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Rand Paul camp cancels Meet the Press because "he's had a long week"

Betsy Fischer, the executive producer of Meet the Press, just Tweeted that Rand Paul is trying to cancel his appearance on the show this Sunday.

I just reached Fischer, and she tells me Paul's camp asked to cancel because "he's had a long week."

"He committed to coming on on Wednesday," Fischer tells me. "We got an email from his press secretary this afternoon saying that he wanted to cancel."

Fischer adds that the Meet crew asked to talk directly to Paul himself to ask him to reconsider, but he has yet to call back. "We're still waiting," she says.

Asked what reason the Paul camp gave for canceling, Fischer says the Meet crew was told "that he's had a long week, he's tired, and he's very sorry and he needs to cancel."

"We tried to impress upon them that this is a big deal," Fischer continues. "The only other two people to cancel have been Louis Farrakhan and Prince Bandar of Saudi Arabia."

"Obviously they've had a tough week -- we all know that," Fischer says of the Paul camp. "I hope he'll reconsider and keep his commitment."

By Greg Sargent  |  May 21, 2010; 5:02 PM ET
Categories:  2010 elections , Political media , Senate Republicans  
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Hey! I just predicted that! And I'm going off to enjoy my prize!

Posted by: wbgonne | May 21, 2010 5:05 PM | Report abuse

It's a good thing that once he gets to the Senate there won't be any of these "tough weeks" to deal with.

If anything big does happen to come up (oh, I don't know, say a massive oil spill, or maybe some big financial regulation bill), he can just beg off and go home for a few days.

Posted by: TimInFlorida | May 21, 2010 5:14 PM | Report abuse

Conway weighs in on his opponent.

"He's trying to say that the media is out to get him or the liberals are out to get him," Conway said. "The problem is, several weeks ago he gave that interview to the Louisville Courier-Journal, the editorial interview. He knew what he said, but then right after the election, he said it again on NPR, and then on MSNBC he had those 20 very painful minutes with Rachel Maddow. And it just kind of took on a life of its own."

"What did he say this morning?" Conway added. "'Sometimes accidents happen' in the context of miners? We have families right now in Western Kentucky grieving over their relatives that were lost in a mine collapse. We have families in West Virginia still grieving in that terrible mine tragedy over there. And he says 'sometimes accidents happen?' That's not only an empathy gap, that's cold and callous. And I think that's a real problem for his campaign."

"Conway said that he felt the past week has provided a clear illustration of the contrast between the two Senate candidates. Going forward, he advertised a campaign strategy that will depict Paul as more concerned with maintaining philosophical purity than the legitimate and serious interests of his state."

Posted by: lmsinca | May 21, 2010 5:15 PM | Report abuse

Dude does have a thin skin, doesn't he?

Posted by: akaoddjob | May 21, 2010 5:17 PM | Report abuse

@lms: Who's Conway? Maybe he can get the open MTP slot?

"Will depict Paul as more concerned with maintaining philosophical purity than the blah blah blah."

I agree - Paul does seem overly concerned with the intellectual and philosophical argument. I don't see that line of attack as a winning campaign strategy, though.

Posted by: sbj3 | May 21, 2010 5:24 PM | Report abuse

WOW. Just WOW.

TPM says:

"the only other cancellations from major guests were Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan in 1996 and Saudi Arabia's Prince Bandar on May 18, 2003."

Whew! Great company.

Posted by: Ethan2010 | May 21, 2010 5:27 PM | Report abuse

Jack Conway on MTP would be awesome, of course he's not quite as controversial, just a regular Dem running for the Senate in KY. And Rand Paul is pretty much writing his ad copy for him. LOL

Posted by: lmsinca | May 21, 2010 5:28 PM | Report abuse

Conway should offer to fill in for Paul on MTP. Obviously Paul can't take the heat of the national stage.

Posted by: Beeliever | May 21, 2010 5:28 PM | Report abuse

He's pullin a Sarah Palin, going rouge. Next stop maybe only stop for him will be Beck or Hannity's show

Posted by: sfinestone | May 21, 2010 5:31 PM | Report abuse

laughing my _ss off!!!!

sfinestone, it didn't hurt Palin among her base and this won't hurt Paul either. They all believe there's a big media conspiracy against them.

Posted by: SDJeff | May 21, 2010 5:33 PM | Report abuse

So, this means that Rand Paul is going to quit politics any day now and leverage his new-found political celebrity for a reality TV show.

I can just see it now: "New on TLC, Rand Paul's Kentucky"

Posted by: JPRS | May 21, 2010 5:36 PM | Report abuse

Luke Russert:

Hey Dr. Paul, if you can't answer tough questions how are you going to be able to make tough decisions as a U.S. Senator? -TJR

Posted by: Ethan2010 | May 21, 2010 5:37 PM | Report abuse

He is TOO funny and QUITE phony! I bet he was elated that MTP wanted him after his "huge" victory Tuesday evening. Now that he's tasted his own foot far too many times to count since then, he's JUST PLAIN SCARED!

Posted by: Woodie731 | May 21, 2010 5:37 PM | Report abuse

Another Republican candidate who can't handle the scrutiny of the national press.

Posted by: Beeliever | May 21, 2010 5:52 PM | Report abuse

"just an accident?" and if it comes out that the mine really was violating a dozen or so regulations will Paul argue that since the feds have no business adopting safety regulations in the first place, mines are just being libertarians when they violate them? or will he say that safety is better enhanced when we let the free market eventually reward the safer mine operators? as if all the coal in the ground wouldn't be gone before that happened.

Posted by: JoeT1 | May 21, 2010 5:55 PM | Report abuse

Totally called this two threads back. Fox News, Limbaugh, Hannity,....that will be as dangerous as it gets for him from here on out.

It's only a matter of time before he starts using the term "Lamestream Media".

Posted by: schrodingerscat | May 21, 2010 5:57 PM | Report abuse

WOW! I actually predicted this would happen this morning when I heard he was going to be on. They don't tape until tomorrow and I thought, he's got pleanty of time to cancel and he did! What a twinkie, punk!

Posted by: roxsteady | May 21, 2010 6:00 PM | Report abuse

"It's only a matter of time before he starts using the term "Lamestream Media"."

And if he doesn't, Palin will do it for him.

Posted by: SDJeff | May 21, 2010 6:02 PM | Report abuse

The New Libertarian Creed, or, Things We Want to Be Free of:

--Government (unless it's an emergency, or a crisis, or something that makes our principles look impractical)

--Media scrutiny


--Uncontrolled Publicity


--People telling us what to do (though we reserve the right to tell you what to do)

Posted by: BGinCHI | May 21, 2010 6:02 PM | Report abuse

This is typical of the Tea Party leaders. They are all talk and no substance.

Posted by: wind-head | May 21, 2010 6:04 PM | Report abuse

"The question should be whether Rand Paul is a watered-down version of his father — more than that, watered down in all the right places. Or is he, rather, undistinguishable in substance from his father but a more diplomatic politician, thus able to hide or equivocate his wacky views better and longer? The burden of proof lies with Rand Paul himself, but so far the clues are very troubling."

Posted by: sbj3 | May 21, 2010 6:07 PM | Report abuse

OMG! This is hilarious. Of course, Conway should offer to replace him. This is GREAT NEWS!

Posted by: suekzoo1 | May 21, 2010 6:14 PM | Report abuse

Dave Weigel reports:

"Rand did Good Morning America today, set the record straight, and now we are done talking about it," said campaign spokesman Jesse Benton. "No more national interviews on the topic."

Posted by: suekzoo1 | May 21, 2010 6:17 PM | Report abuse

sue, well that settles it then: let the record show that Rand Paul is an ideologically-possessed extremist.

Good to know.

Posted by: BGinCHI | May 21, 2010 6:20 PM | Report abuse

"Rand Paul is an ideologically-possessed extremist."

And a wuss. LOL

Posted by: suekzoo1 | May 21, 2010 6:22 PM | Report abuse

What I see here is a bunch of ill-informed people that are mistaken on what libertarianism actually means and what libertarians actually say. Instead they are preferring to rely on simple talking points that are not based on reality and prefer to take soundbytes out of context instead of actually reserching the issues and try and comprehend what someone meant as opposed to what they seemed to say.

It's a shame I just described the majority of Americans.

As an aside, Dr. Paul has made the big mistake of talking in political theory instead of just telling people what they want to hear. The public is simply not educated enough to understand a debate on political philosophy.

In today's society the populism of people like Obama or Palin will always gain more traction than the intellectualism of Paul.

Posted by: BradG | May 21, 2010 6:25 PM | Report abuse

Paul's "intellectualism"? You've got to be kidding. Care to offer some examples?

I can't wait to hear them.

Posted by: BGinCHI | May 21, 2010 6:28 PM | Report abuse

Happy hour roundup posted:

Posted by: Greg Sargent | May 21, 2010 6:30 PM | Report abuse

@BradG: What I see here is a bunch of ill-informed people that are mistaken on what libertarianism actually means and what libertarians actually say.

Yeah, sure, whatever. Rand Paul is a libertarian when he wants to be. He opposes choice for women, and gay marriage, supports the war on drugs and the wars in the Middle East. He's all for cutting the budget, but makes an exception for Medicare reimbursements for physicians (cuz he wouldn't want that gubbermint $$ coming out of his own wallet.)

Face it, Rand Paul was not ready to run for the US Senate. He should tried running for drain commissioner in his hometown first.

Posted by: suekzoo1 | May 21, 2010 6:31 PM | Report abuse

Hey, BradG, if the public is "not educated enough," why did Paul pass up a golden opportunity to educate them?

Is Paul afraid to speak the truth? I suspect that's it, he knows if he says what he really believes, he won't get elected, and getting elected is more important to him than what he believes.

Which makes him a typical politician.

Posted by: chipgower | May 21, 2010 6:52 PM | Report abuse

If Rand Paul can't take the heat of this week's kitchen that he willingly walked into, why should anybody deem him capable of being a United States Senator?

He wasn't treated unfairly by anybody on NPR, MS-NBC, or ABC. He was just uncomfortable with reporters who were not content to let his comments go without follow up questions. He was simply unable to defend his own clearly articulated positions which just happen to be odious and repugnant to most Americans. He expected the passive MSM of the recent past. However, his positions are so ridiculously at odds with mainstream America that no self respecting journalist could possibly let his comments go unchallenged.

Rand Paul is an intellectual coward if he doesn't have the huevos to stand his ground with a few reporters. What is the depth of his conviction on these issues if he can't withstand the scrutiny of a few questions? Does he think that if he makes it to the Senate that the Democratic Senators will be even MORE deferential?

Behold the mighty teabagger! He sure lost his bluster since Tuesday night.

Posted by: Gasman1 | May 21, 2010 6:57 PM | Report abuse

The Paul boys are seriously exposing the nutcase fringe who advocate unrestrained "liberty" for the big business elites, no matter how discriminatory and destructive.

Posted by: revbookburn | May 21, 2010 7:32 PM | Report abuse

After witnessing the collapse of Rand Paul when his views were exposed to the light of day I can't decide if he's a vampire or a mushroom? Feels more like a mushroom.

On the other hand, his daddy Ron, who says his son is being treated unfairly is just your garden variety fool.

Posted by: apspa1 | May 21, 2010 8:21 PM | Report abuse

David Corn just told Keith Olbermann that what Rand Paul needs is a blowout preventer. :-)
At the time, I was thinking that he wanted to go off on a short "honeymoon" cruise to figure out who he can ... well, you know.
Actually, the moment I heard he wanted to fade out from "Meet the Press", I thought (*Chicken!!!*).
Young Mr. Paul, you need to get the message:
This is the big time.
It's not enough just to dodge the questions over and over again, as you tried to do with Rachel Maddow.
You can either take advantage of the press opportunities you're given or else, you lose.
It's that simple.
Your dad knows.
He does a good job.
I hope you're not like George Bush.
He didn't listen to his dad either.

Posted by: Judy-in-TX | May 21, 2010 8:25 PM | Report abuse

He's wise to say away from Meet the Press for this week. He's being attacked by the media and blood hungry dems (Oh that's right, that was redundant) for hypothetical idealism.

That's why Obama wants to take away our rights. He has no hope in the American people policing themselves.

Maybe Obama will talk it about that at his next Press Conference.

Oh wait. Obama is the first president to not give press conferences. Who's the one that can't take the heat? I believe Paul has given umpteen interviews with the press this week alone. Maybe Obama doesn't have time for the press, since he's too busy trying to to merge with Mexico.

Posted by: bewrap59829 | May 21, 2010 10:18 PM | Report abuse

bewrap59829, awesome satire.

You should record that and have your singing bass belt it out whenever you're in the room. It would sound really good coming out of the mouth of a fish. I mean, another fish.

Posted by: BGinCHI | May 21, 2010 10:25 PM | Report abuse

Dr. Paul's comments/views regarding Americans with Disabilities Acts are embarrassing, hurtful, and creepy. I am a wheelchair user, and I can tell you that ADA HELPS businesses. IT HELPS business owners. Doesn’t he realize how many US Troops have been permanently injured in serving our country?? His comments prove how Anti-US Troops he is. Shame on Dr. Paul. Its creepy that he wants to be active in US Government, and his comments prove how little respect he has for Combat Veterans. US Troops fight for his freedoms every day. How dare he hold these disgusting views?

Posted by: meaggallagher | May 21, 2010 11:50 PM | Report abuse

I've never seen the elite establishment liberals in such a tizzy since Ronald Reagan! They will use every smear possible to try to take Rand Paul down before he can even get elected.

"Racist" is the typical slur they use against the GOP and Tea Party (same slur they use against those who love LEGAL immigration and insist that the rule of law be followed consistently by ALL)

The establishment liberal elites obviously fear the man who can beat Obama in '12 by highlighting the unfair Wall Street bailouts, bailouts for a car company that refused to adapt to consumer demand, and bailouts for fat cat bankers all while the little guy got stuck with the tax bill and jobs continue to go missing. How many outsourced jobs have returned to this country since Obama took over? What has he done about the supreme power of corporations?

The "change" so far: a quadrupling of the budget deficit, broken promises on FISA and the Patriot Act, 100,000+ troops still in Iraq and more headed to Afghanistan, broken promises on gay & lesbian issues, higher unemployment and jobs continuing to move overseas.

Obama is Bush III: a continuation of the warfare and welfare state. There has been no real "change".

Posted by: krissys | May 22, 2010 1:19 AM | Report abuse

"The establishment liberal elites obviously fear the man who can beat Obama in '12 by highlighting the unfair Wall Street bailouts, bailouts for a car company that refused to adapt to consumer demand, and bailouts for fat cat bankers all while the little guy got stuck with the tax bill and jobs continue to go missing."


So how did the last Libertarian Party candidate for president work out (or any of them ever, for that matter)?


Posted by: akaoddjob | May 22, 2010 1:36 AM | Report abuse

Is LOL really all you got to refute the points made? sad. You lose.

Posted by: krissys | May 22, 2010 1:54 AM | Report abuse

Try reading.

I also asked a question, didn't I?

Posted by: akaoddjob | May 22, 2010 2:46 AM | Report abuse

And I was so looking forward to hearing his views on the Iranian nuclear program, and how the Republican rising star is cool with a nuclear armed Iran.

Posted by: rhallnj | May 22, 2010 7:31 AM | Report abuse

Awwww, poor baby, he's had a rough week. BORING explaination why he won't appear on MEET. Is it just me or do any of you smell something rotten in the state of Denmark. And I don't mean fish either

Posted by: scoobydube007 | May 22, 2010 11:42 AM | Report abuse

what a creepy individual...makes my skin crawl

frightening that such a person could be elected senator

makes W seem like a genius (well, should not really go that FAR!!)

Posted by: blrpalms | May 22, 2010 2:16 PM | Report abuse

That is kind of a weak argument. He probably should have followed the CT AG's lead and harkened back to his days in Vietnam. Or maybe Gettysburg.

Posted by: Dickens615 | May 23, 2010 9:06 AM | Report abuse

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