Hawley talks about canceled event with anti-LGBTQ pastor

9 months 1 week 3 days ago Wednesday, October 10 2018 Oct 10, 2018 Wednesday, October 10, 2018 10:35:00 PM CDT October 10, 2018 in News
By: Savannah Rudicel, KOMU 8 Reporter and Jacob Cavaiani, KOMU 8 Digital Reporter
loading

LEBANON - Republican U.S. Senate candidate Josh Hawley said he "can't speak" for the pastor who once called for government regulation of homosexuality and, as of Tuesday night, had been scheduled to appear with Hawley at an event.

On a radio show in 2010, David Barton asked: “Why don’t we regulate homosexuality," according to an account. 

Then, in 2017, he condemned homosexuality on his radio show, according to a transcript.

“The evil that’s there, it still works in the same deceptive means today. It still has that nice smiling face. 'A homosexual lifestyle, it’s such a wonderful lifestyle.' Yeah? Why don’t you look at the medical stats and see if that’s really true?" Barton said.

In a news release Tuesday, Hawley's campaign said he and Barton would give evangelical supporters in Springfield an update on the Senate race at an event Wednesday night.

The Kansas City Star said it contacted the campaign Tuesday to see if Hawley agreed with Barton's views.

A short while later, the event was canceled because of a "scheduling conflict." The newspaper said that announcement came just 20 minutes after it asked the campaign about Barton.

Hawley launched his agriculture tour with the Missouri Farm Bureau on Wednesday. After canceling the update for evangelicals in Springfield, Hawley's campaign added a stop in Lebanon. 

"This is a great crowd on such short notice," Rep. Jeff Knight, R-Lebanon, said at the event.

Speaking to reporters afterward, Hawley said he was not familiar with all of Barton's views.

"I can't speak for him, and I haven't seen all of his comments," Hawley said. "So I can tell you that I'm against discrimination of anybody on any basis."

The cancellation comes the same day Reuters released a poll showing Hawley up one point over his opponent, Democratic incumbent Sen. Claire McCaskill.

The poll by Reuters, Ipsos and The University of Virginia Center for Politics found 45 percent of all likely voters would back Hawley and 44 percent would back McCaskill. The margin is well within the online poll's credibility interval of 3.4 percent.

Hawley reminded his supporters in Lebanon that the outcome of Missouri's U.S. Senate race could impact which political party controls the chamber.

"This race is about whether we can save our country. That's what it comes down to. That's what we voted for in 2016. We voted to save this country," Hawley said. 

McCaskill's campaign did not respond to requests for comment.

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA - A federal judge sentenced a Columbia man Monday morning for his role in a drug trafficking case. ... More >>
1 hour ago Monday, July 22 2019 Jul 22, 2019 Monday, July 22, 2019 5:27:00 PM CDT July 22, 2019 in Continuous News
COLUMBIA - The Missouri Department of Transportation will receive $81.2 million to replace the Rocheport Bridge. The money will... More >>
2 hours ago Monday, July 22 2019 Jul 22, 2019 Monday, July 22, 2019 4:36:00 PM CDT July 22, 2019 in News
HOLTS SUMMIT, Mo. — A Chicago man faces criminal charges related to a suspicious package case in Holts Summit. ... More >>
2 hours ago Monday, July 22 2019 Jul 22, 2019 Monday, July 22, 2019 4:11:00 PM CDT July 22, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - A roof collapsed early this morning from too much rain. The apartment complex had a temporary fix... More >>
3 hours ago Monday, July 22 2019 Jul 22, 2019 Monday, July 22, 2019 2:59:00 PM CDT July 22, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Users of the popular social sharing site Reddit are upset after they say a scammer targeted them--posing as... More >>
3 hours ago Monday, July 22 2019 Jul 22, 2019 Monday, July 22, 2019 2:50:00 PM CDT July 22, 2019 in News
MOBERLY - Contaminants stemming from an Orscheln facility may be in Moberly's air and sewers, and the City Council voted... More >>
4 hours ago Monday, July 22 2019 Jul 22, 2019 Monday, July 22, 2019 2:12:00 PM CDT July 22, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Close to 90,000 children and 23,000 adults have been dropped from Missouri's Medicaid health insurance program... More >>
4 hours ago Monday, July 22 2019 Jul 22, 2019 Monday, July 22, 2019 2:03:00 PM CDT July 22, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - A power outage has caused Lincoln University to close for the rest of Monday. The... More >>
7 hours ago Monday, July 22 2019 Jul 22, 2019 Monday, July 22, 2019 11:37:00 AM CDT July 22, 2019 in News
MACKS CREEK — A building in Camden County has collapsed after floodwaters compromised the structure. According to a Facebook... More >>
8 hours ago Monday, July 22 2019 Jul 22, 2019 Monday, July 22, 2019 10:28:00 AM CDT July 22, 2019 in News
ESTES PARK, CO. — John Drage doesn’t know how many more miles he’s got left in him. Every step,... More >>
9 hours ago Monday, July 22 2019 Jul 22, 2019 Monday, July 22, 2019 9:28:00 AM CDT July 22, 2019 in News
STRAFFORD — A KY3 viewer, JD Matney, shared this video of a mountain lion walking along just north of Strafford.... More >>
22 hours ago Sunday, July 21 2019 Jul 21, 2019 Sunday, July 21, 2019 8:24:00 PM CDT July 21, 2019 in Continuous News
COLUMBIA — Columbia police responded to a report of shots fired early Sunday morning. The incident occurred on Apple... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, July 21 2019 Jul 21, 2019 Sunday, July 21, 2019 6:08:00 PM CDT July 21, 2019 in News
LAKE OF THE OZARKS - Missouri Highway Patrol Troop F responded to a boat fire at the Lake of the... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, July 21 2019 Jul 21, 2019 Sunday, July 21, 2019 5:40:00 PM CDT July 21, 2019 in Continuous News
JEFFERSON CITY - FEMA opened the doors of a new Disaster Recovery Center in Cole County over the weekend. ... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, July 21 2019 Jul 21, 2019 Sunday, July 21, 2019 1:37:00 PM CDT July 21, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA — A Columbia teenager is home safe after she was missing for almost two days. Summer Skye Allen,... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, July 20 2019 Jul 20, 2019 Saturday, July 20, 2019 9:05:00 PM CDT July 20, 2019 in Continuous News
COLUMBIA — Three men were arrested after allegedly stealing $22,000 worth of electronics from a Moberly Walmart Saturday. Several... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, July 20 2019 Jul 20, 2019 Saturday, July 20, 2019 6:53:00 PM CDT July 20, 2019 in Continuous News
CENTERTOWN - Family, friends and even strangers showed up to celebrate Jasen Smith's life at his Memorial Benefit at Apple... More >>
2 days ago Saturday, July 20 2019 Jul 20, 2019 Saturday, July 20, 2019 4:35:00 PM CDT July 20, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Police confirmed a runaway teen missing since Thursday was found safe Saturday afternoon. Summer Skye Allen was... More >>
2 days ago Saturday, July 20 2019 Jul 20, 2019 Saturday, July 20, 2019 4:03:00 PM CDT July 20, 2019 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 83°
7pm 76°
8pm 74°
9pm 71°
10pm 70°