Posted: Friday, October 05, 2007 11:10 AM by Domenico Montanaro
From NBC's Andy Merten
Six GOP presidential candidates are taking their turns addressing the Americans for Prosperity "Defending the American Dream Summit" here in Washington, today. They are targeting government spending and taxation. Casually watching the forum from our offices, we at First Read noticed some unfair time allocations to different candidates. After Giuliani spoke for nearly 25 minutes, Ron Paul, who may have earned his time to speak with this quarter's fund raising, took the stage. Speaking for just over 10 minutes, Paul was then cut off by the stage music -- a tactic usually reserved for an emotional Oscar-winning actress (or one that gets a little too political) to wrap it up. We'll have more about the forum, later, but thought this was an interesting tidbit. Comments
Ron Paul while not everyones cup of tea, has earned to right to speak. Kind of ironic that a man that is a stanch defender of America and our constitution, while running for President of the United States speaking at a "Defending the American Dream Summit" is cut off in mid speach.
Another example of the manipulation by the machine.
RH Oregon (Sent Friday, October 05, 2007 11:25 AM)
why do the republicans keep cutting off Ron Paul? He's moved into a first Tier candiate , hasnt he?
Tuck, Realityville, Kansas (Sent Friday, October 05, 2007 11:28 AM)
that seems a bit ironic, republicans holding a debate about government spending being out of control. I mean I know they campaign on spending less, but they certainly don't ever keep those promises, we've spent more money than ever in this country under their rule. And it was all for nothing, we aren't safer, we aren't healthier, we aren't more employable. While at the same time, the friends and collegues of the GOP are 10 times richer than they were. Haliburton, Enron, WorldCom all these terrible things were made possible by republicans.... wake up you idiots, republicans don't want to spend less of your money. They want more. fools
pissed off citizen (Sent Friday, October 05, 2007 11:29 AM)
Of course none of the other candidates want Ron Paul to speak. Why? Because he is intelligent, well spoken, and actually talks about the ideals of the REPUBLICAN party and not the shell it is today that panders to big business and has sold its soul to the Devil. The man will talk laps around Guilliani and the others on the issues that are important to the people of the country. I'd vote for him before any of the other yahoos running on that side of the ticket.
Mike K, Denver (Sent Friday, October 05, 2007 11:34 AM)
All of the filthy politicians are pissing their pants over Ron Paul, an honest moral man who consistently speaks the truth without spin.
Johnnyb, Amarillo, TX (Sent Friday, October 05, 2007 11:34 AM)
Cut off by the music...typical. Rudy speaks for 25 minutes and Ron Paul is silenced after 10. The machine strikes again.No wonder the GOP has lost 40% of its contributions in the last year, they're FOS.
Blue Angel (Sent Friday, October 05, 2007 11:35 AM)
I like the way the firstreaders let the mobs get to them. People decry bias, and soon there is a thread to alleviate that. Or maybe, it is a subtle admission of guilt.
--NSMSNBC (Sent Friday, October 05, 2007 11:46 AM)
Nobody cares more about the plight of the poor than true libertarian conservatives, like Ron Paul, who want to dump the evil Fed. Reserve and oppressive minimum wage / taxation schemes in our country. Inflation KILLS the middle class and poor; Wall Street applauds it. Why they would cut off Ron Paul is baffling - he alone talks about this very issue. Clearly their agenda is WALL STREET's, NOT MAIN STREET's. Ron Paul in 08!
bret, atl, ga (Sent Friday, October 05, 2007 11:46 AM)
Disgusting that our candidates are expected to "earn" their "right" to speak by how much money their campaign has earned. They should be given equal opportunities, period. And speaking of entitlement... Ron Paul has been a respected politician in our congress for 20 years. Giuliani just happened to be the mayor of New York City during 911, and that, in a nutshell is his entire campaign platform. How is he more qualified to speak about "Defending the American Dream" than a man like Ron Paul who has staunchly and consistently defended our constitution for 20 years?
Jaime (Sent Friday, October 05, 2007 11:50 AM)
Americans would have to have been living under a rock and/or the wlthiest in this country to continue to believe that Republican's are fiscally conservative. We have become a debtor nation to The Chinese inorder to fight this debacle called Iraq.Trickel down economics has been and continues to be a sham that enriches corporation and the 2-5% who benefits greatly from Bushes tax cuts. The enablers/apologists will continue to spout platitudes like tax and spend liberals while their borrow and spend family/moral values canidates laugh all the way to the bank so our future generation can pick up the tab.
juan,ft lauderdale,fl (Sent Friday, October 05, 2007 11:51 AM)
The scoundrels of the inerantionalist establishment revealing their concern that their supranational scheme is threatened by an OB GYN. Beautiful music indeed...
Leland Thomas Faegre, West Covina, CA (Sent Friday, October 05, 2007 11:52 AM)
RON PAUL IN 08'
This country is broke, we don't need anymore lawyers, we need a Doctor! We all need to start calling news organizations and corresponding to let them know we see through this BS. Paul actually cares about this country and not his personal bank account! Finally a statesmans has emerged!!!!!!
Jeff (Sent Friday, October 05, 2007 11:52 AM)
This is an outrage! The only remedy to the government/corporate stranglehold on low-middle class Americans is to put an honest person in our highest government position. If you look at state/local straw polls results nationwide where ALL the candidates were allowed to participate, you will be shocked. VOTE!
Ron Paul's Head-to-Head Records (Win-Lose-Tie): (Hint, Ron Paul beats every other contender)
>Refute these results if you can<
Rudy Giuliani 26-3-0
Mitt Romney 18-11-0
Fred Thompson 16-12-0
John McCain 25-3-0
Mike Huckabee 24-3-1
Sam Brownback 25-2-1
Tom Tancredo 26-1-0
Duncan Hunter 25-2-0
David (Sent Friday, October 05, 2007 11:55 AM)