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Strategist Ron Christie: GOP Must Fight Gay Marriage Ruling

By    |   Thursday, 02 July 2015 07:48 PM

Republicans should still continue to fight gay marriage, despite the Supreme Court's ruling last week, GOP strategist Ron Christie told Newsmax TV on Thursday.

"This is a very important issue," Christie, who served under Vice President Dick Cheney, told "The Hard Line" host Ed Berliner. "The Supreme Court never should have taken this case.

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"Republicans need to recognize that, while this might be a politically popular move by some of the progressives, it is OK to say 'I believe in traditional marriage' without thinking they're going to get in trouble," he said.

But Jim Antle, politics editor for The Washington Examiner, countered that the GOP would have a tough time getting a constitutional amendment allowing states to ban same-sex marriage because of the court's divisive 5-4 ruling June 26 and the rising tide in Americans' support on the issue.

"There isn't that same level of political support," he told Berliner. "I don't think there's much they can do to change the policy of same-sex marriage, but this issue is going to move to more of a battle over religious liberty.

"If Republicans are smart, which is not always something that you can guarantee, they can turn this issue into something where they might be able to get some political benefits from it," Antle said.

The pair also split over Donald Trump's effect on the Republican Party since he announced his run June 16.

"I just wouldn't pay this guy that much attention," Christie said. "I wouldn't give him the time of day — because if you bring up Donald Trump and Donald Trump's comments that means, you're talking about Donald Trump.

"Sometimes, discretion is the better part of valor," he added. "If I were a Republican presidential candidate who is running or advising one, I'd stick to my core themes, my core issues, what I'm going to do to bring the country forward, as opposed to Trump's divisive [campaign], which [his] clown-car sideshow candidacy has become."

Antle retorted that former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush could best benefit from Trump.

"If you're Jeb Bush, you might use some of Trump's comments as a teachable moment about what not to do and trying to reach out to Hispanics," he told Berliner. "You might put some distance between yourself and Trump at some point.

"If I'm Jeb Bush, I kind of like Donald Trump's rise, because it's coming at the expense of other conservatives who would be more viable, both in the primaries and in the general election," Antle said. "A Bush-vs.-Trump battle is one that Bush is pretty well set up to win."

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