McCain Campaign Tries To Block Ron Paul From Convention Floor
The Washington Times reported today that the McCain campaign and the Republican National Committee have been “negotiating with Rep. Ron Paul to win his support and acquire the names of his sympathizers among the 4,607 delegates and alternates at the Republican National Convention.”
However, when CNN’s John King asked Paul this morning whether such reports were true, Paul laughed. “I wouldn’t put it in those words,” he said. In fact, he said the RNC seemed to be trying to keep him off the convention floor, even though as a congressman, he should be able to get floor passes without a problem
Paul was barred from speaking at the convention “because the the congressman would not change his position on the war in Iraq, which he opposes.” The Washington Times also reports that Paul “was denied permission to address the Republican Platform Committee last week” after “the McCain forces who controlled the platform proceedings, as well as the Rules Committee and the Credentials Committee, objected.”
The McCain campaign’s stonewalling of Ron Paul may not have the support of his vice presidential pick, Gov. Sarah Palin. In an interview with MTV earlier this year, Palin expressed support for Paul, saying that he was “cool“:
He’s cool. He’s a good guy. He’s a good guy. He’s so independent. He’s independent of like the party machine, I’m like, right on, so am I. The party machinery, on both sides of the party, ya know, Americans are tiring of the incessant partisanship that gets in the way of just doing the right thing for this country.
Blacks represent just 2 percent of GOP convention delegates.
There are just 36 black delegates at this week’s Republican National Convention, “fewer than 2% of the total and a sharp drop-off from 2004,” when 6.7 percent were black. At last week’s Democratic National Convention, 24.5 percent of delegates were black. Recent polls show that about nine out of 10 black voters support Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL).
The Thompson line
As Thompson pointed out, Obama is promising tax cuts to just about everybody. . . .
No, I think McCain has promised only to try to retain the current tax rates
he is in favor of lower taxes, smaller, more efficient, more effective government--in that particular area, McCain is a true conservative.
the Cato and Heritage Institutes who are almost never in error in their analysis
It is being speculated, by some, that Sarah will pull the highest ratings on TV tonight--maybe even exceeding Obama's acceptance speech.