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Bay Buchanan tells gay audience Mitt Romney will win presidency

CHRIS JOHNSON | Washington Blade
Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Republican strategist Bay Buchanan urged an audience of gay conservatives on Monday to remain optimistic that Mitt Romney will win the presidential race.

“We have the message,” Buchanan said. “We have the candidate, we now have the momentum and the energy and the excitement on our side, and the undecideds are breaking our way.”

Republican strategist Bay Buchanan.
Washington Blade photo by Michael Key.

Buchanan addressed a crowd of about 65 at the Hotel Monaco in D.C. during the gay conservative group GOProud’s “Unity” event, which was aimed at building support for Romney a month prior to the election.

Blaming the media for the polling disparities between Obama and Romney — which were heightened after the release of the “47 percent” video — Buchanan said, “There were some mistakes on our part, and they managed to do their best to make it much worse than it really was.”

But Buchanan, a senior adviser to the Romney campaign, said polls are narrowing thanks to the Romney campaign’s engagement with the local media across the country and Romney’s performance in the first presidential debate last week.

“At each question, he had such a command of the issue, and the way he spoke, it was clear he is also a caring man,” Buchanan said. “He is concerned, but he also happens to be perfectly competent, clear in thought, understands the issues, has some answers out there and he truly has the kind of courage necessary to do the job that is necessary to put Americans back to work.”

Buchanan also disparaged Obama’s performance during the debate, saying, “You got to give the guy a break. Can you imagine an hour-and-a-half of trying to defend that record?” The audience responded with peals of laughter.

[ad1] No explicit mention of LGBT issues was made during the speech, but Buchanan conveyed a sense of solidarity with the audience of gay conservatives over the issue of the economy.

“The economy and jobs is the most serious issue the country faces, and we face these issues together,” Buchanan said.

Prior to her remarks, Buchanan refused to take questions from the Washington Blade. She shook hands after her speech with a number of attendees in the room who thanked her for her work.

Buchanan’s attendance at the event was noteworthy because she managed the three presidential campaigns of her brother Pat Buchanan, who in his 1992 speech before the Republican National Convention said the GOP stands with then President George H.W. Bush against the “amoral idea that gay and lesbian couples should have the same standing in law as married men and women.”

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33 more reader comments:

  1. Wtf

    Posted on Tuesday, October 9, 2012 at 9:06am
  2. What happened to her face? Feminine odor got her down?

    Posted on Tuesday, October 9, 2012 at 9:07am
  3. wow

    Posted on Tuesday, October 9, 2012 at 9:08am
  4. ^ LMAO

    Posted on Tuesday, October 9, 2012 at 9:09am
  5. Gay conservatives? Geezus. Haven’t they understood YET that the GOP doesn’t give two shits about gay people?

    Posted on Tuesday, October 9, 2012 at 9:12am
  6. These “gays” are nuts

    Posted on Tuesday, October 9, 2012 at 9:13am
  7. maybe she know something ( remeber Dibold machines during Bush’s “election” ) that we dont know…get ready for major Repug fraud.

    Posted on Tuesday, October 9, 2012 at 9:23am
  8. Romney will do more to hurt the gay movement than help. Gay Conservative…. what an oxymoron!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, October 9, 2012 at 9:26am
  9. Ok boys and girls can you say delusional…I knew you could.

    Posted on Tuesday, October 9, 2012 at 9:28am
  10. Gay conservatives???? what an oxymoron… They better wise up if they want their equality…

    Posted on Tuesday, October 9, 2012 at 9:34am
  11. Shows hou how much she knows.

    Posted on Tuesday, October 9, 2012 at 9:40am
  12. Self loathing much? “GOProud” needs a rain check. She probably washed her hands, with the desperation of an OCD victim, behind their backs.

    Posted on Tuesday, October 9, 2012 at 9:43am
  13. She is a big nut …..

    Posted on Tuesday, October 9, 2012 at 9:44am
  14. GOProud/LOG CABI members MUST truly hate them selves…under Romney Ryan yo uwill NEVER be considered equal, never get federa l benefits of marriage, DADT will come back and you go t ojail for loving your partner andof course forget a seat at the table

    Posted on Tuesday, October 9, 2012 at 9:50am
  15. LOL

    Posted on Tuesday, October 9, 2012 at 9:51am
  16. Gay conservatives… Must be completely brainwashed!!!! Get a grip and wake up!!!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, October 9, 2012 at 9:53am
  17. Can’t fathom how some of the gay community can support this train wreck of a presidential ticket!?!? He is against gay marriage, he doesn’t believe the gay community deserves the same rights as the straight community, etc…these GOProud members are definitely brainwashed!

    Posted on Tuesday, October 9, 2012 at 9:57am
  18. NOT !!!!!!!! not in this lifetime if he was smart hed pack up his shit and go home , he save alot of money , but then again nobody said he was bright

    Posted on Tuesday, October 9, 2012 at 10:01am
  19. guess they can always hope

    Posted on Tuesday, October 9, 2012 at 10:16am
  20. She’s a Romney puppet. What she says has no meaning to it anyways

    Posted on Tuesday, October 9, 2012 at 10:18am
  21. God I hope not!!!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, October 9, 2012 at 10:31am
  22. It’s an editorial error the statement should of read Bay Buchanan tells Gay audience Mitt Romney has no chance in hell of winning the presidency, bussiness man of the year or an award for being a humanitarian.

    Posted on Tuesday, October 9, 2012 at 10:47am
  23. I hope not! Voting for Romney goes against everything we have fought for. Many think this is just about marriage equality. Its not. Its about not wanting to be forced back in the closet. We cant go backwards. We can not allow this. Everyone needs to vote

    Posted on Tuesday, October 9, 2012 at 10:49am
  24. what does it go against?

    Posted on Tuesday, October 9, 2012 at 11:16am
  25. voting for mittens will hurt evey one and yes women that gos double for you

    Posted on Tuesday, October 9, 2012 at 12:33pm
  26. Wasn’t Hitler friends with the jews before WW I?

    Posted on Tuesday, October 9, 2012 at 12:46pm
  27. Internalized homophobia… apparently these “gay Republicans” think nothing of their own civil rights.

    Posted on Tuesday, October 9, 2012 at 1:17pm
  28. There’s someone out there who will buy just about anything.

    Posted on Tuesday, October 9, 2012 at 2:34pm
  29. 65 people in attendance. Not exactly what I’d consider a formidable voting bloc.

    Posted on Tuesday, October 9, 2012 at 3:21pm
  30. not sure of what optimism this person is referencing. should romney win the presidency, it is documented that his vice president has stated publicly that he will use his office to eradicate any advances that gay people have made in the last four years.

    Posted on Tuesday, October 9, 2012 at 3:46pm
  31. Thats bull, the democrats supports LGBTQ and I want 4 more years of B.O

    Posted on Tuesday, October 9, 2012 at 5:00pm
  32. Im a gay kid and the Romney/Ryan Ticket is the sorriest campaign I ever heard about

    Posted on Tuesday, October 9, 2012 at 5:07pm
  33. God jelp us if Romney wins

    Posted on Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at 3:56am