NH GOP saves face
by dropping Fox debate after Ron Paul left behind
Texas Congressman Ron Paul was
excluded from the Fox New Hampshire debate, GOP drops
This year will be the most important Elections for the
Republican party, but somehow the leadership is losing the reins
to the media. GOP Presidential candidate Ron Paul was excluded
from the Fox debate, along with Representative Duncan Hunter of
California and the explanation from the news network pointed to
the single-digits support of the two candidates in the national
polls. The fact that Ron Paul got 10% at the Iowa caucuses was
clearly overlooked, as well as the fact that Ron Paul go more
support in Iowa than the once-favorite Rudy Giuliani. Following
the outcry from not only supporters of Ron Paul, but other
Republicans, the New Hampshire Republican Party announced
yesterday that they are severing their affiliation with a
Republican debate sponsored by Fox News.
Still, Fox News will be joined only by Mr.
Giuliani, Mitt Romney, John McCain, Mike Huckabee and Fred
Thompson at the 90-minute forum which will be held Sunday night
at St. Anselm College in New Hampshire. Keep in mind that Dr.
Paul is leading Thompson in several recent polls in the state,
not to mention that Ron Paul's odds on winning the Elections are
sitting at 6/1 at the bookmaker
Bodog Sports, and even those
odds are being pounded heavily, and not only from U.S. bettors.
British bookmakers alone are expecting
£10+ million to be wagered by the Britons on the 2008 U.S.
Presidential Elections. Giving an advantage (or posing a
disadvantage) by completely destroying the equal playing field
is already upsetting millions of bettors worldwide; it appears that Fox New and
democracy is now
officially an oxymoron among those supporting Ron Paul in one
way or another. Boycotts of the Fox News itself, as well as
sponsors of the network, are underway, as posted on the many
Internet forums in support of Ron Paul's candidacy for the next
"We look forward to presenting a
substantive forum which will serve as the first program of its
kind this election season," was the brief statement issued
by Fox New Channel vice president of news David Rhodes. Fergus Cullen, chair of the state
GOP party, countered with:
"We believe that it is inconsistent with the first in the
nation primary tradition to be excluding candidates in a
pre-primary setting. All candidates regardless of how well known
they are or how much money they’ve raised should be treated
Ron Paul is set to appear on The Tonight Show
with Jay Leno on Monday, watch for zingers from the NBC
personality aimed at Fox.