Fox News Continues Censorship of Paul

January 17, 2008 by  
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Fox News continues to censor Ron Paul. In a broadcast today discussing delegate counts and Giuliani’s campaign strategy, they intentionally excluded Ron Paul again! Correct me if I am wrong, but doesn’t Ron Paul have more delegates the Duncan Hunter? According to CNN, he has 2.

Fox News Excluding Paul Again

When will Fox News wake up and be “Fair and Balanced”?

“The Straight Talk Express” – John McCain 1/16/2008

January 16, 2008 by  
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Senator John McCain came to town today to much fan fair. The Cleveland Park Meeting Center in Spartanburg, SC was packed to its fullest. CNN and other major news networks were in attendance for today’s “Straight Talk Express”.

John McCain, Straight Talk Express

Senator McCain entered the room hearing chants of “MAC, MAC, MAC, MAC” and “The Mac is Back”. He brought some of the states big guns with him as well, all in an attempt to show the State GOP supports him. In attendance was Spartanburg County Solicitor Trey Gowdy, State Representative Speaker Pro Tempore Doug Smith, Attorney General McMaster, Greenville Mayor Knox White, Senator Lindsey Graham and a few others.

Speaker Pro Tempore Doug Smith started the day off giving an update on the campaign, latest polls in SC (McCain up by 6% points). Criticized pundits that claim South Carolina voters are worried about the evangelical side of politics. Went on to claim that we are worried about the economy too.

Lindsey Graham then took the stage to a lot of “boos”. He quickly responded “Boo to you too.” That didn’t strike me as the most educated response. Went on to state why he supported John McCain. Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) also stated why he supported McCain before turning it over to the Senator.

John McCain, Straight Talk Express

The town hall meeting was definitely set up to show his strength’s as a Military Commander and to continue with the war in Iraq until the job was finished. It was again brought up that McCain had said behind closed doors to Senator Graham that “I’d rather lose a campaign than lose a war.” Personally, that would be the second or third time that I have heard it on the campaign trail (Same statement made 7/27/07).

McCain went on to say that Congress was out of control, spending was out of control. He stated “I will veto every big spending bill that crosses my desk to fight pork barrel spending…I’m going to stop it.” He went on to say that there was a lot of corruption in Congress. The pork barreling is a result of this corruption. He summed up this portion stating “I have never asked or received funding for a special pork barreling projects.” I am curious to the authenticity of this statement, research assignment anybody?

John McCain, Straight Talk Express

The Senator was hit with one question (appeared most of the others were softballs for him to knock out of the park) from a member in the rear of the room. To paraphrase the question, it was along the lines of getting involved with the state’s issue removing the Confederate Battle Flag. McCain was quick to respond that 76% of the SC voters approved of its removal and it was the right thing to do. A loud applause roared as his comments left his mouth and McCain quickly adjourned the town hall meeting. Interestingly in the commotion, Senator Graham rushed to the front of the platform screaming and waving an arm angrily at the individual who asked the question. I have yet to confirm what he had said and would love to find video of the events to see what was said.

* More pictures from the event can be found on Flickr.

Ron Paul on New Hampshire Recount

January 15, 2008 by  
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Below, you will find a Ron Paul’s comments on Recounting New Hampshire. As a side note, the campaign has provided some figures showing the popular vote after Iowa and New Hampshire.

1 Romney 103,755 30%
2 McCain 102,361 29%
3 Huckabee 66,876 19%
4 Paul 29,648 9%
5 Giuliani 24,151 7%
6 Thompson 18,712 5%

After a careful investigation, I have decided against seeking a recount in New Hampshire. I am confident that not asking for a recount is the right decision.

I carefully considered the arguments for and against a recount before instructing my campaign staff not to pursue it. Without a firm belief that vote fraud had taken place, and without the possibility that a recount would have increased the chances for success of our campaign, a recount would have diverted campaign resources, time, and energy away from crucial battles elsewhere.

We have taken concerns about vote fraud seriously. In Iowa, campaign volunteers carefully monitored the caucuses. Campaign staff placed Paul supporters in every precinct to watch and verify the voting and count. We had supporters phone in results from their precincts to a campaign hotline while others ensured that those numbers were reflected on the official display board at the Polk County Convention Center. The numbers our caucus watchers reported agreed with the official tally, and both results also aligned with the campaign’s internal polling. In relatively pro-Paul counties, our sampling pegged support at 11.5%. This is consistent with an overall 10% finish for the entire state.

In New Hampshire, while I would have hoped for a better result than eight percent, I am convinced that vote fraud played no role in this result. Rumors of vote fraud were investigated, and in the end they proved to be the result of errors in early media reports that were not reflected in the official numbers. In one notable case, when a campaign staff member contacted an individual who had on the evening of January 8 claimed that his vote had not been counted, the person said that he had made a mistake and that the next morning the error in reporting on a newspaper website had been corrected both in the media and — most importantly — in the official tally.

Many have expressed concerns that those ballots counted by machine yielded a 2% lower total than those counted by hand. However, machine counted vote totals were more than 2% lower for both John McCain and Mike Huckabee. Hand counted votes were more likely to be cast in rural areas. Results almost always vary between urban and rural areas.

My campaign staff and I have analyzed the numbers in New Hampshire and I have reached the conclusion that it was the high turnout — not vote fraud or counting errors — that left us with eight percent of the vote. Our total vote count of over 18,000 votes was well within what we projected given the efforts of our extensive statewide get-out-the-vote program, giving me no reason to believe that vote fraud played any role in the results of the Granite State’s primary.

In both Iowa and New Hampshire there is much to be proud of. Taking both states together, I am honored that over 30,000 people cast their vote for me — more than either Rudy Giuliani or Fred Thompson. Unlike many other candidates’ efforts, our campaign for freedom is growing and our message is spreading.

Now is the time to redouble our efforts. Our resources must be spent on the upcoming primaries and caucuses, and on ensuring that, with your help, we organize every state yet to vote with our Precinct Leaders program.

We can’t win primaries and caucuses that have already happened — but we can win those yet to come. To become the Republican presidential nominee, a candidate must have 1,191 delegates. Iowa, Wyoming and New Hampshire determined only 32 delegates, so we have much opportunity remaining.

Today, I ask you to join me in focusing on the battles ahead as we continue our fight for liberty and our Constitution.

Sincerely,

Ron Paul

Sand Sculptures of GOP Candidates

January 15, 2008 by  
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Here are a few pictures of the sand sculptures from the GOP Debate. You can see the large size images on flickr.

2008-01-12-17-59-51IMG_1854

2008-01-12-18-01-01IMG_1858

2008-01-12-17-58-56IMG_1850

Stumping South Carolina – Update 2

January 14, 2008 by  
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The primaries are coming in South Carolina. The Republican Primary is on January 19th, the Democratic Primary is on January 26th. Check here often for stump information!

Please note, these events are subject to change. I’ll update as soon as I learn otherwise.

  • Thursday, January 17th
    • All
      • 5:00pm – 8:00pm – All have been invited to a President’s Day Banquet held at the Spartanburg Marriott. Cost is $40 / person. Don’t know who plans to be in attendance.
    • Fred Thompson
      • 9:30am – Radio Town Hall, Sunset Grill, 1213 Sunset Blvd., West Columbia, SC
      • 11:45am – Meet Fred, Stable Steak House, 111 Grace St., Prosperity, SC
      • 5:30pm – Meet Fred, Ryan’s, 3517 Clemson Blvd., Anderson, SC
    • Ron Paul
      • 11:00am – Beef ‘O’ Brady’s, 940 Market Street, Fort Mill, SC, 29708, (803) 548-7878
      • 12:00pm – Thursdays Too Restaurant, 147 S. Herlong Ave, Rock Hill , SC 29732, (803) 366-6117
    • Mike Huckabee
      • 8:30am – Nucor Steel, 455 Hagan Avenue, Huger, SC 29450 (Outside of Charleston)
      • 11:00am – Rally in Myrtle Beach, FBO Myrtle Beach Airport, General Aviation Terminal, 100 Jetport Road, Myrtle Beach, SC 29755
      • 12:45pm – Rally at FBO in Florence, Powers Aviation Terminal, 500 South McCall Boulevard, Florence, SC 29506
      • 3:00pm – Clemson University, Jervey Athletic Center, Special Guests – Chuck Norris & Ric Flair
      • 5:30pm – Grand Opening Lexington GOP Office, The Lexington County Republican Party, The Shoppes at Flight Deck, 109 Old Chapin Road, Lexington, SC 29072-2065
    • John McCain
      • 9:00am – Rally in the Alley, Aiken Municipal Center, 214 Park Avenue SW, Aiken, South Carolina
      • 12:30pm – Campaign Rally, SC McCain Headquarters, 1600 Gervais Street, Columbia, South Carolina
      • 5:15pm – Town Hall Meeting, Black River Electric Co-op Civic Center, 1121 North Pike, Sumter, South Carolina
  • Friday, January 18th
    • Fred Thompson
      • 12:35pm - Meet Fred, The Beacon Drive-In, Spartanburg, SC
      • 6:00pm – Pre-election Rally, Embassy Suites, 670 Verdae Blvd., Greenville, SC
    • Mike Huckabee
      • 8:00am – Sun City Rally, Sun City Community Center, Sun City Hilton Head, 138 King’s Creek Drive, Bluffton, SC 29909
      • 10:00am – Aiken Airport Rally, Aiken Municipal Airport, 129 Aviation Blvd., Aiken, SC 29805
      • 12:00pm – Greenville Rally, Greenville Technical College, 506 S Pleasantburg Dr, Greenville, SC 29607
      • 3:00pm – Spartanburg Rally, Wofford College, 429 North Church Street, Spartanburg, SC 29303
      • 6:00pm – York County Rally, Winthrop University, McBryde Hall, 701 Oakland Ave, Rock Hill, SC 29733
      • 9:00pm – Columbia Event, University of South Carolina, Capstone Conference Center, Columbia, SC 29208
    • John McCain
      • 8:45am – Campaign Rally, Carolina Hospital East Campus Conference Center, 805 Pamplico Highway, Florence, South Carolina
      • 11:30am – Campaign Rally, Pepper Geddings Recreation Center, 3205 Oak Street, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
      • 2:00pm – Campaign Rally, Hilton Head Beach and Tennis Resort, 40 Folly Field Road, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
      • 5:45pm – Campaign Rally, The Yorktown, 40 Patriots Point Road, Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
  • Saturday, January 19th
    • Republican Primary
    • John Edwards
      • 7:15pm -Town Hall Meeting, Greenville High School, Greenville, SC

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