is partisan are crowing about this mistake. However, this is no big deal. I found the debate as a whole to be well done, and I especially enjoyed watching the candidates answering this gays in the military question with non-answers. Seems the Democrats aren't the only politicians guilty of issue evasion. One more thing for you neo-cons. This question revealed Romney to be a flip-flopper. So maybe you should cross him off your list as a serious candidate for the Presidency. At least if principled positions really matter as you say they do.

    November 29, 2007 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  23. Dave, Chicago

    Another reason why CNN is referred to as the Clinton News Network

    November 29, 2007 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  24. thescoundrel

    As an independent I would like to know is CNN admiting to incompetence or just trying to cover up the nonbelievable odds of so many of the questioners from the Democrat and Republican debates being known Democrat Party advocates.

    November 29, 2007 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  25. Peter, Phx AZ

    I can't believe a self-respecting homosexual would support the Clintons after "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." He should be ashamed of himself.

    November 29, 2007 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
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