Paul takes on Perry in new ad
September 6th, 2011
11:21 AM ET
7 years ago

Paul takes on Perry in new ad

(CNN) - The battle between two Texans running for the Republican presidential nomination appears to be heating up.

Rep. Ron Paul's presidential campaign said Tuesday morning that it's going up with a new ad that contrasts the long time congressman's support for Ronald Reagan in 1980 to Texas Governor Rick Perry's support of Al Gore's bid for the Democratic presidential nomination eight years later. And a few hours later the Perry campaign responded.

The Paul campaign confirms to CNN that they will spend six figures to run the commercial in Iowa and New Hampshire, the first two states to vote in the primary and caucus calendar, and that they'll email a web version of the ad out to a couple of million supporters.

The ad starts by highlighting Paul's endorsement of Reagan in 1980.

"The establishment called him extreme and unelectable, they said he was the wrong man for the job. It's why a young Texan named Ron Paul was one of only four congressmen to endorse Ronald Reagan's campaign for president, believing in Reagan's message of smaller government and lower taxes," says the narrator in the commercial.

Then the ad focuses on Perry's endorsement of Gore's first bid for the Democratic nomination, in 1988. Perry was a conservative Democrat until switching parties in 1989.

"After Reagan, Senator Al Gore ran for president, pledging to raise taxes and increase spending, pushing his liberal values. And Al Gore found a cheerleader in Texas named Rick Perry. Rick Perry helped lead Al Gore's campaign to undo the Reagan revolution, fighting to elect Al Gore President of the United States," says the narrator.

The ad closes by saying "now America must decide who to trust. Al Gore's Texas cheerleader, or the one who stood with Reagan."

Paul, who's making his third bid for the White House and who has strong backing among libertarians and many in the tea party movement, doesn't appear to be much of a fan of Perry, recently characterizing the Texas governor as an establishment candidate.

Responding to the Paul ad, a source close to the Perry campaign points out that Perry was a conservative Democrat at the time, and Gore, then a senator from Tennessee, was considered the most conservative of all the candidates running for the 1988 Democratic presidential nomination.

And the campaign itself put out a statement Tuesday afternoon saying "Rep. Ron Paul's newly released attack ad refers to the congressman as, 'the one who stood with Reagan.' But his 1987 letter announcing his resignation from the Republican Party indicates Reagan drove him from the party."

The Perry campaign email release includes Paul's resignation letter. Paul ran for president in 1988 as a libertarian.

After jumping into the race for the White House less than a month ago, Perry has risen to the top spot in just about every national poll of the GOP nomination horserace. Perry and Paul should appear on the same stage at a Republican presidential debate Wednesday at the Reagan Presidential Library in California.

Politico was the first organization to report this story.

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soundoff (77 Responses)
  1. John

    Ron Paul is the only candidate the has any principles and convictions. The rest, especially Obama and Perry, and sell-outs to the establishment system.

    Vote liberty! Vote Ron Paul!

    September 6, 2011 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  2. ConservaFASCISTS/TEAliban/TEAhadists

    I find it astonishing as well how you can go from supporting Al Gore to becoming the most radical republican governor. This is the same Rick Perry who praised Hillary Clinton for her healthcare initiative.

    September 6, 2011 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  3. Darth Cheney

    Its super to see Ron Paul rip huge chunks of flesh off of Rick Perry. This is what you call glorious carnage.

    September 6, 2011 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  4. Bill L.

    I support Ron Paul for Bankruptcy Trustee in 2012 ( I mean President). He is the only candidate addressing the 800 pound Gorilla in the room our pending bankruptcy and pending dollar crises. I don't think most people understand the seriousness of a dollar crises, it will turn our country and the world upside down. We have to have a transition out of our massive Federal Gov't no matter what, it has to happen economically one way or another. It can be a violent transisiton, or an organized one. It cannot be stopped without massive spending cuts, or removal of troops around the globe and huge cuts to our massive departments. You have 1-Choice sudden and violent, or it can happen in a transistional painful way. You decide 2012.

    September 6, 2011 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  5. don

    Give the Gov a break. He just found out Texas is on fire and is riding to the rescue as we speak. He'll respond to all questions next November.

    September 6, 2011 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  6. Lindsey

    Show the Ad!!!!!!!!

    September 6, 2011 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  7. Scott

    If Ron Paul didn't have the supporters that he does, he'd probably be a viable candidate. His supporters make people dislike him...

    September 6, 2011 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  8. Tony in Maine

    What Ron Paul ignores is that The Amiable Dunce was once a Democrat. What is it about Homosapien Politicus Dumbus that makes them think the electorate is as stupid as they are. Oh wait, some of us voted for Ron Paul and others just as two-faced as he is.

    September 6, 2011 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  9. LegendRx

    Ron Paul is a nut, His Ideas are so full of holes that the actuaries cannot hold water. In other words, no substance. Can you say mathematically unlikelihood of Ron Paul. Period.........

    September 6, 2011 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  10. Brian

    The ad can be found on politico's website.
    Time for Rick "unvetted" Perry to be exposed for what he truly is. Obama was unvetted, too, and look what we ended up with!

    September 6, 2011 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  11. David in Houston

    If the shoe fits...

    September 6, 2011 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  12. GI Joe

    He's a snake in the grass that slithers wherever the most money will come into HIS pockets.

    September 6, 2011 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  13. Cody

    Everyone go look at the huffington post veiw on this issue. They all hate Ron Paul because they belive him to be a "liar" the one thing agree or dissagree with him that he is not. We need alll Ron Paul supporters to go there and help debate these people, (I mean they REALLY hate him)

    September 6, 2011 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  14. Marie MD

    Let the games begin! BTW reagan was NOT a good president. He started tthe ddebacle our our economy and see where we now are.
    @john-principles and conviction regarding Paul. Please, only of you want to take the country back to before the 1960s!!!

    September 6, 2011 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  15. DA

    They really need to start highlighting Perry's so call jobs in TEXAS, his hypocrisy about Federal Government and its role with the States(He has used Federal aide all the time), healthcare in Texas, and his rah, rah us against them mentality!!! Pretty much everyone in Texas don't like this dude, he is a snake and is out for self not Country!!!

    September 6, 2011 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  16. james Miller

    It`s obvious !!!! Perry`s deep seated loathing for the Bushes drove him from supporting Reaganism to helping a LIBERAL DEMOCRAT ( Gore) run for the presidency. ---- That speaks VOLUMES.

    September 6, 2011 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  17. ronny mckinsly

    "Responding to the Paul ad, a source close to the Perry campaign points out that Perry was a conservative Democrat at the time, and Gore, then a senator from Tennessee, was considered the most conservative of all the candidates running for the 1988 Democratic presidential nomination."

    I am laughing really hard right now @ this, Al Gore considered the most conservative of the Dem candidates? This man is by far one of the most FAR LEFT politicians produced by the democrats in the past 30 years. Ron Paul is right. Rick Perry is not the right choice for the republican nomination.

    September 6, 2011 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  18. Wise1Speak


    Rick Perry is a snake.

    After waiting for three GOP debates to pass before declaring his entry into the race, yesterday Texas 'Slick Rick' slithered out of the South Carolina GOP Forum under the pretense that he was needed to get back to Texas. HOGWASH!

    September 6, 2011 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  19. MTATL67

    Since budget is the hot button of the day. One would think that they would use the fact that he took Texas from surplus to a debt around $27B and that he is still borrowing money from the Federal government. I find it extremely strange and wonder why no one not the right nor the left or the news media are jumping all over it. Governor in debt to fix the debt of the US, it is laughable.

    September 6, 2011 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  20. Former Republican, now an Independent

    This is not good news for Paul. The nation actually elected Gore in 2000, before thousands of citizen's votes were denied and the election was stolen by the republican dominated U.S.Supreme Court. Paul should stay away from offending 51% of the nation.

    September 6, 2011 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  21. HS

    And during Reagan's time in office, the number of federal employees grew from 4,982,000 to 5,292,000 and the budget deficit increased every single year. Reagan also signed off on one of the biggest tax increases in U.S. history. So much for "smaller government" and "lower taxes."

    September 6, 2011 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  22. Rudy NYC

    Paul's criticism is accurate. Unfortunately, Paul has some ideas that run the gauntlet from sensible to outrageous. Paul thinks discrimmination is an exercise of your freedom of speech. Paul thinks draconian spending cuts will help the economy immediately, which in fact it would only cause permanent damage by causing the economy to stall. We already see evidence of this now with the poor monthly jobs reports since Republican governers and members of congress alike have enacted draconian cuts. The cuts have killed jobs, which will only decrease revenue.

    September 6, 2011 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  23. ThinkAgain

    During May 2009, $22 million was allocated to the restoration the Governor's Mansion, $11 million of which came from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. An additional $3.4 million has been raised through private fund raising.

    $11 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Sound familiar, anyone?

    That's the formal name of the STIMULUS BILL.

    Parry took $22 million in Stimulus money to renovate the Governor's mansion ... Funny, because on March 13, 2009, Gov. Parry wrote a commentary entitled, "Stimulus bill puts unfair burden on employers." Parry's big complaint was the Stimulus bill's stipulations regarding extending unemployment benefits for laid-off workers.

    Parry didn't want to take the money because it would help unemployed people; that is, until he needed the cash to fix his house.

    September 6, 2011 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  24. Discernment


    NBC's Ann Curry did not cut Rick Perry any slack for his bypassing the South Carolina Forum under the pretense that he was needed back in Texas because only he alone could put out the fires.

    Ann challenged Rick that if he plans to be the President, than he better start learning how to multi-task priority issues.

    September 6, 2011 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  25. ThinkAgain

    Texas: At the top of everything bad and the bottom of everything good.

    September 6, 2011 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
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