Paul LePage Withdraws from MPBN Debate

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Bob Stone
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Paul LePage Withdraws from MPBN Debate

Here is my comment on the MPBN Facebook page:

After dozens of "debates" and "forums", my guess is that most people have determined who they are voting for. Many have already voted. Maybe there are a few who are trying to figure out which Democrat to choose. They'll have their chance to see the Democrats in action. LePage owes MPBN nothing.

Good for LePage.

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I thought this already took

I thought this already took place.

You want to provide details?

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I'll try to link to the

I'll try to link to the Facebook page.
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Thank you, Bob. A little bit

Thank you, Bob. A little bit of context for those of us who are not "in the know" is helpful. :)

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I didn't realize that the

I didn't realize that the link would work. I thought you had to be a "friend" to see it.

The leftists are riled up.

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MPBN are known liberals that

MPBN are known liberals that were setting up an ambush of LePage. I'm glad he told them to take a hike.

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Having some fun with them.

Having some fun with them. They are apoplectic. Calling LePage names.

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Hi Bob...You're right, the

Hi Bob...You're right, the liberals are worked up into a lather! I tried to post a comment, but it didn't work. You're doing a great job, so I'll just sit back and watch. This is delicious.

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This is Act II or Act III in

This is Act II or Act III in a political and a cultural war between statists and their mouthpiece, public broadcasting, and those that prefer less government.

It's a sound decision by LePage campaign When and if MBPN demonstrates that are not megaphones and mouthpieces for the environmental left (and that will be pretty hard given Sharon, Shortall and Dowe), they can be treated like an objective news organization. Until then- NADA.

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Maybe they will now have time

Maybe they will now have time to ask Eliot Cutler about his long term war against the Second Amendment and support of progressive candidates. No wonder Elizabeth Schneider endorsed Eiiot. He's as progressive as she is. At the last debate I saw they gave Moody and Scott most of the time, much to the thanks of Libby. She's avoiding face time, even on MPBN. Libby can't hide any more. Now it's time to shine the bright light of truth on Cutler.

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Why not? skf

Why not?

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I was going to post some

I was going to post some thouhghts on Facebook but they are not worth my time. I have to do more important things like shelling dried beans.

Wonder how many are going to move to Canada this time. Just think how much they are going to wail for the next several years.

And what an insult it is to taxpayers to give Koolaidbaggers like this crew, a forum!

Had an interesting dialogue in the comments section of the BDN with a gal who went back and forth with me on just how terrible LePage would be for all of maine. Tried to respond with "reasonable points (mistake) and kept getting the same swill in return. Finally, in the last post of hers I read she said she was for Cutler as he would let her "marry her choice of partners". Wow, the ciriteria for governor is all about only that? No hope for them. Funny thing I thought of afterwards was to ask rather or not her choice of "partners" was her dog or something.

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Paul isn't one of the cool

Paul isn't one of the cool kids.
He should be flattered just to be invited to appear on the cool TV station.
How dare he turn them down, and so late in the game?

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Lets face it, the last few

Lets face it, the last few debates are primarily about the middle runners bashing on the front runner in a last ditch effort to score some points. He just needs to be careful of where he goes instead. Where he is on debate night will mean just as much as not attending.

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I tuned it in during lunch

I tuned it in during lunch and there he was...gone.

He was also getting attacked by Altschuler on WGAN this morning. Ken was basically conducting a dirty trick smear campaign admitting he doubts LePage has any connection to the Marden's sexual harassment filings with the Maine Human Rights Commission, but wants LePage to answer him.

Altschuler was peeved that Paul wouldn't come on his show. Josh Tardy called in and was polite, but indicated it was more or less a dirty trick.

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I am so over the WGAN morning

I am so over the WGAN morning show, between Ken's whining about Paul LePage avoiding him and Mike's fascination with strip joints.

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Paul LePage continues to show

Paul LePage continues to show that he has more common sense, and more spine, than either of the two hosts on WGAN.

It takes a smart person to know when one is wasting time and energy that could best be used elsewhere.

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Excellent move on LePage's

Excellent move on LePage's part, bravo! Why waste time with that outfit? Your average Mainer's dial does not turn that far to the left, the elites' dial; on the other hand...

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Just read the FB page, good

Just read the FB page, good job Bob Stone.

Just one question....(sarcasm filter on).....are these folks that are so upset the same ones that spoke out so much when Libby backed out of the first of 3 (economic) debates with 24 hours notice about a month ago? (sarcasm filter off)...?

Thanks for coming to Paul's defense.
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If you read that thread, they

If you read that thread, they are now reduced to pure name calling. Pathetic.

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Good work Bob If I had known

Good work Bob

If I had known Lepage was such a wimpy coward I wouldn't have voted for him today.

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Aren't they something?

Aren't they something?

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Cuz - I hope you will make

Cuz - I hope you will make that point about Libby's cancellation of three debates, on the page in question.

Note - so much for fair play and equal time - it appears the whiners have removed all my posts from the Libby Mitchell page. I guess the truth hurts.
Ha!

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I think it's hilarious that

I think it's hilarious that Arden Manning whines that this is a "precursor to what we can expect in a LePage administration, with only those who agree with him getting interviews". Actually, it's what we already HAVE in the current President's approach to the media and press conferences. Do you suppose Manning has voice objections to this fact?

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I do not think the average

I do not think the average voter gives a crap that LeP skips this debate because people are not on the edge of their seats waiting for this particular debate. There are so many forums, debates and now we are all being inundated with political ads-the result being that there is not a great demand or apetite for more debates. The ability to get information about the candidates is no longer litmited to one of only a few channels or the morning paper.

The people whining are just in a panic over Libby's cratering campaign where her own wishful words about it being a "2 person race" and "the only one who can challenge LeP" are now being applied to Cutler.

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Naran - posted.

Naran - posted.

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Thank you!

Thank you!

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"I do not think the average

"I do not think the average voter gives a crap that LeP skips this debate because people are not on the edge of their seats waiting for this particular debate."

Maybe not, but this one does. What Mike G said, except I have NOT voted yet. Bad move, Paul. The younger GWB went on Oprah and scored heavily. Paul L MIGHT have done so, if he could simply keep it between the lines. The fact he isn't appearing suggests to me that his handlers question his ability / stability during such an event.

I believe Cutler can now say "I'm the only one showing at all the debates". That has some traction.

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John: Did you just wake up?

John: Did you just wake up? Paul has been to 29 forums during the campaign. There are 3 other televised debates THIS WEEK. If you want to see Paul debate, WGME has a debate Saturday night.

There are way too many of these events. Harry Reid participated in only 1 televised debate in his race in Nevada this year.

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TJC I was being sarcastic,

TJC

I was being sarcastic, but I can understand how some would take it as a sign of arrogance or similar political maneuvering as Bob was pointing out.

I don't think Lepage is the greatest of campaigners. I voted for his ideas, not his demeanor. Also as Bob said, this will give the people a chance to see the two democrats debate each other.

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Thejohnchapman...I disagree.

Thejohnchapman...I disagree. It has nothing to do with stability and Paul's ability to handle himself. It has everything to do with running his campaign to win.

There is absolutely nothing to be gained by appearing at Bates College. He's not going to change any minds by that exercise. Cutler can claim anything he cares to claim but Paul is working his base with this move.

Most electorates are broken down by 40% conservative, 40% liberal and 20% in the middle. Paul's base is voting for Paul whether or not he appears on MPBN. 40% will vote for the liberals in the race, Cutler and Mitchell. Nothing is going to change their minds. The 20% will scatter amongst all five,

It is a fools game to try to pander to every voter. It is solid politics to talk to your base at every opportunity,

For Paul LePage, the race was won in the Primary. Cutler has eviscerated Mitchell's base and they'll split it 50/50.

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