View Full Version : Was the Paul/Peden Debate questioner a setup?

Francisco Suarez
02-26-2008, 03:55 PM
We've all seen it - the youtube video where Ron Paul is speaking at a public forum and a kid in the audience jumps him with a question about refusing to debate Chris Peden.

It's online here:


A couple of observations:

1. The kid in the audience was obviously a plant from the Peden crowd. His question was full of talking points and came across as being clearly rehearsed. He was there for one reason and one reason alone and that was to ask this question and hopefully embarrass Ron Paul on tape.

2. The cameraman was also clearly a part of the setup. He/she knew exactly where this kid was sitting and anticipated that the question was going to be asked. Watch the video at 3 seconds. The cameraman turns directly toward the kid before Paul was even done speaking to open the floor for the next question.

Also watch carefully at the 4 second mark. The cameraman has already begun zooming in on him before the moderator begins to talk and says "Uhm, This gentlemen over here has a question..." That suggests the cameraman knew exactly where he was sitting and that he was going to be next, even though there are clearly other people in the audience with hands up when he begins to zoom.

3. It is my understanding that this tape is from an event with the Texas A&M Galveston College Republicans club. This is important to note for several reasons.

- If the College Republicans club hosted and moderated the event, then the video shows somebody in their organization was colluding with this questioner to make sure he got called on (see point 2 for evidence).

- The YouTube account that this video appeared on was created on Feb. 20th solely for the purpose of hosting it and no other reason. It only has two video clips and both are of this kid asking Paul about debating Peden.

- The YouTube account is named TAMUGCRs - a clear acronym for Texas A&M University Galveston College Republicans, and also the name of their website (http://www.tamugcr.com/)

4. There is a second, less publicized video belonging to this account on YouTube. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kU0pZMC7nt4). It shows the kid sitting next to the guy from the first video attempting to ask a reworded version of the same question about debating Peden.


I have no doubt both of these questions were plants by the Peden crowd, that the video person was there for no other reason than to capture them on tape, and that the cameraman knew exactly where and when to begin filming.

There is also circumstantial evidence that the cameraman knew these two goons were going to be called on based on the fact that he immediately zooms in on them before they even begin to speak.

Furthermore, the cameraman's Youtube ID suggests clearly that he is connected to the College Republicans chapter at TAMU-Galveston.

Any thoughts?

02-26-2008, 06:21 PM


look at that

02-26-2008, 06:39 PM
Funny that the comments have been disabled.

02-26-2008, 06:52 PM
So if Peden was running as a 'favor' to the 14th district to ensure that the seat didn't go to Dems if RP got the nomination, why doesn't he drop out now that it appears the nom went to McCain?

Also, how does that work? Wouldn't Rick Perry fill the seat? So wouldn't it stay in GOP hands?