Monday, October 15, 2007

Will Ron Paul get invited to attend The Greater Houston Partnership bipartisan presidential forum?

The Greater Houston Partnership is sponsoring a bipartisan presidential forum on Nov. 13 to address energy and environmental issues. Several candidates are reportedly going to attend. Ron Paul was initially not invited but event organizers are considering extending an invitation to Paul and Mike Huckabee.

(Chron) - The organizers initially invited eight candidates: Sen. Clinton of New York, Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois, former Sen. John Edwards of North Carolina and New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson; and Republican former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, former Sen. Fred Thompson of Tennessee, and Sen. John McCain of Arizona.

Spokesmen for the Giuliani, Richardson, Romney and Thompson campaigns said their candidates had made no commitments beyond this weekend.

McDaniel said the organizers limited the invitation list to those candidates who, two or three months ago, appeared to be in the top tier of contenders.

That selection process proved a bit awkward, since Rep. Ron Paul, R-Lake Jackson, is a member of the Houston area delegation but was not invited.

Now organizers are considering opening up the invitation list to include Paul and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee on the Republican side, as well as Democratic senators Joe Biden and Chris Dodd.

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