"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."