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Ron Paul Gets 89 Seconds To Speak: Silenced by CBS
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by HeroOfChristArchives on Nov 13, 2011
November 12, 2011 — Complete highlights of Ron Paul at the CBS News Republican Debate sponsored by CBS News and the National Journal in partnership with the South Carolina Republican Party, and streamed live by CBS News from the Benjamin Johnson Arena at Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina.
Saturday evening's commander-in-chief debate focused primarily on national security and foreign policy. It was the first nationally televised, network-broadcast Republican presidential debate of the primary season. Approximately 1,400 people, not including the media, attended the event.
Participating were Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), businessman Herman Cain, former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich, former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman, Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas), Texas Governor Rick Perry, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, and former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum. CBS Evening News anchor Scott Pelley and National Journal congressional correspondent Major Garrett moderated the discussion.
FULL DEBATE: http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=7388072n
See also: http://www.wofford.edu/debate
The 90 Second Debate
As Ron Paul 2012 campaign manager John Tate noted of last night's debate:
"90 seconds. That's how much of the first hour of tonight's GOP debate was given to Ron Paul. 90 measly seconds out of 3,600 seconds. The remaining 3,510 seconds were spent with the other major candidates:
*Declaring their desire to start wars in Iran, Pakistan, and Syria;
*Rehashing their support for torture;
*Agreeing that President Obama has the right to unilaterally assassinate an American citizen without a court conviction;
*Explaining their plans to continue nation-building, policing, and occupying countries across the globe.
John's point about the time allotted Paul and the positions taken by his opponents is particularly important when you consider that basically the only actual "debate" taking place on stage last night was between Paul and the other candidates, all of whom, with the arguable exception of Jon Huntsman, basically agree with the Obama/Bush foreign policy consensus, as described by Tate above.
This bears repeating:
"Despite initial impressions that much has changed since 2008, the Republican foreign policy debate may remain Paul versus everyone else."
Last night was the first chance the GOP has really had in this election to substantively have the foreign policy debate many in the party believe it must have.
Considering this, giving Ron Paul only 90 seconds last night was worse than simply snubbing the Congressman again—it was effectively saying that the Republican Party should have no foreign policy debate.
November 13, 2011
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