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'Mount Vernon Statement': Fancy New Name, Same Old Talking Points
WASHINGTON - February 17 - Today, a group of Right Wing leaders will unveil 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."