Paul Gets “Tough Question” at YouTube Debate

Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul received a tricky question at last night’s YouTube debate held in St. Petersburg, Florida. The questioner stated that it was obvious Paul wouldn’t win the GOP nod and then asked him if he would “let America down” by NOT running in the general election as an independent candidate.

Congressman Paul correctly dodged the question with his usual “no intention of doing that” answer and then went on to play out the moment as a way to highlight his campaign’s recent fundraising and organizational successes.

The question and Paul’s response are here…

11 Responses to “Paul Gets “Tough Question” at YouTube Debate”

  1. Gary Danelishen Says:

    Please consider contributing on the 16th of December.
    Ron Paul needs the publicity of another big fund raising day.
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    I’m a veteran of the U.S. Air Force active duty (4yrs) and I currently serve as a traditional guardsman in the Air National Guard. All military personnel upon enlistment take the oath: “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic…” A vote for Rep. Paul does just that. Ron Paul has my support.

    There is an obvious media bias and it is sad. Rep. Paul is the one candidate of the crowd who has substantially differing views and he was not given much of a chance to articulate those views. Much time was given to marginal issues and small differences between other candidates’ positions on the issues. I suspect many special interest groups have much to lose if a President Paul had a chance to use his veto pen. This is reflected in the lack of time given to Rep. Paul.

    As an economics major in college, I find his Austrian economics very sound. Check out www.mises.org if you find yourself in disagreement. There you can find a library of Austrian Economics E-books and other resources for free.

  2. Devious David Says:

    Uhmm… Gary? Most economics majors don’t find Austrian economics even remotely sound. That’s because most economics majors are Keynesians who believe that the only way for an economy to be successful is for government bureaucrats to centrally control and manipulate it as much of it as possible and create as much money and credit as possible.

    On another note, an independent run would be suicide for many reasons. He’d get the triple black out treatment then. The guy is there on the same stage as the others and is practically ignored and the only questions he gets are the ones that outwardly assume he’s a kookster and can’t win. Yall notice that at each debate, they put a different candidate to exchange with him? Romney may be the next one to go after him. We’ll see.

    Watch Dr. Paul get 3% in all the primaries. Then at least we’ll know definitively that we’re out of options.

  3. SovereignMN Says:

    If Paul only gets 3% than this country is in big trouble.

  4. CHRIS LAWTON Says:

    Ron Paul vs. The Philosophically Bankrupt

    After reading the name-calling and other non sequiturs from the anti-Ron Paul crowd, I am of the view that their hostility arises less from his opposition to war, or the direction American foreign policy has taken for decades, or any of the other specific programs he has criticized. What troubles them the most is that Paul has a philosophically-principled integrity in what he advocates and that, to challenge him, one must be prepared to deal with him at that higher level.

    But modern political discourse long ago gave up on principles, in favor of the pursuit of power as a sufficient end. There is an intellectual bankruptcy exhibited by writers and speakers on the political “left,” “right,” or “middle.” Competing ideas and values that once engaged the minds of thoughtful men and women have given way to little more than pronouncements on behalf of narrowly-defined political programs; the validity of a proposition no longer depends upon reasoned analysis, but upon the outcome of public opinion polls.

    Ron Paul’s campaign interjects an energized, principled inquiry into the political realm, an undertaking for which men and women with no philosophic center or rigorous minds find themselves woefully ill-prepared

  5. CHRIS LAWTON Says:

    GO RON PAUL! GO RON PAUL! GOD BLESS RON PAUL!
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    “To calm fears, Americans accepted the patriot act and the doctrine of pre-emptive war. We tolerated new laws that allow the government to snoop on us, listen to our phone calls, track our financial dealings, make us strip down at airports and even limited the rights of habeas corpus and trial by jury. Like some dysfunctional episode of the twilight zone, we allowed the summit of our imagination to be linked up with the pit of our fears.” Ron Paul 7/30/07

    “None are more enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free.”—Goethe

  6. rj Says:

    Regardless of what happens, the Ron Paul campaign has given me hope. It’s nice to know there are others out there that think like me and they make up a good portion of the country.

    Libertarianism, the philosophy, needed the boost.

  7. Derrick Says:

    Libertarianism, the philosophy, needed the boost.

    I think libertarianism has been doing fine as a philosophy. We already have plenty of old dudes with beards writing articles in esoteric journals.

    What we really needed – and have gotten from the Paul campaign – is a big jolt of populism. There’s really no substitute for thousands of pissed-off twenty-somethings burning Federal Reserve Notes and hanging handmade signs on highway overpasses. I think it’s fantastic.

    To over-analyze this a little… it seems to me that there is now a solid “information pathway” over which the ideas put forth by the intellectuals can travel to reach the general public. We’ve created our own chain of messengers, and are actively beginning to route around the MSM gatekeepers.

    Did that make any sense, or should I give up and go to sleep?

  8. Jack Says:

    What a strange “question” for CNN to pick. How about picking a question that has something to do with the issues on the minds of Americans, rather than a question about a candidate’s campaign strategy.

    The answer is that it would be advantageous to the Dems if Paul DID run as an independent (just as it was to the Repubs when Nader ran and to the Dems when Perot ran), and CNN knows that.

    And people were bitching about Fox News potentialy holding a Dem debate? Too funny. CNN has been completely exposed through their selection of questions and questioners. Extremely revealing.

  9. Third Party Watch » Blog Archive » What Happens if/when Ron Paul Doesn’t Win the GOP Nomination? Says:

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  10. rj Says:

    “I think libertarianism has been doing fine as a philosophy. We already have plenty of old dudes with beards writing articles in esoteric journals.

    What we really needed – and have gotten from the Paul campaign – is a big jolt of populism. There’s really no substitute for thousands of pissed-off twenty-somethings burning Federal Reserve Notes and hanging handmade signs on highway overpasses. I think it’s fantastic.

    To over-analyze this a little… it seems to me that there is now a solid “information pathway” over which the ideas put forth by the intellectuals can travel to reach the general public. We’ve created our own chain of messengers, and are actively beginning to route around the MSM gatekeepers.

    Did that make any sense, or should I give up and go to sleep?”

    I was more talking about people that were believers in that philosophy.

  11. Third Party Watch » Blog Archive » Senator Ron Paul? Says:

    [...] First of all, Xavier insists that Paul will not run as a third party or independent candidate. While, at this moment, I clearly wouldn’t bet the farm on a Ron Paul third party presidential bid, the possibility of one cannot be absolutely ruled out. Paul’s continued statement of “I have no intention of doing this” does not flatly rule out an independent bid for President. Dr. Paul certainly has a great enough command of the English language to categorically rule out such speculation any time he so chooses. [...]

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