POLITICS
03/28/2008 02:44 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

GOP'S MIKE DEWINE VOTED TO SUPPORT HATEFUL APARTHEID REGIME...

GOP Senate candidate Mike DeWine voted in 1986 to prevent important sanctions against the white apartheid regime in South Africa.

Dewine, along with then Congressman Dick Cheney, voted in the minority against removing the sanctions. DeWine lost in the successful 313-83 veto override, a veto sponsored by President Reagan that was labeled weak and in favor of the South Africa's disgraced President [Roll Call vote 390, HR 4868, September 28th, 1986, Passed 313-83, DeWine Voted Nay].

Even republicans Sen. McCain, Rep. Sensenbrenner, and Newt Gingrich voted to keep sanctions in place. DeWine was ridiculed in his party for his position. Reaction in South Africa was even harsher, sparking Nobel laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu to tell the Christian Science Monitor, "President Reagan will be judged harshly by history." (9/29/86)