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Paladino: 'We're not talking about it anymore'

New York gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino (R) appeared on ABC's Top Line on Thursday to discuss his campaign in the aftermath of his controversial remarks on homosexuality.

During the interview, Paladino frequently attempted to turn the conversation away from the controversy, and he denied the suggestion that his comments -- he said last weekend that children should not be "brainwashed into thinking that homosexuality" -- were throwing his campaign out of control. He said the notion that his campaign message was being overpowered by his comments is "only in the minds of the press."

Paladino pushed back hard against the idea that he was an underdog in the race. "Well, let's just say I'm going to win and, four years from now, things are going to be different," he said when asked to describe what New York government would look like under a Paladino administration. "I am not political, I am not bringing any politicians into the administration."

When the hosts tossed to a video of Paladino's confrontation with New York Post editor Fred Dicker, Paladino was quick to reply, "We're done with talking about Fred Dicker...I don't apologize for that, absolutely not. Now we're going to go on," said Paladino before he immediately switched to talking Medicare and Medicaid.

Co-host Amy Walter turned the conversation back to Paladino's comments on gay rights. "I'm done with that one, too -- it's all over," Paladino said.

"Well, it is but it isn't for a lot of people," Walter said.

"No it is, it's really done," insisted Paladino.

Asked whether he usually reads from scripts as he had claimed earlier in response to his gay rights remarks, Paladino again worked to change the subject, "That issue has been gone over and over, we're not talking about it anymore."

Watch Paladino's interview on The Today Show where he was asked about his remarks:

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If one is looking for a reason to be offended, Paladino's remarks about not wanting children to be led to believe that homosexuality is "an equally valid and successful option" will supply all that they require.

I wouldn't vote for Paladino (mostly for other reasons), but cut him some slack! He IS rooted in some of the unfortunate attitudes of his generation, but he is clearly trying to rise above them. Antiquated though these attitudes may be, Paladino is still light-years ahead of the people the gay community PROPERLY regards as its adversaries.

We've still got Senators, Congressmen and other officials who believe that homosexuals should be imprisoned. Reserve the strident criticism for them. Paladino is certainly not a staunch supporter of the gay community and its allies (not with his position on marriage), but relative to our actual, committed opponents on the issues, he's at worst, neutral.

Posted by: Iconoblaster | October 15, 2010 4:45 PM | Report abuse

Paladino wants to return to the issues? As I understand it, equal marriage (or "gay marriage" if you prefer) is quite the live issue in New York and subject to some healthy debate. Paladino doesn't want to talk about that, and how his views on marriage equality may be informed by his other, less than flattering views about gays and lesbians? Big surprise there. In the same speech, Paladino also talked about pandering to pornographers and perverts... this was apparently a policy issue, as he evidently feels it distinguishes him from his opponent. So, let's talk about those bestiality and other pornos he was forwarding around by email? What, we're not talking about that either? He must mean those OTHER issues... meaning the one's he's not a blatant bigot and/or hypocrite about.

Posted by: croll | October 15, 2010 12:37 PM | Report abuse

Does he seriously think he should not be held accountable for the terrible things he said? If he only wants to talk issues, why does he consistently put his foot (and his email account) into his mouth?

Posted by: spatulacity | October 14, 2010 11:30 PM | Report abuse

What I find amazing about this whole tempest in a teabagger, er, teapot, is that nobody's talking about the audience that he made his antigay remarks to. It was to a bunch of orthodox Jewish rabbis, etc. He was definitely pandering to them, and then trying to recoup the folks that he lost with his remarks.
This is what happens when you try to sell yourself to everyone.

Posted by: barnabytwist | October 14, 2010 7:58 PM | Report abuse

What I find amazing about this whole tempest in a teabagger, er, teapot, is that nobody's talking about the audience that he made his antigay remarks to. It was to a bunch of orthodox Jewish rabbis, etc. He was definitely pandering to them, and then trying to recoup the folks that he lost with his remarks.
This is what happens when you try to sell yourself to everyone.

Posted by: barnabytwist | October 14, 2010 7:58 PM | Report abuse

NO ONE CARES


Who is going to CUT THE BUDGET MORE ???


Paladino or Cuomo ?


Well.....

Paladino wins.


.

Posted by: SaveTheRainforest | October 14, 2010 7:32 PM | Report abuse

It's a great idea to refuse to talk about things you are mistaken about or make you look like a fool. Other tea party candidates like O'Donnell are trying this tactic also. It's called the 'lalala I can't hear you' campaign strategy. The question is whether voters are so irritated with the Recession that they would rather replace the people who don't make things better quickly enough with the people who have no plan, no commonsense and can't open their mouths without saying something stupid.

Posted by: jlkreutzer | October 14, 2010 7:18 PM | Report abuse

His nephew is gay, his adviser is gay and he still speaks of gays as 'things' that should stay in the closet away from children??
he's not a homophobe, he's an idiot! Not a surprise considering he still identifies himself as a Republican.

Fear, Hatred, Distortion, Distraction and Division is all Republicans have to offer America.

Posted by: thebobbob | October 14, 2010 5:37 PM | Report abuse

But can the voters still talk about it? Does he allow that?

Posted by: HillmanDC | October 14, 2010 5:12 PM | Report abuse

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