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You Know Carl Paladino’s In Trouble When Two Fox News Hosts Sound Skeptical About His Comments About Gays

Reported by Ellen - October 11, 2010 -

New York’s GOP gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino visited the set of Fox & Friends this morning where, according to the Fox News title of the video, he “explain(ed) his remarks on homosexuality.” Well, if that was an explanation then I’d hate to know what an obfuscation is. Hosts Brian Kilmeade and Steve Doocy were painfully polite and respectful (maybe they were afraid of getting slugged) but they were clearly skeptical about Paladino’s “clarification” and even his chances of winning.

On the one hand, Paladino insisted that despite the controversy over his remarks the day before to a group of Orthodox Jewish leaders, he’s a gay friendly guy who, just because he's against gay marriage, has “absolutely no reservations whatsoever about homosexuality. I know the difficulties that homosexuals suffer,” he said. He added that he has a nephew and employees “of that persuasion and we have never had a problem.” Neither Kilmeade nor Doocy seemed convinced.

On the other hand, Paladino also said he doesn't want "kids brainwashed into thinking that homosexuality is essentially OK," that he had “stumbled” on a gay pride parade once “and there were men in Speedos grinding and doing things, OK, to each other on this tractor-trailor and I just said, ‘That’s not right.’”

Paladino also suggested that some anti-gay remarks that had been in his prepared speech ("There is nothing to be proud of in being a dysfunctional homosexual") had been put there "from the rabbis" but scratched out by the candidate because "this isn't me."

I’d be hard pressed to say which was funnier, Paladino’s “explanation” or Kilmeade and Doocy’s attempts to pretend Paladino is a serious candidate.

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