November 29th, 2007
01:59 PM ET
10 years ago

Ron Paul hits South Carolina mailboxes

Paul is apparently spending serious money on direct mail in South Carolina.

COLUMBIA, South Carolina (CNN) - Ron Paul and his grassroots supporters may dominate the Internet, but in South Carolina, the Texas congressman is pretty close to dominating the snail mail game as well.

Well-funded former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who has dropped at least seven mail pieces as counted by CNN, seems to have sent out more direct mail than any other candidate in this early primary state. But in recent weeks the Paul campaign has sent out at least five very large, very polished pieces of mail to potential GOP primary voters.

One of them is a 12-page mailer, already released in New Hampshire, that folds out to be nearly three feet long.

All of the South Carolina mailings go straight for the jugular on issues important to the Republican base: abortion, illegal immigration, social security, and fiscal responsibility. (Paul's mail also delves into the libertarian's favorite topic – defending the Constitution.)

His abortion mailer features a large photo of a smiling baby and reads: "Dr. Ron Paul is more than pro-life. He is the essence of all that it stands for." The illegal immigration brochure pledges "to end immigration nonsense" and fight "amnesty." His economy mailer touts his record fighting "the tax and spend crowd" in Washington.

But the detailed, fold-out mailings seem to carefully avoid the one position that truly puts him at odds with his Republican rivals: his repeated calls to immediately remove U.S. combat forces from Iraq.

The 12-page Paul mailer promises "protection and peace without nation building" but avoids any reference to Iraq, hinting that the campaign—at least in paid media—may be reluctant to bring up the congressman’s stance on Iraq in a state where support for the war remains relatively strong.

- CNN South Carolina Producer Peter Hamby

Filed under: Ron Paul • South Carolina
soundoff (84 Responses)
  1. David MTL Ca

    libertarians favourite idea defending the constitution?
    I thought that w3as every AMerican's wish

    how quaint an Idea that Americans don't care about the constitution any more

    you guys must be smoking some bad stuff
    It is high time America become free instead of bragging and loud mouthing about it it is time to actually be free
    And what do you know when freedoms on the table Americans begin to shy away from it
    what does that say About Americans today
    it says they are not worthy to be the boot lickers of the founding fathers thats what it says about Americans today

    December 2, 2007 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  2. Mick Russom, Redwood City, CA

    Ron Paul, last hope for america. Choose him, or choose a lower standard of living.

    December 2, 2007 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  3. AlabamaWildMan, Mt Juliet TN

    "...Dr. Paul is the one, true choice for America..."

    Someone Gets it ! !!

    Go RON PAUL ! !!

    December 2, 2007 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  4. pat r

    Interest in Paul for 2008 is a reminder of why so many were Perot supporters in 1992.

    Watching America crumble is not a pretty sight when it can be avoided.

    What the father didn't do, the son has accomplished with great fanfare – the plundering of America – with rarely a compassionate reference to the path of destruction left in his path.

    Paul may not have charts but his spirit invokes the same spirit Perot did, and why so many departed for what seemed like the only hope left for recovery.

    Watching America today is like watching deja vu, just 16 years later.

    December 7, 2007 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  5. Lourie Salley, Salley, SC

    I retired as a LtCol. from the USMCR. I spent 8 years on active duty. My son was medically retired from the USMC.My father was a Ranger in Korea, his father was in WWI, his father fought under General Wheeler during the Spanish American War, and his father, fought under General Wheeler, against the Yankees.We have a tradition of military service, and my entire family is supporting Ron Paul.It is one thing, to be "anti-war" in theory. It is another thing, to be "anti-war" in practice. I know of no soldier, or Marine, that has seen combat, who loves war.Romney, Thompson, and McCain have lost points, because they have insulted South Carolinians, and other Southrons, on the issue of the Confederate Battle Flag.The entire dynamics of the Republican primary has changed in Dixie.

    December 14, 2007 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  6. kent r. corral,m.d.

    In response to reply of Mr. Cobb: It should be recalled that a large portion of our population consider a fetus to be a living human., not property. So in the case of abortion the human rights as delinated in the Declaration of Independence are being denied. This is an area the states should be allowed to regulate. This is truly an interaction between 2 distinct individuals, not between a citizen(the mother) and her property(the baby).KRC

    January 16, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  7. Marilyn Townsend

    Dr. Ron Paul has guts and says what he believes, not what people want to hear. And besides that, he is from my home town and delived two of my babies. I don't have a better reason than that to vote for any of the other bozos.

    January 18, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  8. Marilyn Townsend

    delivered, that is!

    January 18, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  9. Mike


    Don't get such a big head on your shoulders pal. Everyone Knows about stereotyping. Let me put this in terms that you might understand. Hmm.. so if you are a women you would vote for Hilary, or if you are black then vote for Obama, or if you or a Morman vote for Romney and so on. This guy has his facts distorted with run a way conspriacy theories, which do not reflect the majority of us Ron Paul supproters. If you would like to debate intelligently on issues drop me a line here instead of bashing us.


    January 19, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
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