DNC Not Being Straight on 700 Club Interview

January 14, 2008 at 10:48 am 4 comments

That is a question that has to be asked as the controversy continues over Howard Dean’s interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network for The 700 Club in 2006 in which he says that Democrats have much in common with evangelicals and states incorrectly that

The Democratic Party platform from 2004 says that marriage is between a man and a woman. That’s what it says.

The 2004 Democratic Party platform actually says

We support full inclusion of gay and lesbian families in the life of our nation and seek equal responsibilities, benefits, and protections for these families. In our country, marriage has been definited at the state level for 200 years, and we believe it should continue to be defined there. We repudiate President Bush’s divisive effort to politicize the Constitution by pursuing a Federal Marriage Amendment. Our goal is to bring Americans together, not drive them apart.

In an interview with The Advocate Dean apologized.

This interview continues to raise the hackles of LGBT Democrats like Paul Yandura who says that the DNC continues to claim that they did not know that the interview was for The 700 Club.

From an email by Yandura:

Yesterday on a listserve for LGBT Democratic donors the DNC Treasurer continued the lie that Howard Dean did not interview on The 700 Club, but instead interviewed for the ABC Family Network. (This was the interview where Dean “misspoke” about the party platform and prompted NGLTF to return a $5K donation from the party: cbn.com/cbnnews/politics/060510a.aspx).

If there was confusion on the part of the DNC communications team about the difference to between the Christian Broadcast Network and the ABC Family Network, would not one of the 7 DNC religious outreach staffers know the difference?

Yandura contacted David Brody, the reporter who conducted the interview, who said:

When I interviewed Gov. Dean in 2006 he and his staff knew it was for The 700 Club. That was made very clear.

Reaching out to communities of faith as a way of increasing the numbers of voter who identify with the Democratic Party is understandable, but not if it comes at the expense of LGBT voters who have been one of the most loyal constituencies supporting the party.


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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. TxWhtBoy  |  January 14, 2008 at 12:27 pm

    Doesn’t matter if Dean knew it was for the 700 Club or not. What matters is that he did not know the Party’s platform.

  • 2. Michael Crawford  |  January 14, 2008 at 1:11 pm

    I think it matters whether or not Dean knew that he would be appearing on The 700 because they are now claiming that they did not know. It just makes no sense that they would not know exactly where he would be appearing.

    It also troubling that he did not know the Party’s platform. He is the head of the DNC for goodness sake.

  • 3. Christopher  |  January 14, 2008 at 5:03 pm

    Howard Dean is an idiot and a clown.

    I don’t know anyone who cares about his opinions and certainly none of the Democrats running for president have coveted his endorsement.

  • 4. Michael Crawford  |  January 14, 2008 at 6:38 pm

    Dean seems to have forgotten that when he ran for the presidency in ’04 much of his early support and campaign cash came from LGBT donors.


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