First, great job as usual by Congressman West, keeping his cool while refusing to be baited into a social issue that means little to most Americans, but plenty to the lamestream media. Second, if Phillips had done her research she would've easily known that West is a master at taking on leftwing "journalists" who attempt to use their stage as a pulpit for pushing the radical liberal agenda. Third, the idea that in a struggling economy with rising gas prices and unemployment at 8.2%, most Americans are pulling their hairs in the kitchen stewing over gay marriage is really just laughable, esp. when you watch Phillips raise her voice to West for daring to call her liberal propaganda what it is: utter BS:
CNN Anchor Kyra Phillips hosted Rep. Allen West (R-FL) where he weighed in on the rumors that he is on a short list for vice president, the Trayvon Martin killing and President Obama’s health care law in the Supreme Court. The illuminating interview became heated when Phillips asked West to weigh in on gay marriage rights, at which point West accused Phillips of leading him down a “rabbit hole.”RELATED: CNN's Phillips Argues with Rep. West: 'Are You Saying Gay Marriage Is Not Important?'
“Gay marriage – a big issue. Do you think that is something the federal government should make a decision on,” asked Phillips.
“I think that when you look at who is issuing out marriage certificates, I think it’s a state’s issue,” West replied. “But I think right now there are a lot of people that try to take you down a rabbit hole to discuss things that really aren’t that important. The United States of America is $15.6 trillion in debt…”
“Wait, are you saying that is not important,” Phillips interrupted incredulously.
West responded, “I think if you poll the American people, Kyra, I don’t think they’re going to bring up gay marriage as one of their top concerns.” West went on to discuss what he believes is the top issue facing the nation – jobs and the economy.
Phillips agreed, but swiftly returned to the issue of gay marriage rights. “Gay marriage is a very big issue. I mean, you were military. Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell is no longer…”
West interrupted, “gay marriage is not as big as the gas prices. The gas prices from when President Obama came into office was $1.84. Gas prices are now over $3 dollars…”
Phillips and West engaged in some cross talk while West attempted to stay on the topic of the economy and Phillips sought to maneuver back to gay marriage. “I think the best thing that you can do to help me and help out America: let’s stay focused on the things that are critical to the American people right now, and not try to create some type of situation where you try to take me down into a rabbit hole,” said West.
“No, no, no, no, no – I’m not trying to do that,” responded Phillips.
“Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah – you are,” replied West.