Ron Paul takes on Gingrich in new web ad
November 30th, 2011
09:26 PM ET
3 years ago

Ron Paul takes on Gingrich in new web ad

(CNN) – Newt Gingrich can add another Republican presidential foe to the list of those taking aim at his record: Texas Rep. Ron Paul.

In a new web video released Wednesday, Paul's campaign hits the former House Speaker as a "serial" hypocrite and Washington insider.

The 2 1/2-minute spot features a string of clips from the news media in which journalists and political leaders highlight inconsistencies both in Gingrich's time in office and on the campaign trail.

The ad points at a recent controversy over reports that Gingrich received a paycheck of at least $1.6 million from Freddie Mac while he served as a consultant for the mortgage giant.

Critics went after Gingrich at the time, calling him a lobbyist for the mega-lender. But Gingrich has since denied he took part in any lobbying of any kind.

The video also includes a 2008 commercial Gingrich did on climate change with former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a Democratic political heavyweight regarded with much disdain among conservative Republicans.

Gingrich now says the commercial was one of the "dumbest" things he's done in recent years but defends it as an effort to show that conservatives care about the environment.

Among the montage of clips is a short scene with a Republican voter pointing his finger at Gingrich and saying, "You're an embarrassment to our party."

Paul's web ad also swipes at Gingrich over previous comments he made indicating support of an individual health insurance mandate, claims he also now flatly denies.

Paul is the latest presidential candidate to place the bull’s-eye on Gingrich. Both former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann have also blasted him over his immigration policies and long career in Washington.

Their attacks come after Gingrich has surged to the front of the GOP race, where he now faces heated competition with Romney for the top spot. Paul falls behind the two in several polls, including surveys measuring support in Iowa and New Hampshire, states that hold the nation’s first two presidential contests.

The ad ends using Gingrich's own words from a Monday radio interview, in which he leveled heavy charges against Romney as a flip-flopper.

"It's wrong to go around and adopt radically different positions, because then people have to ask themselves, 'What will you tell me next time?" Gingrich can be heard saying as the ad closes.

The video then comes to a standstill with eerie music playing in the background and nothing on the screen but text that reads: "What will you tell us next?"

Gingrich's campaign responded to the ad late Wednesday night.

"No candidate in the race has achieved more conservative reform of government or spent more time and energy championing the cause of the conservative movement than Newt Gingrich, which is why voters across the country are choosing Newt over Mitt Romney," said campaign spokesman R.C. Hammond in a statement to CNN.

- CNN's Peter Hamby and Rachel Streitfeld contributed to this report.


Filed under: 2012 • Newt Gingrich • Ron Paul
soundoff (55 Responses)
  1. CoJo

    certain regulations were created because of the type of under the table accounting Enron and Tyco did. Gingrich wants to do away with that regulation... so that implies he's for under the table accounting? Thinks how many people lost their jobs and retirements due to such accounting practices. Gingrich was to do away with all regulations, even the ones that are suppose to keep financial companies from doing anohter melt down. Wonder how many hedge funds are feed his pocket. Has he not learned anyhting from the past? I thought he was a student of history... Sounds like he was absent during the Bush's years?

    November 30, 2011 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  2. Chickasaw

    Peace, Liberty, and Freedom through limited government and a free market society !

    Ron Paul 012 !

    November 30, 2011 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  3. Liz it iz

    Go, Ron Paul! Young people, get out the vote and take Iowa!

    November 30, 2011 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  4. Edwin Merit

    This just in:
    Newt tries to fire back at Paul's record, but fails when he realizes that it is rock solid.

    Seriously though, although I hate attack ads, I think this one served a decent purpose in bringing truths to light that have been pushed aside by this "Cain Controversy."

    November 30, 2011 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  5. chuck weidemann

    By the time the dust settles only Huntsman will remain above the fray!! The rest are thirsting for blood and starting to show their true colors!!! Guess what they aren't red,white and blue!!! Just green....

    November 30, 2011 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  6. Rob in MO

    Paul is right on this one. Hypocrite is Newt's middle name.

    November 30, 2011 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  7. Tara James

    The ad is spot on. I suggest everyone go to Youtube and check it out or find another article that includes the video. Why not include the video in this article? I've seen it in articles at other news outlets. I believe it is called,"Newt Gingrich Serial Hypocrisy"

    November 30, 2011 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
  8. chris

    haha why do they respond with against mitt when it was paul that put the ad out there?... I guess you cant since paul has seemingly never flopped

    November 30, 2011 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
  9. Alex

    Brilliant ad !

    December 1, 2011 12:13 am at 12:13 am |
  10. Dixie AZ

    Newt is a great salesman. But would you buy a used car from him?

    December 1, 2011 12:19 am at 12:19 am |
  11. Mountain Fighting

    The corporate media has just been loving Newt as of late. They have been pushing him up the polls with incredibly favorable coverage. He is their darling. He is more left than Obama. He is more corrupt than the last speaker of the house Pelosi. I am glad someone had the balls to put this video together to expose Gingrich and his flip flopping habits. Plus the TARP bailouts and the bribery money from Freddie Mac is just plain corrupt and everyone knows it except the corporate media. Well they know all of this and more, but they sold their soul a while back to the highest bidder.

    December 1, 2011 12:30 am at 12:30 am |
  12. Johnny

    Nice shot Dr. Paul! Keep fighting.

    December 1, 2011 12:30 am at 12:30 am |
  13. Johnny

    Nice shot Dr. Paul! Keep fighting for us.

    December 1, 2011 12:32 am at 12:32 am |
  14. Bill

    Ron Paul is the front-runner in the GOP race and it is becoming more and more evident as this race goes on.

    December 1, 2011 12:43 am at 12:43 am |
  15. James

    Yeah nice try Newt. Shouldn't you be running for the Democrats by now? RINOs need not apply here. Go back to taking bribe money from Fannie and Freddie to ruin our economy.

    December 1, 2011 12:56 am at 12:56 am |
  16. dianna

    Once again the TRUTH will, hopefully, set us FREE from hypocrites like Newt Gingrich. RON PAUL IS THE ONLY HONEST MAN RUNNING FOR THE REPUBLICANS AND SHOULD BE OUR NEXT PRESIDENT IN 2012!! VOTERS NEED TO LISTEN TO THIS MAN AND, IF YOU REALLY LISTEN, YOU WILL HEAR OUR FOUNDING FATHERS SPEAKING!!

    December 1, 2011 01:11 am at 1:11 am |
  17. Thomas

    Why would the American people elect man who was the catalyst for the problems we have today ?

    CELEBRITY OR SHORT TURM MEMORY ?

    I have respect for Ron Paul , I wouldn't vote for him. He's like the Ralph Nader of the right.
    Paul is right about both Romney and Gingrich , Flip and Flop .

    December 1, 2011 01:12 am at 1:12 am |
  18. John

    I find the lack of coverage on Paul by the media absolutely disturbing. A candidate comes along that has several drastically different plans from every other GOP candidates and it is hardly talked about. How is the public supposed to know anything about him if the media doesn't give him fair coverage. Is it because what you hear and see with Ron Paul is what you get. Is it because he is an actual honest man and not in it for politics. Someone who desperately wants to be heard but is denied air time throughout the day because there is too much other news about sexual scandals and who is in the lead. Ron Paul might very well have a chance to be in the lead if the media ever gave him a fighting chance, but the media refuses to give this honest gentleman a chance, instead calling him a nutcase. Too many people will dismiss him if they hear that come out of the mouth of the media. It is sickening that is the case, but it is true. Many people are too lazy to think too hard for themselves. Ron Paul has the most consistent record out of any candidate in aligning with the constitution. Always! It's not an ancient idea. Isn't that what the American people always cry out for? Someone who fights tooth and nail for the Constitution and our liberty. But the moment that candidate comes along we ignore him. Maybe we don't really want liberty.

    December 1, 2011 02:06 am at 2:06 am |
  19. andyj

    Wow. I don't know how anyone can watch this and still support Newt Gingrich with a clear conscience. This ad really makes you think twice about Gingrich if you had ever thought about supporting him. Ron Paul can make an 'attack' ad like this because he has the record to back it up. It will be tough for Gingrich to explain all those contradictory positions.

    December 1, 2011 02:38 am at 2:38 am |
  20. Larry L

    I can see nothing appealing about the Republican Party. Can the voters be as ridiculous as the candidates? Newt is sorry for having an interest in science and showing concern for the environment? Republicans need to get off the anti-science kick. They look like a more obese version of the Takiban.

    December 1, 2011 02:51 am at 2:51 am |
  21. Marco

    He will beat obama

    December 1, 2011 03:06 am at 3:06 am |
  22. pmn

    Eighty percent of Ron Paul's policies warm the heart, but the other twenty percent are half-cocked.

    December 1, 2011 03:10 am at 3:10 am |
  23. Sun Tzu

    Newt should turn to stand up comedy. This ad made me laugh. Ha Ha!

    December 1, 2011 03:22 am at 3:22 am |
  24. frag

    I guess it all comes down to trust. Frankly, I wouldn't buy a used car from any of the Republican candidates.

    December 1, 2011 03:39 am at 3:39 am |
  25. Josiah-David

    Newt Gingrich is a CFR, NAFTA, GATT and WTO- supporting globalist adulterous fraud! He had 84 ethics violations during his term in Congress. He supports amnesty for illegal aliens and is pro-wars of aggression. He is not a conservative. He is not a constitutionalist. No Newt World Order.

    Ron Paul 2012.

    December 1, 2011 03:45 am at 3:45 am |
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