A former U.S. House speaker is giving his input on the current state of the Republican Party. Former Illinois Congressman Dennis Hastert, the longest-serving Republican speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, was in Springfield Wednesday, and commented that the party these days is suffering from a lack of leadership.
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“We’re kind of adrift, a party without a head or a leader. We don’t have a president or a presidential candidate, so there’s not a lot of agreement. Whenever there is not a lot of agreement there’s some backlash, but that’s part of the process. I’ve seen our party go down in 1974 and it came back. It’s a roller coaster ride. Politics is a fickle business,” Hastert said.
On the issue of same-sex marriage, Hastert (pictured) was ambivalent. “If people can get together or form a life. They ought to have the ability to do it. Whether you call it a marriage, a union or whatever,” Hastert said.