"I got to meet someone running for president. If President Obama came, it would be cool to see him, too," Matthew said. "I would do it again in a heartbeat."
His parents agreed it was a good experience for him.
"I think anything that would get young people interested and excited in the political process is a good thing," his mother, Lori Spurrier, said.
A former Cub Scout leader, she said she was not aware of the policy.
"I've been in Scouting for years. My brothers were all Eagle Scouts. And I had no idea that they weren't supposed to be at any political events," she said, describing the event at the airport her son participated in as more of a welcoming committee.
Matthew's father, Steve Spurrier, didn't put it in the political category, either.
"I thought it was a great opportunity to meet someone in the public eye," he said. "It never crossed my mind that it had a political leaning or any particular support."
And although Matthew described his family as Republican-leaning, state Democratic Party Chairman Jim Dabakis was on their side.
"This is political correctness at its pettiest," Dabakis said. "The Utah Democratic Party is thrilled that a troop of Boy Scouts got an upfront visit with a presidential nominee, right here in Utah."
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