The campaign of
leading Republican presidential hopeful and U.S. senator
John McCain launched an automatic mass-telephone call in
Florida that the Human Rights Campaign is calling
offensive, according to an HRC press release.
senator's campaign has set up a call targeting his main
rival, former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, on social
issues such as abortion and same-sex marriage.
featuring a woman's voice, claims Romney has treated
"social issues voters as fools," according to Politico.com.
thinks he can fool us," says the voice. "He supported
abortion on demand, even allowed a law mandating
taxpayer-funding for abortion. He says he changed his mind,
but he still hasn't changed the law. He told
gay organizers in Massachusetts he would be a stronger
advocate for special rights than even Ted Kennedy. Now
it's something different."
ironic that Sen. John McCain is using the same tactics that
George Bush used against him in 2000," HRC's executive
director Joe Solomonese said in the release,
"surreptitiously trying to exploit anti-gay prejudice
for voters.... So much for John McCain being above
spokeswoman Jill Hazelbaker told Politico.com that the calls
were a response to a call that Romney sent out this
weekend, which mentioned McCain's perceived
similarities with Democrats Ted Kennedy and Hillary
Clinton. (The Advocate)