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McDonnell Opposes Degree for Obama

Anita Kumar

Republican gubernatorial candidate Robert F. McDonnell has stayed mostly silent on conservative social issues -- guns, the sanctity of marriage, school choice -- chosing instead to follow the lead of other statewide officials and tout himself as a moderate.

But Democrats are already starting to call attention to McDonnell's recent statement that the University of Notre Dame should not honor President Obama at its May graduation because of his views on abortion.

McDonnell, who attended Notre Dame, told WTOP radio that Obama should be allowed to speak, but should not be given an honorary degree because his views "appear to be in great conflict with the Catholic social teaching."

McDonnell did disagree with some Catholics who do not think Obama should be allowed to speak. "He's the president of the United States," McDonnell said. "We respect the office. I disagree with him on a number of issues, but I respect the fact that he is the leader of the free world."

By Anita Kumar  |  April 20, 2009; 10:45 AM ET
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Election 2009 , Terry McAuliffe  
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Doesn't catholic teaching also say that the death penalty is wrong? Should McDonnell's disagree be revoked?

Posted by: Sam27 | April 20, 2009 11:25 AM | Report abuse

Lets separate church and state. The state must treat all citizens equal. The republicans are imploding.

Posted by: pvogel88 | April 20, 2009 3:15 PM | Report abuse

pvogel, this is not about the state. This is an alumni of a Catholic university talking about a controversial decision made by said university.

Posted by: Simon23p | April 21, 2009 10:50 PM | Report abuse

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