Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Tim Pawlenty politely declines to sign the Marriage Vow Pledge

"Rather than sign onto the words chosen by others, I prefer to choose my own words"

Good for GOP Presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty. I liked his respectful decline of the pledge.

Personally, I think all of the pledges are stupid-Norquist, DeMint, and Vander Plaats use their pledges in order to become kingmakers and influence certain segments of the voting public.

I would prefer a candidate who said NO to every one of these pledges.

Then like Pawlenty, state why and use your own words and videos to tell voters where you stand on the issues.

Here is Pawlenty's statement and video:
"Mary and I have been married for almost 24 years and have been blessed with two wonderful daughters. In all we do, we remain committed to our core values that are set out in scripture. We are saved by grace. As Christians we are to speak the truth, but to do so with love.

"Voters have a right to know about their leaders' faith and values, and how those beliefs may shape their decisions. To that end, today my campaign released a new video in which both Mary and I speak directly and openly about our faith. I fully support traditional marriage. Unequivocally. The traditional family faces enormous challenges in America, and if elected I would vigorously oppose any effort to redefine marriage as anything other than between one man and one woman.

"I deeply respect, and share, Bob Vander Platts' commitment to promoting the sanctity of marriage, a culture of life, and the core principles of the Family Leader’s Marriage Vow Pledge. However, rather than sign onto the words chosen by others, I prefer to choose my own words, especially seeking to show compassion to those who are in broken families through no fault of their own.

"I respectfully decline to sign the pledge."


Noelle said...

I think Pawlenty learned from Mitt on this one. Romney declines signing the SBA and follows up with a strong pro-life pledge in his own words. Pawlenty signed the SBA pledge.

Now the marriage vow pledge comes along and Pawlenty follows Romney's example. Good move Tim. Mitt is a guy a lot of people could learn from.

Anonymous said...

huntsman is the only one to upfront say hes not signing any pledges. The rest of the field do so only to pander and seek endorsements.

What they should do like pawlenty does here and what romney did when putting out his pro life pledge, is to put their own pledges or words out.

Anonymous said...

Romney has mentioned numerous times about families and their importance. Encourage marriage before a family is started, etc. His own life's example and that which I've heard him say (last election and some so far this time) is enough for me!

Bachmann and Santorum....jump to those whose support they want......without thinking it through it.

I guess the "pledges" DO help us learn SOMETHING about the candidates! 2 crossed off mine....that's twice for them!

Anonymous said...

Long and boring video to essentially say, I'm the 'one of us' religious right guy! Gag. I realize he's desperate, but I thought he would be above using religion to win votes.

Too bad.


Anonymous said...

Let's try to imagine Romney making a video directly appealing to Mormons. That would gag me, too.


Revolution 2012 said...

I'm glad that Pawlenty followed ROMNEY'S LEAD on this.

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