According to the MTV/MySpace forum site both Ron Paul and Barack Obama are now confirmed for participation. Apparently, the format of the forum allows for floor time alone for each candidate for 15-20 minutes. The forum begins at 6pm Eastern time on Saturday. Interestingly the two GOP front runners McCain and Romney have yet to confirm participation. As it stands now Obama, Clinton, Huckabee, and Paul are the only confirmed participants.
It will be broadcast live on MTV as well as online.
Sure, it’s a decent charitable organization, but this just confirms for me the questions I’ve been holding about McCain being just another typical politician, my friend.
To be fair, a legitimate explanation would be that the foundation donated $4600 to the McCain campaign and this is the reimbursement of that donation. The amount of the donation suggests that to be the case, but who knows these days.
According to a story at MTV Ron Paul is expected to participate in the “Closing Arguments” forum sponsored by MTV and MySpace this Saturday.
Three days before Super Tuesday, when 23 states hold their presidential-nomination primaries or caucuses, MTV and MySpace will host some of the remaining Democratic and Republican candidates in a “Super” edition of the ongoing MTV/MySpace Presidential Dialogue series.
At 6 p.m. ET on Saturday, “Closing Arguments: A Presidential Super Dialogue” will be broadcast live from the MTV studios in New York. Senator Hillary Clinton, one of the two Democratic front-runners, and former Governor Mike Huckabee, a Republican candidate, have already been confirmed for the forum, the latest in a collaborative series between MTV and MySpace that has so far hosted events with Senators John McCain and Barack Obama, as well as former Senator John Edwards.
Obama and Congressman Ron Paul, a Republican candidate, are expected to announce their participation in the event on Thursday.
Ron Paul’s invitation can be attributed to the work of his grassroots supporters after they emailed and called MTV execs about including him.
There are many theories being argued about across the airwaves of talk radio, on the screens of TV news, and on the Internet about why conservatives are backing John McCain. I wonder why they are backing Mitt Romney or Mike Huckabee too. The answer to me is that the sheep are being herded around by the shepherd and the shepherd is the main stream media. Here is an annoying video to illustrate my point.
This is an excellent article on the Huffington Post by Heath Calvert.
I’d been walking around sharing the phrase “fire it up” for about three weeks, borrowing glittery talking points about the exciting race between the first possible female and the first possible African-American president, but I still felt like I didn’t understand what changes these candidates were positing other than a replacement nameplate on the oval office desk. If you’d told me at the start of this presidential primary that I’d take off work and roadtrip to New Hampshire and South Carolina for the campaign of a pro-life republican from Texas, I’d have probably jump kicked you in the chest. In his defense, he’s from Pittsburgh.
Rasmussen has released a poll for a general election that includes both Ron Paul and Michael Bloomberg running as independents. The results are rather interesting.
When the two candidates are mentioned as independent options in match-ups between Mitt Romney and the two Democratic frontrunners, Paul and Bloomberg attract roughly the same level of support. When John McCain is mentioned as the Republican candidate in a match-up with Barack Obama, Ron Paul earns 11% of the vote while Bloomberg attracts 5%.
At this time, the net impact of such third party efforts appears to benefit the Democrats.
Getting 11% of the vote is a significant amount. It also demonstrates why I’ve been saying all along that the front running Republicans should be a bit nicer to Ron Paul. He can truly hurt them if he chooses to run 3rd party. This Rasmussen poll just proves it. I never imagined a Libertarian candidate would get 11% of the vote in my lifetime. The odds are currently stacked heavily against a Ron Paul third party candidacy. Personally, and I know I’m not alone, I would love it.
The debate tonight was unfair as usual. It was pretty unfair to Ron Paul and Mike Huckabee. At one point Ron Paul requested more time to answer a previous question on liberalism vs. conservatism. The moderator, Anderson Cooper, promised he would get a chance to address that in 2 questions. That chance never came as they went on other topics. As usual, Ron Paul had some glowing moments though he still was the teacher, not the sound bite man. That is good for those of us who already support him, but to gain new votes he needs to show this other side, in my opinion. Below are the 7 questions Ron Paul received during the debate.
Q1 – Are we better off now?
Q2 – States Rights
Q3 – Will Huckabee’s Highway idea stimulate the economy?
Q4 – Would you have appointed Justice O’Conner?
Q5 – Do you agree with McCain’s 100 years war strategy?