Paul says aloha to Hawaii with new ad
March 7th, 2012
02:57 PM ET
2 years ago

Paul says aloha to Hawaii with new ad

(CNN) - Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul, who has yet to win a contest in the GOP nominating process, will release a new television ad in Hawaii ahead of the state's caucuses next week.

His campaign announced the 30-second spot, "Plan," on Wednesday, saying the ad's "upbeat and hopeful" tone aims to focus on Paul's economic recovery goals.

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The positive ad highlights key points from the candidate's platform, including his plan to slash $1 trillion in federal spending in his first year of office, as well as eliminate five federal bureaucracies and cut U.S. military involvement abroad.

"Ron Paul's ad 'Plan' is an ideal one to air in Hawaii, with its pleasant climate, because it helps separate him from the 'fair-weather conservatives' who are unwilling to make the tough decisions that will get our country back on track," Jesse Benton, the campaign's national chairman, said in a statement.

Despite disappointing finishes in several Super Tuesday states, his campaign gave no indication the Texas congressman will drop out of the race.

Describing him as the "only authentic conservative in the race," Benton added that Paul "is the only candidate besides Mitt Romney with the resources and stamina to run an exhaustive 50-state campaign."

The commercial will air Thursday through Tuesday on cable television and select broadcast outlets in Hawaii.

With 20 delegates at stake, the island holds its caucuses on Tuesday, the same day voters in Alabama, Mississippi and American Samoa also head to the polls.

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soundoff (33 Responses)
  1. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    Ron Paul needs to get real and drop out. He just isn't catching on. I like a lot of what he advocates, just not a lot of his foreign policy ideas. A bit too isolationist. In this day and age, you can't just sit around and wait for someone to drop/explode a bomb on you before acting. That approach might cost many millions of Americans their lives.

    March 7, 2012 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  2. reACTIONary

    "Economic Recovery Goals"??? LOL! Paul's economic recovery plan is to DESTROY the economy. Once we are back to the middle ages, we can be taken over by Canada and Mexico, and they can then manage the recovery!

    March 7, 2012 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  3. Mikey

    Paul's plans to gut the military should go over real big in Hawaii, which probably is the recipient of more military funding per capita than any other state in the union. Does he have any idea what wholesale cuts in defense spending would do to Hawaii's economy?

    March 7, 2012 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  4. mk1

    Only Republican zealots believe anymore that cutting taxes creates jobs. All cutting taxes does is increase the national debt. It has long been a proven fact that the only people who truly benefit from across the board tax cuts are the wealthy. All you have to do for proof is to look at the Republican supposed plans for the future and see that the top .1% of tax payers will be getting millions of dollars back while the lowest 20% will pay more each year. Also, the national debt will rise tremendously if any of them becomes President. Who also do you think will pay for those tax breaks for the wealthy? The middle class and poor, the favorite whipping boys of the wealthy elite. Why any ordinary thinking American would vote Republican is beyond me.

    March 7, 2012 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  5. Valentina

    I love Ron Paul and admire his supporters, but it is time for him to say 'aloha' as in goodbye.

    March 7, 2012 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  6. Rudy NYC

    I'm surprised that Ron Paul isn't against the Hawaii because, "It's just too far away. It costs us way too much money to be supporting them by subsidizing the cost of shipping goods way out there in the middle of the Pacific. They need to grow their own."

    March 7, 2012 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  7. diridi

    At least Ron is telling and Mitt Romney is not telling openly, but both the policies are how to evade Taxes, at least Ron stand for No War with Iran, whereas Mitt Romney on War, and how to ship jobs to China and Bain-Capital. Destroy this nation. What a pathetic GOP idiots. Obama2012.

    March 7, 2012 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  8. judy

    paul should take the money he is spending on adds and put it back into the economy. He will not get elected. The rest should do the same. Romney throws money around like water. with his stupid 10 thousand dollar bet remark. The man opens mouth and inserts foot. Rick should move in with the pope thats whos direction he will be takeing and ol newt will have us all on the moon by next fall All idots.

    March 7, 2012 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  9. GROVER NORQUIST IS A ENEMY OF THE STATE

    None of you GOBPers should be wastingyour time in the President's home state. He's going to wipe the floor with your nominee. Mahalo!

    March 7, 2012 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  10. tibs

    If ron pauls foreign policy is isolationist, then america is currently the only nation in the world that isnt isolationist. If we had 500 bases around the world instead of near 1000 would we be isolationist? What about 270?

    The government is always a drain on the economy. When times are good, we can stand a large government. When times are bad, as they are, large government becomes a hideous malignancy.

    March 7, 2012 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  11. Colin

    To everyone saying "Ron Paul should drop out," who are you to tell him what to do? Of course he realizes that he has basically zero chance of winning the nomination at this point, but he has the right to stay in the race and spread his message as he pleases, which is what he's been trying to do from the beginning. And he obviously has the money for it.

    March 7, 2012 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  12. Abus

    Ron Paul 2012!

    March 7, 2012 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  13. chill

    Bush cut taxes and...... the Great Recession. And sluggish growth before that. This tax cuts lead to jobs is a fairy tale.

    March 7, 2012 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  14. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    Mikey - Paul's plans to gut the military should go over real big in Hawaii, which probably is the recipient of more military funding per capita than any other state in the union. Does he have any idea what wholesale cuts in defense spending would do to Hawaii's economy?
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    I doubt the military, no matter who is President, would be looking to make big cuts in a major Pacific naval base in Hawaii. As for the level of military spending, it is one of the advantages of being one of the few pieces of land in the middle of the worlds largest ocean. Location, location, location.

    But there are huge savings to be had in shutting down European bases, while keeping a few airfields open for our use when we need to fly some long range stealth missions if you catch my drift.

    March 7, 2012 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  15. who knows

    @Truth first off if bombs drop millions wont die unless its a nuke and if that happens the whole world is coming with us. Second, no one will ever get a military plane into our airspace!!! not going to happen! Third, if you didn't do anything to instigate an attack (pick many different proven cases of American involvement) then they will only attack for resources and if there is lower lying fruit WE WONT BE ATTACKED!

    Paul supports a plan of using 600 billion per year on military spending. Thats the same amount that was allocated in 2006. If that military money was spent on R&D re-fleeting the Air Force and Navy instead of building bases in far away lands all across the globe we would have a stronger defense while creating a smaller military.

    An air craft carrier can send Marines to any part of the globe in less than 10 hours in full force why do we need permanent bases when our floating ones typically hold almost as much personnel and five times the firepower.

    March 7, 2012 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  16. Rudy NYC

    Ronald Reagan won because of the manufactured oil crisis, the oil embargoes, the resulting high prices, but mostly because of the now infamous failed hostage rescue mission Operation Eagle Claw. Everyone knew what Ronald Reagan stood for, especially after his "Time For Choosing" speech in 1964. He wanted to call the Soviet's nuclear bluff, preferrably wipe them off of the map.

    March 7, 2012 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  17. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    tibs - The government is always a drain on the economy. When times are good, we can stand a large government. When times are bad, as they are, large government becomes a hideous malignancy
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    I would agree that large government IS a hideous malignancy no matter if there are good times OR bad times. You just NOTICE IT more during bad times.

    March 7, 2012 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  18. Lando

    Goodbye Ron Paul...sorry but your policies are akin to the Flinstones...

    March 7, 2012 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  19. Sara

    Ron Paul can't possibly win the Republican nomination, but he can run as independent and then he has a good chance to win and becomes President. Paul is the only person who can save the world from the World War III.

    March 7, 2012 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  20. Rudy NYC

    tibs wrote:

    If ron pauls foreign policy is isolationist, then america is currently the only nation in the world that isnt isolationist. If we had 500 bases around the world instead of near 1000 would we be isolationist? What about 270?
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    Wow. I guess it would probably shock you to the core to know just how many "overseas bases" the US actually has if you include all of the outposts run by the CIA, FBI, and other alphabet soups. How does 40,000 'overseas bases" sound?

    March 7, 2012 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  21. kat

    Ron Paul is a joke, he would be almost as dangerous as the clown we have now.

    March 7, 2012 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  22. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    In America, republicans think only the chosen one of the Koch and Rove can run for president. I look for the congressional republicans to pass a bill that only people with a billion dollars can run for president.

    March 7, 2012 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  23. tibs

    @Rudy NYC

    That number seems kind of high to me. But even if it is accurate it only accentuates my point.

    March 7, 2012 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  24. John Kerrry

    I think the Republican nomination is pretty much a done deal for for Romeny. I knew that the label of a weak, flip flipper that will say anything to get elected would never stick................John Kerry

    March 7, 2012 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  25. Rudy NYC

    Colin wrote:

    To everyone saying "Ron Paul should drop out," who are you to tell him what to do?
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    "Everyone" seems to be a Mitt Romney supporter.
    Liberals like Paul being in the race. The more the merrier. Whoopee.

    March 7, 2012 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
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