Kudos to high school student William Sleaster.

John McCain was in Concord, NH on Tuesday apparently doing an Q&A at a high school. During that Q&A a student by the name of William Sleaster challenged McCain on his stance on gay rights. McCain first tried to dodge the question, but the plucky student wouldn’t have it:

Sleaster pressed on. “Do you support civil unions or gay marriage?”

“I do not,” McCain answered. “I think that they impinge on the status and the sanctity of marriage between a man and a woman.”

“So you believe in taking away someone’s rights because you believe it’s wrong?”

“I wouldn’t put that interpretation on my position, but I understand yours,” McCain said diplomatically.

Sleaster went on to ask another question about how to help the working class in America, which McCain fielded by talking about the country’s need to figure out education and health care, and to secure the environment.

Sleaster indicated that he wanted to follow up again.

“You have one more? Go ahead you’re doing good,” McCain encouraged.

“I came here looking to see a leader,” Sleaster said. “I don’t.”

To his credit McCain kept his temper in check and told the kid “I understand. I thank you. That’s what America is all about.”

Perhaps some might see Sleaster’s response as rude, but it was honest and probably something McCain should hear more often. If nothing else it’s good to see at least one member of the next generation taking a stand.

8 thoughts on “Kudos to high school student William Sleaster.

  1. Good for him. It’s about time we actually forced those running for president to answer questions rather than feeding us bullshit.

  2. It’s an awesome story, and I hadn’t heard it until today. It’s from last year though, not Tuesday.

    Took me a few minutes to catch the 07!

  3. John McCain holding his temper reminds me of what I once saw in him: a Republican I could respect.  Too bad he sold himself.  I just hope, if he does win, that he remembers his former integrity.

  4. Bit of a poison chalice this years Republican nominee has.

    He can’t say it’s all the Democrats fault.

    He can’t say build on our success.

    So they have to try and say 1) but with a rider about Congress.

    Were there any Republican big guns who would have been expected to stand, but didn’t, obviously waiting for 2012?

  5. This man called his own wife a cunt in public and infront of friends.In my opinion thats all I need to know about the man.
    Also – since when does being a POW make you a hero? My recollection of the definition is someone who sacrifices themself for the sake of others … having trouble connecting the dots there sorry.

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