Paul ad target rivals, including Romney, in Washington state
February 29th, 2012
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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. Alex

    Rick Santorum doesn't understand the Constitution, Mitt Romney doesn't care about the Constitution, and Barack Obama hates the Constitution.

    That should be Dr. Paul's add. A pretty fair and accurate assessment of his main rivals. Gingrich is a mix of Romney and Santorum but he's also irrelevant.

    February 29, 2012 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  2. clarke

    slow and steady wins the race – Ron Paul

    February 29, 2012 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  3. T. Lee

    It's not that Ron Paul's "non-interventionalism" and "non-interventionism" isn't attractive in some limited ways (it's never worked, can't work, will never work) – it's just that he is such a loose canon.

    Like when someone asked him about a guy on a hospital gurney, unconscious, without insurance – should he be treated.

    Now remember Paul is an MD – and his answer was – "He should do what he wants" – apparently not processing that the guy in the example WAS UNCONSCIOUS !! duh – CAN'T MAKE DECISIONS !! duh

    Ron Paul must have sniffed way too much ether or helium early in his career and absolutely should never become President of these United States unless everyone wants to put the country back into the failed administration policies of Woodroe Wilson !!!

    February 29, 2012 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  4. Scott O' Canada

    While Republicans struggle with deciding who will be the lesser of the four evils, it strikes me as sad that the The Grand Old Party has been reduced to this. This could very well mark the lowest Republican turnout per capita for a general election in U.S. history. While its true that it's lonely at the top, it can be very lonely at the bottom too.

    February 29, 2012 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  5. Woman In California

    Ron Paul is wasting time which is something he doesn't have. He stands no chance at beating the other three and he knows it fully well. Now that people are on to his support for Willard he suddenly wants to launch an attack – sneaky, hypocritical and disgenious describe Ron Paul.

    February 29, 2012 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  6. Woman In California

    Correction: I meant disingenuous describe Ron Paul.

    February 29, 2012 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  7. Bob

    I have come to the conclusion that, although there is a lot I do not agree with Ron Paul about, he is the only individual ( Republican or Democrat ) who will make changes that may lead to corrections in regards the prevailing culture in the US government and its agencies. What culture is that? The culture of total non accountability, self enrichment and self service – with the taxpayer as the milk cow which will not die. Specifically, it cannot be fixed without breaking it to some extent – and I do believe he would in fact do that.

    February 29, 2012 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  8. bobden

    Ron, like most repubs, does not understand that the elected representative's job is to represent everyone - not just those who voted for him, or those who provided money to his campaign. EVERYONE. He is supposed to do what's good for the country.

    February 29, 2012 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  9. Parev

    If Romney gets the GOP nomination, The only way he beat Obama if he chooses Ron Paul is his VP.

    February 29, 2012 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  10. SkekLach

    @Woman In California – The ad isn't in response to Santorum's whining. That commercial has been around for a couple of months or so now. Paul just takes it light on Romney because Romney is the only one who hasn't tried to discredit him. Santorum and Gingrich have both dismissed him, so why shouldn't Ron school them?

    February 29, 2012 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  11. RINO Bil

    Paul is an ungrateful toad. He should be thanking Gingrich to no end ... after all, if Newt was not still running, then Paul would surely be the candidate IN LAST PLACE!

    February 29, 2012 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  12. BillyBob2012

    If you vote for anyone other than Ron Paul, you're going to get the same things you're getting now (and probably worse). Mitt gets almost all his campaign contributions from Wall Street bankers and they give him A LOT OF MONEY. Don't you think these Wall Street bankers are going to want something from him in return if he were to become President? Rick and Newt? Really? I can criticize them more than anyone can Paul. If you get your way and one of the 3 "frontrunners" wins, please don't come on here (or anywhere for that matter) and complain about how America is continuing to decline. So many Americans were happy to see Obama win – and where has he gotten us? You have to ask yourself – WHY do these people want to become President anyway? The answer is "power". Only one of these candidates predicted our economy would tank and he's the only one who knows how to get us out of it. PLEASE do us all a favor and quit thinking you only have a choice between Mitt and Rick. The media has you right where they want you.

    February 29, 2012 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  13. dagoberto

    Scott O' Canada
    While Republicans struggle with deciding who will be the lesser of the four evils, it strikes me as sad that the The Grand Old Party has been reduced to this. This could very well mark the lowest Republican turnout per capita for a general election in U.S. history. While its true that it's lonely at the top, it can be very lonely at the bottom too.
    =============================================================================================

    You are disconnected from this world. It's a public fact he and Romney can beat Obama.

    February 29, 2012 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  14. Joe

    "Make this country decline much faster?" Decline into what? Freedom, lawful and constitutional government, into a government that advocates personal responsibility, freedom, and ethics, sound money? I wouldn't mind declining into any of those. What's interesting to note, is that you admit the decline.

    February 29, 2012 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  15. Joe

    I really struggle with how my fellow Americans *continue* to vote for the establishment. Makes me wonder if our votes even count, because I *know* people can't really be that dumb. Can they?

    February 29, 2012 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  16. SkekLach

    "I really struggle with how my fellow Americans *continue* to vote for the establishment. Makes me wonder if our votes even count, because I *know* people can't really be that dumb. Can they?"

    There is a candidate who predicted the collapse of the housing market, the economy, and nearly every trouble that is upon us these days who has been shown to be the only consistent candidate, the only conservative candidate, and the only one who will lower the deficit... and he's pretty much in last place. Never underestimate the stupidity of the masses.

    February 29, 2012 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  17. Gerhard from Austria

    I am also being from that, the other country, and as historian and economist it bothers me greatly that The United States has becoming the single-party. They laying claim to the two-party, but in reality it is obvious to the outside observers that it is one. The hemorrhaging of money into military pursuit is bankrupting the your economy, and the future generation will have these things very badly. It is almost as if there is a the struggle between the a younger generation trying to stop the blood flow, and the older generation afraid to having to pay the piper. The young votes for Ron Paul, the old to the a establishment candidates.

    Americans: Take this advice from someone who is the wanting to see you waking up and to do well. Vote the establishment out of office, and sticking with this Ron Paul. He is only the candidate who having your best interests at heart, and the only one with a foreign policy to making the America great again. Good luck.

    February 29, 2012 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  18. Michael

    I am a Republican and I am voting for Obama. I only vote for winners. This will be the biggest landslide victory for an incumbent in quite sometime.

    February 29, 2012 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  19. Nothiga

    In spite of Mitt Romney's WELL-FUNDED campaign as a successful ENTREPRENEUR and a Washington OUTSIDER during the 1994 U.S. senatorial elections, he lost to Ted Kennedy by SEVENTEEN points!

    Sounds familiar?

    Rmoney is FAKE!

    I am Ron Paul and I approve of this message.

    February 29, 2012 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  20. Cedar Rapids

    "Specifically, it cannot be fixed without breaking it to some extent – and I do believe he would in fact do that."

    I agree, he would indeed break it....and it would be up to those that followed to fix it.

    "into a government that advocates personal responsibility, freedom, and ethics, sound money?"

    haha, ok then. sure. He wants to remove civil rights legislaton, employee and consumer protections, environmental protections, thinks welfare should be left to churches and charities. Oh do you just love the freedom and ethics that lot would bring?

    February 29, 2012 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  21. oman

    Joe

    "Make this country decline much faster?" Decline into what? Freedom, lawful and constitutional government, into a government that advocates personal responsibility, freedom, and ethics, sound money? I wouldn't mind declining into any of those. What's interesting to note, is that you admit the decline.

    The decline into anarchy. The current administration is not perfect, I will admit that,but it is better than the alternative. If you believe your boy can give you freedom, etc; you have been drinking the kool-aid.

    February 29, 2012 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  22. GonzoinHouston

    Ron Paul is an attractive candidate if you don't look too closely. When you start to consider the most probable outcomes of a Paul presidency you realize that he would be a disaster. A well-meaning, honest, disaster, but a disaster nonetheless.

    February 29, 2012 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  23. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    clarke - slow and steady wins the race – Ron Paul
    =====================================
    Slow and steady and 18-20% of the vote does NOT win the nomination. - Mathematics

    February 29, 2012 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  24. Errm

    "so doesn't have any hidden agendas to pay corporations and war profiteers back for their support"

    Oh, please! If you believe that, I have a bridge to sell you.

    I love all the fake posts on here from "I am not American but your two parties are really one and you should vote for Ron Paul because he will fix everything." Nope. Not from the same AMERICAN poster. Not at all.

    February 29, 2012 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  25. Lolo

    You know that Paul and Romney had a pact. Paul was told not to bash Mitt so that he could win Michigan, now Mitt has to hold his end of the bargain which is the vice presidency and/or make sure that his nutty son is taken along for the ride. These republicans are a hoot!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 29, 2012 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
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