Thune Attacks Obama’s Timing, But Not Substance, On Gay Marriage

Sen. John Thune (R-SD), a GOP leadership member, criticized the timing of President Obama’s support for same sex marriage and pivoted to the economy when asked.

“This is an issue, Shannon, on which there is great difference in definition like so many other issues on this campaign,” Thune said on Fox News Sunday, declining to launch an attack on Obama over the substance of his announcement.

He pointed out that Mitt Romney’s position has been consistent all along against gay marriage while Obama “obviously has changed his position more than once.”


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