(CBS/AP) In the latest in a series of controversial remarks, Illinois GOP Senate candidate Alan Keyes said Jesus Christ would not vote for his Democratic opponent, Barack Obama, because of Obama's position on abortion.
"Christ would not vote for Barack Obama because Barack Obama has voted to behave in a way that it is inconceivable for Christ to have behaved," Keyes said. He referred to Obama's votes against anti-abortion legislation.
Keyes has made opposition to abortion the centerpiece of his campaign. His choice of words on gay marriage and abortion has stunned Illinois Republican Party leaders.
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On Tuesday, Keyes complained about a remark Obama made while campaigning downstate.
"I don't want to just win, I want to give this guy who is running against me a spanking," Obama said of Keyes.
Evidently, Keyes is unwilling to turn the other cheek.
Keyes spoke to the Illinois Agricultural Legislative Roundtable (Link):
Keyes devoted much of his speech to criticizing abortion and gay marriage. He praised Illinois farmers for valuing family and morality and urged the crowd to speak out against policies that could "represent the collapse both of our system of freedom and of our civilization."
Keyes promised to seek a seat on the Senate Agriculture committee if he is elected.