Paul to push Gingrich attacks into New Hampshire
December 8th, 2011
03:46 PM ET
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Paul to push Gingrich attacks into New Hampshire

(CNN) - Texas Rep. Ron Paul is taking his anti-Newt Gingrich media blitz across more markets.

Not only has Paul's campaign purchased an expanded ad buy in Iowa against his rival GOP presidential opponent, but it's also set to release the same TV ad in New Hampshire, a Paul campaign aide confirmed to CNN.

The 60 second TV spot, titled "Serial Hypocrisy," first launched in Iowa on Wednesday. It includes footage from the news media, coupled with dramatic music, in an attempt to show inconsistencies in Gingrich's record.

The ad spotlights 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 points to previous comments Gingrich made expressing support for an individual health insurance mandate. While he has repeatedly insisted he opposes a federal mandate, he favors easing into a government-backed system in which every person is covered.

Along with Gingrich, Paul has seen his numbers rise in Iowa over the last month. Gingrich topped the field with 33% of support in the state, according to a new CNN/ORC International Poll. But Paul found himself in close competition with fellow candidate Mitt Romney, coming in with 17% to Romney's 20%.

"We wanted to ensure this ad reached as many voters as possible, to debunk the myth that the Newt we are seeing on the 2012 campaign trail is the conservative he has been touted to be all along," said Paul's national campaign chairman, Jesse Benton, in a statement on Tuesday.

Gingrich's campaign responded to the ad, which first originated online, last week.

"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 Ashley Killough and Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.

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Filed under: New Hampshire • Newt Gingrich • Ron Paul
soundoff (20 Responses)
  1. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Is Barney Fife still in the race?

    December 8, 2011 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  2. Democrats answer to everything, TAX THE RICH, TAX BUSINESS

    Ron Paul's campaign is going nowhere and if he continues this stupidity, he'll drop like a rock in the polls. Focus on the issues and Obama!!

    December 8, 2011 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  3. Mikey

    Ron Paul is wrong. Newt should be the GOP nominee. Obama 2012.

    The funniest description of Newt: He's a stupid person's idea of a smart person. You know, an idiot' genius.

    December 8, 2011 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  4. unsub

    i like Paul

    December 8, 2011 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  5. Brett Nesbitt

    For a chance at truly changing this country, vote for Ron Paul.

    There isn't any candidate out there who will stand by their convictions besides him. You can't trust them. What they say isn't what they will do. Even if you don't agree with Ron on everything, at least know that what you see is what you get. He is truly a man of principle. He is a president you can be proud of. He cares about the people. The people is what his campaign is all about. He isn't going to send your kids overseas to be killed in a meaningless war. He isn't going to allow the dollar to decline further with ridiculous spending and fed created inflation.

    Vote for Ron Paul. A vote for anyone else is a vote for the status quo. The last thing this country can afford is another 4 years of the current spending and endless wars!

    December 8, 2011 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  6. warren

    why newt gingrich. He looks like pumpkinhead from the horror movie!gop is a joke! Obama will easily get a 2nd term

    December 8, 2011 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  7. Anonymous

    People who fall for Newt's line of bull have lost the desire to have honest government. Period.

    December 8, 2011 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  8. Greg

    Newt lost any credibility with me when he came out in favor of making the Patriot Act permanent and expanding it's reach. I don't know how you can reconcile a massive increase in federal authority with the conservative ideal of smaller government. Huntsman or Paul are the only candidates with a shred of integrity, and the only two that are in the running for my primary vote. If Gingrich takes the nomination, I will not be voting GOP in the general election.

    December 8, 2011 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  9. aaron

    I like Paul too.

    December 8, 2011 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  10. Shelby

    You go Ron Paul! Keep exposing newt as the biggest flip-flopper of any candidate in this race.Newt's hypocrisy is astounding!

    December 8, 2011 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  11. Erick

    Newts baggage WILL catch up to him. Ron Paul will win the nomination.

    December 8, 2011 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  12. steven allen gibson

    We need Ron Paul for 2012. All the rest are to damn dumb to run our country.

    December 8, 2011 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  13. viki

    I hope Dr. Pauls "gives them heck'!!!!! He is smarter than all of them, and it hurts me that the media doesn't give him his fair exposer...I am voting for him!!!!

    December 8, 2011 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  14. Andrew Hanson

    Ron Paul is the ideal candidate for president. He is a great man. I have placed my hard earned money, time, and effort into supporting Dr.Ron Paul M.D.

    December 8, 2011 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  15. Hank Xavier

    He should continue to expose the hypocrisy because the people have a right to know. I am sick of being left with no one but scoundrels and thieves to vote for. So is everyone else. Paul's support will only continue to grow. He doesn't lose supporters, only gains them. The world is in for a big surprise come caucus night when Ron Paul wins in Iowa and then turns around and wins in New Hampshire. It will be the vote heard around the world.

    December 8, 2011 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  16. NAFTA NEWT

    Either we'll have Ron Paul as the GOP nomination or we'll have 4 more years of Hope and Change Obama.

    Obama will drag Newt through the mud with his support of NAFTA, bill to introduce a federal police force, and giving foreign aid out all over.

    December 8, 2011 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  17. Tim

    Ron Paul is polling in Iowa as the ONLY candidate that beats Obama. Newt can dress his past up any way you want it but he DID take money from Fanny and Freddy. He is the very definition of the Washington Insider. Go look at his voting record and compare that with Ron Paul's. Look up the facts for yourself. Ron doesn't need to drop out. Santorum, Bachman, AND Perry need to go. And when the lesser guys start dropping out and their supporters who are clearly looking for change start looking for a new hope they aren't going to look at Romney or Newt for it. RP 2012

    December 8, 2011 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  18. Ron Paul 2012

    If Newt gets the nod, I'll kill myself. He is a liar and hypocrite. Ron Paul already has a plan. Cut spending. He's the true conservative here. Newt is a RINO and Romney is out. Ron Paul 2012-2020!!!

    December 8, 2011 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  19. Republicans answer to everything, DEREGULATE EVERYTHING, BRING BACK INDENTURED SERVANTS.

    Sorry, but the rise of Newt is just further proof of the stupidity of the republican party in general. No one cares about this guys record despite the fact that he IS the boogyman of middle america. He would see the Corperatocracy complete. Let the companies decide what is best for america, i.e. themselves. I can't understand the willingness of people to throw themselves under the bus. Republicans, WAKE UP. (this coming from a Dem)

    December 8, 2011 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  20. Woman In California

    Paul's numbers can rise to 100% support in the GOP and he STILL won't be the POTUS. Neither he nor his supporters seem to be able to understand/grasp reality even if it hits them in the face but keep wasting your time and money – it's yours to waste not mine.

    December 8, 2011 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |