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Why doesn't Paul point out he voted for Martin Luther King Day but Gingrich did not?


Gingrich grasping for straws as he wont even be on the ballot in his own home state has been attacking Paul daily over racism but it was he along with 3 others who voted against the holiday.

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Paul voted Nay both times, Gingrich voted Aye

Actually, Newt Gingrich did vote for the bill, and Ron Paul voted against it. Ron Paul -did- vote for an amendment to change the date it fell on, however.

There are a couple of bills to consider:

The bill voting to establish it as a holiday came up in a November 1979(HR5461), the house rejected the bill. Ron Paul was one of those who voted 'nay'.

http://www.govtrack.us/congress/vote.xpd?vote=h1979-578&sort... (Note here that Gingrich votes Aye)

Ron Paul also voted Nay on putting a bust of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in the Capitol, an issue which almost every republican (Including Gingrich) and democrat voted Aye on.


In -December- there were two votes to change the proposed date from Jan 15th to the third Monday in January, which was not a bill of itself, it was an amendment to the wording of HR5461. Ron Paul voted Aye to the date changes. Voting Aye here did not mean the passage of the bill as a whole, merely a minor change in its text.

(Here, Gingrich votes Nay. Again, this bill had nothing to do with making the holiday official, but changing the date it fell on).

Did Ron Paul change his mind by 1983? No, he still voted Nay:
http://www.govtrack.us/congress/vote.xpd?vote=h1983-289&sort... (Note that again, Gingrich votes Aye) The 1983 vote was the one that finally passed and made the holiday official.

The Nov 1979 bill was crucial. Only 4 more votes would have taken them passed the filibuster andgiven the 2/3 majority to make the holiday official. Ron Paul's Nay was one of those 4 votes that could have made the difference.

Conclusion: If Ron Paul tried such a spurious attack, it would backfire immensly since he's the one who voted against the holiday twice, while Gingrich supported making it a holiday.


...he doesnt pander.


Because Ron Paul voted

Because Ron Paul voted against it and rightfully so. He voted Yay for the DATE change, but Nay on the actual holiday.. This was 1979, when the Bill did not pass. he voted NAY in 1983 when it came up again.

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When pundits say, "Ron Paul needs to address this issue," it's code for, "Ron Paul, please take the bait!"

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They want to get him off message...it's not going to work.

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Because at this point anything Ron Paul does officially regarding race, whether it be pointing out his vote for the MLK holiday, a rebuttal to the newsletter smears, or whatever will give the MSM and the neocons more opportunies to keep the smears going.

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Okay I found some of the

Okay I found some of the details. The argument for defeating the 1st bill was it was going to be a paid federal holiday and they were honoring someone who did not serve in government. So a petition was presented with 6 million signatures and the house passed the bill overwhelmingly. The 1st vote fell short by 5 votes.

My own personal feelings is it should not be a holiday. However my main point is just to point out Newt who can do no wrong and whose you know what doesn't stink is calling Paul the racist when he voted against the bill.

Paul voted FOR MLK Holiday

Paul voted for MLK Holiday December 1979
Newt Gingrich voted Against it..



I don't know the details

but I just watched a video on here were the a guy said that RP votet against instituting original bill but voted yes the second time to ammend the date. I'm not sure if this is correct or not.

That is correct. The Yay was

That is correct. The Yay was to change the date. prior to that he voted NAY to the Bill. He again voted NAY in 1983, when it actually became law.

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