View Full Version : Paul pulls out of GOP forums

Bradley in DC
09-25-2007, 06:37 AM
(Agreeing, then pulling out and not giving an explanation is just lame. At least offer a video, guys!)


Paul pulls out of GOP forums

Star-Tribune capital bureau Tuesday, September 25, 2007

CHEYENNE -- The list of GOP presidential hopefuls scheduled to speak at forums in Casper and Riverton this weekend swelled to five on Monday, then quickly shrank back to four.

Rep. Tom Tancredo, R-Colo., has committed to take part in the Saturday forums at Casper College and Central Wyoming College, organizer Perry Marple said.

Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, meanwhile, has pulled out of the events, which will feature actor and former Tennessee Sen. Fred. Thompson, Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., and Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kan., Marple said.

Paul's campaign team gave no reason for his decision to pull out, Marple said. The campaign Web site shows Paul attending a rally in Manchester, N.H., that day.

In another slight change, Thompson has decided to participate only in the Casper event; a video of his presentation will be shown at the Riverton forum, Marple said.

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, Arizona Sen. John McCain and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney declined to participate in the forums.

Romney visited Jackson in August, and his wife paid a visit to Cheyenne.

Despite the snub by the campaign front-runners, the Saturday forums appear to have attracted an unusual number of candidates to Wyoming.

The Wyoming Republican Central Committee earlier moved up the GOP county conventions to Jan. 5 in an attempt to entice Republican candidates to visit the state and give Wyoming a role in the national selection process.

State GOP activist Tom Sansonetti said the commitment by four presidential hopefuls to appear at a Wyoming campaign event is proof that the tactic is paying off.

“It means that Wyoming is slowly but surely being put on a par with Iowa and New Hampshire,” said Sansonetti, who is coordinating the state party's 2008 county conventions. “It means that Wyoming's move to January 5 is garnering the attention that was hoped for.”

In addition to the presidential hopefuls at the forum, Wyoming's congressional delegates have been invited to give speeches on topics of their choice at the Casper forum, although none have yet committed, Marple said.

The first forum will begin at 10 a.m. Sept. 29 at Casper College's Erickson Thunderbird Gym. The second event with the same format will be at 5 p.m. the same day at Central Wyoming College in Riverton.

Speeches by the candidates will lead off both meetings, followed by questions from Republican precinct committee men and women. The precinct people, who will be credentialed before each event, will have reserved seating.

The public is invited to attend either or both forums, the GOP says.

Reach capital bureau reporter Jared Miller at (307) 632-1244 or at jared.miller@casperstartribune.net.

09-25-2007, 01:14 PM
This is the date of the Ron Paul Family Walk. That walk was just recently planned, but still is a more important engagement.

I'm not sure why he didn't give the real reason. Maybe publicizing the walk isn't good publicity? Well, I have faith that the campaign knows more than I do and I have faith they know what they're doing.

09-25-2007, 01:16 PM
Wyoming barely has enough population to be a state. We have counties bigger than Wyoming's population in a lot of other states. And they are probably not a major source of campaign contributions and media attention. Wyoming moving up in the process is a complete joke. In fact, the entire nominating process is becoming insane. Pretty soon, we'll be electing the next president 6 months after electing the last one.

In the future, the parties are going to have to fix this. They'll either have to have a fixed order of primaries or delegates don't get seated, or they'll need to rotate primaries and caucuses for each election cycle so everyone doesn't move their own state up to the beginning and create a super primary that all happens on the same day.