Paul going back up on airwaves with million dollar buy
September 22nd, 2011
10:57 AM ET
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Paul going back up on airwaves with million dollar buy

Washington (CNN) - Rep. Ron Paul is once again doing what the other presidential campaigns apparently are not doing: Spending lots of money to run commercials on broadcast and cable television.

The longtime Republican congressman from Texas is going up with a new sixty second ad that touts Paul's work supporting military veterans. Paul's campaign says the total ad buy is over a million dollars, and that the commercial will run nationally before Thursday night's presidential debate in Orlando, Florida, and then will run on broadcast and cable TV in New Hampshire, Iowa, Nevada and South Carolina, the first four states to vote in the primary and caucus calendar. The campaign says the "message will shift in 10 days to new creative and continue for a total of four weeks."

The ad points out that Paul is a military veteran and one of the veterans in the commercial says that "Ron Paul is a veteran's best friend."

Paul's new ad buy stands in contrast with the lack of paid commercials being put up on the airwaves or cable by the other campaigns, including those of Texas Gov. Rick Perry and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who are one and two in all the most recent national polls in the race for the GOP nomination. Paul places third in a bunch of those national surveys.

"Dr. Paul has consolidated his third place position in this race and we now looking to move voters now and challenge Perry and Romney in what has become a three way race," Paul presidential campaign chairman Jesse Benton told CNN.

This appears to be the fourth time the Paul campaign has gone up with a paid ad buy. In July, Paul ran a commercial in Iowa, New Hampshire and Nevada highlighting his opposition to raising the nation's debt ceiling.

In mid August, just three days after nearly winning a crucial Republican presidential straw poll in Ames, Iowa, Rep. Paul went up with a television commercial in Iowa and New Hampshire that grouped Perry, Romney, and Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota with President Barack Obama and the top two Democrats in Congress.

Earlier this month, the Paul campaign said they spent six figures to go up with an ad in Iowa and New Hampshire that contrasted Paul's support for Ronald Reagan in 1980 to Perry's support of Al Gore's bid for the Democratic presidential nomination eight years later. Perry was a conservative Democrat at the time.


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soundoff (158 Responses)
  1. Sniffit

    Let the crazy wash over you.

    September 22, 2011 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  2. TAK

    An old Air Force picture of Ron Paul standing in front of a BIPLANE?! Really? Is that supposed to show us how current and relevant he is? Even that fossil John McCain had pictures of himself in jets.

    September 22, 2011 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  3. NoTags

    The pic Ron Paul standing on the airplane wing tends to indicate he was an Air Force pilot. Ron Paul was an Air Force Flight Surgeon, they give pilot's physicals, but do not fly missions.

    September 22, 2011 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  4. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    dude you're really too OLD to be POTUS. You might have some decent ideas but like all the other times you've run in the end you'll be on the sidelines.

    September 22, 2011 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  5. lynn

    Sorry Ron, I still think your time is passed. You are simply too old for the job. Check pictures of previous Presidents and see how they age in only a few years. Paul is already 77, doubt if many could handle the stress at that age and why bother?

    September 22, 2011 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  6. The Real Tom Paine

    Did he fight the Red Baron in that plane?

    September 22, 2011 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  7. Cindy

    I’ll vote for Ron Paul because he has the experience, wants to bring our troops home, audit the fed, and is a passionate man about his/our country. His resume looks 10 times better than any other out there. I voted for change the first time around….not this time. Ron Paul 2012!! Putting his country first.

    September 22, 2011 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  8. DeathToCorporateMedia

    Ron you have my vote. As a lifelong democrat I can no longer blindly support my party. You are the only candidate talking about the military industrial complex, something I believe is bankrupting this country and allowing more wealth to flow to the top 1 percent. Old or not you are a sincere man. I only wish others would open their eyes to you. I guess Americans are just fine with endless wars on "terror" and dwindling civil liberties. I am ashamed you are not topping to polls.

    September 22, 2011 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  9. Pat

    Ron Paul recieved more active military donations during the second quarter of 2011 than all the other Republican candidates combined. Front Runner Ron Paul also recieved more military donations than Presdient Obama in the second quarter.

    Let's all look at the results of the 3rd quarter coming out on Sept. 30 to see what the results are.

    September 22, 2011 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  10. OldRightRep

    The reason past president's age so much while in office is they are to busy trying to control every one's life, control the economy, police the world, pay off their handlers and all the while try to make people think that they are looking out for you.

    Ron Paul doesn't want: to run your life, run the economy,police the world, and has no crony capitalism favors to repay.

    He has more vigor than people much younger than he is. He regularily bikes 20+ Miles in Houston in the summer heat. If age is really an issue, lets have all the candidates join Ron Paul for a workout, see who thrives and who dies.

    September 22, 2011 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  11. Rudy NYC

    Cindy wrote:
    I’ll vote for Ron Paul because he has the experience, wants to bring our troops home, audit the fed, and is a passionate man about his/our country.
    Those are good reasons to vote for Ronnie Pops. In fact, I agree with them. But, I don't agree with him on other issues.

    Being racist is an expression of your freedom of speech. Get rid of Social Security and Medicare, and let people use private enterprise, which are the reason those programs were created in the first place, BTW. No regulations of any kind on industries. No seperation of church and state. Legalizing marijuana is not so bad, but making it legal for anyone to buy any type of firearm is horrific. There's more, much more, far to much list on this blog.

    September 22, 2011 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  12. SC

    Reagan was just shy of his 74th birthday when he won his second term election. Ron Paul at 76th years old, he is sharp and is the first politician in a long time who is honest and never flip-flopped on the issues. To downplay the fact that Ron Paul was a military surgeon and not a fighter pilot is ridiculous. I'm sure many injured soldier who's lives he saved would feel different.

    In 2008 I thought he was crazy, because I listened to the media. Then I started doing my own research and found his ideas to be brilliant and very mus-represented by the media.

    September 22, 2011 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  13. zack

    Ron Paul 2012.

    Check him out.

    September 22, 2011 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  14. vet in texas

    He had a chance until he said that Iran should be able to have nukes, that statement along with Levine and Limbaugh downplaying him, is what will make him fail.

    His ideas go against the elite and are impossible to implement as that he won't be able to get the votes.

    He won't be able to close guantanamo, he won't be able to audit or abolish the fed, he won't be able to legalize anything, and he definitely won't be able to end the lobbying.

    So given the reality of how possible his ideas are to be implemented, Mr. Paul is finished, thanks for coming and drive safe.

    September 22, 2011 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  15. u

    No libertarian-anarchists !!


    September 22, 2011 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  16. realitybites

    I have a better idea for an add for him.

    Picture a toilet flushing down millions of dollars. THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT!!!

    September 22, 2011 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  17. citizenUSA

    He's also serving muffins...

    September 22, 2011 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  18. bill

    if the politicians can come up with this kind of money , it should go toward the deficit!!!

    September 22, 2011 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  19. Rudy NYC

    Do any of the Paul fans know what his jobs plan is? What is his plan for economic recovery? Does he plan to hold a church bake sale to make ends meet?

    September 22, 2011 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  20. Jman

    Ron Paul is The Dude.

    September 22, 2011 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  21. BD70

    After Ron Paul showed little emotion that his friend had no health insurance but was emotional that his friend died I have no respect for Ron Paul. His ideas are one liners and do not connect the dots.

    September 22, 2011 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  22. Hal

    I wonder – as retired military and against national health insurance, whether Paul wants to get rid of VA hospitals. I would respect his consistency, but he'd lose the military vote.

    September 22, 2011 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  23. Max

    TO everyone who say's he is too old. I really would have liked to have seen you in South Africa before Nelson Mandela was elected.

    September 22, 2011 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  24. Dev

    I love this argument from moral integrity in support of Ron Paul. He never wavers! He sticks to his guns! He's true to his ideals!

    Being CONSISTENTLY crazy doesn't make it any better.

    September 22, 2011 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  25. BVN

    Ron Paul is like Obi Wan. Killing him will make him far more powerful than the Vadercrats ever imagined.

    September 22, 2011 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
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