Paul continues flooding Iowa and N.H. airwaves with TV ads
December 20th, 2011
10:34 AM ET
2 years ago

Paul continues flooding Iowa and N.H. airwaves with TV ads

(CNN) - A new, slick, movie trailer style TV commercial by Rep. Ron Paul that takes shots at some of his rivals for the Republican presidential nomination hits the airwaves Tuesday in the first two states to hold contests in the primary and caucus calendar.

In the ad, titled "The One," Washington, D.C. is described as "a lost city" which focuses on "failed policies, failed leadership" and then presents the longtime congressman from Texas, who's making his third bid for the White House, as the only GOP presidential candidate that "has stood apart, stood strong and true," adding that Paul has stood "up to the Washington machine, guided by principle."

The Paul campaign says that the 60-second spot, which is an update of an earlier Paul commercial, will run on broadcast and cable TV in Iowa and New Hampshire. The ad's release comes two weeks before the Iowa caucuses, the first contest in the road to the nomination, and three weeks before the New Hampshire primary, which is the second contest.

While the narrator in the ad doesn't name Paul's rival candidates by name, an image of former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is seen with the caption "insider deals" and an image of former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, along with an image of President Barack Obama, appears under the caption "smooth-talking politicians." Quick images of Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota also appear, with Perry grouped with Sen. Harry Reid, the top Senate Democrat, and Bachman teamed with Rep. Nancy Pelosi, the top Democrat in the House, under the caption "games of he said, she said."

The campaign says the updated spot is part of a multi-million dollar ad campaign in Iowa and New Hampshire. Paying for the buy may not be too much of a problem, thanks to an infusion of what the campaign says was over $4 million in fundraising since this past weekend.

News of the ad was first reported by Politico.

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Filed under: 2012 • Ads • Iowa • New Hampshire • Ron Paul
soundoff (26 Responses)
  1. SoCal

    wow, i'm not an RP supporter, but 4 million from grass roots support? WOW.

    December 20, 2011 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  2. Sniffit

    Let the crazy flow through you young padawans. Hopefully he wins so we can finally have a "serious" discussion about "serious" and "legitimate" and "pressing" issues and questions like "who needs the Fed and centralized monetary policy anyway?" or "won't society and the 'free market' self-correct themselves if we simply get rid of clean air and water regulations?" or "why do we need the Dept. of Education when clearly everyone was getting a fantastic standardized education before we ever created it...I mean, if some people want to believe that the world is flat and others want to believe it's round, what's the harm?" I sincerely hope he wins the nomination.

    December 20, 2011 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  3. Alex

    $4,000,000 moneybomb, gotta love it! No other candidate comes close to that much money from small donations!

    December 20, 2011 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  4. devinesara

    Live free or die! Ron Paul 2012, NH.

    December 20, 2011 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  5. BigRest724

    Americans better strike while the iron is hot, and that means the people of the media too. There is hardly a chance we'll ever see another candidate like Ron Paul again in our lifetimes unless we change the course of history in 2012 and pave the way for a reintroduction of true statesmen into Washington again. All of our families and our children and grandchildren's families are affected by this. Take advantage.

    December 20, 2011 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  6. Rudy NYC

    Rep. Ron Paul wants all of us to live like the way they did on "The Waltons."

    December 20, 2011 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  7. Mark

    All rich and curropt wall street banker, current do nothing leaders in both houses fears him, things would not run the way , and lobbiest fear him since he doenst take their money, he is the peoples president, like JFK was

    December 20, 2011 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  8. The Real Tom Paine

    By Paul's reasoning, he's not even a citizen, since he's from Texas. Texas was annexed, and there are clearly no provisions in the Constitution for annexation. We must withdraw back into the borders that existed prior to the Louisiana Purchase, since that is the legal territory of the country when the Constitution was drawn up. No Florida, no Gulf Coast, no west coast, no Alaska,no Hawaii, no Vermont, Maine, Kentucky, or Alabama: we must mindlessly adhere to the musing of Ron Paul, even though he's now a citizen of Mexico. Thank you, oh thank you, Ron Paul, from saving us from ourselves! How dare we think that George Washington and Hamilton were correct in applying implied powers in the Constitution! How dare Thomas Jefferson turn his back on the Constitution, and double the size of the country! They are not as great as Ron Paul.

    December 20, 2011 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  9. PSbrooklyn

    Both GOP and DNC better pay some serious attention: the libertarian, fiscal conservative pillar of GOP will be shorn off by RP as well as the traditional anti-war Left pillar of the DNC. This "unelectable" talk better stop – a large number of RP's supporters will not vote for anybody else and many are independents.

    December 20, 2011 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  10. Dano

    I live in Iowa...I am very interested in politics....I have not seen that many ads for Ron Paul. Gingrinch is blowing his political wad, but don't see much from Ron Paul as this article states.....I am impressed with some of RP's ideas, but pulling out and closing all bases is a huge mistake. Also, let me ask you this one question....if a lot of the Republicans don't like him (they are doing their best to keep him down), and a lot of Democrats don't like him....why not vote for Obama? If Ron Paul is elected, the partisan politics will continue....NOTHING will get done. So why take a chance on a guy who many see as an isolationist? Our children deserve the best education they can get....Ron Paul wants to eliminate the Department of Education, along with 4 other programs that would not be good for our country. Just because Ron Paul is big on Facebook and Twitter does NOT qualify him to be President of the United States of America !!! Could you imagine what Lincoln, Washington, FDR, Ike would say about this list of potential presidential candidates?

    December 20, 2011 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  11. Rachael

    Did anyone see the interview with Ari this morning? And they expect us to believe the media is unbiased. I regularly watch CNN in the mornings, and on more than a few occasions have seen the true political colors of their journalists come out pretty unapologetically (Carol, in particular). Get it together, CNN. Facts, not fiction. I thought that's what the news was supposed to be.

    December 20, 2011 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  12. Ron Paul 2012

    @The Real Tom Paine

    You're right, they're not as great as Ron Paul

    December 20, 2011 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  13. T'sah from Virginia

    ►Paul continues flooding Iowa and N.H. airwaves with TV ads◄
    And in the end, after IA and NH, he will lose it all – so, so sad!!

    Obama 2012

    December 20, 2011 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  14. mittensonkittens

    Strange little man. Huge ego. Libertarian ideas with some good ones and some wacko ones. lacks social skills...jimmy kimmel played him like a fiddle

    December 20, 2011 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  15. Dano

    Rachael....try turning on the Rush Limbaugh show sometime....tell me who is biased, unapologetically, fiction (partisan) over facts....You people crack me up....you sit and complain about Liberal Media....turn on Faux (Fox News)....turn on the AM radio (almost any station, at any time) you will hear blatent biased media as well.....

    December 20, 2011 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  16. Ron Paul 2012

    @ Dano

    Have you ever listened to WHY he wants to cut the departments..you make a naive conclusion that "cutting the department of education" automatically infers that your children won't receive a quality education. It is the contrary. A lot of republicans don't even really KNOW about Ron Paul because the media tends to censor him. If he wins in Iowa and is given the time of day to speak his plans, many would see where he's coming from.

    You raise solid questions and at first glance his ideas appear pretty controversial. I'd suggest you maybe watch a few videos on his policies and WHY he wants them done and you might be suprised that your opinion changes.

    December 20, 2011 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  17. Shawn

    Regardless of your pick to the presidency, you have to look at who has voted for the American peoples interests the most. I can say that none of the other candidates can match Ron Paul on this. Our future at this point looks bleak if we do not get a true conservative in the White House. You may not agree with all of his views, but you must admit, he has the best interest of the PEOPLE in mind. There is a reason that most younger people and military members donate to him the most. The younger generation see an America where they and their great great great grandkids try and pay off our ever growing debt wih money that is nearly worthless. The military want him in because most of them are tired of fighting in wars that we should not be in constitutional or not. I dont know about you but my federal tax for a month is neary 800.00 ALONE. How more strain can the country take at this point? You may not feel the tax squeeze on your. end but if you receive government aid you will when the middle class is gone. These are the main reasons I support

    December 20, 2011 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  18. Con

    He's got my vote.

    December 20, 2011 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  19. Big George in Big D

    Ron Paul is a time-wasting fool! He will NEVER get the nomination so why is he taking up everyone's time and money? He has some of the quirkiest ideas I've ever heard!

    December 20, 2011 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  20. 99percentnomad

    Media suppression can't hide the integrity of this man. WE HAVE HAD ENOUGH OF THE LIES!! Ron Paul is going to clean up Washington!!

    December 20, 2011 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  21. Marcus Aurelius

    Ron Paul is not isolationist. He simply recognizes that you do not make friends by having military bases in over 130 countries. Do business and diplomacy with the world. Learn the history of American "exceptionalism" = "imperialism". Most of Europe learned this after 2 world wars. They stopped invading other countries. But we have to be the Roman Empire!

    December 20, 2011 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  22. Jescee

    $4'000'000 ???!!!

    And those were all small donations from the USA! I'm in Canada and know dozens of Ron Paul fanatics, I can only imagine that number doubling or even tripling if international donations were accepted! Ron Paul is one in a million, or should I say 1 in 4 million ;) You country, this world, NEEDS this man.

    December 20, 2011 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  23. Patrick

    @The Real Tom Paine
    Article 4 section 3.
    New States may be admitted by the Congress into this Union; but no new State shall be formed or erected within the Jurisdiction of any other State; nor any State be formed by the Junction of two or more States, or Parts of States, without the Consent of the Legislatures of the States concerned as well as of the Congress.

    Do research before making statements like that, please.

    December 20, 2011 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  24. Ryan

    Great job with the moneybomb! Good luck Dr. Paul.

    December 20, 2011 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  25. Shawn

    Stupid phone keyboard. It cut half of my comments off. In any case, I support Ron Paul for the reasons in my previous post. Ron Paul 2012

    December 20, 2011 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
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