Posted by on February 27, 2012 in Blog

Congressman Paul to Meet with Republican Community Leaders Today in Dearborn

DEARBORN, Michigan – February 27, 2012 – Michigan’s Arab American Republican leadership has endorsed Congressman Ron Paul for President today ahead of the State’s Republican Primary election.  Congressman Paul will join Arab American community representatives from Southeast Michigan, including Detroit, Dearborn, Southfield, Warren and Ann Arbor to accept the endorsement. The group will meet with Ron Paul tonight at 6:30PM. The meeting was arranged by the Arab Student Union at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, in coordination with Osama Siblani, editor of the Arab American News, the country’s largest Arab American newspaper. The newspaper’s editorial board endorsed Congressman Paul last Friday. Today’s endorsement, in large part, is due to Congressman Paul's consistent and principled stances on civil liberties, individual freedom and foreign policy that advanced U.S. national security interests. Congressman Paul will address a rally arranged by the ASU of over 2000 people.

In response to the endorsement, Congressman Paul said:

I am honored and delighted to receive the endorsement of the leadership of Michigan's Arab American Republicans, as well as the editorial board of the Arab American News. 

I am a firm believer that freedom brings people together, which is why my standing up for individual freedom, constitutional government, and fiscal responsibility draws so much support from Americans from all walks of life. This latest news is yet another tremendous boost for our Michigan campaign.

Representatives from the group said the following:

“This endorsement is about reclaiming our Republican Party – being part of a movement which is true to core Republican values and is inclusive of all groups,” said Nasser Beydoun, a community organizer and former Executive Director of the Michigan American Arab Chamber of Commerce. “Most of the current GOP field has succeeded in alienating many who once would have supported them, and that, to a large extent, includes members of the Arab American community. Ron Paul is fighting for the soul of our party and we are standing with him.” 

Dr. Yahya Basha M.D., founder of Michigan-based Basha Diagnostics said, “In the community’s view, Ron Paul has remained the most principled candidate throughout the race. We know where he stands on the issues and we know he believes in what he says. His views on individual liberty, small government and free enterprise have never wavered.” His campaign has engaged with us, showing that he values our participation in the process.”