January 22nd, 2012
11:42 AM ET
3 years ago

Political newcomers face high costs and difficult odds

Washington (CNN) – Political newcomer Ken Vaughn is betting big on his own run for Congress.

The first-time candidate believes so strongly in the need for a new brand of leaders in Washington that, after careful consideration with his wife, he's cashed in a large chunk of his 401(k) in order to invest $100,000 in his campaign.


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soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. vic , nashville ,tn

    No rescission for election

    January 22, 2012 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  2. Annie, Atlanta

    It's getting to the point where only the rich in this country can afford to run for office. Where does that leave most of us? Unrepresented, that's where. Take a look at how congress over the last decades is protecting the monied interests. We're in trouble, and have been for a while, and are still doing the same thing over and over. We need money out of politics, like yesterday.

    January 22, 2012 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  3. eeder

    cnn, you are displaying disgraceful manipulative tactics by not acknowledging Ron Pauls rise.It is becoming a joke. Why?

    January 22, 2012 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  4. eeder

    candy crowley has lost all respect i once had for her. John King as well... honestly, I am not sure what you are trying to prove. ACKNOWLEDGE RON PAUL!

    January 22, 2012 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  5. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Ron Paul was rejected by SC. Newt beat Mittens by more votes than Paul received.

    January 22, 2012 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  6. eeder

    yes, in south carolina...not elsewhere... where more normal, decent live
    RON PAUL 2012
    for Americas future
    for the worlds survival

    January 22, 2012 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  7. eeder

    lets stop playing these games. at this point , abiding by the law(the constitution) as well as common sense and decency, are the only hope. the baby boomer generation is destroying themselves by creating chaos that will collapse the system you depend on. young people have been brainwashed and beat down so much, not to mention the rest of the world..... lets stop this nonsense for once and for all. it is not acceptable .
    RON PAUL 2012

    January 22, 2012 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  8. Larry in Houston

    @Annie, Atlanta – THANK YOU for your post ! I Agree !

    January 22, 2012 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  9. willie floyd

    Ron Paul will never advance beyond the small number of his supporters. He will gather a few in each primary-but never enough to be pres.

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2012

    January 22, 2012 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  10. Keith in Austin

    Next Tuesday will eclipse 1000 days since the Democrat-controlled U S Senate has approved a fiscal budget! Despicable! Any wonder why the Obamanation is in such miserable economic shape? Vote for CONSERVATIVE straight tickets in November!!!

    January 22, 2012 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  11. dave

    The video ends, "...political office is still in reach for ordinary people in 2012." What?!? All i have to do is raise a couple million dollars, spend my retirement fund to "get started," spend 75% of my time fundraising, and then I can have the honor to compete with the understood "not" ordinary people who are running Washington? Yeah, this piece shows democracy is alive and well.

    January 22, 2012 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  12. @Tothiwim

    The fundamental change needed in Washington is a Constitutional amendment prohibiting consecutive terms for senators and representatives. Professional experience leads to more adept corruption, not statesmanship. Replace all of the career politicians with Mr. Smiths.

    January 22, 2012 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  13. Anonymous

    "Professional experience leads to more adept corruption,"

    The problem many of you term limit fans have is failing to recognize the implications of the above statement. If politicians are "short termers" then unelected bureaucrats will be running the government long-term. After watching how Bush mismanaged government agencies (MMS was certainly corrupted), then you have just moved the problem and made it worse. If you want to end corruption, end corporate "personhood" and support public financing of elections.

    January 22, 2012 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |