Ex-Candidate Ron Paul Dis-invited

City Desk IconFormer presidential candidate Ron Paul was scheduled to give a speech this Wednesday at Watson University for several student political science classes, but the event has been canceled.

Watson Students for Poli-Sci (WSPS) had booked the Congressman (R-TX) to come and speak back when he was still in the race, but hoped that his exit from the campaign could still serve as fodder for an instructive talk. The problem came last week when the group began to circulate a last round of press materials promoting the campus event. In the press release, WSPS publicity committee head Ian Sandborn (class of ’09), made a reference to “Rep. Ron Paul’s failed presidential bid.”

Once the release began to be circulated, that sentence was all it took for scores of Ron Paul supporters to begin a deluge of phone calls and emails to the Watson University Student Affairs office, Student Activity Board, Administration Office and to Sandborn’s apartment. Threats of protests, threats of contacting university donors and even threats of death resulted. At one point, even confused administrators over at the Community College were contacted about the release.

After consideration by administrators and the WSPS, Rep. Paul’s invitation was rescinded, citing safety concerns and what was termed a “lack of educational value at this point.”

In Sunday’s Journal-Clarion, Ian Sandborn said- “Someone called my parents, telling them they raised a failure. I didn’t really care at first, but that was too much. They’re insane. No wonder they call them ‘Paultards,'” he said, using a popular colloquialism for Rep. Paul’s often overly fervent supporters.

Libertarian mayoral candidate Lewis Armstrong was also quoted in the article lamenting the dis-invitation, as the city really has not had “a good conversation about the gold standard in years.”
- RJ White

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57 Responses to Ex-Candidate Ron Paul Dis-invited

  1. blazencage
    February 20, 2008 at 12:33 pm

    wake up people and stop dreaming. fu watson U! We need to start looking at reality and realize that we need change.LONG LIVE RON PAUL

  2. Chris
    February 20, 2008 at 1:31 pm

    I heard that a group of Ron Paul supporters are starting a campaign to raise 10 million dollars to rename Watson University’s b-school the Ron Paul College of Business.

    That would show Watson U. for snubbing Ron Paul!

  3. Ardent Watson U. fan
    February 20, 2008 at 2:03 pm

    Watson U. 68, Southern Tech A&T 49! WOOT! CONFERENCE CHAMPS BAYYYBEEEEEE!!!!!!

  4. February 23, 2008 at 5:17 am

    Mia Culpa. I am a visiting lecturer on Contemporary Political thought at Watson. This is mostly my fault rather than the rest of the faculty. I had an extra homeopathy session last week (it is flu season after all). I came in to class on the day they made this decision loaded up with laetrile and shaklee vitamins. I was flying. I started shouting about how Ron Paul was a fringe paleocon nutjob whose 19th century ideas about the federal reserve and the gold standard only appealed to simpleton anarcho capitalists at the Mises Institute, the handful of paranoids left in the John Birch Society, and a bunch of millitia fascists hiding out in white supremacist compounds in Northwest Arkansas. Damned tax dodgers every one. Well Dean Woermer overheard the louder parts of my lecture and put the kibosh on the whole show.

  5. blazencage
    February 24, 2008 at 3:04 am

    //I heard that a group of Ron Paul supporters are starting a campaign to raise 10 million dollars to rename Watson University’s b-school the Ron Paul College of Business.

    That would show Watson U. for snubbing Ron Paul!//

    Where?

  6. Dean in Texas
    December 12, 2008 at 7:48 pm

    At the heart of every paultard is a creepy, miserly, curmudgeon looking to live in a great country without paying. Lucky for them that others don’t follow their selfish philosophy. I wonder if Paul resents the taxpayers subsidizing his med school education?

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