The economy sucks, the Islamic State now controls half of Syria and is poised to do the same in Iraq, our allies are losing faith in this country, and the media are acting as if gay marriage and a 14-year-old decision made by the previous president are the two most important issues facing the country.
Senator Ted Cruz says he’s had enough, at least when it comes to questions about gay unions. Coming out of a meeting with Beaumont Texas officials, the candidate for the GOP presidential nomination stopped to take some questions from the press.
After getting questions about his views on same-sex marriage for the umpteenth time, Cruz fired back:
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“Is there something about the left — and I am going to put the media in this category — that is obsessed with sex?” Cruz asked after fielding multiple questions on gay rights. “ISIS is executing homosexuals — you want to talk about gay rights? This week was a very bad week for gay rights because the expansion of ISIS, the expansion of radical, theocratic, Islamic zealots that crucify Christians, that behead children and that murder homosexuals — that ought to be concerning you far more than asking six questions all on the same topic.”
Cruz also said he did not think his opposition to gay marriage will hurt his chances with moderate voters.
“With respect, I would suggest not drawing your questions from MSNBC. They have very few viewers and they are a radical and extreme partisan outlet,” Cruz told a reporter. He cited the expansion of “mandatory same-sex marriage” as an assault on religious liberty in the United States.
I say the senator is 100% correct. These are questions reporters do not ask of Democrats (remember the 2012 questions about birth control asked by George Stephanopoulos during 2012 debates?). The point is there are many important issues facing this country today. Gay marriage is not at the top of the priority list and there is very little a president can do to make changes either way on that issue.
This should be a lesson for people like Jeb Bush when they waffle on hypothetical questions about Iraq and similar flash points. Push back if you get a question that has noting to do with your policy proposals.
Cross-posted at The Lid