I looked up the official Ron Paul 2008 website recently and saw that he was due to appear on The View, December 4th. First thought, this show has millions of viewers, Ron Paul is finally making it on mainstream media. Second thought, this is too good to be true.
The introduction by Joy was positive and witty. First topic and also the longest topic? Abortion. The people behind The View know where Ron Paul stands on issues such as the IRS, Federal Reserve, War in Iraq, The Economy, Immigration, The Constitution. They also know that those issues are top of the agenda for voters this time round. But for the short amount of airtime they give him, they bog Ron Paul down to a debate on abortion rights!
I believe abortion is an important issue but no studio audience will be heard clapping or cheering a pro-abortion or anti-abortion comment. Ron Paul having a chance to say "Bring the troops home" gets studio audiences cheering and viewers raising the volume on their remotes. Ron Paul announcing that he wants to get rid of the IRS, Federal reserve, do away with the Income Tax would have even stronger reactions in the studio and in homes across America.
This is radical, this is new and people love it. But there was no way the folks running The View were going to let Ron Paul broadcast such ideas. And in case some viewers might even think of voting for Ron Paul, Joy declares to Ron Paul as his interview was drawing to a close "You are not going to win and you know that."