Rep. Ron Paul ad expands its reach
July 16th, 2011
11:38 AM ET
3 years ago

Rep. Ron Paul ad expands its reach

(CNN)-Retiring Texas Rep. Ron Paul, an aspiring 2012 GOP presidential nominee, is expanding his campaign’s reach into early primary and caucus states with the help of television.

An ad that began running Friday in the first-in-the-nation caucus and primary states of Iowa and New Hampshire will extend to Nevada, which comes third in the nation’s caucus calendar.

“Nevada is a key constituency with important and growing influence on the national political environment,” said Jesse Benton, Paul’s campaign chair. “Dr. Paul plans to win the state in 2012.”

Potential Paul supporters will view the anti-debt ceiling increase ad beginning Monday. It is part of the biggest ad buy from any GOP presidential candidate thus far - Paul’s campaign describes the investment in Nevada as a “significant buy” in a written release.

Ron Paul announced a $4 million fundraising haul for the second quarter Friday and invested six figures of that sum in the spot, which touts Paul’s record of promoting a more limited federal government and explains his opposition to raising the debt ceiling.

The 12-term congressman revealed he would not seek a 13th House term in July choosing instead to focus on his bid for the presidency, Paul's third effort at winning the GOP nomination.


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soundoff (55 Responses)
  1. perlmantd

    Ron, I used to kind of like you a little. But after this commercial, I dont.

    July 16, 2011 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  2. Cam Davis

    It is pretty irresponsible to keep borrowing money when 40% of your income is borrowed! Enough is enough. Who cares what our credit rating is, if you can't see our whole financial system doesn't work, you're blind. Ron Paul is right, don't raise the limit. Like Obama said, it's time to eat our peas. All you naysayers, cowering in fear, saying America can't recover if we lose our AAA credit rating, you obviously don't believe in our nation like Ron Paul does. He never said "no deals" to all deals, he's saying don't raise the limit without a balanced budget amendment, and he's right. How do you think this $14,300,000,000,000 is ever going to be paid? And you want to raise it again? Absurd. Vote Ron Paul 2012!

    July 16, 2011 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  3. t paine

    Your right indy... there is a lot of working together that is required to get an economy rolling. It's when the government, the federal reserve, banks, corporations, and wall street all combine to inflate the economy, indebt the country, and force us to feed the big government warfare and welfare machine. Oh, did I mention that this working together also leads to the destruction of the middle class and allows the rich to get richer and the poor to get poorer.

    In time, maybe you will look past the "issue of the moment" the "fear of the moment" and learn that it isn't parties that matter anymore. Dems and Repubs both love one version of big government or the other – whether it is warfare or welfare or security issues, drugs, or social issues. No. It' s about philosophy and realizing that government isn't the solution – it is the problem.

    We trust the people who made the problem, who created the problem – to attempt to solve it? really?

    Oh well, it takes some longer than others. But mark my words: It will take a new philosophy to change this country, because were not going to be getting any better anytime soon if we continue to spend, borrow, and enslave our citizens to debt and the idea that we can continue to live way beyond our means.

    July 16, 2011 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  4. JamesButabi

    Its pretty irresponsible to think we aren'y already defaulting on our debt. Ron Paul is the only hope that this country wont default and even that would be tough. All he aims to do is balanace the budget by reduing our foreign empire. If any older people wish to receive entitlements, Ron Paul is probably their only legitimate chance.

    July 16, 2011 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  5. C. Howe Yulikit

    Ron Paul is a nut job and so are all of his followers.

    July 16, 2011 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  6. Scott

    the default has already taken place through inflation as the fed has monetized this debt, ron paul is the only candidate who is trying to put a stop this scam

    July 16, 2011 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  7. Chris

    The most important thing he will do is end the wars, bring troops home, close bases,and oppose the national security state. He will work to end our wars on things and cut hundreds of billions in defense.

    Nothing else compares to the positive things he'll do wrt foreign policy (nonintervention) and is what America needs more than anything.

    July 16, 2011 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  8. Chris

    NO DEALS! Is a good thing. Why compromise doing the right thing? Ron Paul 2012! Its compromise that got us into this problem, more of the same wont get us out!

    July 16, 2011 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  9. Joe the Taxpayer...

    One Man, One Passion and One Dream...
    To Free US all from this Tyrannical Government!!!

    Dig deep patriots and look at the trends. Dig deep and you will see that it is "We, the People..." have a government that dictates to US.

    Perhaps a Revolution to Restrain this Tyrannical Government is in order...

    July 16, 2011 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  10. Brett

    Correction: this is Paul's 2nd time seeking the GOP nomination. The first time he ran for Preaident was as a Libertarian.

    Further, a default on the debt would have catastrophic results. That is obvious and not something Paul would deny. Reality is that there is currently no way to pay off the debt. A default may be able to be pushed off for a few years (or even a decade or two), but a default will come. Either through the US simply refusing to pay or by devaluing the currency and paying the bills through inflation. A larger default in the future or inflationary means are both economically more damaging in the long term. Of the options available an immediate default is the most responsible. Fewer elderly people would suffer from a default today than future elderly people will if there is one later.

    July 16, 2011 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  11. Joe

    This man will be our next president!

    July 16, 2011 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  12. Rand from VA

    he is saying that he wants to change the course this country is taking. The course being the same way japan has been for almost two decades, little to no economic growth and a very huge debt that hinders it. He is looking to change this already tried and failed course and choose that has shown success which we should not have to compromise on. It is in the history books.

    July 16, 2011 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  13. Rc

    By saying No Deals, that means he's actually following the Constitution of the United States.
    I'm sorry that he's a strict Constitutionalist.
    I'm sorry that raising the debt ceiling is IN FACT a bad thing.
    I'm sorry that he wants to end the Federal Reserve.
    I'm sorry that he wants to bring our troops home from the six wars that we're fighting and CANNOT afford.
    I'm sorry that he understands the business cycle and predicted the housing bubble collapse of 2007-08.
    I'm sorry that he wants to end the failed war on drugs.
    I'm sorry that he wants to revert social issues back to the states just like the 10th amendment states.

    I'm sorry that Ron Paul can make change by making sense.

    RP12.

    July 16, 2011 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  14. zoohypothesis

    The ad speaks against compromise because the compromises that have occured previously are UNCONSTITUTIONAL, and to continute to make these compromises is UNCONSTITUTIONAL. We aren't even supposed to have a debt celing, otherwise of course they'll never get their unconstitutional spending habits in order.

    Drop your party-biased ego and think about this for a second: we are in the middle of a squabble over raising the debt celing and whether or not to default, yet all this overseas spending and these wars continue without much question!! Are you kidding me?? It's like a 12 year old trying to balance a checking account with monthly bills!

    July 16, 2011 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  15. TK

    It is laughable how clueless the average american is about the pending doom awaiting this once great nation. Ron Paul has been right for the past 30 years. The Democrats and Republicans have sold out the nation and conditioned countless millions to be dependant on government. Ron Paul's beliefs and views on the role of government are spot on and would serve the nation far better than the usual suspect of scum bags like Romney and Obama, both of whom are bought and paid for by corporate multinationals who could give a rats you know what for the average American.

    July 16, 2011 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  16. ruralnurse

    We balance our budget why shouldn't the Feds? Most states have a balance budget ammendment. How anyone can think that this man doesn't work with others hasn't looked at the bills he has sponsered with Barney Frank, Dennis Kucinich to name a few. Do you know he got the most donations from active and retired military this quarter? Double what all the other candidates combined. End the wars, audit the Fed, reign in the TSA with the Travelers Diginity Act, States riights, decrimialize marijuana, 100% for medicinal marijuana and he's a Doctor. Small farm bill, right to sell raw milk. Voted no on Patriotic Act, FISA, Bailouts, Tarp and you say he is for the wealthiest. Never took a dime from a PAC or Lobbiest. Perhaps you need to check on who Obamas top contributers are.

    July 16, 2011 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  17. Jd

    Ron Paul 2012 – when the deals they want to make are only to the detriment of the citizenry NO deals is a perfect slogan
    GI Joe who are you talking to? Dr. Paul wants to get rid of govt restrictions on individual liberty not expand them – what about yoru candidate? I'm convince the more I see ppl argue against Liberty, against a sound foriegn policy, against economic liberty, against sound money, against the limited govt our founders gave us; Against Ron Paul's message – that I feel those doing so much have a serious mental disorder or are just plain dumb.

    July 16, 2011 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  18. Brian

    The US won't default on their debts... we have enough to pay the interest on the debts and still pay for Grandma's meds. Turn off the boob tube igmo! We need to pay the interest only, like every American who is tightening up their purse strings until we can make some cuts in spending to start paying down the principal.

    July 16, 2011 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  19. Jesssic

    There won't be a default, because bonds must be paid back by law. Instead, cuts will be made in the military mainly. The overseas empire must come to an end, so we can take care of our needs here at home.

    Worse would be to continue inflating the debt and have a dollar crisis, in which the dollar no longer becomes the reserve currency of the world. Mega-hyper inflation anyone??

    July 16, 2011 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  20. Kenny

    What are you guys talking about? We are 14 TRILLION dollars in debt. If we don't stand on principles and stop the madness, we won't have an economy to save. This county was not built on socialist principles, we were built on freedom and a limited government. Ron Paul is the only member of congress that I have seen call out the housing collapse 5 years before it happened, and he said it with conviction and certainty. If we study how other superpowers have fallen we will see we are following there path. Please change my mind by giving me reasons why we should raise the debt limit AGAIN. And Indy said he is putting the people last. He has under my eye always put the people first, not caring a damn about what his party thinks about him. If you have any real reasons why I'm wrong, i'd love to debate them. Thanks.

    July 16, 2011 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  21. Bob

    I think the ad is great and shows a lot of courage and conviction on Paul's part. This is the best ad I've seen yet on the GOP side and will play well in these early states ... especially my home state of Nevada. The ad isn't in favor of defaulting, but is in favor of doing something really both parties have refused to take seriously ... reducing spending. No deals means he isn't willing to do the usual Washington version of compromise ... meaning each side has their pet programs and they compromise and just spend more on both, raise the debt, and borrow more money and/or raise taxes of average people again to pay for it.

    July 16, 2011 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  22. Anonymous

    @Indy. You're exactly correct that Ron Paul puts his part before the people. That's why the man who wants to abolish all political parties, Jesse Ventura, is in love with him. But, yeah, his foreign policy just as well made him put his party before the people in08. Get some facts before you speak like a know it all/ Constitution hating person.

    July 16, 2011 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  23. Sgt Schultz

    Ok Ron and the Republican extremists...you want to go there? It is time for a come to Jesus moment and recognize that you people were the ones that were complicit with jacking up the Spending and DOUBLING Defense spending since Bush took office. The Republicans are too chicken to admit that we spend waaaaaaaaaaay too much on Defense....most than the rest of the world militaries combined. Ron Paul at least is the only Republican honest enough to admit this and how our foreign policy doesn't make sense. But otherwise his economic opinions are pretty far out there and nobody takes him seriously.

    July 16, 2011 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  24. mike

    It is more irresponsible for congress to put us into this situation and then propose the very thing that will make our situation worse. We CANNOT trust our congressional representatives to start moving in the right direction of reducing the size of the budget and lowering the amount of debt held by raising the debt limit. We should care waaay to much for our children and grandchildren to make the mistake of thinking that raising the debt limit is acceptable so that there is a feeling that we're trying to "work together." Now that's putting the 2 political parties first, and not putting the people first. I support Dr. Paul's continued efforts of a peaceful revolution to bring this country back from many years of failed domestic & foreign policy decisions. He's a leader IMHO.

    July 16, 2011 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  25. RPTwentyTwelve

    Looking forward to vote Ron Paul in 2012!

    July 16, 2011 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
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