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

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.

WATCH THE AD HERE

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soundoff (158 Responses)
  1. kat

    I'll vote Republican or conservative, but I wouldn't vote for Paul if he gave me the Million $$$

    September 22, 2011 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  2. j

    I've voted Democrat all my life, but Ron Paul is getting my vote in 2012.

    I don't agree with 100% of everything he says, but he is by far the most realistic and rational candidate out there. Obama just hasn't given us anything to work with. No jobs. Bad economy. Lots of Bush-era policies and crony politics.

    September 22, 2011 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  3. Democrat leaning Republican

    I would vote for Ron Paul, but will not vote for Romney or Perry in a General Election. The two of them are the same old canidate. If you want real change not just the change the party not controlling the White House claims they will make, then vote for a canidate who is different.

    I am a Democrat, but I am fed up with both Democrates and Republicans claiming they will change the country. The only people who can change this country are WE THE PEOPLE! Gov't get out of my life. RON PAUL 2012!

    September 22, 2011 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  4. Comments4U

    Right on Ron!!! The only candidate I feel I could sit down with and have an honest talk. Reminds me of long talks with my Grandpa and hearing truth.

    September 22, 2011 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  5. Johnny

    Ron Paul is an anti-Semite.
    Yesterday, Rick Perry said in New York he is going to dedicate all and every US resource to protect little Israel from any harm. He has my vote!

    September 22, 2011 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  6. dH

    Another end he could not help is staff member he employed, because the person did not health have insurance ! I do not believe that the Pneumonia treatment could cost $ 400K as Paul mentioned. He looks and talks sincerely and sweet but his record of 'actions' does not support it!

    September 22, 2011 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  7. Scott

    Ron Paul has raised very, VERY large sums of money during the past few Presidential campaigns... Ummmm... What has he done with it?

    September 22, 2011 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  8. SC

    Vet In Texas – I think you have allow Rush & Levine to mus-represent Ron Paul's stance on Iran. This is a classic attempt by the media to twist his words and make him sound foolish. The truth is that Ron Paul based his response on the fact that our own CIA has stated that there is no evidence that Iran has or is working on Nuclear Weapons. They are a 3rd world country with no army or navy and probably should fall low on our radar of countries that are a threat to us. What would you want him to say? Attach Iran in case they have Nukes, just like we did in Iraq with weapons of mass destruction?
    Also, keep in mind that China and the Soviets have had Nukes and we didn't go to war with them?

    September 22, 2011 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  9. Jerry

    Ron Paul was a DOCTOR in the US AIR FORCE. HE DIDN'T FLY PLANES. This was during an ACTUAL WAR. He's also delivered over 4000 babies. I bet they're all grown up now and voting for Paul!!!

    What have you done lately idiot Romney/Perry paid asshats?

    September 22, 2011 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  10. StevensB

    The man is certifiable ..... the only thing he is for is anarchy in the USA . He and his followers are a death cult , waiting only for the chance to murder immigrants , people of color , the poor and do it the name of freedom from government .

    September 22, 2011 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  11. Scott

    Who was he fighting in THAT airplane? The Red Baron? Snoopy?

    September 22, 2011 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  12. Ben

    Ron Paul is the only candidate, in either party, that will deliver real change. Your pessimism about the inability of Americans to see how individual liberty fosters the most prosperity and opportunity for all proves only your own pessimism. Millions of your fellow citizens have already proven you wrong, and support will continue to grow.

    Please take a little time to educate yourself, comparing Rep. Paul's understanding of economics, liberty, and the role of government.

    September 22, 2011 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  13. MediaOneSided

    What concerns me is not that he is spending money to promote himself...that is what a candidate SHOULD be doing! At least he is open about the $$ he is spending....the media likes to smear him as an elitist for spending money on his campaign. Don't focus on the $1 Million that he raised in one day, organized online by grassroots supporters specifically for this ad campaign, instead let's just tell one side of the story...give me a break. Oh – and don't forget how one sided the media is when it comes to the candidates...the GOP "favorites" The media is noticeably absent the fact that Paul’s rival Mitt Romney has run up a $5 million tab on travel expenses, “Blowing $80,000 on hotel rooms in Las Vegas, $50,000 on a security squad and $125,000 on private jets — despite a pledge to scale back on luxury travel, new campaign filings show,” reported the Boston Herald.
    Romney travels in style on a $5.8 million luxury corporate jet at a cost of over $60,000 each time.
    Likewise, fellow frontrunner Rick Perry and his family have used the private jet of a wealthy contributor currently under investigation for fraud by Texas regulators and the US Securities and Exchange Commission.
    Indeed, Perry is so sensitive about his travel costs that he has sealed details of his expenses to ensure they won’t be released until after the 2012 election. Perry added the amendment to a school finance bill in the Texas legislature on July 1.

    When will everyone wake up?

    September 22, 2011 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  14. yoshi

    I really, really like Ron Paul – but I'm very disappointed that he does not tone down his message – he's right on almost everything, but people don't like radical change overnight...and that's what his message is saying....notice how he gets applause for pulling troops out of the Middle East....and getting the govt off of our backs....that's because it is resonating with voters....but dismantling the TSA, the Fed Res, FEMA, etc. and legalizing drugs are way to scary to people...I don't know why he doesn't make his message more palatable for people....then he can slowly make the changes that need to be made....I have to question his judgement on all of this......

    September 22, 2011 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  15. the_dude

    We need a more feminine-looking president to go with more feminine times.

    September 22, 2011 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  16. Inez Tyler

    There are only two candidates running in the 2012 election – Ron Paul and Not Ron Paul.

    RON PAUL 2011!!!

    September 22, 2011 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  17. Former Republican, now an Independent

    A million dollar buy? Ron Paul is all about "i've got mine and the rest of the country should suffer". He and his ideas aren't worth a nickel and his son's are as absolutely worthless as he is.

    September 22, 2011 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  18. cf

    Ron Paul, champion of "everybody else should stop spending" once again bragging about how much he is spending.

    September 22, 2011 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  19. gina

    It is a funny thing to me, that some people are making such a big deal about Ron Paul's age. I thought this country did not participate in age discrimination. If he is the most qualified for the job (and he most certainly is), then he should be able to do as he wishes. He has my vote. I think that if more people knew about him and his history, then they would agree ...Ron Paul 2012!!

    September 22, 2011 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  20. BillyBob

    I love "crazy". We already have a nut in the White House. Do you guys really believe anyone else can do much worse? This "old guy" is just what America needs – someone who doesn't want the "power", he just wants to fix what's wrong. Go ahead and vote for the "younger guys" – they don't have your best interests in mind, but you can complain about that later...

    September 22, 2011 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  21. martin

    Ron Paul has an imbecilic understanding of American history.

    September 22, 2011 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  22. ck1721

    What the ad leaves out is that Paul supporters helped him raise that cost in 1 day. While Perry/Romney duke it out with each other, Ron Paul keeps looking even better. The flip floppers don't have anything on Ron Paul's consistency as a Conservative and a Libertarian.

    September 22, 2011 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  23. Anonymous

    Ron Paul will win the Presidency because of his ability to make good decisions. Even if he is old his pick for VP will be someone that shares the same ideals.

    September 22, 2011 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  24. Jefferson

    I've looked into this Ron Paul guy, and he has been consistently warning us about the financial collapse for over 20 years. I always see him on the financial channels discussing the economy. I don't see them bringing on any of these other clowns to get their input. Hell Rick Perry can't even PRONOUNCE "Keynesian Economics" much less understand the difference between it, and the Austrian School of Economics. You can tell Ron Paul is telling the truth, as ugly as it may be.
    I like that. We NEED that.
    He's got my vote. I'm tired of the same old used car salesmen, with their worthless "America's best days" empty rhetoric and broken promises.

    September 22, 2011 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  25. Todd in DC

    Paul is pro-DOMA. Basically, he is against marriage equity. So here we have another hypocrite who claims he is against government in people's lives, but gay people still need to be discriminated against.

    Nothing more to see here folks, move along.

    September 22, 2011 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
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