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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@Jason K: "The only guy that wants to give you your lives back and limit the governments infringment upon your daily lives."
Please list the ways in which the government infringes on your daily life ... by providing safe drinking water, clean air and inspected food?
By not allowing companies to put lead in kids' toys or anti-freeze in toothpaste?
By building and maintaining the interstate highway system, Internet, dams, bridges, sea ports, and airports?
By building and maintaining public schools, national parks, libraries and public buildings?
By funding police, fire and emergency personnel, in addition to military personnel?
Or is your definition of "infringement" the fact that the government collects taxes to pay for all this infrastructure and personnel to maintain this civil society you take for granted and don't appreciate because you're a self-centered, spoiled twit?
Ron Paul would be 77 !!!! if sworn in January 2013. End of discussion. I don't want grandpa to be my president. We need a young president in touch with the times, technologies and the global village. Ron, have a glass of warm milk, then it's nap time...
As a Jewish Veteran I support Ron Paul for President! Lets increase forces in Iraq again
Ron...and while we are at it.....show the world the Yellowcake they foun d in Libya...is from Iraq. Cheney and Rumsfeld was right boys......lets get back to it....fulll court press! You was right Ron, about redeployment, but now we has to get back because of the yellowcake. Ron Paul has my vote!
How many commenters here complaining about his age are in the same physical shape as him, or have actually served their country, let alone saved lives doing so?
How many of them have cogent arguments beyond namecalling,ageism, and citing long-debunked baloney like calling him a racist?
How many of them have actually stuided the issues in-depth, meaning beyond the Old Media soundbites and neocon talking points?
Answer: Zero to none.
@Emily NYC: "Check into facts and support the candidate the troops overwhelmingly support! RON PAUL 2012!"
Ron Paul is an isolationist, the type that would have kept us out of World War II and let Hitler and Hirohito run amok. While I would rather not go to war, there are times when military action is required. Paul has a very simplistic view of the world, which today will get you into trouble fast.
He also advocates a dog-eat-dog society in which the social safety net don't exist.
If you want to get the real measure of this man, read Ayn Rand. She was a narcissist, self-centered, intolerant, atheist woman who thought only the wealthy had any real value and was utterly lacking in compassion.
Ron Paul named his son after her – that's all you need to know about him.
Really?? Retired Air Force? Very deceptive picture making it seem that he: is an Air Force Pilot and served long enough to earn the right to say he is retired Air Force. Shame on YOU Ron Paul.
An editorial comment to CNN's political ticker....
I have had issues in the past with the liberal biased in which you present articles and topics as well as censors who block my comments because they lean to the right. I also have issues with you allowing comments through that are slanderous, juvenile, crude, and down-right mean against Republican figures. Sometimes several comments per story from the same authors.
That being said, I still believe that this is a great site that encourages healthy debate by those on both sides of the issues.
However...Journalism 101 states you must maintain a separation between Church and State. In other words, do not let your advertisers dictate your editorial content based on the dollars they spend.
If you are truly impartial and bipartisan, you will not allow the Obama re-election campaign buy space on your site...especially in political content pages. How can remain unbiased and report fairly with a paid advertisement right next to your content promoting Obama's re-election? And there is not only 1, but 2 300×250 billboard units on each comment page!
This practice needs to stop...otherwise the integrity of this site is lost. I expect this at Adriana's web site, but not at CNN. I do hope you take this seriously.
Ron Paul's idea to fix the economy and the deficit was to tell the Federal Reserve (our country's central bank whose monetary policy is responsible for our financial instability) that the 1+ trillion dollars that our government owes them will not be delivered. That would have immediately stopped us from reaching our debt limit. Honestly why does or own government owe its own central bank this kind of money. They work for us don't they? Oh wait i forgot, they aren't freely elected.
Oh yeah... Ron Paul 2012!!
Now, here's a follow-up question to the one from the debates:
If the guy in the street was a Veteran and had VA Benefits, would Paul still deny him medical treatment because he doesn't have health insurance? Even if he is an OB/GYN and not a GP or Internalist, his answer should have been that HE would offer whatever medical treatment he could. After all, it is part of the Hippocratic Oath he took when he attached those letters MD after his name. Or are the letters (R) TEX more important to him now?
Oh, and for those of you who think Perry/Paul in any combo would be a great Pres/VP team, remember, one of them will have to move out of Texas. The Electoral College casts two votes – the one for President and the one for VP. They cannot be for two people from the same state! Now for the 867 or so Ron Paul supporters throughout the Country, please go back to your mothers' basements. You are giving bloggers a bad name.
The 6% man when the real votes start. Wingnuts ignore him in each election but he keeps coming back.
He has my vote! Ron Paul is the GOP Front-Runner!
"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 again"
please don't mind the idiots, folks. paul wants the government out of marriage and has expressed no belief that supports this garbage.
I want to know who is paying this clown to stay in the race and hand it back to BHO? Reminds me of Ross Perot. After he got his way and $$$ you never hear from him again. Paul doesn't want to be president, I smell a rat!
@ The Elephant in the Room;
Mandarin is one language spoken in China, but a large part of the population also speaks Cantonese.
Tell me CNN, who won the latest straw poll again? Was that Romney or was it Perry? Oh yeah, now I remember, it was THE RON PAUL FREAKIN REVOLUTION, BABY!!!!
That's a load of junk CNN. All of the other candidates, such as Richard Perry and Mittrick Romney, spends HUGE amounts of money on ads. Why you people are always slandering Ron Paul is beyond me. He isn't doing anything wrong. My goodness, all of these media outlets are so transparent in the fact they are sold out to corporations it hinges on being unAmerican.
How can you claim to be "pro-freedom" when you support the "right" of the state to eliminate freedoms like a woman's right to choose, or civil rights? Having your rights taken away, whether by the federal government OR the state government, is NOT liberty! It is not freedom!
It takes real money to sell anarchy. Ron Paul can tell you what's broken but his solutions would never work for anybody but the wealthy. He is the Ralph Nader of the Republican Party.
Rudy NYC: you are a true troll of cnn messages boards. you consistently write negative things about ron paul which are almost always factually incorrect. what gives?
Ron Paul is destined to be remembered as a bumper sticker, "Don't blame me. I voted for Ron Paul." Much as the mush-brains of an earlier era touted the Dixiecrats or "Impeach Earl Warren." Simple solutions to complex problems are advanced by ideologues and supported by fools. Small government is advanced by small minds.
Palin's diatribe produced the infamous "Kill Him!, Kill Him!" at one of her 'rallies'.
Paul's diatribe produced the soon-to-be infamous "Let him Die!" being yelled by attendees.
They both responded with deafening silence, except for Sarah who was witless enough to SMILE.
Keep your Paul, we'll stick with Obama.
We love us some 17th century economic ideas in a 21st century global economy...
...the Air Force picture looks like it was from the same era too...
The guy who wants to do away with civil rights and handicapped parking? The "whites-only shopping mall" guy? Let him die.
Ron "let him die" Paul is an anarchist and doesn't have a prayer.