Fred Karger Talks About Exclusion from IA GOP Debate
Gay Republican presidential hopeful Fred Karger says he’s being unfairly excluded from a GOP Presidential debate sponsored by an Iowa Christian group because of his sexual orientation.
Karger tells OutQ News that he feels hurt after being left out of the candidates’ forum set for March 7th, hosted by the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition. The group claims he “is not a legitimate candidate.”
Coalition president Steve Scheffler reportedly told legislative journal “The Hill” that Karger wasn’t invited because he just talks about one issue–gay rights–which the former Ronald Reagan aide denies.
KARGER: “I have been talking about education reform, immigration reform, and jobs first–those have been my three main issues. I’m studying a lot about, particularly, foreign policy issues–that’s newer to me, but I’ve been asked about the wars, which I’m opposed to. I’ve been asked about, you know, the START treaty. I’ve talked about every issue that every other candidate has talked about.”
Karger started his bid for the White House last April when he announced that he was forming an exploratory committee. He has since begun running television ads and campaigning in both Iowa and New Hampshire.
The former consultant admits that he is a long-shot for his party’s nomination, but says he has both time and the support of members of the LGBT community to help him along the way. Karger says he’s first going to “fight tooth and nail” to get into the March forum.
Other potential GOP presidential candidates expected to attend the event include Mitt Romney and Sarah Palin.