November 29th, 2007
01:59 PM ET
11 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. Dan attleboro mass

    The poll you post on your website has Ron Paul winning the debate. Why is that not mentioned on ant CNN Newscast?

    November 29, 2007 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  2. Derrick, Hagerstown, MD

    Dear fellow Ron Paul supporters:

    Please, for the love of God, stop seeing bias in every single story. It certainly exists, and I do believe it was very evident in the debate last night. However, there's nothing wrong with this blog entry. Please, choose your battles.

    November 29, 2007 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  3. Greg Fremont, Ca.

    Thank you Ron Paul for telling us about the ( North Americam Union ) you are the only candidate that is!

    November 29, 2007 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  4. rhys, Saint Petersburg FL

    I would be behind the fairtax, since it is basically a form of negative income tax first expounded by Milton Friedman. But, it does not eliminate the 16th amendment, it calls for it to be abolished. Unless we abolish the 16th amendment first, we will end up with both a fairtax and an income tax. Once the 16th amendment is abolished with another amendment to the Constitution, I would be interested in a fairtax. Until then, it is suicide.

    November 29, 2007 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  5. Z, St. Louis,MO

    Someone above made a very important
    point that Ron Paul has not addressed,
    and that his semi-hypocritical stance
    on personal freedom and yet his belief
    of anti-abortion law on a federal

    Why is this?

    And lets not forget Ron Paul has had
    his finger in with the religious right
    in the past.He has been cozy with
    super-creep Pat Robertson and the
    Talibanesque Christian Coalition.
    A VERY un-Libertarian bunch..
    That smacks of hypocricy as well..
    I cant get my head around these
    points, and I have yet to see him
    address them.So I cant support him.

    November 29, 2007 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  6. TO AZ

    Ron Paul you're on a winning streak, you have the American people backing you 100%!

    You stand for the United States and our constitution, never since JFK have we had a Presidential candidate for the American people like you!

    It shows you are winning the debates!
    You have more american people donating to our cause then any other candidates.

    Whatever it takes to fight Corporate big money to get you elected?

    The American people believe in you and will keep contributing money and our time for freedom, you will be the next President of the United States

    November 29, 2007 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
  7. katie, CA

    And everyone is voting for Ron Paul from all of those comments? I HOPE SO!!!


    November 30, 2007 12:30 am at 12:30 am |
  8. Jason, Fontana CA

    Ron Paul is right. We'll win the "Iraq war" the minute we decide to leave. Saddam is gone, there were no weapons of mass destruction which is why we went in the first place. Time to come home.

    November 30, 2007 04:38 am at 4:38 am |
  9. Deployed Soldier, Ft. Lewis, WA

    Ok, so he has good stances on abortion and the war.

    He also wants to abolish the National Board of Education and the National Federal Reserve, Pull out of the UN, NATO, WTO, and NAFTA, and leave the Middle East in a power vacumn.

    He also wants to completely scrap the American Dollar and eliminate government oversight of trade companies. Can anyone say Monopoly Market?

    For all those Ron Paul supporters, I got a lot of this stuff from his website. []

    So go ahead, vote for an isolationist maniac who wants to ruin our markets with his crazed 'gold standard' ideals.

    But don't press your false advertising and inane ideology on me.

    November 30, 2007 06:18 am at 6:18 am |
  10. Carrie K. Oklahoma City, OK

    John McCain has been quoted as saying that Ron Paul is "the only honest man in Washington" prior to McCain's decision to campaign for the presidency. Dr. Paul's rising popularity is a reflection of the will of Americans. Big government has got to go. It's time to get back to the basics of taking care of America and her Constitution. By the way, Ron Paul is a Republican.

    November 30, 2007 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  11. Anonymous

    Some idiot at my work called Dr. Paul a racist? Whats with that?? Had to be the dumbest thing i heard all week. Dr. Paul is no racist. he has nothing to do with white supremacist. Join the revolution or get out the way. Ron Paul 08'
    Peace to you all

    November 30, 2007 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  12. Mike, Fox River Grove, IL

    Deployed Solider, first thank you for what you are doing for your nation. Just because people don't support the war does NOT mean we don't support the soldiers.

    Now that being said some clarifications of your comments:

    Quote: *He also wants to abolish the National Board of Education and the National Federal Reserve, Pull out of the UN, NATO, WTO, and NAFTA, and leave the Middle East in a power vacumn.*

    Yes, he wants to pull us out of those economic controlling entities, but he does not want to "leave a vacuum." What he wants to do is through trade, negotiations, etc. is to work with other nations in the Middle East (and other places) not to be the "world police" nor for the USA to be the pillar supporting such groups (like the UN). Money talks and nations listen, especially to a nation that has and spends as much as the USA does. The Federal Reserve is illegal in how it now operates and actually such a reserve was shot down three times in US history before it was formed. He believes that a Federal Board of Ed cannot properly administrate over what are local and state issues, that being schools and their financing.

    Quote: *He also wants to completely scrap the American Dollar and eliminate government oversight of trade companies. Can anyone say Monopoly Market?*

    Wrong again. Right now we have a monopoly and oligopoly market. Look at how the oil companies and OPEC control every aspect of pricing, how Microsoft exists as it does, how the car manufacturers work together to surpress innovation only to their wants and needs. The market will only thrive with renewed competition. And he does NOT want to scrap the dollar he wants to make it real. Right now it's paper, meaningless, nothing to back it up. There are more Euros in the world than Dollars (fact) and if the oil companies shift to Euros our economy will collapse, because that makes the Euro piece of paper worth more than the Dollar piece of paper because there are more in circulation and existence. But if you back the Dollar again with Gold, Silver, and Platinum you'll have something tangible that every nation will work with, trade in, and want to actually HAVE.

    Quote: *So go ahead, vote for an isolationist maniac who wants to ruin our markets with his crazed 'gold standard' ideals.*

    He isn't an isolationist at all. He wants to work with through trade and treaties other nations on a one-to-one basis. Not make false alliances or support economic means that would damage the USA.

    Quote: *But don't press your false advertising and inane ideology on me.*

    Nobody is doing anything, you can most definitely vote for whom you want. I would give Ron Paul another look and think about what's being said.

    November 30, 2007 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  13. TO AZ

    What a pathetic remark:
    { avoid any reference on Iraq )
    Ron Paul has been clear about were he stands on the Iraq war and withdrawing the troops.
    Ron Paul will answer any question straight forward and tell you like it is, unlike all the other candidates that dodge questions or withdraw their remark!
    Ron Paul or God help us all!

    November 30, 2007 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  14. Andrew, Haslett, MI

    So, if Dr. Paul is so against big government and Big Brother, how come he didn't bother to vote for or against H.R. 1955. Btw, H.R. 1955 will quiet any type of revolution (peaceful or otherwise) in the United States of America forever. Google H.R. 1955 if you don’t believe me.

    Posted By Buddy, San Jose, CA : November 29, 2007 7:28 pm

    I do believe you, Buddy. The reason he was not in Washington to vote on this bill is because he was in New Hampshire putting his name on the ballot. Since we're looking at votes, who DID vote against this? Our old pal, Dennis Kucinich, the man who also voted against the war and against the Patriot Act. I'm sure if Dr. Paul were in Washington, he would have voted the same way. At least there are a few in the House who recognize genuine threats to our liberty for what they are. Where is this bill now?

    Oh yes, in the Senate and in committee. Who sits on this committee?

    Your friend and mine: Barack Obama. Hmmm, I wonder which way he will vote?

    November 30, 2007 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  15. SS Arizona

    All of your polls indicate that Ron Paul was the clear winner of the Republican Debate on 11/28/07 – why is it that you do not have a story pertaining to this information?
    The polls were conducted on your site.
    Would this be called CNN Corporate Censorship?

    November 30, 2007 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  16. Woking, UK

    I wish we had an honest politician in the UK. Go Ron Paul.

    December 1, 2007 07:41 am at 7:41 am |
  17. dana, los angeles, ca

    I really didn't appreciate how some of your pundits were so dismissive of Ron Paul after the youtube debates. One in particular when asked about Paul's viability shrugged like Paul was a flea to be flicked away. I find this behavior to be unbecoming of a journalist. The problem for Paul is the media not his message. I thought like public education the media were supposed to be the champions of justice and equal opportunity. I am a fairly liberal feminist middle class democrate and I changed my voter registration just so I could vote for Paul in my state's primary. Ron Paul is a terrific candidate for the independently minded and should get equal time and consideration.

    December 1, 2007 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  18. Charles in Salt Lake City, UT

    For the sake of clarity, I'd like to state flatly why so many of us still continue to regard Ron Paul and his movement as a "fringe" candidacy:

    Ron Paul is known as being a die-hard Libertarian, of course. Nothing so much wrong with that, other than the naiveté that usually accompanies extremism in any form. Many Libertarian principles, applied appropriately, have great value – but carry them too far and you create an unrealistic isolationism that cannot survive or cope in a modern world. His approach to many issues is simply unrealistic.

    But the biggest concern – and one which Mr. Paul continually refuses to respond to – is the association of his movement and support it draws from the “conspiracy theory” fringe of nuts and fruitcakes who believe that a vast global conspiracy has been in place for hundreds of years to create a “new world order” that will enslave all true “patriots”, and that 9-11 was an inside job crafted by evil “insiders” in the U.S. government for nefarious purposes of their own. Idiotic stuff, naturally – but it remains the nuts and bolts of Ron Paul’s original base of support. These “true believers” are convinced that Paul is one of them (and he well might be; he won’t say), and they delight in interpreting every statement and nuance of his to fit their own paranoid, narcissistic worldview.

    – And Mr. Paul’s answer to the reality of this situation is… complete silence. He is wise enough to realize that much of the growth from followers he is now attracting would be appalled to be thought of as having any part of such nonsense, but at the same time he wants to hold on to the core of his original supporters who have to subscribe to fairy-tale conspiracies to give meaning to their existence.

    Ron Paul’s followers are continually extolling his perceived qualities of forthrightness and honesty. If Ron Paul if genuinely forthright and honest, he would set the record straight regarding his true opinion regarding his conspiracy theory advocating supporters.

    December 1, 2007 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  19. Sarah, San Diego CA

    Charles in Salt Lake City:

    Ron Paul is actually NOT a "hard core Libertarian." He is a libertarian Republican. He was still a registered Republican when he ran under the Libertarian ticket for Presidency in 1988. It's not "extremism" he stands for so much as a return to our original standards of government.

    Also, if your biggest concern about Dr. Paul is who supports him, then you should be a pretty enthusiastic supporter, yourself! Candidates have little control over their supporters. Some fringe groups have latched onto the congressman because of his "small government" ideals – no more, no less. Paul believes in terrorism, he believes that terrorists attacked us. He just doesn't believe (rightly, I think) that we can fight terrorism by ravaging the country we believe the leader of terrorists to be in.

    Besides, as crazy or disrespectful as they might seem, they're exercising their Constitutional right – free speech. What right does Paul (or any of us) have to call them second-class for that? The people of America are allowed to believe whatever they want to believe. Why should Paul discount the support of honest Americans? (Yes, honest. They honestly believe they are fighting for the truth.) But anyway, long story short: both 9/11 conspiracy theorists and so called "white supremacists" have a history of believing that "Big Brother is watching." Ron Paul's message of limited government power appeals a lot to them.

    Thing is, it also appeals a lot to me, and a good many others...

    December 1, 2007 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  20. douglas bickford k.falls oregon

    rON PAUL will be the NEXT PRESIDENT I guarantee it! he has been chosen by the Great Spirit/Creator of the Universe. He basically will be the savior of the planet.
    I believe all elections have been rigged since Honest Abe was assinated in 1865 by the US GOVERNMENT! google search DOUGLAS BICKFORDTRUTHTV for TOTAL TRUTH ABOUT HOW CORRUPT OVER government really IS!

    they COMMITTED 911 to THE WORLD to put us IN FEAR OF MUSLIMS and anyone else of color. their ULTIMATE GOAL is to CAUSE WW3 by NUKING IRAN, IRAQ and Syria!



    December 1, 2007 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  21. Charles in Salt Lake City, Utah

    Ah... thank you, thank you Douglas Bickford of K.Falls, Oregon. You are like a gift from God. Poor Sarah of San Diego almost had me convinced that Ron Paul supporters were capable of coherent discourse and intelligent commentary, and then along you came!

    Yes Sarah, these poor souls do have a right to their opinions - but I really don't want them influencing how our government makes its decisions, do you?

    But the larger question remains: Is Mr. Paul one of them as well, or not? I'd really like to know.

    December 1, 2007 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  22. vtercell, just wanderin' around in America

    Golly, I had no idea that Abe Lincoln had been "assinated". I guess that'd make him one of the original "Log Cabin Republicans".

    December 2, 2007 02:02 am at 2:02 am |
  23. Bob Miller, Little Rock, AR

    What I'm finding, having read this entire thread, is that the people who have an issue with Ron's positions, truly misunderstand what those positions are. And so it gives me hope that with time and a little public education our man will do well. 🙂 What concerns me most is this tendency for some Americans to go for presentation over substance. We KNOW Ron comes across quirky. He's 2 years older than Reagan was when he was elected, but we don't care about that. The man is educated and has a plan. He's only eccentric insomuch that many Americans simply do not understand complicated issues, like central banking. The media is somehow obsessed with this idea that liking Ron Paul isn't cool, and they loathe to admit they might have been wrong.

    December 2, 2007 07:16 am at 7:16 am |
  24. Alan, St Louis MO

    It's amusing to see CNN grudgingly increasing its coverage of Dr Paul's campaign. This piece actually shows some depth. Good practice for when he owns the primaries.

    December 2, 2007 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  25. David MTL Ca

    The only conservative that stands tall enough to win the elections any other conservative vote is akin to flushing the conservative party down the toilet in 2008

    December 2, 2007 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
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