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Paul's comment and the debatesPosted Monday, January 7, 2008, at 7:18 AM
One comment Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul made during Saturday night's ABC debates hits home in Bedford County.
Paul was explaining his view on how President Bush's foreign policy turns other nations against the United States.
He said (from ABC transcript):
"Try to visualize how we would react if they did that to us, if a country, say China, came that great distance across the ocean, and they say, 'We want you to live like us. We want you to have our economic system. We want bases on your land. We want to protect our oil.'
"Even if we do that with good intentions -- even if the Chinese did that with good intentions, we would all be together and we'd be furious."
Bedford County can relate. Note specifically the "We want you to live like us..." comment and relate it to foreigners here.
I also wonder why Paul picked China as an example, considering the increasing business tie-ins between them and the U.S.
It was interesting to watch other Republicans, especially MItt Romney, attempt to discredit Paul's views.
The debate was also a good primer on how appearance and voice inflections can make a difference.
Hillary Rodham Clinton came across as strident and sort of what I'll call a "lecturing schoolmarm" visually and audibly. She seems more reasonable when you simply read the transcript. But I'm still searching for her proclaimed 35 years of change. Years of tending to Bill don't count.
Most of them came across reasonably well to me. The two who concern me the most are Paul, whose views on foreign policy are a little skewed, and Bill Richardson, who's a little too 'nice' concerning diplomacy. He reminds me a lot of Jimmy Carter in that respect.
And Barack Obama tended to say what he wants to do with few details of how he thinks he can make those things happen.
No candidate really stood out to me.
There's still a long way to go. It'll be interesting, to say the least, to see how things change following New Hampshire.
The candidates also seemed to be attacking each other to some extent, with a few openly complaining about it. What do the complainers expect? It's election season. Get over it.
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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.
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