The Nebraska Republican Party is standing by its recommendation that Creighton University rescind its invitation to former-Senator Bob Kerry to speak at the university’s 2019 commencement.
The Nebraska GOP says it issued the objection over Kerry’s support of abortion.
When asked whether the party’s request was similar to liberal activists shutting out conservative speakers at colleges across the nation, Nebraska GOP Executive Director Ryan Hamilton tells KLIN News there are key differences.
“When liberal groups try to shutdown conservative speakers they generally show up in force, with signs and they try to shout-down people in the auditorium,” says Hamilton. “The Nebraska GOP has no plans to do that.”
Ryan says Kerry’s support of abortion just doesn’t jive with Creighton’s traditionally Catholic values.
“And I’m not saying that there’s no place for Bob Kerry to speak,” says Hamilton , “ I’m just saying that maybe Creighton University, a Jesuit university, isn’t the most appropriate place for those views to be expressed.”
Hamilton points out that Kerry received a National Right to Life score of only 4%.
As of Thursday, Kerry is still scheduled to speak at the university May 18th.