Energetic Paul TV ad hits airwaves
December 5th, 2011
10:06 AM ET
6 years ago

Energetic Paul TV ad hits airwaves

(CNN) - Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul's up with the seventh commercial of his bid for the White House, a fast-paced spot that appears to be a cross between a slick TV or movie promotion and an ad for an SUV or pickup truck.

The campaign for the longtime congressman from Texas, who's making his third bid for the presidency, says the ad will run on broadcast and cable television Iowa and New Hampshire, the first two states to vote in the presidential primary and caucus calendar.

"What's up with these sorry politicians? Lots of bark! But when it's show time? Whimpering like little Shih-Tzus. You want big cuts? Ron Paul's been screaming it for years," says the narrator in the commercial. "Budget crisis? No problem. Cut a trillion bucks year one. That's trillion with a T. Department of Education? Gone! Interior? Energy? HUD? Commerce? Gone! Later, bureaucrats. That's how Ron Paul rolls. Want to drain the swamp? Ron Paul. Do it!"

Paul, who has strong support among many in the tea party movement, as well as with libertarians across the country, has been trying to characterize his rivals for the GOP nomination as more establishment candidates unwilling to make the tough cuts he says are needed to lower the nation's massive budget deficit.

Two new polls released over the weekend in Iowa indicate Paul on the rise in the state that votes four weeks from Tuesday, basically battling former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney for the second spot among likely GOP caucus goers, with former House Speaker Newt Gingrich surging to the top of the field.

Paul is going up with his spot on the same day that Gingrich puts out the first commercial of his White House bid. Romney went up with his first paid commercial last month, and Texas Gov. Rick Perry took to the airwaves earlier this autumn. In contrast, Paul started going up with paid TV ads over the summer.

Word of the new Paul campaign ad was first reported by Politico.

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soundoff (33 Responses)
  1. DoesNot Matter

    He's got it right on the legalization of drugs and the END of the ridiculous War On Drugs that America has been losing since it started. Closing and reorganizing bases around the world, and restricting our military actions to those whose soul purposes reflect a strong national interest to us are great ideas too, but these ideas won't pass muster with the Tea Party. Allowing the private sector to police themselves in lieu of any government regulations would be a certain disaster. He's got an interesting bag of tricks, but they are too inconsistent as a whole to capture the votes of so many one way or the highway Tea Partiers.

    December 5, 2011 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  2. Joe Shmoe

    I'm voting for Ron Paul, the only true conservative in the race. Newt, Mitt, and Obama are all just big government globalists who think the debt is just something to dump on the next generation...Problem is, we're running out of time and
    Americans need to choose now if they want a Republic or an Empire. Or we could just go bankrupt like the USSR in 1989. What country was it that they were fighting in again?

    December 5, 2011 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  3. Rudy NYC

    Bill wrote:
    You can post on these boards that Ron Paul is a nut if you want, or you can take the time to read his positions and THEN come back and tell us what you REALLY think.
    Been there done that. Not all of his positions are clearly stated. Ron Paul has a dard side. He has a couple of unflattering positions, too, that his web site doesn't tell you anything about. First and foremost among his controversial positions is to repeal the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Both Ron and Rand Paul feel that being a bigot is an expression of your freedom of speech.

    December 5, 2011 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  4. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Okay, the question is what services that these office provide go away? What will happen to the national forests - chopped to nothing for short term gain! What about the states that need additonal money for education - they lose the money and get more poorly taught students and teachers that can't survive on their paychecks. This is just to name a few things.

    December 5, 2011 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  5. Johnny Rivera

    Ron Paul 2012

    December 5, 2011 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  6. ZTTim

    Taxing the wealthy is a typical knee-jerk class-warfare solution. If you took the combined wealth from the top 1000 people in the United States, it wouldn't make a dent in the debt. And even if you did....what would the government do with that money? THEY'D SPEND IT.....and a short time later, we'd be right back where we started. Giving the governemnt more money is never the solution.

    The easiest way to cut spending in a truly significant way....is to reduce our footprint around the world. Ron Paul and ONLY Ron Paul, advocates bringing our troops home from overseas and invest the money spent there....right here in America.

    We as a nation have been duped into believeing our presence overseas somehow makes us safer here, when according to the 9/11 Report, and our own CIA, our intervention to foreign lands only serves to create animosity and hatred.

    December 5, 2011 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  7. cf

    "You don't need any more proof of a media biased against Ron Paul than this commercial. When I watched it, it had only 302 views, yet over 700 "likes." This is just YouTube manipulating the view counts...they've been doing it to Ron Paul videos for weeks, after stats came out that Paul was BY FAR the most watched candidate."

    Wow. Everything is a conspiracy against Ron Paul with you people, isn't it. If you spend any time on YouTube at all, you'd know this is a common site-wide glitch, particularly with new videos. "Likes" are tallied more frequently than views, so the number of recorded likes usually eclipses the displayed number of views on new, popular videos.

    December 5, 2011 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  8. cf

    The problem with Ron Paul is, he doesn't understand the difference between wasteful spending and useful spending. Yes, there is waste and overspending in Washington, but you can't offset it by cutting things that we need, like schools, roads, social services, clean air & water, and JOBS, as Ron Paul is want to do.

    And call me crazy, but I LIKE the fact that I can step outside my house without tripping over junkies shooting up, and that we can send our kids out to play in the neighborhood with confidence that someone won't try to sell them drugs. Ron Paul's pro-drugs policy is terrifying for anyone except stoners who just see it as an excuse to get high without repercussion.

    December 5, 2011 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
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