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Conservative calls on Coulter to apologize for ’cheap shot’ at Edwards

Jim Brown

mercredi 7 mars 2007, par Aloys Evina


A spokeswoman for a conservative think tank based in Washington, DC, is calling conservative commentator Ann Coulter’s recent remarks about Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards "a low point in American political discourse." Coulter continues to draw criticism from the left and the right for using a slang word for homosexuals to refer to the former North Carolina senator.

Democratic Party chairman Howard Dean called the comments Coulter made at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) last week "hate-filled and bigoted." And Republican presidential candidates Mitt Romney, Rudy Giuliani, and John McCain were all quick to condemn the comments as well.

Carrie Lukas is vice president for policy and economics at the Independent Women’s Forum (IWF). She says Coulter took a "cheap shot" at Edwards and the outspoken conservative pundit needs to apologize. Meanwhile, Edwards’ campaign is attempting to raise $100,000 of what it calls "Coulter Cash" in response to the controversy.

Coulter’s comments about the Democrat at CPAC were "a distraction" and "really not appropriate in our political discourse," Lukas asserts. "And there are so many better ways and more useful criticisms and critiques of candidates that she could offer," the IWF spokeswoman says, "that I just really thought this was a really disappointing distraction."

Coulter has said her comments about the political candidate were merely a joke, telling the New York Times, "I would never insult gays by suggesting that they are like John Edwards. That would be mean."

But Lukas insists that what Coulter said was inappropriate. "It wasn’t funny, it wasn’t a joke — it was just a kind of a cheap shot ; so I would encourage her to apologize for it," the IWF official says. "But, again, I think we shouldn’t take this too terribly seriously," she adds, noting that Coulter is "often outrageous."

In light of that fact, Lukas says, "I would think that most politicians are big enough to move on and to get on to more serious subjects."

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