Here are the issues that you can click on at the Obama campaign’s latest pushback against the GOP nom, johnmccainrecord.com, to learn three succinct things about McCain’s positions:

Economy | Education | Energy & Environment | Foreign Policy | Health Care | Homeland Security | Iraq | Jobs | Lobbyists | Rural Issues | Seniors & Social Security | Taxes | Women

Notice anything amiss about that list? Conspicuously, there’s no category for “civil rights” or “LGBT.” Women’s issues made the cut, though. Certainly there are more than three things people should know about the GOP candidate for both of those missing categories.  Some suggestions:

* The McCain/Palin ticket supports the marriage amendments on the ballot in Arizona, California and Florida.

* The McCain/Palin ticket is on the record opposing the repeal of DADT and said that gays present “an intolerable risk to morale, cohesion and discipline” in the military. During his recent Washington Blade interview, he said that he supports only “a review” of the policy.

More clarity from that Blade interview, if the Obama peeps cannot find it…

* He said that the discriminatory position of the Boy Scouts, supported in a Supreme Court ruling, is a matter for the organization to decide;

* McCain indirectly states his opposition to the right of gays and lesbians to adopt (“I believe a child is best raised by a mother and father.”), and leaves it as a matter for the states to decide.

* He reiterates his opposition to the repeal of DOMA, and would consider a federal marriage amendment “as long as no state is forced to adopt some other state’s standard.”

Why I found a few more on civil rights gulf between the candidates that voters should know. Click for them below the fold.  

* McCain Voted Against Creating Martin Luther King Holiday. [HR 3706, Vote 289, 8/2/83; CQ 1983]. It took him until 2000 to “evolve” on the issue.

* McCain Consistently Voted Against The Civil Rights Act Of 1990. [S 2104, Vote #304, 10/24/90; Vote #276, Vote #275, 10/16/90; Vote #161, 7/18/90; Washington Post, 7/9/90]

* McCain Voted Against Addressing The Disproportionate Number Of Minority Children In Prison. [S 254, Vote #130, 5/19/99].

Rendered invisible yet again, even though the veep debate raised a civil rights issue — marriage. It’s also clear that other LGBT issues on the table (DADT, hate crimes, etc.), don’t cause the independent voter to wilt at this point. Why not show the wide gulf between the two tickets, since this is the whole point of the site?

For crying out loud, most voters are fixated on the economy — there’s no reason to be squeamish about including these two categories, or at least including “civil rights” and folding women’s issues and LGBT in there. That it’s missing, given the strong LGBT presence on the Obama web site and outreach, is ridiculous.

Folks, do you additional suggestions to help out the Obama campaign with its  “omissions”?  

Pam Spaulding

Pam Spaulding

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