June 6th, 2007
04:21 PM ET
3 years ago

Which GOP candidate flies first class?

Ten GOP candidates squared off Tuesday night.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Seen on board the 6 a.m. US Airways flight 1159 from Manchester, New Hampshire to Washington: No less than five GOP presidential candidates: Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, Rep. Duncan Hunter of California, former Virginia Gov. James Gilmore, and Sen. Sam Brownback of Kansas.

Four of the five candidates sat in coach.

The lucky candidate who flew first class? Ron Paul.

The candidates were all flying back after facing off Tuesday night in a spirited debate in Manchester, New Hampshire, sponsored by CNN, WMUR-TV, and the New Hampshire Union Leader.


Filed under: New Hampshire
soundoff (306 Responses)
  1. John, York PA

    Could it be that Rep. Paul Has enough frequent flier points that he gets an upgrade? Perhaps your lame ass reporter might have asked that simple question.
    I am sickened by the media's manipulation of this election. No wonder we wind up with worthless candidates.

    June 10, 2007 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  2. Greg H, Victoria, Canada

    Great investigative journalism CNN! If Ron Paul wants to use my campaign contribution to stretch his legs, have something to eat and try to get some sleep its fine by me.

    June 10, 2007 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  3. Chuck Feney, Livingston, Montana Autonomous Region, NAU

    Ron Paul is the class of the field and that includes both so-called parties. He is scaring the oil-soaked blood-stained mainstream media to death!

    June 10, 2007 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  4. Marc Farner

    This is pretty lame as an exercise in opinion-shaping. Ron Paul's momentum continues to grow, as more people absorb his message. He is the true American, and not a sell-out like the other pretenders. Serve the People, CNN, or be left in the dust.

    June 10, 2007 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  5. CRYSTLE SALISBURY PENGILKLY, MN

    WELL RON PAUL OBVIOUSLY STILL BELIEVES AND PRACTICES ONE OF OUR FREEDOM - THE FREEDOM OF CHOICE. HE IS A FIRST-CLASS CANDIDATE AND MADE THE CHOICE TO FLY FIRST-CLASS. GOOD FOR HIM!

    June 10, 2007 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  6. Griffin, Seguin, Texas

    You have got to be kidding!?! Ron Paul flew first class? The world is ending! Give it a break, just because someone can pay the fare for first class passage doesn't mean they are up to anything dirty. If I could afford it, I'd fly first class,too.

    June 10, 2007 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  7. Roy Dobbs, Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin

    Mr. Paul is well worthy of flying first class and since when did that become a concern of any news report, people are dieing left and right in Iraq and all over the World and you people waste the publics time with nonsense like that, get a life. I gues it comes down to 'They smear those they fear". Roy Dobbs, Wisconsin

    June 10, 2007 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  8. Stephen DeVoy, Burlington, VT

    You go Ron Paul! If this is the best attack corporate media can make against Ron Paul, then Ron Paul wins.

    (I wonder when the last time the CEO of CNN flew coach?)

    June 10, 2007 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  9. Bill Clermont, Florida

    I got some more dirt on Ron Paul...he once tipped a waitress more than 15%. What a Fat Cat!

    June 10, 2007 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  10. Tom Rogers

    Wow, Ron Paul is just like James Bond. Does he drive a Cadillac Cien? Go Ron!

    After he disbands the IRS, maybe I might realize that dream , too.

    All these taxes we pay and we have'nt got better health care? We don't even have an honest government. Just pirates like Hal Cheney.

    June 10, 2007 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  11. Steven Darby - Alvin Tx.

    This is supposed to be news?

    What is up with you media stooges?

    The American people love Ron Paul, he is my representative in congress as a matter of fact. I think all you phonys are scared to death by a true conservative, and constitutionalist.

    I have donated hundreds of dollars to his campaign, and am not in the least upset by the "report" that he flew first class.

    Now get back to reporting some real news.

    June 10, 2007 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  12. nyc

    the other four candidates should not have been allowed on the same plane as Dr. Ron Paul. Heck, they shouldn't even be allowed to carry his luggage. America first!

    June 10, 2007 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  13. nyc

    why not report on how Guiliani or McCain or Romney flew in private charter planes. mainstream media is a joke.

    June 10, 2007 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  14. Steve Savage, Oklahoma City, OK

    So its unamerican now to fly first class?
    Was he caught sipping cognac instead of a coors beer? Does that make him an elitist?

    CNN is desperate to get smear any candidate that isn't Romney or Guliani, doubly so because Paul is a legitimate threat to the Mad Mormon and Crossdressing Rudy. I guess corporate decided long ago who the viewers should vote for.

    June 10, 2007 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  15. Tom Cleveland OH

    Shocking! George Bush never flew first class in his life!

    June 11, 2007 12:15 am at 12:15 am |
  16. Mike, Pueblo Colorado

    He deserves it.

    June 11, 2007 01:04 am at 1:04 am |
  17. John D. , New York, NY

    Whoop dee do. I don't know why this is "news". Maybe he got an upgrade.

    The elites of this country hate Ron Paul because he will end the empire and restore the Republic. That's why us real Americans love the man.

    June 11, 2007 01:12 am at 1:12 am |
  18. Debra

    CNN LOL You've got to be kidding here. With an administration past & current with so much deceit, scandal, crimes & misdemeanors you're reporting this trite stuff? Flying First Class? This gentleman has class along w/ the right stuff to become President. Enuf said.

    June 11, 2007 01:24 am at 1:24 am |
  19. Aloysious, Anchorage, AK

    First class seating for the only first class candidate, Dem or Repub.

    June 11, 2007 04:07 am at 4:07 am |
  20. A.B.

    Aren't frequent flier first class upgrades great! I upgrade to first class whenever I can with my frequent flier miles!

    June 11, 2007 05:41 am at 5:41 am |
  21. SGT Kyle Sanders, Salem, OREGON ***** All you need is LOVE! ***

    Look at all the love for Dr. Paul. He is BELOVED!!

    CNN, shame on you for trying to discredit such an honest, compassionate, intelligent person.

    Ron Paul is gaining MASSIVE support because he stands for the truth. He deserves to ride in first class for the rest of his life.

    June 11, 2007 05:44 am at 5:44 am |
  22. Genio Meraviglio, New Jersey

    Is this REALLY news? Ron Paul's message has nothing to do with preventing people from achieving wealth. When Cheryl Crow demands that you use one square of toilet paper, she does it from her mansion. Al Gore asks that you drive a Yugo and Car Pool – while being limsuined to his private jet. Have you ever "Outed" Al Gore for using a Limosuine?

    June 11, 2007 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
  23. Robert

    CNN–Is this the best you can do? Gag me with a sock!!!

    June 11, 2007 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  24. steve k, Manchester, England

    Even us British people admire Ron Paul, the BBC wrote an article saying he's the only worthwhile candidate! I think it's about time you reported the news OBJECTIVELY! since we don't really care for you're bias towards the Neo-cons....

    June 11, 2007 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  25. Steven A. Smith, Woodbridge, NJ

    Ron Paul, do me a favor for next time... Fly coach!!! That way CNN and the mainstreem media won't use it against you... Don't worry, your First class all the way in my eyes and you got my vote!!!
    Vote Ron Paul 2008 and win back the constitution and make this country the best and strongest country in the world!!!

    June 11, 2007 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
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