Saturday’s CBS/National Journal Republican Presidential primary debate in South Carolina has caused uproar among many Ron Paul supporters. They say the trending mainstream media ignorance of the candidate has become more obvious than ever.
The debate, which was televised for about an hour on most CBS affiliate stations and was broadcast full-length online, was largely focused on the United States’ foreign affairs. During the televised hour, the media-favored candidates spent much of their speaking time offering their support to military action in Iran, torture for intelligence information and other hawkish foreign relations ideas.
When he was allowed to speak, Paul continued to assert his familiar disagreement with the neoconservative foreign relations policies of the other candidates. But the Congressman from Texas, who serves on the House Foreign Relations Committee, had one small problem in the debate: He was given only about 89 seconds of the entire hour to speak.
Paul campaign manager John Tate said in a press release after the debate: “It literally made me sick watching the mainstream media once again silence the one sane voice in this election. The one dissenter to a decade of unchecked war. The one candidate who stands for true defense and actual constitutional government.”
Jesse Benton, Paul’s campaign chairman, said the debate proved CBS and other members of the mainstream media are arrogant and believe that they will pick the next President.
The Paul campaign contends that the mainstream candidates and mainstream media are doing everything in their power to avoid an “authentic national conversation” about security and defense.