Desperate times, offensive measures

Tuesday, October 30, 2012
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A conservative activist and pro-family leader is outraged that an Obama surrogate recently suggested that evangelist Billy Graham is senile.

During an interview on CNN, Markel Hutchins, a left-wing pastor and ardent supporter of Barack Obama, was asked to comment on the recent full-page newspaper ad from Billy Graham that calls on Americans to defend the nation's Judeo-Christian values at the ballot box November 6.

"I think one of the things that we know is that Reverend Graham is at a very seasoned and elder stage of his life," Hutchins stated. "So we've got to wonder how much of this is genuinely coming from Billy Graham and how much is being fed to him and propositioned and heaped upon him by those who are around him -- for example, his ultra-conservative son, the Reverend Franklin Graham."

Bauer, GaryGary Bauer, chairman of Campaign for Working Families, finds Hutchins' comments extremely offensive.

"President Obama is pro-same-sex marriage, he's pro-abortion on demand; Mitt Romney is pro-normal marriage and pro-life," Bauer notes.

"According to this liberal spokesman on behalf of Barack Obama, the only explanation for Billy Graham preferring Mitt Romney over the president must be senility or some other disease."

But the conservative spokesman says these kinds of things happen when a campaign is in panic mode.

"There [are] increasing signs that, in fact, they may be falling into a hole in the election," Bauer notes. "So I think unfortunately, as offensive as some of this stuff is, we'll probably see more of it."

Bauer adds that this is not the kind of rhetoric used by a campaign that thinks it will win a second term in the Oval Office.

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