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. Derp

    If you think Ron Paul is crazy and everything he wants to try won't work because it is, again, crazy, then I want you to stop whining about the current state of things. If you think everything aside of the status quo is crazy you have absolutely zero right to complain about the current options in place. Obama wasn't change and everyone knew it, if you told yourself something different you are just a fool.

    September 22, 2011 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  2. Eric

    The day that Ron Paul goes out on the campaign trail for real is the day that he might get over 10%. The guy does nothing but TV shows and straw polls. Sure he's 'big on the internet', but the reality is that he sucks at retail politics. A well spoken 'official' surrogate or two might help, but they'd have to be able to fill rallies and not many can pull that off.

    September 22, 2011 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  3. alfred

    Obama would be more of the same, Perry and Romney would be like having w bush back in office (scary).
    I’m a democrat but I’ll vote for Ron Paul if he makes it to the general elections.
    He’s the only candidate that makes sense. Voting for anybody else will be more of the same.
    Stop using our hard earned money on useless wars.

    September 22, 2011 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  4. Charles

    If you've enjoyed watching your freedoms and your fortunes eroding away from both the left AND the right, then by all means vote for any other candidate... Obama, Perry, Romney, doesn't really matter.

    If however, like 85% of Americans, you think America is in desperate need of real, tangible, substantial change, then PLEASE vote Ron Paul.

    September 22, 2011 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  5. retired viet nam vet

    keep the medals get us the benefits we deserve.those medals with a dollar will get you a cup of coffee.get me the dollar keep the medals. money and good health care are more important than the medals now.

    September 22, 2011 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  6. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Ron Paul is an idealist that doesn't realized that the world isn't functioning up to the ideals that he believes in. I wonder how he would explain how the private sector would clean up the environment and provide a safe working environment. I don't think he can. The automobile manufactures didn't want the anti-pollution devices and seat belts. Yet, once they were forced to do it, they never went under or had people stop buying cars. There are other examples as well.

    September 22, 2011 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  7. rob kelly

    Ron Paul is our last real option...next is a revolution....he is our last hope...the media really needs to stop throwing in personal comments from their staff.
    That 1% ruling us 99%, have committed treason against us...writing laws that provide them infinite monetary wealth. Helping the buddies they keep in Big industry to pay for their careers ruling us. WAKE UP AMERICA... grow some damn brains...That's OUR money they are toying with.... Go Ron Paul...all others can go kiss China and the Middle Easts asses they wrongly support.... Our current politicians are traitors to the people... with the media's help... screw mainstream media...they are lying to us.

    September 22, 2011 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  8. North Calif

    Ron Paul seem more coherent and sensible, so I don't get why people think he's too old. A good leader can always delegate things that need to be done by younger people while maintaining a healthy vision and overview of things.

    September 23, 2011 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
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