Tonight there was another gathering of the GOP's 2012 presidential field. At their last encounter the crowd cheered when one of the candidates was asked if an uninsured man should simply be allowed to die. Tonight when an American serviceman proclaimed his relief at no longer having to hide his sexual orientation the crowd widely cheered as the GOP field pledged to re-instate DADT. The candidates also pledged to undo President Obama's health care reform efforts that just extended coverage to 1 million young people. One by one they attacked President Obama's immigration reform plans - which have strong backing in polls and support from both progressive and conservative religious leaders. And despite overwhelming support from the American people for President Obama's proposed Buffett Rule - that millionaires should pay their fair share of taxes - the GOP candidates pledged not to raise taxes on the wealthy. One candidate even promised to do away with all corporate taxes. I believe like John F. Kennedy that: "If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich." This is not a time is step back from our responsibilities as a national community to help our neighbors but a time to embrace such a challenge. Again tonight, the GOP showed they do not have the moral courage or imagination to face the difficulties of our time.