POLITICS
03/15/2011 09:28 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Newt Gingrich Courts Controversial Pastor Renounced By John McCain In 2008

When Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) accepted the endorsement of Texas megachurch pastor John Hagee in 2008, the result was a PR disaster. After critics pointed to Hagee's incendiary views on gays (whom he held responsible for Hurricane Katrina) and Catholicism (which he described as a "false cult"), the Arizona Republican called Hagee's views "crazy and unacceptable" and renounced the endorsement.

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