Wow, I didn't think the bathroom excuse worked outside of elementary school. From the IHT:
Tommy Thompson cited a dead hearing aid and an urgent need to use the bathroom in explaining on Saturday why he said at a Republican presidential debate that an employer should be allowed to fire a gay worker.[...]
Thompson said he thought he was being asked if there were enough laws already to address discrimination in the workplace. The question at the debate was, "If a private employer finds homosexuality immoral, should he be allowed to fire a gay worker?"
Thompson replied: "I think that is left up to the individual business. I really sincerely believe that that is an issue that business people have got to make their own determination as to whether or not they should be."
Yep. Tommy Thompson is blaming the bladder for why he "gaffed". It's kinda funny, considering that ending employment discrimination based on sexual orientation is polling pretty high right now (mid-80's according to Gallup via the LCR, ugh). But he isn't running for president, he's running for Republican nominee for the presidency. Here's what the base (world Net Daily) had to say:
Then Thompson had a right answer for the loaded question about the freedom of conscience - at first. Asked if a private employer should be able to fire a homosexual because of their homosexual behavior, Thompson said yes; however, the next day on CNN, he retracted it[....]Ummmm... yeah.
So now Mr. Thompson wants churches, Christian day cares, the Boy Scouts and business owners who are morally opposed to homosexuality to be forced to keep homosexual activists (how else do we know they're homosexual?) on the payroll - even if it violates their conscience, purpose and children in their care. Wrong answer; sit down, Tommy.
It's easy to say that Thompson doesn't have a chance, especially since his comment about Jews being traditionally about money and the context of that statement, that making anything less than at least $200K a year isn't real money. But, well... oh wait, it's easy to say because it's true. Too bad the Freepers are picking a pretty silly reason to oppose him.