“I say the things that I say because I’m a Christian, not because I hate anybody, but because I have religious values that matter to me,” Jackson told reporters Tuesday at a Fredericksburg campaign stop, according to the Washington Post.
“Attacking me because I hold to those principles is attacking every church-going person, every family that’s living a traditional family life, everybody who believes that we all deserve the right to live,” he continued. “So I don’t have anything to rephrase or apologize for. I would just say people should not paint me as one-dimensional.”
So much for the Democrats attacking him on his religious values, which as he states are shared by most church-going people.
This tactic reminds me of something from the film “Clear and Present Danger” starring Harrison Ford as Tom Clancy’s hero Jack Ryan.
There’s a great scene in the Harrison Ford movie Clear And Present Danger in which he gives the U.S. president some commonsense PR advice.Under discussion is a pal of the president who has turned up dead in shady circumstances.The advisers want the president to distance himself.But Ford’s character Jack Ryan has another suggestion. He recommends that when the press asks the president if they were friends, he should say, “No, we were good friends.” Asked if they were good friends, he should say: “No, we were lifelong friends.”That way, there is nowhere else to go with the inquisition.
Jackson is a man of beliefs and convictions, so this comes naturally to him.