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Fred-bot malfunctions on civil unions question in New Hampshire

Freeper fantasy candidate Fred Thompson's pre-programmed answers on same-sex marriage (“those activist judges!”) didn't exactly help him out when asked about New Hampshire's new civil unions law, and the possibility of a federal CU. He blew a circuit. (AP):

Edward Paul, an employee of the Delta Dental Plans Association, asked the question Monday, but had trouble being understood.

“I'm proud to say that in January 2008 New Hampshire has passed a law facilitating civil unions here. … What is your belief for federal civil unions to be passed?” Paul asked.

“Soviet Union?” Thompson responded.

“No, civil unions,” Paul said.

“Oh. No, I would not be in support of that,” Thompson said.

Thompson then went on to talk about marriage, since he had that answer in RAM:

“Basically so far, it is a judge-made controversy,” Thompson said. “No state or governor has signed off on such legislation on the state level that has endorsed marriage between the same sexes. There may have been a couple of courts that said the Constitution of their states has required that, so it's a judicially made situation as far as I am concerned.”

…Paul said he wasn't surprised, or impressed. “I think he needs to do more homework on whatever state he's in and I don't think he did on that question,” said Paul. He said he is a registered independent who plans to vote in the Democratic presidential primary.

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