Paul takes on Perry in new ad
September 6th, 2011
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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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Filed under: 2012 • Ads • Rick Perry • Ron Paul
soundoff (77 Responses)
  1. Who Says

    GI Joe

    He's a snake in the grass that slithers wherever the most money will come into HIS pockets.
    About time some of you folks are starting to figure out OBAMA!

    September 6, 2011 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  2. Rudy NYC

    I will say this, though – if $4 gas and $90 oil are the new norms – in this CRAPPY economy – can you imagine what the price will be in a robust economy (using your logic). The inflationary ripples this will send throughout the rest of the economy will make any recovery VERY shallow for a VERY long time.
    I agree. The recovery will be long and shallow for a long time until something comes along and changes the balance of economic forces again. So far, America is on the losing end of the changing global economy. Highest demand for goods has moved from Europe and North America to Eastern and Southern Asia. The cost to manufacture goods is the lowest when the distance to market is the smallest. Manufacturing has been moving with global demand.

    Citing high labor and high taxes are just reasonable sounding arguments to lower taxes, which will not bring jobs to America. Back 2009 Wisconsin (I think it was) offered major tax credits and cuts to Chrysler to keep a plant open. Chrysler got what they had asked for and closed the plant anyway, opening one in Mexico.

    September 6, 2011 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  3. Brock

    Ron Paul is the only candidate with a proven track record of telling the truth. Incidentally he's also the only one offering anything different on either side.

    He can beat obama since his REAL opposition to war will contrast with Obama's phony anti-war stance. Paul can bring liberals to the table. They may not like all his policies but at least they know they can trust him and that he means what he says. A quick look at Ron Paul's record had me wondering why we don't just skip the preliminaries and crown him President right now!

    September 6, 2011 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  4. RINO Bil

    Conservatives have always been lackadasial when vetting their candidates. Perry backing Gore! The TPers might just have a field day with this, unless they want to compromise their principles and forget about it because they don't want a Mormon as their candidate.

    September 6, 2011 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  5. DeepFriedTwinkies

    Please remember, in a comparison between Perry and Skippy W Bush, Bush was named "the smarter one". Think about that for a second.. I'll wait..... Ok, now, even if that is a joke, there has to be something to it. Do you want to take that chance?

    September 6, 2011 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  6. Rudy NYC

    Brian wrote:
    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.
    Obama was thoroughly vetted. You must be complaining about the fact the vetting process did not turn up anything of significant, negative substance. Perry has plenty of stuff in his closet.

    September 6, 2011 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  7. Ed Texas

    A couple questions to ask Perry. Why do you take stimulus money for a variety of projects and then criticizes President Obamas stimulus package? How much money did he make on the shady Horseshoe Bay deal with his friends? How come so many of his campaign supporters were able to side step the committee process and receive millions for their companies from the Texas emerging technology fund? Perry's is a bad Governor and would be even worse as President.

    September 6, 2011 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  8. CoJo

    ok, I'm a democrat. Assuming I don’t vote for Obama this time around. Convince me why I should vote for Perry? His state budget only balanced because he took funds allocated for the poor & seniors. HUH? Rob the poor give to the rich? Is this his idea how he balances a budget? So in the WH he’ll take from SS and poor programs to pay for his priorities? Healthcare, ok assume the Obamacare is replaced, replaced with what? DETAILS please!!!! How many of you have parents or siblings are having health issues? I know the young are invincible and the over 40, who cares right!!! Perry would effectively cancel SS? Is that what I heard? Now as for the military, if cut taxes across the board, how is he going to fund the next republican war he will commit us to? AND continue to pay the benefits of the military who deserve much more than they are getting? Oh that’s right I keep forgetting, take from SS and poor. Ok, I get his thought process. Again convince me I should vote for Perry? I have yet to hear any details out of this guy (any more than any other republican… if people ran businesses like they do (five point bullets) there wouldn’t be any businesses) It’s fine to start with bullets, but want buy in… NEED DETAILS.

    September 6, 2011 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  9. CoJo

    Oh I forgot, Perry's idea of a job plan is more hamburger flippers who can't afford health insurance?

    September 6, 2011 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  10. Boldrick

    Definitely scary that you supported Gore – horrendous. We can all understand Clinton but Gore was a left over without the intillect or policitical skills of his former boss.

    September 6, 2011 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  11. AlaskaPalin

    Rick perry is right on the social issues; he is smart on the economic issues (to work or not to work); he is experienced on the security issues. He understands the race and immigration issues. He looks presidential compare to the others. I say sarah (for the ladies vote)
    and perry for 2012.

    September 6, 2011 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  12. Sniffit

    "Group supporting Perry aims to raise $55 million"

    Should be too hard. Parry has received something like $100M over his 3 terms as governor in TX from just 204 people/entities.

    "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." "

    Actually, it was $25B that Obama gave TX and he used it to pay down 97% of TX's budget deficit, which in turn allowed him to create 125,000 public sector jobs that offset the 178,000 private sector jobs that TX lost between 2007-2010. The so-called "Texas Miracle" of only losing 53,000 net jobs during that time period was, in fact, Obama's doing. But of course, the MSM isn't reporting these numbers...numbers that don't lie...because they, just like the Teatrolls they've propped up for 2+ years, would rather see the reincarnation of John C. Calhoun in the WH than someone who preseve the federal govenment and all its pesky laws that prevent the US labor force from being turned into a gaggle of third-world indentured servant serf peons beholden to their employers.

    September 6, 2011 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  13. SuperD

    Give Perry credit, he had enough sense to dump Gore. See, as you grow older, you soon realize that what the Democrats peddle doesn't work and therefore, you switch to the sane party, The Republicans.

    September 6, 2011 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  14. vet in texas

    Funny, Reagan himself was a former Democrat, union leader, tax raiser, and amnesty giver..........yet he's considered a saint to all hardline conservatives.......These simple facts alone show me that conservatism is a hoax! If Ron Paul was right all these 30 yrs, then so was Jimmy Carter! google his malaise speech and read the words.......he was more correct about Paul. Paul's problem is that the things he wants to do aren't possible. If Obama couldn't close Guantanamo and bring back troop from Afghanistan and Iraq, what makes the Paul followers think he could? All of the government groups the GOP want to abolish, are all in the way of big oil, big pharma, and big education, yes education, the new plan is to have charter schools that get all the federal funding without the federal rules, don't beleive me, just look at Carly Fiona, Meg Whitman, and Clarence Thomas' wifes' new jobs...........after you google Carter's malaise speech, and these woman's new jobs, now you will see why this combat veteran will never in his life vote republican. They haven't had a new idea in the past 30 yrs, and expand government and raise deficits and debt at every chance.

    Why does NJ, WI, OH, TX and all the other GOP states whose given huge tax breaks for corporations STILL have high unemployement numbers? Exactly, told you what you wanted to hear and made you look at their opponents, Obama, Reid, and Pelosi, while their other hands were taking care of their rich corporate donors. Even Stevie Wonder could see this, but the gold and emergency food pandlers tell you what you want to hear.

    September 6, 2011 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  15. Amaranthe

    "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!!!"

    "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.""

    I think that you 2 should consider watching the ad, if you have not already. If you do, you will note that it says "It's why a young Texan named Ron Paul was one of only 4 congressmen to endorse Ronald Reagan's CAMPAIGN for President." Ron Paul never endorsed Ronald Reagan as a President, he endorsed his campaign for President, in which Reagan said that he wanted a smaller government and lower taxes. "Believing in Reagan's message of smaller government and lower taxes." Ron Paul believed him, but Reagan never did what he promised. Reagan talked the talk, but did not walk the walk.

    Ron Paul is the only one of these GOP candidates who has always voted consistently, never flip-flopping to which ever way the political wind blows. He is an honest man.

    September 6, 2011 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  16. John

    Still do not understand how the Tea Party could support Perry. They say
    they are patriots but support a person who says it is okay to leave the
    Union under certain circumstances. Why would Perry even contemplate
    about leaving the Union???? It shows he is not committed to keeping
    America strong and together

    September 6, 2011 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  17. dean

    Everyone in Texas knows that Rick Perry used to be a Democrat. Everyone in Texas used to be a Democrat. It's just that people identify with people like themselves and Dems just haven't been hickish enough lately here in Texas.

    September 6, 2011 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  18. Don

    There both nuts!

    September 6, 2011 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  19. Aaron

    No Perry fan here, but the guy was a Dem until the 1990s. It would make sense that he supported Dem candidates. Paul needs to double up on his geritol and anti-dementia medication.

    September 6, 2011 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  20. Steve Tikas

    "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."

    Wow that is what I want a conservative Democrat. Mr. Paul is right Perry doesn't even stand on his principles enough to stay in one party. Mr. Paul has been preaching the same message for 30+ years in office which is what the real tea party is all about.

    People who say Mr. Paul's ideas won't work are crazy he promotes liberty and individualism which is what this country was founded on and what made us great. It was not until we started to abandon those principles that we started sliding. You can throw numbers back and forth all day long and for any number there is someone with another number that contradicts your number.

    The GOP field is full of fakes and phonies maybe if people actually looked at the candidates more than just what they have been saying for the last couple of months I think they will find the 'conservative' candidates have not always been like that.

    For all of the people who say that Ron Paul's supporters are his biggest problem that is probably the dumbest things you could say. So lets not vote for a guy that has great ideas because of what his supporters say. Are you voting for Ron Paul or his supporters. You sound like the talking heads on the radio and TV learn to think for yourself.

    Ron Paul 2012

    September 6, 2011 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  21. wise1

    How could people living in Texas keep electing this Idiot to the office. I am from Texas and moved away 7 years ago; I couldn't find a decent job. I now live in Atlanta making over $250K per year.

    1. Governor Perry gives speeches about SECEDING form the UNION...then wants to be POTUS.
    2. Perry publically says Federal Govt should stay out of state's affairs while simultaneously sending requests to President Obama to get $6.7Billion of the Stimulus money sent to Texas.
    3. CNN News Report: Perry schemes with bankers and insurance agencies (that donate monies to his coffers) to get the elderly over the age of 70 to make the bankers/insurance companies their beneficiaries. Upon their death the money goes to them and their children and grandchildren receive NOTHING.
    4. Perry wastes $11Million of the 2009 Stimulus Bill to renovate the Governor's Mansion.
    5. Perry attempts to fire teachers in Texas creating overcrowding of classrooms.
    6. Perry creates the bill to get women wanting abortions to go thru a mandatory sonogram. More government intervening into the homes.
    7. Perry desires to replace teachers with Teacher Aides and use technical teaching.
    8. Perry brings 269,000 jobs (85% minimum-wage jobs) from other states, by promising companies that they don't have to provide any benefits to ther workers.
    9. Perry attended Texas A&M where he made C's and D's. At least President attended Yale and earned his C's and D's.
    10. Perry speeches on SECEDING from the UNION then begs Washington for emergency money when a disaster strikes Texas.
    11. Texas Education used to be in the Top 5 annually, with Perry at the helm, you are #47.

    My main point is that you have seen this whole story played out before and you saw what you got. Yet you elect this guy 2 times. I don't care how much money his corporate supporters put behind him, get off your butts and vote him out. Those Republicans who are POOR as HELL already and keep voting Republicans and you are still POOR as HELL. What has the Republic Party done for you and your vote. Perry is 10 times worst than Bush in my opinion.

    September 6, 2011 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  22. m

    Ron Paul is the only politician with a complete brain!!!!

    September 6, 2011 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  23. Woman In California

    Laverne wrote:

    I don't like Perry or Romney, but glad Perry entered the race to give Romney a run for his money (literally). Mitt Romney thought he had this thing in the bag, but now is squirming like the snake he really is.

    I could not have said it better. I simply CANNOT STAND Romney.
    Thank you and well spoken.

    September 6, 2011 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  24. diridi

    His ideology is a total idiotic...He switched party like chameleon....He is not consistent....o.k, He will sell this nation, and separate Texas from Union...

    September 7, 2011 08:12 am at 8:12 am |
  25. Fred

    Ron Paul's support for Reagan should be enough to prove him incompetant. It is people like Paul and the Teabaggers that set this country in a downward spiral, clinging to their fairytale dream of Reaganomics. Perry and other conservatives are no better. Cutting spending cuts programs and cuts jobs. Corporations are making record profits and paying the lowest in taxes in US history, yet they are still cutting jobs and outsourcin. How about some strict regulations and a steep tax hike? We have not tried this in abou thirty years, when corporate America took the Whitehouse in the 80s.

    September 7, 2011 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
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