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5/20/2007

Michigan GOP leader wants Paul barred from future debates

The chairman of the Michigan Republican Party, Saul Anuzis, is circulating a petition among Republican National Committee members to bar Rep. Ron Paul, M.D., (R-TX) from future presidential debates. Anuzis said the petition would go to debate sponsors and broadcasters to discourage inviting Paul, writes Jim Davenport for the Associated Press.

Paul suggested that the attack on the World Trade Center might have been a consequence of U.S. foreign policy.

“We’ve been bombing Iraq for 10 years,” Paul said. He states that a noninterventionist foreign policy is the traditional Republican position.

Other GOP candidates responded forcefully at the May 15 debates, especially former New York Mayor Rudy Guiliani. Paul responded that Guiliani should read the official 9/11 Commission report.

The Ron Paul RNC Participation Petition being circulated online (www.petitiononline.com/RPRNC08/petition.html) has collected more than 15,000 signatures. It asks that Congressman Paul be included in all future debates.

The Fox News Poll results posted on www.ronpaul2008.com on May 16 showed that Mitt Romney was ranked as the winner by 29%, Ron Paul by 25%, and Rudy Guiliani by 19%. All other candidates’ rankings were in the single digits.

Paul’s YouTube Channel subscribers numbered 4,136; only Barack Obama had more (5,639). Clinton had 2,854, and Romney ranked fifth with 1,969.

The next scheduled debate is June 5, from 7 to 9 p.m. ET, on the Saint Anselm College campus in Manchester, NH.

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