Saturday, December 3, 2011

No Circus Act for Ron Paul; Campaign Rejects Trump Iowa Debate

The Ron Paul 2012 Presidential campaign has rejected an invitation to an Iowa debate that would be hosted by Donald Trump.

The campaign released the following statement concerning the selection of Trump as moderator for the proposed December 27th Republican debate to be held in Iowa. The comments below are from Ron Paul 2012 National Campaign Chairman Jesse Benton:
The Ron Paul 2012 Presidential Campaign Committee rejects the selection of Donald Trump as moderator for the Republican presidential debate to be held on December 27th

We have conferred with our Iowa campaign chairman Drew Ivers and vice-chairmen David Fischer and A.J. Spiker who are all RPI State Central Committee Members, and they concur with this decision.

The selection of a reality television personality to host a presidential debate that voters nationwide will be watching is beneath the office of the Presidency and flies in the face of that office’s history and dignity. Mr. Trump’s participation as moderator will distract from questions and answers concerning important issues such as the national economy, crushing federal government debt, the role of the federal government, foreign policy, and the like. To be sure, Mr. Trump’s participation will contribute to an unwanted circus-like atmosphere.

Mr. Trump’s selection is also wildly inappropriate because of his record of toying with the serious decision of whether to compete for our nation’s highest office, a decision he appeared to make frivolously. The short-lived elevation of Mr. Trump’s stature as a candidate put him on the radar of many organizations and we recall that last spring he was invited to keynote the Republican Party of Iowa’s annual Reagan Dinner, yet at the last minute he left RPI holding the bag by canceling. In turn, RPI canceled its biggest fundraising gala of the year and suffered embarrassment and in addition RPI was required to engage in refunding measures. Our candidate will not even consider participating in the late-December debate until Mr. Trump publicly apologizes to Iowa party leaders and rectifies in full the situation.

Therefore our candidate Ron Paul, the champion of the Constitution, has advised he will not attend.


  1. I am so proud of Ron Paul! .. good for him. I hope Iowans realize and respect Ron Paul even more for making this decision.

  2. "the Presidency and ...that office’s... DIGNITY"

    I call BS!

  3. A Fox News analyst called this one yesterday. He said Ron Paul knew he would be asked foreign policy questions by Trump, and therefore could not attend.

  4. You guys do realize that Ron Paul was on Trash TV with Curtis Sliva's then wife - what's her name..regarding drugs in 1980s.

    Trump would be a step up, this is a surprising decision for Ron Paul.

    PS: Not a troll, I am fully behind Ron Paul for the presidency

  5. Why does Ron Paul attend any debate for that matter? How are reporters for the mainstream media substantively any different from Trump? They are all frivolous. The whole race has been a circus so far.

    There was a higher probability of Ron Paul actually getting questions from Trump and having an opportunity to present his views.

  6. Anon 3:46 -
    That clip is on YouTube and it is PRICELESS!!!

    But Ron was a lot younger then....

    I also think this was a setup with Trump and Gingrich.

    I think that anyone who HASN'T seen that Sliwa clip owes it to themselves to look it up. If I can find the URL, I'll update.

  7. Here's that clip (If RW approves)

  8. Ha ha ha! Glove slap to Trump! The "billionaire" presidenial dabler!

  9. The Paul campaign is right on for not attending. However, it does make you wonder... If they can't attend this one because it's moderated by a reality TV personality, is that really any different than one hosted by the presstitutes?