Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Color Them Conservative

Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Color Them Conservative

Article excerpt

GOP presidential hopefuls scramble to appeal to the party's most antigay factions

If you thought the Republican Party could not get any worse on gay issues, think again. Early entrants in the 2000 presidential sweepstakes are falling over each other to earn the support of antigay voters who control crucial early primaries.

Former Tennessee governor Lamar Alexander, wealthy publisher Steve Forbes, former vice president Dan Quayle, ex-American Red Cross president Elizabeth Dole, and former Family Research Council president Gary Bauer are vying to inherit the mantle of Pat Buchanan, the zealously antigay campaigner who made strong showings in the primaries in 1992 and 1996.

The early front-Framer, Texas governor George W. Bush, who has yet to announce his candidacy, has drawn fire from the announced candidates for describing himself as a "compassionate conservative." Alexander called the term "weasel words," and at the January 21 meeting of the Conservative Political Action Conference, Bauer, surrounded by supporters in BAUER POWER T-shirts, declared he was the only "Reagan Republican" in the group. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.