Ron Paul got the full hour on Glenn Beck's show tonight and I thought it was as fair an interview as you could ask for. The questions were good, I would even say Dr. Paul could have been challenged a little more on some things (like going into more depth about inflation and its causes), but I tip my hat Glenn Beck for treating him respectfully and as a legitimate contender for the GOP nomination. A couple of observations:
- The segment where Beck broaches the topic of the conspiracy theories/911-truthers/tinfoil-hat demographic that he seems to attract was as clear a refutation as Dr. Paul could make. He handled it well, and hopefully the "guilt by association" smear has been put to rest. I think it's a fair question to ask in one sense, since Paul has never had this much time on a national forum to talk about his candidacy. I'm sure there are plenty of viewers who don't spend that much time on the internet and maybe have the perception he's "one of them". Maybe this will be a sufficient rebuke.
- This was probably the first interview I've seen where the question of "are you going to run as a 3rd party candidate if you don't get the nomination?" question wasn't asked.
- The segment where Glenn Beck talks about the income tax and wanting to "french kiss" Dr. Paul was probably the most awkward moment of the interview. Though I have to admit, when I hear Ron Paul talking about if we got rid of the income tax the revenues generated from tariffs, excise fees etc. would still amount to what the government was taking 10 years ago gives me the same reaction...thank god I don't have a nationally broadcast television show.
I'm looking forward to Dr. Paul being on Tim Russert's show this Sunday.
Here's Beck and Ron Paul in its entirety:
Pilfered from Mr. Chubbs over at Liberty Maven
And the rest of it: