Miss. gov. candidate grilled by media for pledge to wife

Friday, July 12, 2019
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Steve Jordahl (OneNewsNow.com)

Robert Foster on Fox NewsA Republican candidate for Mississippi governor is fending off accusations of sexism from the media and the Twitter mob for standing by a vow he made to his wife.

Mississippi state Rep. Robert Foster is being blasted in national headlines after female reporter Larrison Campbell complained that Foster's campaign refused to allow her on an all-day "ride-along" with the candidate. 

Campbell, who works for Mississippi Today, published her version of the disagreement in that publication and then the story took off in The Washington Post, USA Today, and The New York Times.

Then came the live confrontations over his views on CNN, where he was called a "sexist" by Campbell, and received a tongue-lashing at Fox News, where Martha MacCallum claimed to be confused how a married man and a female reporter alone together would "evoke suspicion." 

Even a late-night comedian took a dig at Foster, who is running a grassroots campaign against Mississippi's lieutenant governor and a former state supreme court justice. He is currently polling in third place.  

On CNN with host John Berman, Berman questioned Foster on his practice of purity. "You said this was a precaution. Is it that you didn't trust Larrison, or you didn't trust yourself?" the CNN host asked. "I'm confused here.” 

Foster emphasized that his precaution was primarily to appear blameless in a world that is replete with smear campaigns – one that looks for any little reason to question and tar-and-feather a person’s reputation, especially in political office.

“I trust myself completely, but I don't trust the perception that the world puts on people,” the Republican gubernatorial candidate told Berman.

“Look, we've got to call this what it is,” Campbell stated at one point. “When a woman isn't given access to the same thing that a man would be given access to, it's sexism."

"And representative," Berman said, "just yes or no: you don't deny you would give a man this access? Yes?”

"I would," Foster replied, "and I stand my ground.” 

Sharing his views on American Family Radio, Foster said he requested a male reporter so he would not be alone in his vehicle with a female.    

"That is just a practice," he said. "They refer to it as the 'Billy Graham Rule' or now the 'Vice President Mike Pence Rule' of not being alone with another female that is not my wife.”

Foster also attempted to tell CNN and Fox News that his practice of never being alone with a woman other than his wife is a sacred promise that he was not – for any reason – going to break just to get media coverage.

“That is a vow that I have taken with my wife," he told American Family Radio, "and something that I have always practiced in business, in personal life and now in my political life." 


American Family Radio is a division of the American Family Association, the parent organization of American Family News, which operates OneNewsNow.com. 

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