Montana Republican Convention: GOP Showcases Bullet-Ridden 'Obama' Outhouse

06/18/2012 10:52 am ET

The Montana Republican Party showcased a bullet-ridden outhouse described as the "Obama Presidential Library" at their state convention over the weekend.

Delegates took pictures with the outhouse, which featured what was described as a "fake birth certificate" for Obama in an effort to showcase the birther movement, The Missoulian reported. State Republican Chairman Will Deschamps dismissed the outhouse, which also made sexual references to First Lady Michelle Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, as a "sideshow."

“It’s not something I’m going to agonize over,” Deschamps told The Missoulian. “Some of that stuff is not real good taste. We do have a president of the United States, and we have to honor that.”

The convention heard from former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who used his keynote speech to showcase his opposition to Obama's recent immigration policy changes, the Helena Independent Record reported. Gingrich also used the speech to call on Mitt Romney to announce plans to make income taxes voluntary, along with having the Environmental Protection Agency utilize economics in their regulatory decisions.

KAJ18 reported that Rep. Denny Rehberg, the GOP nominee against Sen. Jon Tester (D), used his convention speech to highlight economic issues. The convention was used to confirm the nominations of Rehberg and GOP gubernatorial candidate Rick Hill, who is facing off against Democrat Steve Bullock in an open seat race.

The Montana convention display comes a week after a Tea Party leader in north central Arkansas made a racist joke during a 500-person rally in Mountain Home. Inge Marler, a steering committee member of the Ozark Tea Party, was forced out of the position last week after press reports about her remarks surfaced, according to Ozark Tea Party founder Richard Caster.

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