Ron Paul Takes Up Beltram's Challenge

Beltram tells Paul to 'come on down' here

So much for that whole closed door thing.

Two days after saying Ron Paul could stay out of Spartanburg, county GOP Chairman Rick Beltram on Thursday reversed course and invited the Republican presidential candidate to come on down.

And Thursday afternoon, Paul's campaign agreed. The only thing left to be settled is a date.

Beltram on Tuesday called Paul a "lunatic" for defending a theory that American intervention in foreign affairs contributed to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, D.C. Paul made the comments at the GOP debate in Columbia in May, and he drew an angry response from former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani.

After the debate, Beltram decided he had heard enough from the Texas congressman and said Paul could "stay home." A flood of e-mails and voicemails from across the country apparently changed Beltram's mind.

"I was told by at least 125 e-mails and 25 voice mails that I didn't hear correctly, newspapers didn't report it correctly and live TV didn't reflect it correctly," Beltram said. "If we're all that naive and we all misunderstood, I think they should come on down and tell us how we're wrong, and I think the people of Spartanburg will be anxious to listen."

Beltram, in an e-mail, proposed that Paul open his Spartanburg visit with a 10-minute presentation and then take 12 questions from the audience. Jesse Benton, a spokesman for Paul's campaign, said the format would be worked out after a date was set.

Benton said the campaign was "pleased" to receive Beltram's invitation.

"It's a very good thing," Benton said. "Dr. Paul will be able to share his vision of limited government and lower taxes in the Upstate."

Robert Lewis Sr. of Jackson, N.J., one of the participants in the e-mail barrage, said the invitation was overdue. Lewis said in a telephone interview that all Paul wants is a "fair shake."

"He's a stand-up guy," Lewis said. "Some of his opinions and positions, some people feel are a little unique. But there's never been anything on Ron Paul doing anything illegal or unethical. All he's asking for is a fair opportunity to be elected, and I think people feel threatened by that."

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Ackbar's Lament

A guy like Rick Beltram gets a few emails and phone calls and suddenly he announces that he might have misunderstood? Methinks he's setting the stage for a Spartanburg Ambush.

Of course it's great that Dr. Paul will get to engage the county GOP, but he should go in knowing that this is very likely a setup, and that he should expect a harsh time of it. Needless to say, the only solution is to pack the presentation with supporters.


Please read the editorial by the Spartanburg Herald Journal here:
That, my friend, tells me that Ron Paul has friends at the local paper. Truth prevails - we've seen that over and over. And Dr. Paul can handle his own, in just about any pit of vipers. I don't thing the S.C. people, as a whole, feel animosity toward Ron Paul. They'll have a hard time not coming to their senses when Ron has a chance to speak to them personally, in this one-on-one.

Bill Kosloskey

Restore the Foundations - "If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?"


If it is a staged ambush, unless it's people throwing tomatoes, then so be it. I'm sure Dr. Know (thanks Mrs. Paul) will handle it like he has all the others. Some of his FauxNews interviews were premeditated to get him to say something that wouldn't be well received by the standard FauxNews viewer. I love how Dr. Paul handles these guys. He doesn't fall for their traps. I'm nothing but impressed. And I'm sure there will be plenty of supporters there to handle any tomato-throwers. :)

Nothing to worry about...

That’s the great thing about Ron Paul. We never have to worry about him in a debate. We only have to worry about when the media just supplies the public with ‘information’.