Maddow, Miller, and MoJo’s Scoop

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Last night, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow finally managed to track down Alaska’s elusive Republican nominee for Senate, Joe Miller. On a brief but labyrinthine tour through an Anchorage  events center, Maddow sought clarification on Miller’s stances on abortion and gay rights. Along the way, she brought up Terry Moffitt, a Miller campaign aide and strident anti-gay activist first profiled by Mother Jones.

While he supports the Defense of Marriage Act, Miller said that gay rights and gay marriage remain state issues—so as to better “accommodate the various differences that we have in the country.”

Check out Maddow’s walk and talk:

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