November 29, 2007
The long-awaited first Republican presidential debate Sponsored by CNN/YouTube bringing video questions submitted by ordinary Americans on the YouTube.com website brought the candidates into their sharpest debate yet.
Although this was a camera filled exchange for Paul, it clearly seemed that questions were steered away from Paul during the entire debate and that both video questions which were directed to Paul from YouTube users both contained spoon-fed derogatory questions about conspiracy theories and whether he would run as a independent, because he clearly wasn’t going to win the primary.
According to the New York Times, two planes were circling overhead, one flying a Ron Paul banner, another with lights spelling out his name. A ship to support Ron Paul circled in the bay just outside the hall and just beyond the security fences erected around The Mahaffey Theater, Mr. Paul’s loyal supporters waited and cheered with shirts and stickers and other assorted Paul gear.
CNN treating Ron Paul as a minor candidate, moving the camera from him as much as possible, and limiting his role at the debate easily comes into question.