Cleveland, Ohio —
Samuel 'Joe the Plumber' Wurzelbacher on Thursday refused to answer whether he stands by anti-gay comments he made in 2009, calling it a "gotcha" question.
Wurzelbacher on Tuesday won his Ohio Republican congressional primary bid, narrowly edging out Steve Kraus.
During an appearance on CNN, anchor Zoraida Sambolin asked Wurzelbacher to explain his 2009 comments.
"I've had some friends that are actually homosexual," he told Christianity Today. "And, I mean, they know where I stand, and they know that I wouldn't have them anywhere near my children. But at the same time, they're people, and they're going to do their thing."
"Have you changed your positions on this at all?" Sambolin asked.
"So this is TMZ, this isn't CNN, is what you're saying?" Wurzelbacher asked.
"Of course, it's CNN. These are things that you said, that I would like to know if you still stand by them or if you have changed your positions on them," Sambolin responded. "Do you stand by these comments?"
Wurzelbacher accused Sambolin of "trying to do a 'gotcha' moment."
"It's quite obvious," he said with a laugh.
"I'm allowed to have an opinion as an American," Wurzelbacher said. "But it seems the left becomes very intolerant when you have an opinion other than what they state."
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