Gay Republican presidential candidate excluded from Iowa debate

Mon. January 10, 2011 2:28 PM by News Staff

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Des Moines, Ia. - Fred Karger, a gay Republican candidate for President, is being excluded from a March debate because the organizers don't consider him "legitimate."

Fifteen candidates have been invited to the March 7 event, which is sponsored by the Iowa Christian Alliance.

ICA president Steve Scheffler told The Hill that Karger was excluded because he talks about "only one issue: gay rights."

"We're inviting all potential candidates who are legitimate candidates. [Karger] is not a legitimate candidate," Scheffler said.

In fact, on Karger's website, you can find articles in which he describes himself as a "moderate Republican" and mentions at least two other issues that are close to his heart: medical marijuana and "sensible gun control regulations."

Karger started running ads in Iowa late last year.