People For the American Way

“Mount Vernon Statement”: Fancy New Name, Same Old Talking Points

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 17, 2010

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Today, a group of Right Wing leaders unveiled their much
hyped “Mount Vernon Statement” which they claim will provide a “definitive
statement” regarding the central principles of the conservative movement.  But
upon review, the document looks like more of the same old talking
points.

“Anyone who was expecting a new direction for the
Conservative movement will be disappointed,” said Michael B. Keegan, President
of People For the American Way.  “The Mount Vernon Statement appears to be yet
another recitation of the same tired dogma we’ve seen for decades.  Every few
years, the Right Wing tries to cobble together its standard talking points under
a new title and pass it off as a bold new
declaration.”

Keegan pointed to the recent “Manhattan
Declaration
” as an example of another conservative messaging document that
garnered significant media attention by doing little more than restating the
Right’s opposition to reproductive freedom and gay
rights.

“Maybe some day they’ll move beyond the same old
anti-government, anti-choice, anti-gay dogma,” said Keegan. “But not
today.”

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