South Carolina County Makes GOP Candidates Pledge Support for Guns, Swear Off Porn

 Laurens County, South Carolina, isn't taking any chances when it comes to what kind of Republicans it wants to elect. The Clinton Chronicle, a local newspaper, reports that the executive committee of the Laurens County Republican Party is holding potential primary candidates to 28 "Principles of Republicanism" in order to get on the ballot. Here are a few: 

You must oppose abortion, in any circumstances.

You must uphold the right to have guns, all kinds of guns.

You must endorse the idea of a balanced state and federal budget, whatever it takes, even if your primary responsibility is to be sure the county budget is balanced.

You must favor, and live up to, abstinence before marriage.

You must be faithful to your spouse. Your spouse cannot be a person of the same gender, and you are not allowed to favor any government action that would allow for civil unions of people of the same sex.

South Carolina's primaries are normally open, meaning voters can choose to vote in the Democratic or Republican primary regardless of their party identification, but it seems that the Laurens County Republicans are a little worried about controlling the message. Bobby Smith, Laurens County GOP chair, told the Chronicle: 

"It is essential to try to protect the party's reputation," he said. "The party has been pushing for closed primaries. People feel the platform has not been adhered to. We want candidates to believe in and uphold the party's platform."

No word if Rick Santorum has signed the pledge yet. 


AlterNet / By Sarah Jaffe

Posted at March 5, 2012, 9:16am

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