Mitt Romney debate Ron Paul (Houston, TX on May 24th, 2012)
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Mitt Romney debate Ron Paul (Houston, TX on May 24th, 2012)

    1. Chelsea Willis
    2. Petition by

      Chelsea Willis

      NA, TX

The Republican Party of Texas is close to finalizing a deal that will bring a nationally televised Republican Presidential Debate to Houston, TX on May 24th, 2012. The debate will be the first one held since the March 3, 2012 hosted in Wilmington Air Park in Wilmington, Ohio. Now, is the perfect time to have another Presidential Debate as 1,001 delegates are still up for grabs. These delegates could change the course of the entire Republican race.

It would cause great shame to the Republican Party to deny the constituents of these states a final debate that includes all continuing candidates as such could set clear the platforms of each candidate. With politically minded lineups on both sides of the fence, it is imperative that the constituents know EXACTLY where the candidates stand on the issues that face America as well as their respective states. New details come out about the platforms of the candidates on a daily basis and it is impossible to keep up with the updates. A public debate can clarify confusion.

If that is not enough motivation, here is why We the People believe it is important that ALL candidates jump into the political debate arena in Texas:

1. Candidate Stances on Critical Issues: Topics will range from national issues, such as foreign policy, balancing the budget, and health care to state dilemmas, such as illegal immigration and education. The Republicans will present different sides of each issue as well as how their plans differ from the views of the incumbent. Therefore, it is imperative that the constituents know EXACTLY where each candidate stands on the issues and hear the opposing opinions that surround them. Identifying points and counterpoints for even the best-crafted message can only strengthen the argument. If an argument is solid there should be no fear of losing.

2. Public discourse: The Republicans will be able to show that they can engage in civilized debate of critical issues. It is imperative that the constituents are able to trust that their nominated candidate can stay on topic and not resort to accusations that are not well researched or are not based in proven fact. Designing a well-structured clearly articulated format for debate creates an environment for people to speak up.

3. Agreement/Disagreement: Constituents will be able to see where the candidates agree and disagree not only with each other but also with the incumbent. There is a difference between being told differences in ideology and seeing said ideology play out in debate. It is expected that there will be some conformity as well as differentiating sides. Each citizen is entitled to know just where the lines are actually drawn in order to form a clear cut decision on who should receive the binding vote of said individual. Inviting and debating opposing viewpoints disarms whatever resistance resides in the system.

4. Participation of Constituents: When candidates are on the campaign trail they mostly just talk about what said candidate is going to do for the state in which they currently reside. On the other hand, public debate covered by a news station gives candidates the opportunity to talk about national issues with a national participating audience. As it is the 21st century, people from all across the nation will be able to participate by asking questions. This promotes a mass understanding of the issues that ALL Americans face. A structured well-moderated debate is a novel and powerful alternative to another webcast or town meeting.

The official Twitter Handlers for the candidates are (in order found):
@RonPaul
@RepRonPaul
@MittRomney

 

Petitioners can suggest that candidates attend the debate via their suggestion boxes, (snail) mail option, and/or phone them at their contact pages listed here (in order found):

http://mittromney.com/forms/suggestions
http://www.ronpaul2012.com/contact-us/

 

Here are the addresses and phone numbers for SuperPACs that support the candidates. Write them via suggestion box, (snail) mail and/or call them (in order found):

Ron Paul:

Endorse Liberty
1625 Sunset Oaks Dr.
Salt Lake City, UT 84018

(646) 783-8243

Revolution PAC
3149 Dundee Rd. #176
Northbrook, IL 60062

202-567-7202

 

Romney (not the most influential SuperPAC but it will do):

Republican Truth Squad PAC
PO Box 105603 #33585
Atlanta, GA 30348-5603

877-854-4599

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Cnn , Fox News , & Msnbc , We The people demand a GOP debate

      Chelsea Willis
      Petition Organizer

      Greetings,

      I just signed the following petition addressed to: CNN Fox News And Msnbc And All there Sponsors.
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      We the People, along with the constituency of the Republican party, request at least one more debate between the final two candidates running for President against incumbent Obama, being Mitt Romney (R - MA) and Dr. Ron Paul ( R - TX).

      We find this incredibly important because the shape of this race has changed. The American People need a chance to see these great men state their cases clearly as to why they feel they are the best man for the job of POTUS, what they bring to the Republican Party, and their strategy for beating Obama.

      A one-on-one debate would provide the final two candidates with the opportunity to discuss their differences and support their positions in a well-structured, clear, and respectful manner without the interruption or chaos of a large panel as we have seen in other debates.
      Sincerely '' The American People ''

    2. Reached 10,000 signatures
    3. Romney ‘still deciding what his position on Immigration

      Chelsea Willis
      Petition Organizer

      When asked during a meeting with reporters Tuesday how Republicans plan to convince Hispanics that their platform on immigration is better than the Democratic plan, RNC National Hispanic Outreach Coordinator Bettina Inclan declined to answer because, she said, Mitt Romney is "still deciding what his position on immigration is."

    4. Reality Check: Bound Delegates In The Republican Primary May Not Be Bound A

      Chelsea Willis
      Petition Organizer

      How are the RNC and Romney teaming up while a GOP primary is underway? There are NO bound delegates and the RNC is violating its own rules...

      Rule 11 Candidate Support
      (a) The Republican National Committee shall not, without the prior written and filed approval of all members of the Republican National Committee from the state involved, contribute money or in-kind aid to any candidate for any public or party office except the nominee of the Republican Party or a candidate who is unopposed in the Republican primary after the filing deadline for that office (Romney is NOT unopposed).

      The Unit Rule (Rule 15)
      A rule under which a delegation to a national political convention casts its entire vote as a unit as determined by a majority vote (Any bound delegate is bound through the Unit Rule).

      Rule 38
      No delegate or alternate delegate shall be bound by any attempt of any state or Congressional district to impose the Unit Rule (No delegate can be bound via the Unit Rule).

    5. IT'S NOT OVER!!

      Chelsea Willis
      Petition Organizer

      Don't tell Ron Paul the Republican primary is over. He's too accumulating enough convention delegates to officially claim the GOP nomination for president.

      Paul's supporters won control of state GOP conventions in Maine and Nevada last weekend, stripping Romney of delegates. Paul's supporters are likely to make similar inroads in Minnesota, which holds its state GOP convention May 18-19. Paul has already dominated the state's congressional district conventions, winning at least 18 of the 24 national delegates selected.

    6. Santorum’s underwhelming endorsement of Romney

      Chelsea Willis
      Petition Organizer

      Rick Santorum endorses Romney, but is not happy about it.

      In his statement, Santorum returns to some of the issues that trouble him about Romney — doubts about Romney's "commitment to addressing the issues most important to conservatives," concerns about his ability to make "a case as a candidate about fighting against Obamacare" and more.

      The only thing they have in common is this: "Above all else, we both agree that President Obama must be defeated," Santorum says before offering up his support in the 13th paragraph of the 16-paragraph missive.

    7. Reached 9,000 signatures
    8. Romney loses to Paul in his own state

      Chelsea Willis
      Petition Organizer

      What may be the most embarrassing moment yet for Mitt Romney happened over the weekend in the very state in which he is the former Governor and calls home.

      Ron Paul won.

      Romney lost so badly in his home state that Ron Paul supporters were even voted in as the majority of the Alternate-Delegates

    9. Reached 8,000 signatures
    10. Gingrich and Santorum talk of Shared Ticket to Stop Romney

      Chelsea Willis
      Petition Organizer

      There is growing talk that former House Speaker Newt Gingrich may throw his support behind Rick Santorum in an effort to deny Mitt Romney the GOP nomination. Gingrich is not yielding to the slew of establishment endorsements for Mitt Romney.

      Gingrich told CBS News' "Face the Nation" Sunday that Romney has NO lock on the nomination and the math doesn't show him getting the 1,144 delegates easily to clinch the nomination.

      "If Rick Santorum becomes the nominee, I'll help him," Gingrich said. "We are all committed to defeating Barack Obama. We think his re-election would be a disaster for the country."

      Santorum offered a similar sentiment about Romney's difficulty in getting the required delegates. On Sunday's "Meet the Press," Santorum scoffed at the idea that Romney has the nomination. "Right now, he's not there," he said, adding, "He's not even close to it."

    11. NON EXCLUSIVITY!!!

      Chelsea Willis
      Petition Organizer

      Nothing herein is intended nor shall be construed as creating an exclusive arrangement
      which bars any state from participating. This petition is not just for Texans. This petition is for every state from California to Rhode Island to Alaska to Hawaii. If you live in a US territory you are also welcome to sign. If you are living abroad, please, sign the petition.

      Do not be discouraged. You are important to the election process. Never let anyone convince you that they know better for you than you. Keep signing and sharing.

    12. The Houston Chronicle covers our Petition

      Chelsea Willis
      Petition Organizer

      OUR PETITION MADE THE HOUSTON CHRONICLE!!!

    13. Fox News Announces Ron Paul Has Qualified

      Chelsea Willis
      Petition Organizer

      According to Fox News' Carl Cameron, Ron Paul has now met the requirements for his name to be put up for the Republican nomination at the convention in Tampa, Florida.

      Ron Paul has won the majority of delegates in the following states:

      Massachusetts (59%, 16 of 27)
      Oklahoma (60%, 9 of 15)
      Colorado (56%)
      Minnesota (83%)
      Louisiana (74%)
      Iowa (50+%)
      Missouri (50+%)
      Washington (50+%)

    14. Reached 7,500 signatures
    15. Romney to skip Texas GOP convention

      Chelsea Willis
      Petition Organizer

      Rick Santorum, the former Pennsylvania senator who suspended his White House campaign a few weeks ago, will be one of the featured speakers at the convention's June 8 banquet in Fort Worth. Mitt Romney will not.

      "The (Romney) campaign was extended an invitation, and we never heard back," state party spokesman Chris Elam said.

    16. Gingrich to formally end 2012 presidential campaign

      Chelsea Willis
      Petition Organizer

      Newt Gingrich is scheduled to suspend his presidential campaign at a press conference today in Virginia.

      "All of us have an obligation I think to do whatever we can to defeat Barack Obama," Gingrich said in a video released Tuesday that did not mention Mitt Romney. "I want you to know that we're going to continue out there on the road. Callista and I will be talking, campaigning, making speeches, doing everything we can to help defeat Barack Obama."

      Mitt Romney STILL has not yet reached the number of delegates needed to officially clinch the Republican presidential nomination.

    17. Reached 6,000 signatures
    18. Ron Paul and son to hold Tea Party rally in Austin

      Chelsea Willis
      Petition Organizer

      Paul and his son, Rand, who was elected to the U.S. Senate from Kentucky with Tea Party support, announced today that they will hold a "major" rally May 6 with the Tea Party Express, one of the largest groups in the anti-tax, small-government movement.

      A Ron Paul rally last week at the University of Texas drew 6,000, according to campaign estimates.

    19. Romney's veep 'tryouts' give voters a seat in the bleachers

      Chelsea Willis
      Petition Organizer

      USAToday is calling it "America's newest reality show: Who wants to be vice president?"

      Romney is still trying to convince the public he IS the nominee when the nominee is not decided until August by the delegates at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida. Yet, this isn't stopping people from trying to become Romney's running mate. They have been strutting their stuff in policy speeches, new books and joint campaign appearances in ways that look a lot like public auditions for the Republican ticket even as some deny interest in the job.

      "They're doing tryouts almost like spring training," says Paul Light, a political scientist at New York University who has studied the vice presidency.

    20. Reached 5,000 signatures
    21. Keep Signing, Sharing, Tweeting, etc...you are powerful beyond measure...

      Chelsea Willis
      Petition Organizer

      "Our greatest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our greatest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure." ~ Marianne Williamson

      “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; because there is not effort without error and shortcomings; but who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly. So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

    22. Ron Paul Wins Majority Of Washington Delegates, Other States to follow

      Chelsea Willis
      Petition Organizer

      Washington is now the third state, after Iowa and Minnesota, in which Ron Paul has locked up at least half of the state's nominating delegates.

      Even Fox News said this week that Paul's presence on the ballot at the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa "looks inevitable at this point."

    23. Reached 3,000 signatures
    24. No quit in Ron Paul

      Chelsea Willis
      Petition Organizer

      Ron Paul said Monday he has no plans to end his campaign and is on his way to the convention.

      “You don’t quit because you happen to be behind,” he said. “You want to see how you do. And who knows? Maybe somebody will stumble.”

      Paul added that his campaign remains “very, very viable.” His delegates, he said, will “have an influence” and “have something to do with the platform” at the Republican convention.

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    • Thom DiGirolamo MERRITT ISLAND, FL
      • over 2 years ago

      Please e-mail me of what is going on...thomddee@yahoo.com

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    • Thom DiGirolamo MERRITT ISLAND, FL
      • over 2 years ago

      I take it it is now not going to happen?

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    • Derik Davis OTISVILLE, MI
      • over 2 years ago

      These two need a good debate.

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    • Brad Owens LOGANVILLE, GA
      • over 2 years ago

      My house supports Ron Paul 100%

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    • Ashley B BIG BEAR LAKE, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      RON PAUL 2012-2020 :)))

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