Paul ad target rivals, including Romney, in Washington state
February 29th, 2012
10:07 AM ET
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Paul ad target rivals, including Romney, in Washington state

(CNN) – Ron Paul announced Wednesday he was launching television ads in Washington state and Vermont, two states he hopes will give him his first win in the 2012 GOP nominating process.

The 60 second spot running in Washington slams his rivals as uniformly non-conservative, and includes a scathing critique of former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who Paul has largely ignored in his attacks during the 2012 election season.

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The ad, called "Three of a kind," calls Romney "a flip flopper who's been on all sides, supported TARP bailouts and provided the blueprint for Obamacare."

The attack on Romney is one of the first times Paul has gone after the GOP frontrunner this cycle, sparking criticism from fellow candidate Rick Santorum, who suggested the two coordinated at CNN's Arizona Republican debate on Feb. 22.

On CNN Tuesday, Paul said those claims were false, telling CNN's Wolf Blitzer, "He pulled that out of the air because there's no truth to it. If he wants to spend his energy doing that, you can't do anything about it. He dreamt that up."

In the television ad released Wednesday, Paul also hits the two other candidates in the race, slamming Gingrich as "a serial hypocrite who lobbied for Freddie Mac before the housing crisis," and Santorum as "a counterfeit conservative who opposes right to work, massively increased spending and funded Planned Parenthood."

"Three of a kind" will run on cable in Washington state beginning Wednesday and will air until the state's caucuses on Saturday.

A separate 30 second ad will run in Vermont on cable and broadcast ahead the state's Super Tuesday primary. The Vermont ad is more positive, lauding Paul as "a visionary who predicted the financial crisis."

The spot lays out Paul's plan to improve the American economy, including cutting government bureaucracy and reigning in the Federal Reserve.

"This first leg of our Super Tuesday and pre-Super Tuesday ad buy plan shows our commitment to Washington and Vermont, a dedication to these states and their voters that the other candidates have not shown," Ron Paul National Campaign Chairman Jesse Benton said in a statement.

He continued, "This airtime purchase and forthcoming buys elsewhere advance the delegate-attainment strategy that will help Ron Paul win the Republican nomination as we continue along this exhaustive 50-state campaign, a race we are prepared to stay in and win."

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  1. Kimo

    Ron Paul seems like a nice man and without question the most honest of the GOP candidates (which isn't hard) and he has some good ideas but overall he is someone born in the wrong century. He is right about one thing: conservatives have forgotten what they used to stand for, i.e., small government and keep away from nation building. Eisenhower warned against the power of the military-industrial complex...Republicans today embrace that relationship.

    February 29, 2012 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  2. shagpal

    this is great. it is about time.

    February 29, 2012 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  3. Go Ron Go !

    America the time to take back your freedom !

    February 29, 2012 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  4. Jim of Detroit

    To the people that call Ron Paul Lonney versus the status quo;
    -continue to borrow money until you can't then print the money untill the dollar is worthless
    -continue to give billions to Pakistan in light of a secret covert operation to kill Bin Laden
    -borrow money from China, make things in China and promote human rights in a communist country while stuffing federal regulations down our throats.
    -continue to have the government interfere and solve all of our personal issues while driving up the deficeit. Who's Looney now?

    February 29, 2012 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  5. Thatguy371

    Good for Ron Paul, hope he keeps with it. He is the only one with any real ideas, and he's one who isn't bought and paid for like Mitt and Newt. And he isn't wacko like Santorum.

    February 29, 2012 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  6. Stacey

    Good for Ron Paul, hope he keeps with it. He is the only one with any real ideas, and he's one who isn't bought and paid for like Mitt and Newt. And he isn't wacko like Santorum.
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    Ron Paul's "ideas" are from the late 1800's! He's got no shot at winning the nomination, let alone the Presidency. Sorry, just stating a fact.

    February 29, 2012 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  7. cf

    Ron Paul is running the dirtiest campaign this season. It's amazing that people still think he is a "nice, honest man who doesn't play into the political system."

    February 29, 2012 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  8. Mark1

    Not only is Paul in the wrong century, is just plain dishonest

    February 29, 2012 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  9. John Smith

    Ron Paul is by far the worst clown of the bunch. Sure, everyone agrees with him on one or two of his ideas, but everything put together makes absolutely no sense.

    February 29, 2012 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  10. Rsprings

    Paul hammers his rivals despite the fact he has no chance of being nominated. His antics and negativism is only providing fodder for the Democrats and perhaps assuring Obama and the Democrats gets 4 more years to wreck this country.

    February 29, 2012 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  11. Data Driven

    I've read some of the opposing opinions here. Look, Romney beat McCain by 9.2% in Michigan in 2004. Four years later he beats Santorum by 3%. Romney did poorly with white evangelicals in Michigan this time around. And he's trailing badly in Ohio. Not doing so well in the Deep South, either. If Romney can't win either Ohio or at least one Deep South state, he's got big problems.

    Turnout is also down from 08, indicating lack of enthusiasm. No one likes Mitt Romney very much, and this primary process is bloodying him up, as shown by independent voters now favoring the President 51% to 37%, according to Marist (i believe). Nationally, Romney is down 9% against the President. 51% view him unfavorably, nationally.

    So let's not talk about other people being "deluded" while ignoring easily available data. And by the way, a 6-point victory in such an evenly polarized nation as ours is a handy defeat.

    Obama by no less than 6.

    February 29, 2012 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  12. huzzah

    The Alliance? Ok, let me make things clear to the pretend pundits.

    There is no alliance, there is a little thing called strategy though. Ron Paul would have a hell of a time battling Mitt with attack ads due to the financial aspect of putting those ads on the air. Newt and Santorum got attacked first in order to try and bump them out of the running so they could focus on beating Romney.Santorum and Newt are both unelectable period. Romney thinks he can easily beat Paul and Paul thinks he can easily beat Romney if the other two are out of the race. So after the 1st anti-newt ads Newt is done in this race and is basically on an indebted book tour. Next ads HAVE to target Santorum because clearly Dr. Paul can beat him financially from his massive donations. It is logical to take out Santorum in order to "cut the fat" from the playing field. Romney or Paul would fair better against Obama. As for the running mate thing? No. Just no. As for Rand a running mate? No, stupid idea and no. A losing VP run for Rand would make him the next Palin. The only, and ONLY thing i would think Mitt had to offer Ron, and this would be at convention would be to appoint Dr. Paul as head of the fed to do with it what he must. Even then, i don't think Ron Paul would go for that. The man isn't going for a power grab, his goal is to win sure, but also to change the debate.The current ads against Romney are an attempt to get people to stop freaking out about a fake alliance made up my Santorum.

    There will be a brokered convention this year. RP supporters have been learning to become delegates and studying the process since 2008. The game is getting delegates kids and Ron Paul has a few more than what the media is telling us.

    February 29, 2012 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  13. Denis

    Quote by Just Say No To Flipper:

    "It's beginning to look more and more like Ron Paul sold out. People say his foreign policy views are unrealistic, however right now he has a perfect opportunity to clearly distinguish himself from the other candidates by pointing out that attacking Iran (or "getting tough with Iran") would have disastrous effects on our economy."

    ^^ This is exactly what Ron Paul has been saying. It generally doesn't get a lot of play time on TV, but he says that consistently at debates and on the few TV interviews he gets these days.

    If you bought into the myth that Ron Paul hasn't attacked Romney - check your facts. Paul attacked Romney as early as before the Iowa Primary, and he has attacked him in NH. His strategy, however, is to get Santorum and Newt out of the way, so he can coalesce the anti-Romney vote. This is why he has been attacking Santorum more than Romney. But he clearly distinguishes himself from the others in debates.

    If you find yourself calling Ron Paul a hypocrite and insulting his character, do some research. The guy has stood up for the people and for the good of this country at the cost of being relegated into obscurity. If you hate Ron Paul, you need to do some real reading, Google Ron Paul, and do some honest to goodness research about his policies, WHY he sticks to his policies, and what the reasons for his policies are. You'd be surprised how much common sense the man has.

    One issue I don't agree with Ron Paul on is abortion. Women often take a huge issue with how Ron Paul feels on abortion, but they often also don't understand the full issue. Ron Paul is ok with the morning after pill and contraception, as a doctor, but his strong anti-abortion stance has two origins (1) religious one and (2) one where he feels all life must be protected to ensure liberty and right to life for ALL people. BUT - Ron Paul is against a Federal (national) anti-abortion mandate, and he's against abortion police, so to say. He feels that the states, not the Federal government, need to legislate their own abortion policies. His stand is that abortion simply shouldn't be financed with taxpayer money on the Federal level, but he doesn't prohibit the states from implementing programs on abortion one way or the other.

    February 29, 2012 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  14. Pete/Ark

    I love this multi-participant bareknuckles tagteam ultimate fighting playoff ...I am a very sick puppy...BUT I LOVE IT !

    February 29, 2012 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  15. R

    Paul has spoken the truth since 1973. He is on video predicting the consequences of our failed economic policy we have followed since 1972. Every prediction he made has come true. Most of the NeoCon candidates are running on ideas that Ron Paul brought up 3 election cycles ago, and they are now the populaces concerns. Any intelligent person would delve into the facts of his stances, and would be astounded how factual and correct the man has been for thirty years.
    Do your homework without the mainstream media telling you what to beoieve. Then vote your concience.

    February 29, 2012 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  16. JoJo

    I'm an independent. I'll almost certainly vote for Obama in the general election, but I plan to vote in the Republican primary for Ron Paul, who, though extreme on some things, is the closest thing to honesty and sanity in the Republican Circus.

    February 29, 2012 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  17. T'sah from Virginia

    ►TRENDING: Paul ad target rivals, including Romney, in Washington state◄
    So the pundits got it all wrong when they preached Romney was his mate!
    Who cares, really, only ONE will win the nomination?
    And it’s a shame they are all at each other – what a “twisted” situation!!

    Obama – 2012 – The only Trusted way Forward!

    February 29, 2012 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  18. DoesNot Matter

    On one hand Ron seems crazy on some of his intensely out of the box proposals. On the other hand....he is so consistent and unwavering in his beliefs...something you cannot say about any other GOP candidate.

    This guy is in his 70s, he's in better physical condition than the rest of his candidate peers, has maintained a great disposition throughout a very long primary, and has done so without all of the money the other guys have.

    He'll never get the nomination, but from me to you Ron...hats off!

    February 29, 2012 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  19. Too Bad

    It's too bad that Ron Paul has to go to these lengths to get noticed. He's not innocent of mudslinging but he had a much better track record than his rivals. Nothing these ads say are false at all (pretty spot on actually) but still disappointed he isn't trying to keep on the high road.

    February 29, 2012 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  20. Just Say No To Flipper

    Dennis: There are a lot of things I like about Paul, along with some I don't. If he knew how to campaign better I might consider supporting him. However, your claims about his calling out is opponents are weak. He needs to stand up during the debate and loudly denounce the others who want war with Iran. And he should make his case forcefully, not just from a foreign policy and defense standpoint but ALSO from an economic standpoint. It's right there on a silver platter and he keeps ducking his opportunities. Hence my conclusion he is a political coward or a tool. I wish he would convince me otherwise.

    February 29, 2012 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  21. Geeza

    Finally gets round to attacking Romney? This ad has been around since November. The only conspiracy around is the one cooked up by the press in order to sell their stories.

    For the time being Romney and Ron Paul have a common objective. Romney is attacking his closest rival, and Ron Paul is attacking the strongest 'not-Romney' candidate in order to establish himself as the alternative.

    The enemy of my enemy is my friend.

    March 1, 2012 05:26 am at 5:26 am |
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