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. Jason L

    I'm 100% in favor of RON PAUL.
    Ron never voted for raising taxes.
    Ron never voted for the Patriot Act
    Ron never voted to raise the debt ceiling
    Ron never voted to go to war in Iraq and all the other places
    Ron never voted to use your tax dollars to bail out the banks
    Ron has introduced term limit legislation but has been denied by the rest of Congress
    Ron does not participate in the congressional pension plan.
    Ron returns a portion of his congressional office budget to the Treasury every year
    Ron never voted for an unbalanced budget
    Ron never voted for a federal restriction on gun ownership
    Ron voted against NAFTA and CAFTA
    Ron has always wanted to reduce our massive spending by stopping these useless wars.
    Ron will get rid of foreign aid
    Ron will help audit then gradually abolish the Federal Reserve so we can return to a sound currency
    Ron will enforce immigration law and close the border with Mexico
    Ron is against the useless war on drugs that jails non violent criminals while the justice system allows murderers, rapists, and child molesters to get out early
    Ron is against the income tax
    Ron will get rid of the IRS
    Ron has never taken a government-paid junket
    Ron will reduce regulation so companies come back to the United States and create more jobs
    Ron once offered $100 of his own money and told the rest of Congress to do the same to pay for the Congressional Medal of Honor given to Rosa Parks. No one joined him despite Congressmen earning a base salary of $174K a year.

    September 22, 2011 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  2. Buster Bloodvessel

    I find him frightening, because his supporters seem to have been brainwashed. "ONLY DOC-TOR PAUL CAN SAVE US." Why do you think that is so convincing? I suspect he gives someone an eye exam, and afterwards they sleepwalk away mumbling "I must vote for Doc-tor Paul, for only he can save us." This is religion, not politics, and I can only wonder if they will all drink poison koolade when he loses. L. Ron Paul will never get my vote, because he's creepy. Let him die.

    September 22, 2011 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  3. Mike

    Many ignorant statements. All anybody has to do is a quick youtube search on why he says what he says. You'll be enlightened, but it might entail LISTENING to the man for more than a minute. If you're so opposed make sure you back it up with fact, not mere 10 second soundbites. Ron Paul 2012!

    September 22, 2011 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  4. Ben

    Guess who paid for that ad? Some of my donation money, and I support it. Look at the markets today and the past 4 years. Ron Paul is right on. RON PAUL 2012.

    September 22, 2011 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  5. corey

    Ron Paul is the medicine man of the desperados who want another choice.
    He is all words and no back up.
    He is a false prophet of politics.
    If you are a woman you are out of your mind to support this man.
    He is not an advocate for women and is a frightening alternative.
    President Obama deserves another chance in office.
    I'm hoping he will get it.

    September 22, 2011 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  6. Darth Vadik, CA

    Jason L,

    it is not regulations that are keeping business form the US, it is a lack of tariffs...

    ...and as far as for the rest of that nonsense you expect Ron Paul to do...HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAAHAHAHAHA

    September 22, 2011 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  7. Captain America

    After hearing about Ron Paul from a few friends I looked up more about him and compared him to the other candidates with as much scrutiny as I could and Ron Paul comes out on top each time, he just... gets it. Thats the best way I can describe it, he understands and hes preached the SAME stuff for 3 decades now and only now are people listening. If you hate him, my advice is to at the absolute least, look up his track record, he goes through with everything he says compared to the other candidates who are just telling you what you want to hear. Put us back on the right track Dr. Paul, you got my vote.

    September 22, 2011 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  8. marcia

    Ron Paul could never spend as much as the moron in control of the White House!

    September 22, 2011 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  9. thedizzle

    Once again, CNN proves to have the most arrogant and misinformed comment section. If some of you idiots would just stfu for a minute and actually LISTEN (not just hear) to what Ron Paul says you'd most likely not say the ignorant things that you do – unless you're really just stupid and/or evil.

    RON PAUL 2012 or America is toast.

    September 22, 2011 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  10. durk

    Ron paul is the only one that is even close to being a reasonable and intelligent human. The others seem full of themselves and have poor ability to articulate any type of plan that makes sense. I am happy that things have gotten bad because it seems that people are finally starting to become reasonable. I will vote Ron Paul. He actually supports freedom and liberty. The country parents us like children and only becomes stricter when things go wrong. This is a ridiculous method that is depressing and accepted by so many. People have no sense of pride for freedom... it's time for us to grow up about so many things... intellectually.

    September 22, 2011 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  11. Anonymous

    Ron Paul is the only sensible politician who is running. Hope he wins!

    September 22, 2011 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  12. Michael

    Sounds really frugal.

    September 22, 2011 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  13. TOTUS 4 PRESIDENT

    Ron Paul wants the space alien Dennis Kucinich in his cabinet, and thinks that Iran poses no threat to anyone if they had nukes. This guy and his deranged disciples need to be committed.

    September 22, 2011 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  14. Woman In California

    @ Darth Vadik, CA

    That was hilarious! It fits Paul to a tee.

    September 22, 2011 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  15. MG

    folks who says he is too old...look what prsedential looking guy did to America...get back to you senses..It's what you have up their counts not how bold or manly you look....wake up America!

    Go Ron Paul!

    September 22, 2011 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  16. drew

    If you want your tax dollars continuing to be used to bomb little brown kids to pieces, if you want your tax dollars continuing to be used to maintain 900 military bases in 130 countries, if you want your tax dollars continuing to be used to overthrow governments and install dictators bought and paid for by U.S. corporate interests, if you want your tax dollars continuing to be used to fund government agencies secretly spying on us, if you want your tax dollars continuing to be used to fund the TSA molesting women and children, then by all means, vote for Obama, Perry, or Romney.

    On the other hand, if you want the troops brought home, if you want us to lead by example instead of by force, you want corporations out of politics, and you want your 4th Amendment rights back, then vote for Ron Paul.

    September 22, 2011 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  17. Tekk

    Ron Paul is the ONLY Republican Candidate that will actaully work with both sides. Perhaps then we can get something done in the country without the posturing, fighting, and name calling.

    September 22, 2011 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  18. Darth Vadik, CA

    Cali Woman,

    It's obvious once you see it ;)

    September 22, 2011 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  19. KEYLARGO1

    I don't agree with much Paul says, but even if I did, he's 76 years old, he's too d-amn old. I'll guarantee you he couldn't pass a physical to start work at the local grocery store.

    September 22, 2011 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  20. Gorp

    So glad to see Dr. Paul punching harder this round. Our only hope.

    September 22, 2011 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  21. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    I know Paul isn't young, but why is he dressed in a WWI flying suit and clambering off a bi-plane, the likes of which haven't been used in eighty years?

    September 22, 2011 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  22. dirtystone

    Ron Paul is too old, his ideas too wacky. Get rid of FEMA? Help Iran get nukes? Get rid of most government agencies? This guy is really something. Oh yeah, and if you don't have insurance, bye bye...time for a dirt nap, the government should let you bite the dust. Nice.

    September 22, 2011 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  23. bstnh1

    Ron Paul favors nuclear weapons for Iran. That's all anyone needs to know about this kook.

    September 22, 2011 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  24. Doug

    I can't wait to see Ron Paul do Funky Chicken like dance moves, while he attemps to form comple sentances, in response to tonights questeeyons. Doug.

    September 22, 2011 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  25. Jackie

    Still can't figure out why anyone would want Ron Paul as president. Some of his ideas may be good, but most are wacky – and of the many, many years he has represented the congressional district I live in (running virtually unopposed most of the time), he has done NOTHING for his district. He's in congress just to represent himself.

    September 22, 2011 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
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