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Paul Cuts Short CNN Interview, Visit to Diner due to 'Mob-Like Atmosphere'

Monday, 09 January 2012 04:30 PM

Presidential candidate Ron Paul has had another dust up with a CNN reporter. The Texas congressman cut off an interview with CNN’s Dana Bash when she asked about his ability to connect with voters, The New York Times’ political blog The Caucus reported.

The question arose after a woman became angry at Paul when he left a meet-and-greet at a diner. The woman thought he had not spent enough time with voters, the Times reported.

The Paul campaign, however, issued a statement blaming the underlying incident on the media.

“This morning, [Paul] attempted to hold an event at Moe Joe’s Diner in Manchester, to speak with patrons and supporters in the last push before the New Hampshire primary. Unfortunately, Dr. Paul and his family were forced to leave early after over 120 members of the press created a mob-like atmosphere that was deemed to be unsafe for the candidate, Moe Joe’s customers, and reporters themselves.”

The statement noted that a large number of foreign journalists have recently joined the Paul coverage and the incident in the diner included a reporter shoving Paul’s wife and telling her to “get out of the way.”

“While we are very welcoming of media coverage and grateful for the interest in Dr. Paul and his campaign, basic safety simply must come first. On behalf of Dr. Paul and his campaign team, I would like to apologize to customers at Moe Joe’s who may have been distressed by this incident, and extend our gratitude and apologies to the owners, who were kind enough to have us.

“We ask the press, at all upcoming events over the next day and a half, to be respectful of both Dr. Paul and of New Hampshire voters, who are entitled to examine their candidates in a safe and responsible atmosphere.”

In December, Paul walked out of an interview with CNN political analyst Gloria Borger when she asked about his involvement with controversial newsletters written under his name in the 1990s, the Times reported.

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