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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soundoff (96 Responses)
  1. Carl

    People really are scared to take their medicine. The USA is a sick country. National debt is like a cancer, Federal spending is like a cancer, perpetual war is like a cancer...all of these cancer's will ultimately kill our country...unless we take our medicine. I am convinced that the nation is crazy. We do the same thing over and over..expecting a different result. Yep..that would be crazy. Ron Paul has the prescription to make this country healthy and sane again...but we're to stupid to take it...We LOVE war. WE Love debt WE love government telling us how to live and what to eat...pathetic and sad...

    February 29, 2012 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  2. Errm

    Exactly, Cedar Rapids!

    February 29, 2012 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  3. Carl

    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.

    Sounds to me like you're talkin about Bush, Obama, Santorum, or Gingrich...I would mention Romney be he and Obama are virtually the same..

    We're so screwed

    February 29, 2012 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  4. George

    T. Lee, seems like the country was way better off when we practiced non intervention in domestic and foreign arenas. Oh, I know, the world is too complex! Right, which is exactly why you can centrally plan and intervene domestically and overseas. By the way, Woodrow Wilson was a DEMOCRAT!

    February 29, 2012 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |

    Same results for old Ron Paul each election.

    February 29, 2012 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  6. LacrosseMom(real one)

    These GOP clowns do not have a chance!

    Romney can't connect with the average American, he is not likable.
    Santorum is an extremists that wants to take away Women's rights.
    Paul.... is a loon, have people actually listened to him?
    Newt.... ugh.... this man is disgusting.

    February 29, 2012 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  7. Sam Ingram

    I am a registered Republican. But I am ashamed and embarrassed by the 3 stooges; one is a thoroughbred consultant who will say what you like to hear (with a unconscionable smile); another is a disgraced lecturer; the third is a cheapo trying to thrive on centuries old religious bigotry.

    I am voting Ron Paul; when CNN asked him what is strategy for Virginia he cooly replied the same as it has been and he does not change it to suit a state! It really does not matter what a candidate's proposals are as they can not implement anything without the Congress et al. What will matter is how steadfast you are and your convictions are not up for sale for some lobbyist.

    February 29, 2012 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  8. angryoldguy

    What you fail to understand is that "Big Money", the "1%" have already chosen their candidate, and that is "Mittens" Romney! And they will spend as much as needed to get their man the nomination, and the presidency. One, Billion, two Billion? Chump Change! Who do you think really runs things anyway? I would love to see a real grass-roots Citizen based (NOT Citizens United, Ugh!) movement elect a man for all of the people, but I just don't see that happening.

    February 29, 2012 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  9. 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 would (a) make his foreign policy views known to all, and show he is in the mainstream of America and (b) would also allow him to attack the other candidates on their phony economic policies that would do nothing but create more debt. The fact that Ron Paul refuses to take on the neocons or the elitists in the GOBP protecting power and privilege for the 1%ers over the rest of us tells one of two things. Either Ron Paul is a coward for not fighting back on the issues that matter to Americans or (b) he has sold out.

    February 29, 2012 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  10. JW

    Ron Paul is the ONLY candidate who's honest and upfront and says what he means, no matter how unpopular it is with the masses. He would save the country BILLIONS by ending all these ridiculous wars that achieve nothing. I don't agree with him on everything but the Dems and Repubs (especially the Jesus Freaks Republicans) are destroying the world. Give Ron Paul a shot!

    February 29, 2012 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  11. Lynda/Minnesota

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

    It's time to shelve the "flip flopper" mantra and start calling out Mitt Romney for being the liar he actually is. Romney has offered one lie after another without conscience for the past decade and more, and the media allows the lies it to continue - day after day.

    February 29, 2012 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  12. Jimbo

    Gingrich and Santorum will see their polls dropping and eventually give up. The only challenger to Romney will be Ron Paul. A tell like it is Paul vs a flip/flop which way is the wind blowing today Mittens.

    February 29, 2012 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  13. Luke Brown

    Romney still hasn't won a primary with 50 percent of the vote. Some frontrunner.

    February 29, 2012 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  14. Mike

    Just voted for Ron Paul via Absentee Ballot in Georgia!

    February 29, 2012 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  15. Don9999

    A Ron Paul presidency would make Jimmy Carter look like a messiah. Here's a question-who would Paul choose as a VP?

    February 29, 2012 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  16. Jacob

    I love all the people who call Ron Paul loony and crazy without any factual evidence. It seems to me that you are the loony ones who can't take the time to actually digest the information and knowledge dr. paul spills out for you. Take an economic lesson from Dr. Paul and you might learn something in your lifetime.

    February 29, 2012 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  17. Anonymous

    Right on, Luke. Anybody But Rmoney is still leading this primary.

    February 29, 2012 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  18. MNTaxpayer

    I do think that in many ways Ron Paul may have the right message. Sadly, he just isn't the right messenger.

    February 29, 2012 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  19. Barry G.

    Wait a minute!

    A politician who flip-flops?

    No way.

    Next you will be telling us that politicians take large amounts of money from lobbyists, in exchange for favors and preferential treatment.

    Then you will start telling us that politicians are notoriously unfaithful to their spouses.

    Wait a minute. You have a point.

    February 29, 2012 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  20. oman


    I do think that in many ways Ron Paul may have the right message. Sadly, he just isn't the right messenger.

    February 29, 2012 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  21. Jacob

    Do people who bash Ron Paul ever read up on Austrian Economics? These are the economists who have predicted every crisis over the past 60 years yet we don't listen to them, instead we allow the people who caused these crisis' to try to fix them, when they themselves couldn't see them coming

    February 29, 2012 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  22. noel

    poor paul, i agree w/ about 85% of what he says, it's that other 15% this nut job believes in that spoils it for me. iran is no problem, REALLY? anyway, it won't matter. whoever runs against obongo will beat him this november. why you ask? simple, 10%+ unemployment and $5 gasoline will be his undoing. mickey mouse could beat him by fall. doesn't take a crystal ball to figure that out, it's COMING!!! OBAMANOS!!!

    February 29, 2012 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  23. Sam

    Does this mean Ann Romney will no longer prepare a guest room for Ron and his wife?

    February 29, 2012 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  24. Martin Walters Seattle

    Ron Paul is hugely popular here in Washington State. Ron Paul won the Republican State Primary 4 years ago against Mitt Romney. Looks like Ron Paul will win again. I am a Seattle Obama supporter JFYI.

    February 29, 2012 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  25. Nick


    You said it best!

    "I do think that in many ways Ron Paul may have the right message. Sadly, he just isn't the right messenger."

    February 29, 2012 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
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