Paul zings rivals in new ad
August 16th, 2011
10:42 AM ET
3 years ago

Paul zings rivals in new ad

(CNN) - Just three days after nearly winning a crucial Republican presidential straw poll in Ames, Iowa, Texas Rep. Ron Paul is going up with a television commercial in Iowa and New Hampshire that targets three of his rivals for the GOP nomination.

The ad, titled "The One," groups Texas Gov. Rick Perry, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, and Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota with President Barack Obama.

"It's the story of a lost city, lost opportunity, lost hope. A story of failed policies, failed leadership. A story of smooth-talking politicians, games of 'he said, she said,' rhetoric and division," says the narrator in the commercial.

"One man has stood apart, stood strong and true. Voting against every tax increase. every unbalanced budget, every time. Standing up to the Washington machine. Guided by principle. Ron Paul, the one who will stop the spending, save the dollar, create jobs, bring peace, the one who will restore liberty. Ron Paul, the one who can beat Obama and restore America now."

The ad shows pictures of Perry and Romney and the president over the "smooth-talking politicians" line and pictures of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Democratic House Leader Nancy Pelosi, and Bachmann over the line "games of 'he said, she said', rhetoric and division."

The Paul campaign confirms to CNN that it's putting up six figures to run the 60-second spot in New Hampshire, the first primary state, and describes the buy in Iowa as "substantial." Iowa's caucuses kick off the presidential primary and caucus calendar. The ad buy is the second major one for the Paul campaign, and the first since Paul came in a very strong second in the straw poll in Ames on Saturday. The commercial was first reported by Politico.

The ad ends by saying that the longtime congressman, who is known for his strong stances on limiting the federal government and for his enthusiastic and energetic supporters, is "the one who can beat Obama," which seems a push back against pundits who say that Paul can't win the GOP nomination and face off against the president in next year's general election.

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Filed under: 2012 • Michele Bachmann • Mitt Romney • Rick Perry • Ron Paul
soundoff (35 Responses)
  1. Perry for Queen

    Paul can tell you everything that's wrong with America and never offer any workable solutions. He would be a step back into the past.

    August 16, 2011 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  2. Lynda/Minnesota

    "It's the story of a lost city, lost opportunity, lost hope. A story of failed policies, failed leadership. A story of smooth-talking politicians, games of 'he said, she said,' rhetoric and division," says the narrator in the commercial."

    Published by Dick Cheney (Heir Apparent Of Who Cares About Budget Deficits Strategy) and co-authored by George Bush (How I Got Away With Screwing the American People – My Only Regret Is I Din'it Git Their Social Security Too.) Sorry, Mr. Paul, but it was YOUR party, and still is YOUR party which continues to rape and pillage hard working middle class Americans. Let's be real, here. You don't get a free pass, now, after the damage has already been done. All you hypocritical Republican fools sitting in Congress draw straws to see who can and who can't survive unpopular votes, and are allowed to vote accordingly to your straw size. Yourself included. Yet, when push comes to shove, you each cry foul - it wasn't ME, it was THEM. Bunch of spineless fools, catering to to worst America has to offer, not the best. Fortunately, you and others like you will NEVER be president.

    August 16, 2011 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  3. JD in Moraga, CA

    I wonder if anyone will bring up his lifetime residence in Washington (really? 12-terms? And in all that time, how many of his ideas have been adopted?) as an issue. He's not an outsider – he's just a version of Grandpa Walton. Good Night, John-Boy.

    August 16, 2011 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  4. Mariann Pepitone

    I believe Ron Paul's ad is going to backfire because he will eventually have to drop out of the race. Mitt is the leader followed by Bachmann and Perry. and these three candidates are the one's who will dominate the votes. Ron Paul should place the Ad telling what he would do as president regarding jobs and the economy not be critical of other candidates. Only one of the leading candidates will win the nomination and the others will have to drop out.

    August 16, 2011 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  5. vet in texas

    Paul did himself in at the last debate regarding Iran and nukes, talk radio has done him in.

    August 16, 2011 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  6. txjack

    If he is starting a campaign in a negative manner then you already know that he has nothing to offer the people or country.

    August 16, 2011 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  7. James (GI in overseas)

    Bless his heart. This is the season of crazy. He's far too rational and makes far too much common sense for the typical Republican who's willing to crash our nation and the world's economy for the sake of political points. It absolutely amazes me that people voted for this.

    August 16, 2011 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  8. Cindy

    I do believe the media is keeping him down. How is it that he gets 143 votes less then Bachmann and no one really reports on it. Seems to me it would be a great race between them if the margin was that small. It should be a fight for first but seems the media loves the mudd slinging between other canidates. I voted for Obama but not this time around. Ron Paul 2012. Putting America first!!

    August 16, 2011 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  9. cardog

    Ron Paul comes across as a nice, wise grand-father, but in fact this old man, who by the way, is a 12 term congressman, has been backed/still is backed by gun nuts, white power groups and lately the Tea Party (same thing). Here's the joke as I see it with Mr. Paul. He comes on like he's something new in Washington??? After 12 terms, would'nt that make him a long term insider? Someone said in an earlier post, Ron Paul talks about everything that is wrong, but has not presented one idea that has been adopted???

    August 16, 2011 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  10. USAGeorge

    In politics what you see and what they say,you never get. Ron Paul is tried and true,he stands by his word . That can not be said of Obama or any other republican caniddates. EVeryone know what Ron Paul will strive for as president and the
    traditional dems and reps are fearfull about losing power becausr Paul wants to return the power of the American folks to the state level.. I hope he wins.

    August 16, 2011 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  11. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Including Ron, there is not a candidate in the republican party that has the brains to be president of the United States.

    August 16, 2011 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  12. tyson

    Wow four responses within five minutes of each other and all of them are negative to Paul. I wonder if this is orchestrated. I challenge each of you to listen to his message. Then check his voting record and see if these things don't match up. This man is a veteran and a medical doctor. He is an honorable man, who believes in the Constitution. He's firm on the issues regardless of his Party's stance. He's been mocked by people in the media from Day one. But his answers, make the scope of government much smaller, stop fighting the wars, stop borrowing money, make the entitlements in this country solvent. These are the only things that will save this country.

    August 16, 2011 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  13. chris

    Ron Paul is hands down the best canidate for president,too bad the people who sway elections have no concept of world history.Unless we elect ron paul expect us to go the way of the roman empire!

    August 16, 2011 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  14. Carl

    The irony here is that Obama supporters should embrace Ron Paul. He's a fiscal conservative and social liberal, and he would take away enough votes from the Republican base to guarantee a second term for President Obama. This is why he doesn't get much media coverage (my opinion).

    Oh, and his ideas don't get any traction in DC because the big business interest and the government connections won't allow for such things.

    August 16, 2011 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  15. Laverne

    All of them can criticize President Obama and point out many problems, but no one is being a problem solver. I have not heard anything that Romney, Paul or Bachman would do or offer as solutions of the many crisis in this country. This is the problem I am having with the republican, I hear attack attack Obama, but WHAT WOULD YOU DO and until they can answer questions to very specific and basic questions, as a republican I won't be supporting either of them!

    August 16, 2011 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  16. gravy86

    Who are these commentors? All Ron Paul does is offer solutions. Time to stop skimming headlines and do a little reading. There's a reason why his followers are the most passionate – they've awakened to the two-party scam that's been not so secretly transferring all of the wealth from the middle/lower class to the upper class. It's your duty as Americans to research your candidates and make sure they represent you. RP is the ONLY one fighting for your freedom and the value of your money. EVERYONE else's campaign is financed by the big banks. Time to fact check.

    August 16, 2011 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  17. brad

    The least you should do is listen to all he has to say and not just the sound bites. It's sad how many people believe everything the media portrays instead of looking into it themselves.

    August 16, 2011 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  18. George Ave

    Perry for Queen I am about as far away as a Ron Paul fan as you can get, and he does offer a solution to the plan. I don't know if it would work but he has been very vocal about freezing spending and not paying the fed the 1.6 trillion or so we owe them. Paul's problem isn't economic issues he offers many and can be looked up easy, I am just not sure about the rest.

    August 16, 2011 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  19. JRZCowboy

    For everyone who claims he's old news in Washington, asking where he was for the past decades when all this was happening, and asking where his solutions are: he was always preaching and voting the same principles, no matter WHO was president. His ideas were ignored because the media and the political elite go out of their way to ignore him and then characterize him as a crazy old man. He really is the only person in Washington who is not an empty-suit with strings being pulled by dozens of outside interest groups (which all Republicans AND Democrats are). After 12 terms he still sticks to the same principles, refuses to gloat about how right he has been in predicting what nobody else apparently saw coming, and has not been sucked into the horrible Washington culture that Obama, Bush, and nearly all Congressmen were sucked into, despite their original good intentions. This is the same reason he is ignored by everybody, until they are forced to confront him in debates, which he almost always wins. That is why he is different, and better, than anybody else running right now, including Obama.

    August 16, 2011 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  20. Damo

    You all need to do your homework on Mr. Paul.

    August 16, 2011 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  21. Rudy NYC

    Guided by principle. Ron Paul, the one who will stop the spending, save the dollar, create jobs, bring peace, the one who will restore liberty.
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    "...peace, justice, and the American way!" Well, whaddya know. Ron Paul's real name is Clark Kent.

    August 16, 2011 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  22. Randy

    I believe in a 2008 debate, Ron Paul said the only reason he runs as a republican is because a 3rd party (in his case libertarian) can not win the presidency. Members of both the D's and the R's need to look at his beliefs. You may find yourself more in common with what he says than you think.

    August 16, 2011 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  23. Jennifer

    How can you say Ron Paul doesn't have the brains to be president? Everything he has voted against and warned against for the past 20 years has pretty much come true. If you think about it, there is something for everyone to like in his views. He works with and has respect from politicians on both sides of the isle in Congress. Who better than someone who gets along with both sides some of the time to unite and actually get something done in Washington. Dr. Paul is truly an outsider. I don't care if you say he's lived in Washington D.C. all these years. I challenge you to go look at his voting record. He has never changed his view in all the years he has been a politician and has been preaching the same thing over and over for all these years. How many politicians anywhere can say that? How many politicans in D.C. can say they return their leftover budgets and the end of the year to the Treasury....not many. The bottom line is this. The people we have put in charge all these years have not accomplished anything....Republican or Democrate. Maybe you think Ron Paul is crazy, but how is giving him a shot to see if he can fix this mess any crazier than continuing down the same path we always go down and expect a different result?

    August 16, 2011 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  24. Big George in Big D

    Give it up old man!

    August 16, 2011 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  25. once upon a horse

    Ron Paul wants all our troops home and so do I, but that is about the only thing I agree with him on. Plus the GOP hawks aren't saying very much about that. At least not with a Democrat in office. Remember to be anti-war is anti-American according to the GOP...UNLESS of course it's a war started by Obama.

    August 16, 2011 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
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