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. Vorpz

    Ron Paul has my vote for having sound policies, honesty, and integrity.

    September 22, 2011 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  2. Sequoia

    Obviously, Ron Paul will never be president, so WHY is he wasting his time and people's money? What a fraud.

    September 22, 2011 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  3. justthefaxpleez

    Ron Paul 2012 !!!!!!!!

    September 22, 2011 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  4. The Elephant in the Room

    OK – President Obama, put him on your team of rivals. Make him head of the Veterans Administration from 2013 to 2016

    Ron Paul is way too wacky to be elected President. Sometimes he says something that sounds reasonable but then he veers off the reseravation. As head of the VA, he can contribute and if he goes tilt, Obama can fire him.

    Mr. Obama can give Ambassador Huntsman a job too. Secretary of Commerce. Let's put that vaunted "Mandarin Chinese" language proficency to good use. [Why do they insert Mandarin - - trying to make him sound smarter - - just say Chinese].

    Pawlenty, you can be Secretary of the Interior since you at least acknowledge science, global warming and supported Cap-n-Trade. Sorry Ms. Bachmann, you and Sarah Palin will have to fight for the token Fox News post for snarky female commentator.

    September 22, 2011 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  5. joe london

    Biplanes were used as basic trainers in WW2 era.

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

    Go Ron PAUL!!!!!

    September 22, 2011 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  7. Doug

    I am counting the seconds in anticipation of Pauls performance tonight. The comercials will be an added treat. doug.

    September 22, 2011 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  8. CN

    stop saying check ron paul out. many of us HAVE checked him out, and found him wanting.

    like every single other candidate on offer from the right, paul would launch a full scale assault on planned parenthood. any society where women are denied access to contraceptives and control over their rate of reproduction becomes trapped in poverty. as a quick visit to any such area in the US quickly demonstrates. the fact that paul is a trained obstetrician and does not recognize this is worse, surely.

    further, paul voted against the civil rights act. this isn't to say he is racist, as many people will go on to say that he is being "misrepresented by the media." however, it conclusively demonstrates that he doesn't understand a basic concept of freedom–the concept of the tyranny of the majority. if the majority happen to vote against your rights and succeed, the most you would get from paul is an apologetic shrug and smile. he doesn't understand (like his supporters) the concept that our forefathers created a system of checks and balances so that the majority could not tyrannize the minority. and as recent history has shown and shows over and over again, the majority will always find some group to demonize and deprive of their rights. until paul understands this basic concept of freedom, he is NOT fit to lead this country.

    September 22, 2011 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  9. Sherry J.

    Ron Paul will lead this country back on the path of financial gain, and dignity! We need to get back to the great nation that we once were. Ron Paul is a wonderful canidate, and is our ONLY HOPE! GO RON PAUL!!!!!

    September 22, 2011 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  10. itsonlyfair

    @OldRightRep: Ron Paul may not want the public sector to run people's lives, but he certainly doesn't mind the private sector running people's lives. In the last debate, he seemed fine with the idea of private insurance companies deciding whether you can live or die.

    September 22, 2011 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  11. Mike

    This ad is perfect. It doesnt say anything about another canidate it only points out what vets already know. He is the man!!!!! Ron Paul 2012

    September 22, 2011 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  12. common cent$

    The one person who is not going to be playing party politics gets almost no recognition from the press. I mean he has swept the debates and all CNN and Fox news talk about is Perry this, Bachmann that, Don't forget about Romney, when Ron Paul is the only one running who has what is best for the United States in mind rather then himself and his party.

    September 22, 2011 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  13. JoeT

    Is that USAF or USAAC?

    September 22, 2011 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  14. Brad76

    I would vote Ron Paul based on his honesty and consistency. Based on these attributes, it's ludicrous when the media paint him as crazy and his ideas as radical. In reality, his vision is just common sense.

    September 22, 2011 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  15. xRedfoxx

    Glad to see him pushing foward!!! What a great American and leader!!

    September 22, 2011 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  16. charles

    Hes got my vote.

    September 22, 2011 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  17. Ron Paul is Nuts.

    Full of whacky, but dumb ideas will not go far. But George W. Bush got elected and so anything could happen.

    September 22, 2011 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  18. David

    I don't understand how anyone can not vote for someone because they are too old. That is the silliest excuse in the world to dismiss a candidate, even more laughable than not voting for someone because of their race. He is a doctor who is in absolutely wonderful shape and who makes sure to keep it that way. Do people seriously think someone who is already accustomed to the stress of holding high political office AND presidential and other campaigns would DIE by becoming POTUS? He has the best track record of any candidate, and doesn't change his view every other day like Gardasil Rick Perry.

    September 22, 2011 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  19. Jason K

    Duplicate comment detected...funny how mine never seem to get published...maybe because they are not to the opinion of CNN.

    September 22, 2011 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  20. Jason K

    He's too old, he's nutty, he's anti establishment, he's racist (I would like to see the source of that one actually). These are the common complaints against Ron Paul. The only guy that wants to give you your lives back and limit the governments infringment upon your daily lives.

    September 22, 2011 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  21. Jason K

    He's "archaic", you bet. what's worse, continuing down a path you know is wrong, or turning around to take another path?
    He's honest, has a PERFECT voting record, and he's not a fake.

    September 22, 2011 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  22. hecep

    So if I can dig up General Patton's bones, prop them up, and show him in WWII pics, can I get him elected?

    September 22, 2011 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  23. jasonK

    Ron Paul has my vote!!!

    September 22, 2011 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  24. ThinkAgain

    My grandmother (who lived to be 90) said when Bob Dole was running for Prez at the age of 73 was too old for "the hardest job in the world."

    Ron Paul is 76 ...

    I agree with Grandma that Ron Paul is just too old! (Besides being batty and cold hearted ....

    September 22, 2011 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  25. ThinkAgain

    @Cindy: "Ron Paul 2012!! Putting his country first."

    And its people last ... you don't have insurance? Tough roll of the dice, Buddy ... You get to die!

    September 22, 2011 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
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