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Tuesday
Jan042011

Sarah Palin Re-Tweets in Support of Gays

Photo Courtesy - Spencer Platt/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Sarah Palin has been conspicuously quiet in the debate over “don’t ask, don’t tell” and on a repeal of the policy President Obama signed into law before the holidays.  By most accounts, she has never actually weighed in at all.

But Monday night the former Alaska governor re-tweeted a post from conservative talk show host and blogger Tammy Bruce, who is lesbian, appearing to indirectly cast support for gays and an end to the ban on openly gay members of the U.S. military.

Bruce had been commenting on the controversy surrounding a U.S. Navy commander and a raunchy video when she turned to the issue of gays in the military.

“But this hypocrisy is just truly too much.  Enuf already--the more someone complains about the homos the more we should look under their bed,” Bruce tweeted, suggesting that virulent opposition to gays may reflect the individual has something to hide.

Soon after, Palin re-tweeted the message to her following of more than 350,000 followers.

“I think @SarahPalinUSA RT my tweet is her first comment on DADT, treatment of gays & attempts to marginalize us--thank you Governor,” Bruce responded on Twitter.

“I know Gov Palin & this "anti-gay" meme has been a lie--plain & simple. She's a decent woman & friend to the community,” Bruce said later.

A Palin spokesman has not yet responded to ABC News’ request for comment on the Twitter exchange.

Palin's son, Track, is an active duty member of the U.S. Army.  Her former presidential running mate, Sen. John McCain, led the opposition to legislative repeal of "don't ask, don't tell."

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Thursday
Oct282010

The 'Twitterverse' Gets First Question at the White House Briefing

Photo Courtesy - Twitter dot com(WASHINGTON) -- On Thursday, in a promised pattern for the future, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs broke tradition and called on Twitter for the first question in the daily White House briefing.
Noting that the Twitter community now gets “first crack” at him before he faces the White House press corps at the daily briefing, Gibbs launched the new feature.

This morning Gibbs, aka @PressSec, sent out a tweet to his 109,022  followers, “Something new: You take first crack. Use #1q in a q & I'll answer 1 on vid before today's briefing. What do you want to know?”

Gibbs answered the chosen question before taking the podium, which the White House posted later on the White House’s YouTube page.

“What is the purpose of the Indian trip, why not Europe to sure [sic] up wavering Afghan support," the tweet asked of Gibbs.

“The purpose of the India trip that the president will take at the end of next week is anchored in two economic summits that will  happen at the latter end of the trip, the G20 and the APEC summit,” Gibbs explained from his office. “We begin in India because not only is Asia one of the fastest growing regions of the world, but India is one of the fastest growing economies within Asia.”

Gibbs said that the Afghanistan would be a main topic during the NATO summit when the president goes to Lisbon the following week.

For good measure Gibbs took a second, more light-hearted, Twitter question, wondering if it is true that the new Secret Service code word for the president is dude, a veiled reference to Jon Stewart last night calling President Obama "dude" during a segment with the president.

Gibbs assured the questioner that the president’s code name is still “Renegade”, as it was first chosen in 2007 when he started receiving secret service protection.

Gibbs said taking questions from the Twittterverse first is something the White House regularly hopes to do.

Copyright 2010 ABC News Radio

Thursday
Oct142010

Arnold Schwarzenegger on Meg Whitman: 'Appalling When Anyone Sells Out'

Photo Courtesy - Gov dot CA dot gov(NEW YORK) -- California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger used his Twitter account on Thursday to scold both Democrat Jerry Brown and Republican Meg Whitman over the controversy that erupted after a recording of a private discussion among members of the Brown campaign surfaced.

One of the governor’s followers asked him, “What do you think about eMeg selling her vote to the police union?”  Schwarzenegger responded:  “It's appalling when anyone sells out.”

The question was a reference to allegations heard on the Brown phone message indicating that the Whitman campaign was trying to cut a deal with the Los Angeles police union in order to secure the group’s endorsement.

The recording also captured a Brown staffer calling Whitman a “whore” -- a blunder that has become a major Whitman talking point in the final stretch of the election.  Brown has since apologized, saying it was wrong for a member of his team to use the word.

Nevertheless, when another Twitter user asked the governor, “What do you personally think about the ‘WHORE’ comment made by Jerry Brown's campaign?" Schwarzenegger wrote: “That word is unacceptable.”

The governor, whose popularity in California has plummeted since he rode into office during the state’s 2003 recall election, has not endorsed a candidate in the race. Recent polls give Brown an edge, but the contest remains tight.

Copyright 2010 ABC News Radio

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