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Michigan GOP leader wants Paul barred from future debates[Ron Paul]
AP ^ | 16 May 2007 | Jim Davenport

Posted on 05/17/2007 8:01:52 AM PDT by BGHater

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The chairman of the Michigan Republican Party said Wednesday that he will try to bar Ron Paul from future GOP presidential debates because of remarks the Texas congressman made that suggested the Sept. 11 attacks were the fault of U.S. foreign policy.

Michigan party chairman Saul Anuzis said he will circulate a petition among Republican National Committee members to ban Paul from more debates. At a GOP candidates' debate Tuesday night, Paul drew attacks from all sides, most forcefully from former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, when he linked the terror attacks to U.S. bombings.

"Have you ever read about the reasons they attacked us? They attack us because we've been over there. We've been bombing Iraq for 10 years," Paul said.

Anuzis called the comments "off the wall and out of whack."

"I think he would have felt much more comfortable on the stage with the Democrats in what he said last night. And I think that he is a distraction in the Republican primary and he does not represent the base and he does not represent the party," Anuzis said during an RNC state leadership meeting.

"Given what he said last night it was just so off the wall and out of whack that I think it was more detrimental than helpful."

Anuzis said his petition would go to debate sponsors and broadcasters to discourage inviting Paul.

Jesse Benton, Paul's campaign spokesman, said the candidate "is supporting the traditional GOP foreign policy. I think it's a shame when people try to silence the traditional conservative Republican standpoint."

After the debate Tuesday, Paul said he didn't' expect his remarks to end his campaign.

"The last time I got a message out about my position on the war it boosted us up by tens of thousands and I didn't change my position," Paul said. "I think the American people are sick and tired of this war and want it ended."


TOPICS: Politics/Elections; US: Michigan
KEYWORDS: debate; gop; michigan; ronpaul
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1 posted on 05/17/2007 8:01:57 AM PDT by BGHater
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To: BGHater
Anuzis called the comments "off the wall and out of whack."

Calling for Americans to read is always a bad move.
2 posted on 05/17/2007 8:03:35 AM PDT by P-40 (Al Qaeda was working in Iraq. They were just undocumented.)
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To: BGHater
Ahem. Mr. Anuzis?

You're an idiot. Leave the censorship tactics to the "experts"; i.e., the Dhimmocrats. Let Ron Paul hang himself with his dumb remarks. Smart people will properly associate him w/ the Rosie O'Donnell Cult.

3 posted on 05/17/2007 8:04:35 AM PDT by kromike
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To: BGHater
I never understood what prompted this guy to run as a Pubbie in the first place.

Ours is an exclusive club. No libertarians allowed.

4 posted on 05/17/2007 8:04:51 AM PDT by LouAvul
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To: BGHater
I think it’s time we start culling the herd, but we need to have a democratic way of doing it.. say cull down to the top five in the straw polls?
5 posted on 05/17/2007 8:05:32 AM PDT by mnehring (McCain '08 -------------------------------------- just kidding...)
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To: BGHater

I don’t agree with Paul on 9/11 or Iraq (although I do agree with him that we should have DECLARED WAR). However, silencing this man is not the answer - so much of what he says needs to be heard.


6 posted on 05/17/2007 8:05:42 AM PDT by SittinYonder (Ic t gehate, t ic heonon nelle fleon fotes trym, ac wille furor gan)
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To: BGHater

Good, the rest should be between Romney, Hunter, Rudy, & (Thompson, Gingrich if they are entering).


7 posted on 05/17/2007 8:06:55 AM PDT by Vision ("Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him." Jeremiah 17:7)
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To: LouAvul
Ours is an exclusive club. No libertarians allowed.

Except for those of use who 'grew up'... Of course, I was never a Paul type conservative (19th century thinking).. more from the Rand school

8 posted on 05/17/2007 8:07:03 AM PDT by mnehring (McCain '08 -------------------------------------- just kidding...)
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To: BGHater

I think all candidates should be heard. If it’s too cumbersome to have them all on stage at once, split the debates up.


9 posted on 05/17/2007 8:07:18 AM PDT by mysterio
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To: LouAvul

Ron Paul’s too wacky even for the capital-L Libertarians.

He’s basically an isolationist (esp. when it comes to favoring Arabs over Israel) with nonsense populism.

Essentially, a not-as-smart Pat Buchanon cloaked as a libertarian.


10 posted on 05/17/2007 8:08:15 AM PDT by MeanWestTexan (Kol Hakavod Fred Thompson)
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To: BGHater
"Have you ever read about the reasons they attacked us? They attack us because we've been over there. We've been bombing Iraq for 10 years," Paul said.

Yes, but it was the Saudis, mostly, who flew the planes into the buildings and we haven't been bombing them at all.
11 posted on 05/17/2007 8:08:38 AM PDT by aruanan
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To: MeanWestTexan
Essentially, a not-as-smart Pat Buchanon cloaked as a libertarian.

Ouch, that's harsh.. but very true...

12 posted on 05/17/2007 8:09:05 AM PDT by mnehring (McCain '08 -------------------------------------- just kidding...)
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To: SittinYonder

Agreed. He shouldn’t be excluded from the debates. If you get past the foreign policy lunacy, he’s got some damn solid points on government reach and spending. The unfortunate thing is, his 9/11 remarks have overshadowed the fact that someone like Paul, who’s passionately (you could say fanatically) committed to small government and Constitutional limits, is a valuable resource to help drag the GOP back toward what it needs to be domestically—the party of Constitutional, controlled government.

}:-)4


13 posted on 05/17/2007 8:09:29 AM PDT by Moose4 (Deport 'em. I don't need landscaping and I'll pay more for lettuce.)
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To: BGHater

Well, I think Ron Paul is the worst candidate of the bunch. But how do you help matters by banning him from the debate? That’s the Democrat solution.


14 posted on 05/17/2007 8:09:49 AM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: mysterio

I think they should just have a knock down and the last one standing wins.


15 posted on 05/17/2007 8:10:24 AM PDT by Piquaboy (22 year veteran of the Army, Air Force and Navy, Pray for all our military .)
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To: Cicero

Indeed. It is the Arena of ideas. Let the best man win.


16 posted on 05/17/2007 8:11:07 AM PDT by BGHater (“Every little bit of good I may do, let me do it now for I may not come this way again.”)
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To: BGHater
Anuzis called the comments "off the wall and out of whack."

Mr. Anuzis, you're a freaking idiot. Try reading the 9/11 Commission report sometime you boob.

L

17 posted on 05/17/2007 8:11:37 AM PDT by Lurker (Comparing 'moderate' islam to 'extremist' islam is like comparing small pox to plague.)
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To: aruanan
Yes, but it was the Saudis, mostly, who flew the planes into the buildings and we haven't been bombing them at all.

False argument because it wasn't a Saudi Government sponsored event.. The hijackers also received their flight training in Florida, but that doesn't mean we should bomb Florida.

18 posted on 05/17/2007 8:13:09 AM PDT by mnehring (McCain '08 -------------------------------------- just kidding...)
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To: mnehrling

I think we should start culling the herd American Idol style. The bottom two from the snapshot poll after a debate are eligible for elimination. Then voters call in to eliminate one. Same process follows until we’re left with the top 4 or 5.


19 posted on 05/17/2007 8:13:44 AM PDT by Hoodlum91 (I support global warming.)
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To: BGHater

I would rather allow Run Paul to remove himself and he’s well on his way.


20 posted on 05/17/2007 8:14:04 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Greed is NOT a conservative ideal.)
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