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2012 Campaign Roundup: No Invitation for Ron Paul

by James M. Lindsay
December 2, 2011

Ron Paul at a recent Republican debate in Florida. (Scott Audette/courtesy Reuters)

Ron Paul at a recent Republican debate in Florida. (Scott Audette/courtesy Reuters)

The Republican Jewish Coalition  (RJC) is hosting a forum for the GOP presidential candidates on December 7. Michele Bachmann, Herman Cain, Newt Gingrich, Jon Huntsman, Rick Perry, Mitt Romney, and Rick Santorum will all be there. Ron Paul, however, will not be. He was not invited. The RJC’s Executive Director Matt Brooks says this is because of Paul’s “misguided and extreme views.” To add injury to insult, Brooks equated inviting Paul to “inviting Barack Obama to speak.” Paul’s supporters can’t be happy with the slight, especially when he is polling third or fourth in many surveys of Republican voters.

Newt Gingrich’s campaign announced that Kiron Skinner, director of Carnegie Mellon University’s International Relations and Politics department, is now serving as his national security adviser. We’ll see if the appointment leads Jennifer Rubin to look more fondly on the former speaker. She writes that Gingrich has betrayed conservative principles by placing a premium “on political expediency over national security” with his criticisms of how President George W. Bush handled the Iraq war.

The Des Moines Register’s latest poll has bad news for Herman Cain. At the end of October he had the support of 23 percent of Iowan Republicans. He is now down to 8 percent. Ginger White went public about her thirteen-year relationship with Cain on the second day that the Register was polling, so his fall from grace may be even bigger than the poll captured.

Fox News asked Michele Bachmann whether she supported extending the payroll tax cut. She responded that the United States is borrowing money from China that it “can’t afford to continue to pay back.” That’s a bit of a stretch. Interest rates on U.S. treasuries are at historic lows, which suggests that investors–who after all have a strong incentive to pay attention to America’s solvency–aren’t worried about Washington’s ability to pay its bills.

I noted yesterday that the GOP candidates were likely to take exception to the high grade President Obama gave himself for his handling of relations with Israel. Well, they are. The Romney campaign released a statement saying that “under the Obama Administration, U.S.-Israeli relations have hit a low not seen since the Jimmy Carter years.”

Michael Calderone details some of the divisions within the GOP on foreign policy.

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  • Posted by JL

    To h3ll with them! They are just mad because Ron Paul wants Israel to take care of itself, which it absolutely should! Jews against Zionism!!!

    Ron Paul 2012!

  • Posted by Aaron

    Many of Ron Paul’s utmost heroes have Jewish backgrounds. Ludwig von Mises, Murray Rothbard, and Walter Block are notables. Many Austrian School economists fled Nazi Germany because of persecution!

    The Republican Jewish Coalition is ignorant.

    As Walter Block has stated, “The action of the Republican Jewish Coalition in barring Ron Paul from their debate was thus a shonda for the goyim. A disgrace. We Jews are supposed to be the people of the book. That is, open to intellectual dialogue.”

  • Posted by Scott Blevins

    Too bad for Mr. Brooks and the members of the RJC.
    One of three things is going to happen:
    1. Ron Paul doesn’t get the nomination and runs as a third party candidate: The new NBC/Wall Street Journal poll suggests Ron Paul would win 18 percent as a third-party candidate running against Obama and Romney. Obama wins.
    2. Ron Paul drops out: fervent and stubborn Ron Paul supporters stay home or write him in. Obama wins.
    3. Ron Paul gets the GOP nomination: Ron Paul gets the following voters: (a. 2008 Obama voters who thought they were going to get ‘Change’, (b. 2008 Obama voters who voted to end the wars, (c. the VAST majority of the Independent vote, (d. the entire GOP voting block who dislikes Obama enough to vote for Ron Paul instead. (e. Ron Paul supporters coming out to vote in DROVES. Ron Paul wins.

  • Posted by Stephen Kinkead

    The failure to invite Dr. Paul is likely related to his view on foreign aid to Israel.
    This is just another example of special interest groups who do not care about the American people’s future!

  • Posted by Sean Kelly

    I find it highly offensive that Ron Paul would not be invited to a debate for which the American public views as a means to select the Republican candidacy. What the RJC fails to realize is that Pauls foreign aid policy would ultimately benefit Israel as a great many more funds are sent to “enemies” of the State of Israel and that with US aid to Israel, many efforts to internal solutions the state of Israel would have attempted, have been re-engineered by US encouragement (likely due to the dependence on US aid). We the voters need to take a stand on this lack of complete coverage of the candidates, no matter how much they differ from the main party theme, after all, what is the point of more than one candidate if they all agree on every issue.

  • Posted by Jason

    Very dissapointing, for someone who is polling constantly at 1-3 to be excluded because the organizers disagree with his views. Isn’t this a “debate” or is it a one-way street?

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