By THOMAS BEAUMONT
DES MOINES REGISTER STAFF WRITER
June 21, 2007
The decision by a tax watchdog group in Iowa to keep some presidential candidates from attending its political forum in Des Moines next week has led to a barrage of angry responses from supporters of U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, one of the Republicans seeking the GOP nomination.
Paul, a Texas congressman, will not be among the six GOP candidates scheduled to speak at the June 30 event in Des Moines. The forum at Hy-Vee Hall is jointly sponsored by the Iowa Christian Alliance.
Officials of Iowans for Tax Relief said the decision not to invite Paul had to do with his scant campaign organization in the state and his low ranking in Iowa polls.
Participating in the event will be former governors Mike Huckabee of Arkansas, Mitt Romney of Massachusetts and Tommy Thompson of Wisconsin, along with U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback of Kansas and U.S. Reps. Duncan Hunter of California and Tom Tancredo of Colorado.
But Paul - like John Cox and Mark Klein, two other Republican candidates - was not invited because the invitations only went to those candidates who are "credible," said Ed Failor Jr., vice president of Iowans for Tax Relief.
The Iowa Christian Alliance and Iowans for Tax Relief are co-sponsoring a Republican candidatesâ€™ forum for June 30. The event will feature Mitt Romney, Tommy Thompson, Sam Brownback, Jim Gilmore, Mike Huckabee, and Tom Tancredo.
Ron Paul, however, is to be excluded.
I got an email through dailypaul.com and the writer referred to our family potentially as â€œThe First Family.â€ The writer also said they wanted to know more about us and our extended family. I thought I would provide a little information about us. It is wild that people care to know about us, and it is certainly exciting.
Bill Maher has called and offered Ron Paul another spot on the show. This came after Maher announced that Paul was his new hero.
He has asked that my grandfather fly to California to appear on the show live from the studio !!!
Ron Paul will be on C-SPAN from the House Floor around 8pm Central. He will be on for nearly 1 hour....
Tune in....I just got the call from my grandmother Carol Paul with the news.
Edit - The House of Representatives called the office and said it might be earlier so it might be around 7:45 Central.
Call Saul Anuzis Home/Office: 517-394-9940 and politely let him know your views.
Let us know if anyone answers and what they say...
The Drudge Report is currently carrying an article about the attempt to keep Ron Paul out of futre GOP debates.
This is a petition that will be sent directly to the RNC to oppose banning Paul from the debate.
Sign it and let America know that Ron Paul's message needs heard.
Ron Paul will be on The Situation Room with Wolf 5/16 at either 4pm Central or 5pm Central. My mom just talked with Ron and he said 5pm, but he was in Washington, D.C. (he didn't want to miss a vote, so he flew back at 5am) so that could mean Eastern Time.
Thank you for clarifying my mistake. I am glad to see that FoxNews has made the right decision.
I am looking forward to the debate tonight !
This is awesome. Good work to the supporters in New Hampshire who got out there with Ron Paul signs. Talk about forcing the media to recognize you !!!!!!
This is a great op-ed piece by a University of Houston writer.