Energetic Paul TV ad hits airwaves
December 5th, 2011
10:06 AM ET
2 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. sleuth51

    Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but hoping for a different outcome.

    Washington insiders, of which Newt Gettingrich is the poster boy, have sold us down the river and burdened us with $15 trillion of debt. As interest rates rise, as they surely will, more of our hard-earned taxes will go towards servicing the ever-increasing debt. It is an unsustainable situation. It is time for a real change. Elect a Washington outsider, one with a voting record that bears this out.

    Ron Paul represents "We the People," all shades and sizes. We are the motley majority who has been woken up by a true liberator, a man of unquestioned integrity and selflessness, uncontaminated by special interests and resolute in his devotion and commitment to Constitutional government.

    December 5, 2011 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  2. Publius Novus

    Let's see, Rep. Paul wants to kill the Departments of Education, Energy, Interior, Housing & Urban Development, and Commerce, and put their employees on the street. Yeah, puting a hundred thousand or so federal employees on unemployment will definitely help the economy. As well as the private-sector contractors who do a good portion of their work. Ron Paul–a candidate for 1712.

    December 5, 2011 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  3. Sniffit

    Nice. Very accurate ad. "Has Been"...that about says it all.

    December 5, 2011 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  4. Now is not the time to cut spending

    Only someone who knows nothing about economics thinks now is the time to cut spending. You cut gov. spending when the economy is really growing. Cuts do not spur growth, they hurt it. Now we need to spur growth. Ron Paul is simply a nut and his followers are brainwashed.

    December 5, 2011 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  5. Democrat

    I will be voting for him. Finally someone gets the biggest issue facing America, the debt...

    December 5, 2011 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  6. diridi

    Need the Revenue, Tax the Rich.....
    Need the Revenue, Tax the Rich.....
    Need the Revenue, Tax the Rich.....
    Need the Revenue, Tax the Rich.....
    Need the Revenue, Tax the Rich.....
    Obama2012.

    December 5, 2011 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  7. Paul_has_it_right

    I think patriotic Liberals and Conservatives can both vote for Paul. The rest of the dweebs including Obama are in the pockets of Globalist Corporations.

    December 5, 2011 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  8. rob

    We need to cut spending. Moody's made the point as did our bankers in China.

    This is not post ww2. There is no vast economic future for our government to spend into. We are in a structural decline and we will not be able to spend our way out of it. See Europe for further proof to those who think stimulus is the answer. Either we cut now, or some technocrat will cut it all down for us.

    December 5, 2011 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  9. tomas

    I first heard of Ron Paul because of an article I've read about him. Basically, it portrayed him as "nutty."
    After reading his viewpoints, I found myself agreeing with almost everything he said! The guy's not crazy. He's a straight shooter. Genuine guy.

    December 5, 2011 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  10. Paul Bot

    What part of "phasing out" do you people not understand? The departments would be ended by attrition! Plus, these federal employees can find jobs in, or at least start up, private sector alternatives! Actually look at his plan before you try to spread false information.

    December 5, 2011 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  11. James

    The "now is not the time to cut spending" guy obviously knows so little about economics and inflation that it's frightening.

    "Now is not the time to stop putting yourself further into debt. The time to stop putting yourself further into debt is when you're not in debt!"

    Can't keep the shell game going forever. Go take a look at what the Federal Reserve has been doing printing money behind our backs and giving it out to their buddies. 7.7 TRILLION with the last batch of figures, that may or may not be on the back of the QE2 spending before of $16 trillion. Why do you think we have record levels of inflation? Why do you think the government no longer gives us M3 figures?

    December 5, 2011 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  12. diridi

    It is not Debt that is faced by America, it is Ethics in Politicians, we need Leader not Politician. GE, GM, Motorola, WalMart are not paying enough taxes. So the nation is loosing REVENUE. OK, Cut spending, they cut your Social Security, and Medicare, do you Agree? How idiotic. GOP wants to ban Social Security, and Medicare. Watch out. You need Education. No wonder, Obama cries for Education. What a bunch of uneducated in the nation. God bless. Obama2012.

    December 5, 2011 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  13. Ellen

    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.

    December 5, 2011 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  14. Lynda/Minnesota

    "Plus, these federal employees can find jobs in, or at least start up, private sector alternatives!"

    Would that be before or after Boehner and Company complete their Jobs! Jobs! Jobs! plans they each ran on in 2010? Either way, private sector alternatives is a thing of the past ... well, at least for middle class Americans, anyway. China and India, not so much.

    December 5, 2011 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  15. vic , nashville ,tn

    Ron Paul 2012

    December 5, 2011 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  16. Rudy NYC

    slueth51 wrote:
    Ron Paul represents "We the People," all shades and sizes. We are the motley majority who has been woken up by a true liberator, a man of unquestioned integrity and selflessness, uncontaminated by special interests and resolute in his devotion and commitment to Constitutional government.
    -------------
    Ron Paul *does not* represent people of all shades and sizes. What doesn't get mentioned very often about Dr. Paul is his position on the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Like his son Rand, Ron Paul feels the law is unconstitutional. Dr. Paul feels that you have a constitutional right to exercise your freedom of speech and be bigot. They are on record as stating that if a business owner wishes to throw someone out of his store based upon race, then that is their right.

    December 5, 2011 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  17. Niki

    I do sincerely really like Ron Paul. I hope he gets the nomination.

    That being said, if he were to run, we'd look critically at how these programs contribute to our economy and GDP (and yes, they do contribute).

    Would make an easy win for Obama come November 2012.

    December 5, 2011 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  18. Sniffit

    "See Europe for further proof to those who think stimulus is the answer. "

    You have it backwards. What tanked Greece, and they've even reported it once or twice on CNN, altho quickly moved on to other subjects to avoid it getting enough air time...was that Greece responded to the economic crisis and its own economic problems BY CUTTING WAAAAAY TOO MUCH WAAAAY TOO FAST. It dried up all demand and poof...caused Greece to implode. Peolpe running around screaming "cut spending...it will magically fix everything" are doing nothing but advocating using Occam's Razor to slit the country's wrists. Simple(minded) solutions for extraordinarily complex problems = complete disaster.

    December 5, 2011 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  19. Anonymous

    @Publius Novus - Actually he said he would move ALL employees in the cut departments to other, actually USEFUL departments untli they retire.

    Firing nobody.

    You really should investigate before making up lies and false accusations, of which you know nothing aboutl.

    December 5, 2011 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  20. Fran

    Three people I would only vote for. Romney, Trump or Obama. Yes I guess I am an independent- republican for the most part however the other candidates don't stand a chance to lead this country and would do worse than Obama if elected. The other candidates are life long politicians with personal interests. I don't think that Romney or Trump would look out for their personal gain as presidents. They are already very rich and uber rich. I think they both know best how to make our economy grow and create jobs for America.

    December 5, 2011 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  21. Bill

    "Yeah, puting a hundred thousand or so federal employees on unemployment will definitely help the economy"

    So short sighted. First – WHY do we have a 100K plus federal employees regulating everything? Secondly – if they are decent at what they do, they'll find work in the private sector – though they may have to leave DC to do it. Thirdly – the amount of money the government will save in the BUREAUCRACY of these departments will be tremendous. It will also spur growth by removing ridiculous barriers to growth.

    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.

    December 5, 2011 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  22. Fair is Fair

    "Watch out. You need Education. No wonder, Obama cries for Education. What a bunch of uneducated in the nation. "
    -----–
    Pot, meet kettle.

    December 5, 2011 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  23. jeremyb802

    Some important facts about Ron Paul's record:

    * He has never voted to raise taxes.
    * He has never voted for an unbalanced budget.
    * He has never voted for a federal restriction on gun ownership.
    * He has never voted to raise congressional pay.
    * He has never taken a government-paid junket.
    * He has never voted to increase the power of the executive branch.
    * He does not participate in the lucrative congressional pension program.
    * He returns a portion of his annual congressional office budget to the U.S. treasury every year.
    * He voted against the Patriot Act.
    * He voted against the Iraq war.
    * He wants to remove Marijuana from the list of controlled substances

    December 5, 2011 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  24. Reason

    The TRUTH that the main stream media won't tell you:

    NBC/Marist Poll released on December 4th:

    "President Obama defeats all GOP competitors EXCEPT for Ron Paul in a hypothetical matchup; and 42 percent of registered voters in Iowa support Ron Paul and 42 percent back Obama, with 16 percent undecided; and Ron Paul leads Obama 42 to 35 percent among independent voters and attracts 15 percent of Iowa’s Democrats; and Ron Paul also leads Obama by 14 percentage points among voters under 45 years of age."

    The GOP can't win with out drawing votes from Independents and Democrats and the only candidate that can do that is, Ron Paul!

    December 5, 2011 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  25. Rudy NYC

    Ellen point out:

    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.
    ---------–
    I assume that you are pointing out that the difference between "views" and "likes" is suggestive of some sort of hanky-panky. That is should not be possible that you can have more "likes" than "views". I imply that there should be at least as many "views" as "likes."

    I would agree with you that the numbers are a bit off and do not make sense. But, I do not agree with your conclusion that the error only explanation is that there should a higher number of reported "views." An inflated number of "likes" is a possibility, too.

    December 5, 2011 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
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