Gay soldier being booed at Fox debate is now all over the news

We wrote last night, over at AMERICAblog Elections (our blog covering the GOP presidential candidates) about how the audience at last night’s Fox News Republican presidential debate booed a US soldier, serving combat duty in Iraq, simply because he’s gay. Here’s the video again – note how Rick Santorum doesn’t even correct the audience for booing a brave member of the US military serving in a war zone:

Well, not surprisingly, that little snafu is quickly becoming the defining feature of the GOP debates.

NPR

From The Hill:

Some members of the GOP debate audience booed a gay soldier who asked via video whether the Republican candidates would reinstitute the recently repealed “Don’t ask, don’t tell” policy of banning openly gay soldiers.

After Stephen Hill, who is serving in the Army in Iraq, asked his question, a handful of members of the audience booed loudly. None of the Republican candidates responded to the audience’s reaction.

This is not the first time the Republican audience has had a controversial reaction during a GOP debate and the candidates have avoided addressing it. At the last debate, when asked if a dying man who had not bought health insurance should be allowed to die, many in the audience clapped, cheered and shouted, “Yes.”

New Yorker:

There were nine Republican candidates on the stage for the Fox News/Google debate Thursday night. Not one of them stood up for an American soldier, Stephen Hill, who was being booed by the audience.


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