Cain says should have defended booed gay soldier; McCain agrees

From AP:

Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain said Sunday that he should not have stayed silent after the audience at a GOP debate booed a gay soldier serving in Iraq.

Separately, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., said that the GOP candidates at the debate should have defended the soldier. “The fact is we should honor every man and woman who is serving in the military and should in no way treat them with anything but the highest regard,” he told CBS’ “Face the Nation.”

The President has really been hitting the GOP on this story, over and over again.  As has Speaker Pelosi, and VP Biden ( a few times).  And they’re right.  It was an abominable thing to witness, especially when these men and women want to be the next commander in chief of our armed forces.  You either stand with the troops or you don’t.  And that night the GOP candidates did not.

Over 10,000 people have signed our open letter to the GOP presidential candidates, asking them to apologize to our service members for not defending Stephen Hill when he was booed by a GOP debate audience a little over a week ago. Please add your name.

Mind you, Romney, Perry, Bachmann and Gingrich have all still refused to condemn what happened that evening.  Now that John McCain has called on them to denounce the crowd, where are they?

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