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

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. rbe6f

    I would like to see some of his ads. Unfortunately I live in New York. Ron Paul 2012

    February 29, 2012 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  2. Name

    Ron Paul is America's last chance. I'm not American so I don't care if the USA Empire will collapse (very soon with that pace) but maybe the Americans should pay some attention to their current state. God, policing the whole world is something that NO COUNTRY have enough resources to do, and it's too bad for the Americans that every resources of their great country goes to this freak foreign policy. Especially when the US economy is fading, the dollar is in the brink of collapse, and people just getting poorer and poorer while even their personal liberties are given away, and the military power is the only thing left. Hey, guess WHY THE SOVIET UNION COLLAPSED!!!!America is on the same way now. If you wanna avoid the ugliness of the American future, it's too late that only a Real Revolution can change the course of history. This is the RON PAUL REVOLUTION 2012!!!¡!!!!!!¡!!!!!!!

    February 29, 2012 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  3. GROVER NORQUIST IS A ENEMY OF THE STATE

    It's about time Paul attacked Willard. I thought he was one of his surrogates for a moment.

    February 29, 2012 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  4. diridi

    If you like to see the real Romney, just go to youtube, type, When mitt romney came to town. you see the real Flip-Flopper, and real things about this idiot....true, true, true...America is not ready for Sale to China.

    February 29, 2012 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  5. Data Driven

    This comes a little late from Paul, who has spent the last few weeks running interference for Romney prior to the critical Michigan primary. Michigan safely won, Paul can now run ads against Romney and maintain a patina of integrity. Some "revolution".

    February 29, 2012 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  6. Howard's Daddy

    OMG, Paul attacking Willard. Maybe the Mayan apocalypse is underway.

    February 29, 2012 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  7. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Ron Paul: taking no prisoners, no holds barred. It almost seems as if he were running to further punctuate the inadequacies, short-comings, and general ineptitude of the other candidates. These ads sound wayyyy more truthful than the recycled trash bin of lies the other three are spoon feeding their myopic base.
    Ron Paul: nuttier than a Baby Ruth bar, but a refreshing oasis in a desert of morons.
    Obama 2012.

    February 29, 2012 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  8. Lukasz

    Yes I to am from overseas, in Germany atm and I am watching the Usa slowly destroy itself. It is funny to see that it has become a one party system, and the only guy to offer real change is not winning. Lol wasnt it Einstein who said you cant fix the problem with the same question that created it. This is insanity.

    February 29, 2012 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  9. bbky

    Agree it is re-run. Just make sure Rick watch it so he won't say Paul-Mitt alliance. Rick is so desperate!
    Wonder why there is no negative ad against Paul? Because there is none! Amazed at his voting record and personnal integrity.

    February 29, 2012 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  10. CP

    This ad is over a month old (I think it was released in early January). If CNN actually reported the truth instead of creating conspiracy theories about supposed alliances between candidates that have almost nothing in common, maybe people would already know that. Let's report real news someday instead of creating dumb entertainment for the masses.

    February 29, 2012 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  11. Anonymous

    "Wonder why there is no negative ad against Paul?"

    Because it would be a waste of time and money to direct resources against a person who has no chance of winning?

    February 29, 2012 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  12. Data Driven

    @CP

    So why didn't Paul "launch" these ads prior to Michigan?

    February 29, 2012 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  13. oman

    "Three of a kind." Let's throw in Ron Paul and make it a "Full House" of losers. He talks a so call good game, but his plan and beliefs would only make this country decline much faster.

    February 29, 2012 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  14. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Paul might make some valid points, but Paul's assumptions are wrong. There are people out there that will do what they can to get what they can even if it hurts others. The other assumptions that involve the world are that people are going to trust us just because they trade with us. That is so far from the truth.

    February 29, 2012 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  15. judy

    Ho Hum more repo bashing by the party clowns.

    February 29, 2012 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  16. honeybe

    There is no candidate I agree with 100%. But I admire Ron Paul's honesty, integrity and conviction. He is beholden to no one so doesn't have any hidden agendas to pay corporations and war profiteers back for their support. An honest politician – a rare creature, indeed.

    February 29, 2012 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  17. edog

    Ron Paul is the biggest phony around. If he is such he believes in freedom and liberty so much. If he believes in individual rights and freedoms so much, why is he against freedom for a women to chose abortion as an option. Like all other GOP, he is a phony!!

    February 29, 2012 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  18. Sandy

    Paul just trying to make it look like he's not on Romney's side otherwise he would have run these ads in Michigan before the vote!

    February 29, 2012 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  19. Jeff

    "Ron Paul is the biggest phony around. If he is such he believes in freedom and liberty so much. If he believes in individual rights and freedoms so much, why is he against freedom for a women to chose abortion as an option. Like all other GOP, he is a phony!!"

    You have terrible reading comprehension if you believe that.... Go back to school before having children, for all of our sake.

    February 29, 2012 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  20. Faith-Isn't-A-Preacher

    Ron Paul doesn't know what building a consensus is. Which is why his success record in Congress is so abysmal and will carry on into any possible Presidency he may obtain.
    Being able to negotiate in or out items for legislation should not be considered Flip-Flopping; especially when keeping options open for key principles to live another day in separate legislation.
    Paul doesn't have a track record for success. And we don't need another failed Presidency in the next four years.

    February 29, 2012 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  21. ARMYCSM

    Paul is a lier for Mitt! I thought he was different. Oh well...

    February 29, 2012 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  22. Dick Hertz

    Still got my vote. He's the only one who seem's to get what we're saying. I'm tired of being bent over.

    February 29, 2012 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  23. Faith-Isn't-A-Preacher

    Being consistent in voting against bad governance and failing to bring solutions to fruition is not success. We don't need another four years of failures.

    February 29, 2012 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  24. Larry L

    Paul's appeal to young or naive voters is similar to that of Ralph Nader. They both have some good ideas and both have ideas that would destroy our society. Nader proposed "green" initiatives impossible to implement in our economic world. Paul appears ready to dismantle our federal government – his ideas seem quite conservative and somewhat common sensed until you get the details and realize he's talking isolationism and federal anarchy. Paul promises to return us to a "happy time" that never really existed. It sells well with people who dislike our country's government and believe we can operate at the state-level only.

    February 29, 2012 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  25. Stan

    Ron Paul is still running??

    February 29, 2012 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
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