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. Mike S., New Orleans, Louisiana

    He doesn't have a chance with the neocons unless he gets Chuck Norris to switch endorsements.

    November 29, 2007 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  2. Vincent Knoxville, TN

    I like the concept of the "Fare Tax" law I just would like to know: What about people like myself living on a VA Disability would I get an increase to cover this Tax?

    November 29, 2007 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  3. NoMoreLies

    Well, the South Carolinans need to understand that the war in Iraq is a sham. No WMDs, Bush administration lies about WMDs, no 9/11 terrorists came from Iraq (they were Saudi so why didn't we invade Saudi Arabia?). Tell us why we're in Iraq and how we can win a war that has no clearly defined goal.

    This war in Iraq has killed and maimed thousands of US soldiers. That's not supporting the troops – supporting the troops is keeping them OUT of stupid wars.

    This war in Iraq has cost hundreds of billions of dollars – that's money out of everyone's pocket and a big drain on the economy.

    This war in Iraq has killed hundreds of thousands of innocent Iraqis. Despite what Rudy Guiliani says, all muslims are NOT terrorists!!!

    November 29, 2007 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  4. Ethan, Los Angeles, CA

    Here he is people. The one man that can make our country great is within voting range. We may not get another chance like this for decades.

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

    November 29, 2007 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  5. Ethan, Los Angeles, CA

    """""He doesn't have a chance with the neocons unless he gets Chuck Norris to switch endorsements.""""""

    I can do it. Chuck Norris is old and out of shape. I am still in my twenties and have a blazing roundhouse kick.

    November 29, 2007 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  6. JD, IN

    They aren't "carefully avoiding" the topic... EVERYBODY KNOWS Ron Paul is for ending the war in Iraq. That is why is such a popular candidate! Well, that on top of everything else Dr. Paul stands for. What a truely wonderful American! We are lucky he is in the running. Dr. Ron Paul would make the best President ever!

    November 29, 2007 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  7. JD Rugby ND

    His repeated calls to immediately remove U.S. combat forces from Iraq are why we Republicans support Dr. Paul. We do not want or need another Bush, nor do need to continue Bush's war of terror in Iraq.

    November 29, 2007 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  8. Lorenz, Queens, NY

    I hope Ron Paul wins the peoples hearts and minds

    November 29, 2007 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  9. Mike Cobb, Palo Alto, CA

    Ron Paul is the only Republican who is even close to being a Goldwater conservative. If he would only extend his libertarian views to the abortion issue ... how can someone who believes in getting the government out of our personal lives and choices not be pro-choice, even if he personally doesn't like that choice? ... then he would be a compete Goldwater conservation, Barry was pro-choice, pro-gay rights, a fiscal conservative, an anti-imperialist, a conservationist, and a protector of individual liberty. None of which qualities are reflected by Bush or any of the GOP crowd that want his job. He is the only GOP candidate that is not in the thrall of the religious and neocon extremists, The debate reminded me as to why I left the GOP.

    November 29, 2007 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  10. Surrealist, Fort Myers, Fl

    This guy is a FDA certified "fruitcake". He can't even get the support of liberal Republicans!!! Go home Ron. Mabye you should have run on a 3rd ticket as a Libertarian–you would have had a better chance. No matter how right you are on the War in Iraq–we've already committed too life/blood to thanks to Bush to walk away from it–we must achieve "some kind of lasting results" to justify the blood spilled in the streets of Iraq.

    November 29, 2007 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  11. Chris L, SLC, Utah

    Dr. Ron Paul is the only true pro-life candidate, and the only republican that could easily win against any of the dems.

    November 29, 2007 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  12. David F, Savannah, GA

    People call Ron Paul Crazy, fringe, and a whacko, Why? Because they have NOTHING bad to actually say about him, so people resort to name calling. Calling him crazy is the most childish attack one can take. He is without a doubt the one man that can get this country back on track. Don't believe the hype!!! Get behind this man and join the Revolution!!!!!

    November 29, 2007 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  13. Henry Miller, Cary, NC

    "...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."

    You job, Mr Hamby, is to report the news. It's not to infer things, or to take guesses about things. Unless you were present when Dr Paul's mailers were created, you cannot possibly know that his campaign staff "carefully avoid[ed]" anything and your use of that phrase imputes a degree of disingenuousness on the part of that staff.

    A lot of people out here in The World are accusing CNN of bias against Ron Paul. Personally, I have no opinion on the matter of your motives in slighting him in air-time in debates–which you measurably do–and the like, but "reporting" that includes pejorative opinion doesn't help to dispel the accusations.

    November 29, 2007 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  14. Dorothy Fairview, Pinellas Park, FL

    Ron Paul had an astounding display of support in St Petersburg. Airplane and boat banners. A rented theater filled with cheering supporters. Ten tables in the park offering t-shirts, books, brochures, etc. Busses to transport the people from one place to another. All done by local volunteers. The papers have not reported any of this. It is being suppressed, like Christmas. He was not given a fair opportunity to express his views in the debate. The powers that be must be very much afraid of him and his ideas.

    November 29, 2007 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  15. Dan Fogerman, Houston, TX

    Nice smear at the end. I don't think anyone in America believes Ron Paul is for keeping the troops in Iraq. PERHAPS he was focusing on what people didn't know about his policies. Wouldn't that seem to be the most logical conclusion? Besides, speculation ISN'T your job, REPORTING is.

    November 29, 2007 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  16. Bubba, Swainsboro GA

    Someone hit my mailbox, too. I bet it was Ron Paul. Keep it between the ditches, Ron!

    November 29, 2007 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  17. Jackson

    This guy is a FDA certified "fruitcake". He can't even get the support of liberal Republicans!!!

    I see someone hasn't been following his campaign at all. It's pretty obvious by that statement alone.

    November 29, 2007 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  18. Jenn, Portland, OR

    Most Americans want us out of Iraq...

    November 29, 2007 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  19. Jennifer Rae, Portland OR

    um..."Surrealist", there will be no peace, lasting or otherwise, untill the US is out of the middle east. That means Saudi Arabia and Israel too.

    We're stubling around like drunks with nukes, all while wearing ear muffs and blindfolds, "Why do they hate us?".

    You're a madman, you embarras me.

    (And if Texas were really so pro-war, how was it he was re-elected to the senate by Texans over and over again?)

    November 29, 2007 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  20. Joseph H, Warner Robins, Georgia

    Let's keep our momentum going. December 15th and 16th is going to be another campaign fundraising record breaker. I am a two-time Bush supporter and I want my country back. No more policing the world while our country is going bankrupt and is borrowing from the Chinese for our illegal occupation in Iraq (which had nothing, whatsoever, to do with 9/11). Our dollar is losing ground everyday and Ron Paul seems to be the only candidate concerned or even aware of this. America is fed up with the crooked and corporate-owned politicians currently leading this country astray. Go Ron Paul 2008!!!

    November 29, 2007 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  21. A. Opstal, Netherlands

    As a strong observer of American politics, do not count Ron Paul out. He could very well be a sleeper...

    November 29, 2007 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  22. Jon, Kansas

    Just when I thought maybe Ron would get some unbiased reporting...


    Though you do manage to point out that he is at odds with the republican party and....shocker...the republican party is out of sync with the PEOPLE!!!

    I think it is about time that someone conducts a poll of the troops serving in Iraq...I think you'll find that the military is not quite made up of 95% neocon hawks that the other republocrats want you to believe.

    November 29, 2007 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  23. MG, Manchester, CT

    Hey NoMoreLies... Care to cite chapter and verse for me where Giuliani stated all Muslims were terrorists?

    And Jennifer Rae – give us all a window into the future of how the middle east will have peace? And simply stating, "well it won't have it with the US still there" isn't an answer.

    And David F. in Savannah – very nice move in labeling name calling as childish. I'm sure none of you in "the Revolution" ever engaged in that before, is that correct??

    November 29, 2007 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  24. MJ Seymour,CT

    Are Romney's mailings focusing on how much he endorses the war and how much it is costing each American. I highly doubt it. So why is it necessary for Ron Paul to focus so heavily on the war in his mailings? If you can follow Ron Paul's positions on Government Spending, Illegal Immigration/Border Enforcement and Pro-Life. It then becomes very easy to respect and perhaps even embrace his opinion on the war in Iraq.

    November 29, 2007 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  25. Ross Hudson, Daytona Beach, FL

    Ron Paul is a true "up and comer" with a growing following. I could support him if only he'd come out strongly in support of the FAIR TAX. It's very apparent that the citizens of the USA are tired of the old guard. It's time for true conservative/constitutional governance.

    November 29, 2007 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
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