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CNN Debate: Ron Paul followed by his GOP opponents

SabrinMURRAY032911_optBY MURRAY SABRIN
COMMENTARY

At Monday’s CNN/Tea Party debate, Wolf Blitzer said in his opening remarks that the candidates would get equal time to answer questions. For the first half hour or so, he appeared to have kept his word. After that, the debate turned into the Romney/Perry debate with Bachmann thrown into the mix to boost her failing poll numbers.

Ron Paul was shut out on two key issues, the Federal Reserve and immigration. Blitzer did not ask the only candidate who has made abolishing the Fed a signature issue of his campaign his views on the Federal Reserve’s impact on the economy. Nevertheless, all the candidates who were asked about the Fed (almost) sounded like Ron Paul, who has been warning the American people about the Fed’s destructive policies for decades. The media would never have brought up the Fed in the debates if it were not for Ron Paul’s relentless criticism of the country’s legal counterfeiter, nor would the other candidates dare have criticized the Fed if Ron Paul were not a presidential candidate. In fact, the seven clones never expressed any criticism of the Fed before Ron Paul ran for president in 2008.

However, on issue after issue I was watching the candidates at the debate read from the script that sounds like Ron Paul as much as possible, because that is what is resonating with voters. Even on foreign policy, Huntsman and Perry called for removing troops from Afghanistan. Only Gringrich and Santorum continued to voice support for the Wilsonian policy of making the world safe for democracy. These two warmongers are going nowhere fast; they should just say good night, and go back to writing their pro war screeds. Santorum always brings up his immigrant father and grandfather in the debates. Maybe he should get a job with the immigration service.

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Ron Paul gave sensible and common sense answers to the (few) questions he was asked. On healthcare, he hit the home run of the night; charity will take care of the uninsured. Charity is the only humane way to deal with individuals and families who did not have health insurance. Rep. Paul should make this a signature issue of the campaign—real compassion to replace the “phony philanthropy” of the welfare state.

The debates remind me of the question I was asked when I was the Libertarian Party nominee for governor in 1997. A student at Rutgers asked me, “Dr. Sabrin, you say you are for limited government, free enterprise and personal responsibility, what makes you different than a Republican.” I answered immediately: “I mean it!”



 
Comments (20)
20 Tuesday, 13 September 2011 20:02
Philip
To the drooling morons who boo'd Ron Paul last night:

If you honestly believe that Islamic Extremists attacked us for "Our Freedom" while we were occupying multiple countries and desecrating their property... Then guess what?

Remember that time you threw a baseball through your neighbor's window? Yea well, Your mom didn't punish you because you destroyed his property... she punished you because she hates you.
19 Tuesday, 13 September 2011 17:07
anonoped
Ron Paul needs to spice it up a bit and it's a shame the lower IQ rating of the populace is showing.
18 Tuesday, 13 September 2011 16:26
the RON PAUL FIRE
Amen...I am still waiting for "the only 'top tier' female republican candidate" (not associated with "the others" in the debate) to answer the question of what "she" would do if a pauper showed up at the hospital...maybe "she" meant "she" would explain to the pauper why Obamacare will not work whilst the pauper bled out...I don't know...and listen everybody, WE CAN NOT WAIT FOR ALL THE POLITICAL POLLUTION TO ARISE....get out now and fight!!! for the One...waiting until the streets are full of signs for the status quo candidates is a missed opportunity...the status quo already have American Idol flunkies booing Paul on national TV as part of the production...we know this but the public does not...i have personally placed 4x8 signs I hand painted with professional care on major US highways and put in hand 2500+ flyers that printed using old printers and ink refills and bulk copy paper, etc. for Dr. Paul...get out on meet-up, and/or use whatever skills and resources you have and fight NOW!!!! think about what you can do and do it PLEASE!!!!
17 Tuesday, 13 September 2011 14:57
songman
very well written article here. thank you for not jumping on the "lets ignore ron paul" bandwagon. i truly believe that dr. paul is our last and only hope to return our country to being a wonderful country to live in. we have so much dishonesty and corruption in our government, and the "status quo" politicians are trying their best to emulate RP, not cause they believe what they say, but because they want votes. dr. paul doesnt want power or wealth, he wants to have a strong and proud country to raise our children in.
16 Tuesday, 13 September 2011 14:49
Justin Bock
This article is right on the money. Every other candidate is a strange Soap Opera star politician that seem to barely understand the catch phrases and talking points they spew out... and now all of a sudden they want us to believe that they are all : "Ron Paul, but not quite..."

My worry is that the American people will buy right in. They know what the right thing to do is, but it seems scary to commit (like a diet) so they go with the Diet Soda version of Ron Paul and just keep getting fatter...
15 Tuesday, 13 September 2011 14:23
Jackson Baer
It's no nice to see some coverage for Ron Paul. The LA Times consistently runs articles on Paul as does John Stewart. Fox & CNN today were talking about everyone but Paul. His name was barely mentioned. I heard more about Huntsman and Cain then I did Paul. Go Ron Paul!

www.whatthehellbook.com
14 Tuesday, 13 September 2011 14:14
Pablo87
Pretty obvious that Gingrich and Santorum are water boys for the republican establishment to diminish air-time for candidates other than Perry or Romney. Huntsman and Cain seem to be legit.

What they should do is have separate debates for a while for the secondary candidates - Huntsman, Cain, Gingrich, Santorum, Gary Johnson and Mcollum? and the winner of that can join the top 4. Would be a lot fairer. But then that would not how things are done here.
13 Tuesday, 13 September 2011 14:00
Ron Paul Supporter
Wolf Blitzer had someone whispering in his earpeace on who to ask what. The person in the control room had someone whispering in his ear. It was too obvious to me and my family that the entire so called "debate" was a setup. You dont treat a 75 yr old man with disrespect. Ever. Once Ron Paul passes, i hope you all realize that there may not be a man of his character comming along for quite some time. He will signal the end of an era. And perhaps America's last chance to get back to the good ole days. Be vigilant my friends ....Be vigilant.
12 Tuesday, 13 September 2011 13:33
RonPaulPres2012
The media is trying to dictate to the people who to vote for by editing out, deleting or circumventing Ron Paul.

I am sick of all the dictating of late, from 'gubment' to mainstream media (aka, more gumbent).

I CHOOSE RON PAUL! OK! LISTEN TO THE PEOPLE, NOT THE BANKERS!
11 Tuesday, 13 September 2011 13:23
Joe from Idaho
I could not agree with you more about the fed questions...I was very disappointed and the only reason I could think of was that niether that other candidates on stage nor Blitzer would understand the depth of Dr. Paul's answers about the Fed. I am spreading the word to everyone I know....hopefully people are listening to truth, not Propoganda or our Orwellian prophecy is near. Ron Paul 2012
10 Tuesday, 13 September 2011 13:19
CharlesH
How much to buy off Rick Perry? He indicated last night that $5,000 wasn't enough...

Ron Paul is the only one running (besides Gary Johnson) who isn't pandering for votes. Are Americans smart enough to read between the lies?
9 Tuesday, 13 September 2011 12:35
Dixie Passion
Thank you for keeping the door open for Ron. He is the only one who sticks with his principals and does not waver for anyone or any reason.
8 Tuesday, 13 September 2011 12:34
Pat M
This article describes exactly what I was thinking while I was watching that thing. I guess they couldn't beat him so they had to join him. Extremely frustrating.
7 Tuesday, 13 September 2011 12:14
Wiegela
For the first time in TV history, a political debate with no "who won the debate" poll. Hmmmmm .... how could this be?? Go Ron Paul!!
6 Tuesday, 13 September 2011 11:49
DeAngela Osborne
‎"Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free",
Holy crap....it's us.
5 Tuesday, 13 September 2011 11:43
We the people
The media will continue to show television viewers that Ron Paul is a total looser in the polls even when he dominates most all real polls online. Your voice ness to be heard every time on every poll until these poll numbers are truthful. Help vote and share the links! We the people must stay vigalant in order to keep our government.
Vote!!
4 Tuesday, 13 September 2011 11:42
sebalias
Well done for a balanced article on the debate, Americans are viewed abroad as let say not the most intelligent people in the world! It's hard to see how you guys can pass on such a historic opportunity to get behind one of the greatest statesman since the founding fathers, yes I'm talking about Ron Paul. Even if your media is biased, can you guys not see through that and rise above the taunts to think like sheep yet again.
3 Tuesday, 13 September 2011 11:29
sanc
But the puppets are still waiting where will the wind blow. The initial exchange between Romney and Perry was just boringly lame. At the outset they have already shown what their substance is...nothing. Perry is having a good hair day while Romney convincing everyone how slick he is.
2 Tuesday, 13 September 2011 11:27
Truthbetold
Great article! Thank you. Also, that they would have a writer for aipac and the jerusalem post (wolf blitzer) host the tea party debate is very telling. No suprise that Dr. Paul was ignored. (and called "mr" Paul by blitzer)
1 Tuesday, 13 September 2011 11:24
Jay S
Murray, this is a great article. I also noticed Wolf Blitzer kept his word for about 2 questions and then turned it into another Romney vs Perry spectacle. The people are realizing that the mainstream media tries to choose the candidates for us by asking them the most questions. They ask Romney and Perry 15 questions each, and then the next day all the headlines are about the sparring between the two. It's ridiculous!

All 7 of these candidates aside from Ron Paul use rhetoric about the Fed. They will not do anything if they were elected.

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