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Log Cabin Republicans report from GOP convention: McCain accepts gay group's endorsement

From Log Cabin Republicans:

Big Tent Event

Log Cabin’s Big Tent event at the Republican National Convention today featured the McCain campaign’s National Political Director. Mike DuHaime accepted Log Cabin’s endorsement on behalf of Sen. McCain. He told the crowd of 200 people, “On behalf of Senator McCain and the campaign, thank you for this endorsement. Sen. McCain is running an inclusive campaign and he’ll have an inclusive administration [as president].”

DuHaime also said that Sen. McCain will win this election because he is the “only one who has the ability to unite the entire party.” He went on to say that everyone supporting Sen. McCain must talk to others about why they’re voting for him. “This is so important in the gay and lesbian community,” said DuHaime.

Former Congressman Jim Kolbe (R-AZ), who retired after 11 terms in the U.S. House, spoke about the day that he told his Arizona colleague, Sen. John McCain, that he was gay. “John [McCain] is the first person in the political realm I talked to" I said, ‘John, this is going to come out. I need you to know.’”

Kolbe said McCain’s response was: “Jim, it doesn’t make any difference. You’re a great legislator today. You’ll be a great legislator tomorrow. And you’re my friend today. And you’ll be my friend tomorrow.”

Upon taking the stage, DuHaime told the crowd, “I can’t say what’s in Senator McCain’s heart better than Jim Kolbe did.”

In announcing the endorsement, Log Cabin President Patrick Sammon said, “On the most important issue gay Americans faced in the last decade—the federal marriage amendment—Sen. John McCain stood with us. Now we stand with him.” Read Log Cabin’s news release.

The Big Tent Event drew a strong presence from the news media.

Read an article from Reuters.

Read an article from CQ Politics.

We have another busy day in Minneapolis tomorrow with several events and more media interviews scheduled. Log Cabin President Patrick Sammon will be on CNN at 10:30am CT on Wednesday.

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