Mitt Romney condemned the American Family Association’s chief spokesperson Bryan Fischer during his speech at the Values Voter summit this morning. “We should remember that decency and civility are values too,” Romney said, before adding, “one of the speakers who will follow me today has crossed that line I think”:
ROMNEY: Poisonous language doesn’t advance our cause. It has never softened a single heart or changed a single mind. The blessings of faith carry the responsibility of civil and respectful debate. The task before us is to focus on the conservative beliefs and the values that unite us. Let no agenda narrow our vision or drive us apart. We have important work to accomplish.
The People for the American Way has long chronicled Fischer’s hate speech against gays, Muslims and Mormons and challenged Romney’s decision to share the stage with him.
Fischer fired back at Romney after the speech, telling ThinkProgress that it was “tasteless and tawdry” for Romney to attack him on stage. “I think he allowed the New York Times, the Southern Poverty Law Center, the People for the American Way…to dictate the content of his speech,” Fischer said. “Right there, people ought to be concerned about that.”