Obama’s Campaign Adviser: Prez Lied to Get Elected in 2008

President Barack Obama lied about his position on same-sex marriage in order to win votes in the 2008 election, his former chief campaign adviser political David Axelrod writes in a new book, “Believer: My Forty Years in Politics.”

Obama supported same-sex marriages then, but begrudgingly took the counsel of his advisers and said publicly he opposed same-sex marriage for religious reasons, according to excerpts of Axelrod’s book obtained by Time.

“Opposition to gay marriage was particularly strong in the black church, and as he ran for higher office, he grudgingly accepted the counsel of more pragmatic folks like me, and modified his position to support civil unions rather than marriage, which he would term a ‘sacred union,’” Axelrod writes.

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