Comment: That's exactly what I was thinking!

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That's exactly what I was thinking!

Especially since the CPAC spokesman said they don't do speaking fees! Ron Paul probably already knew that having deep involvement in CPAC for the past 2-3 years. I also think he did that as a way to decline and send a message that he brings value as a speaker to any event.