August 8th, 2007
09:45 AM ET
11 years ago

Ron Paul ad tells Iowans to take part in straw poll

Paul has launched his first ad in Iowa.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Texas Rep. Ron Paul released his first political ad on Tuesday, aiming to reach out to potential participants in Iowa's upcoming straw poll.

"Ron Paul has never voted to increase taxes, he refused his congressional pension and has never voted to raise his congressional pay," an announcer said in the commercial. "Now he's running for president to secure our borders, to stop runaway spending, to protect our liberties and save our constitution."

At the end of the ad, the announcer encourages people to "be a part of it" by participating in Saturday’s Ames straw poll, an event which has taken on “make-or-break” status for many GOP hopefuls in recent presidential cycles.

The commercial will run in Cedar Rapids, Sioux City and Des Moines throughout the weekend. A spokesman for the campaign said Paul will release a second ad along with several radio commercials over the next few days.

–CNN Associate Producer Lauren Kornreich

Filed under: Presidential Candidates • Ron Paul
soundoff (63 Responses)
  1. OBWANKNOBI , Los Angeles, CA.

    DAVID ,,

    you are obviously a GOVERNMENT neo-CONN or Dick Cheney in disguise , you are not an American, true Americans beleive in the Constitution , Bill of RIGHTs , the right to individual freedom of choice. Property rights , by the way , the fool who said , Dr. Ron Paul was against abortion. His personal veiw is no, having delivered over 4,000 thousand babies into the world, however he is not trying to end abortion, just the end of Federal Government paying for, which in your case( dick cheney) , an abortion would have been a plus, one which i would have picked up the tab personally.

    To think that at one time we where the most respected, admirred and yes loved country.

    GWB , has destroyed the purchasing strength of the Dollar, he has created more enemies , largest defficit ever, and above all, shredded the constituion, and Bill of Rights. Thats your president DAVD ,, by the way, is your last name ROCKEFELLER !!

    August 8, 2007 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  2. Ian, Eastham MA

    Dave said – "Besides, I can’t see how Mexico joining the United States could be a bad thing really"

    Really? You can't see how? Are you blind? Yikes!

    August 8, 2007 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  3. Steve in DC

    RON for President really is a no brainer, you just can't trust the rest of them !!!!

    August 8, 2007 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  4. Dr. Ron Paul

    As a libertarian leaning Republican...The whole Ron Paul victim theory is going no where. He can't raise money, he can't show up significantly in polls, he's a bit of an x factor in any him in theory but tired of watching the PETA strategy of attacking all who don't respect "Dr. Paul." FYI...all the Ron Paul supporters who sit at their computers all day and talk about him drive most folks nuts.

    Speaking of Ron Paul and Morton Downey Jr....not presidential but certainly entertaining and a more accurate description of Ron Paul and his cronies.

    August 8, 2007 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  5. Anonymous

    I love you Ron Paul!!!! Ron is going to win!!

    August 8, 2007 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  6. Mary, Beaver, PA

    At last...a REAL conservative!!! At last... someone who promises to uphold the Constitution and does just that. At last... a candidate who looks after American interests first. Go Ron go!

    August 9, 2007 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
  7. Anonymous

    You might be right about Paul David. He is best at what he's doing now. The only problem is, there isn't anyone else qualified that is currently running for office of the president. He's really the best choice we have at the moment.

    August 9, 2007 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  8. Anonymous

    If your going to mass blog acting like a million people are interested in Ron Paul then spread out the times you post. Look at other articles and look at this one. all the support is posted in 3 minute intervals. Pathetic

    August 9, 2007 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  9. Paul, New Orleans, LA

    Its about time for some change, as a registered republican...I will only vote for Ron Paul if not...then I will have to vote Democrat..hopefully won't have to.

    August 9, 2007 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  10. fedupwithourgov't

    CNN, Ron Paul deserves more attention!

    Let's get him out there!

    As an Independent, he's got my vote

    August 9, 2007 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  11. David, Gilbert Arizona

    I only said Mexico becoming part of this country would be benificial in light of their many social problems. The Mexican citizens are already clammoring across our borders every day. There are more drugs crossing the border from Mexico into the United States. The industrial environmental impact Mexico has on North America is staggering.

    If Mexico were part of this country the regulations and controls that govern us would also apply to them. They wouldn't be clammoring across our borders because they would be governed by the same industrial and business regulations we enjoy in this nation. The isolationists and protectionists will disagree but personally I don't see how that could be a bad thing.

    The reality is that the two nations will never combine so the premise is more of a jest. I knew it would get a knee jerk reaction from the conspiracy theorists out there so that was kind of fun.

    For the person that asked about information regarding Ron Paul's earmarks just do a simple google search. You'll find the Wall Street Journal article dated August 6, 2007 I referenced. There are other sources that cover the same material but I prefer the WSJ.

    For the wackjob that thinks I work for the government I have a quote for you off the Ron Paul 2008 Life and Liberty website:

    "In Congress, I have authored legislation that seeks to define life as beginning at conception, HR 1094."

    "I am also the prime sponsor of HR 300, which would negate the effect of Roe v Wade by removing the ability of federal courts to interfere with state legislation to protect life. This is a practical, direct approach to ending federal court tyranny which threatens our constitutional republic and has caused the deaths of 45 million of the unborn."

    So yes, Ron Paul is anti-abortion. In his own words he would allow state law to declare abortion illegal without federal interference.

    I did get a bit of a chuckle from the Rockefeller comment. It's actually a compliment but I doubt the wackjob who made the comment really knows that. Take off your tinfoil hat and do some research on Nelson Rockefeller. We could use more republicans like him.

    August 10, 2007 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  12. Roy, Pensacola FL

    Why are is main stream media blocking or boycotting Ron Paul. I am a life long Republican. I am also an Iraqi War veteran and disabled veteran. Is this america or a conspiracy state. He is the only candidate , The rest are all the same. I can't tell the difference between Dems and Republicans any more. I beg you please help Ron Paul save our great Republic. To me my friends and family he is our only and best hope. For our children for our future, we must have a tomorrow . The country cannot go on as is. I beg you in Gods name to support this great american. Restorer of the Republic and last defender of the Consitution.

    August 10, 2007 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  13. Brady Fredericksburg, VA

    Hey CNN...great job on covering the most researched candidate on the internet...Ron Paul!

    If you track your on-line story's about Ron Paul you will notice massive hits. The name Ron Paul will only bring http://WWW.CNN.COM floods of traffic!

    He's the most googled presdidential candidate....What's logic tell you? KEEP THE STORY'S COMING....IT'S WHAT AMERICA WANTS!!!!!!!

    November 7, 2007 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
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