Fox News host Geraldo Rivera: GOP crippled by right wing radio hosts

By Eric W. Dolan
Monday, April 29, 2013 20:10 EDT
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Fox News host Geraldo Rivera
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Fox News host Geraldo Rivera on Monday criticized the power that conservative radio show hosts wielded over the Republican Party.

On HuffPost Live, Rivera described those who listened to conservative hosts like Rush Limbaugh as “absolutists” who were fond of the 1950s. He said Republicans could never hope to regain the White House if they pandered to such demographics, who were stubbornly opposed to immigration reform and same-sex marriage.

“I think talk radio has driven the platform drafters in the GOP for at least the last several election cycles,” Rivera continued.

Rivera warned right wing radio had “helped cripple the GOP” through its influence on the party. He said Mitt Romney was defeated “right out of the gate” because of the conservative party platform that Republicans approved in 2012.

“They codified, in terms of their language, his whole notion of making conditions so wretched for immigrants that they would self-deport, they stood against gay marriage despite the tide of history sweeping in the opposite direction, they made no exceptions in terms of abortion,” Rivera added.

“Those are crazy positions to have in this day and age.”

Watch video, courtesy of The Huffington Post, below:

Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan has served as an editor for Raw Story since August 2010, and is based out of Sacramento, California. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and received a Bachelor of Science from Bradley University. Eric is also the publisher and editor of PsyPost. You can follow him on Twitter @ewdolan.
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