Paul courts Rhode Island voters with ad
April 18th, 2012
02:48 PM ET
2 years ago

Paul courts Rhode Island voters with ad

(CNN) - While Mitt Romney has essentially locked up the Republican presidential nomination, Rep. Ron Paul of Texas has his eyes set on Rhode Island's upcoming primary with the release of a TV ad in the Ocean State.

The 30-second spot, 'The Plan,' takes a largely positive tone and aims to outline the candidate's proposals to cut $1 trillion from the federal budget in one year, as well as eliminate five federal bureaucracies and cut U.S. military involvement abroad.

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Starting Thursday, voters in Rhode Island will catch the commercial on broadcast and cable television until the state's primary on Tuesday.

"By running our acclaimed spot 'The Plan,' we aim to amplify Ron Paul's already-strong appeal among Rhode Island Republican primary voters," the campaign's national chairman Jesse Benton said in a statement.

Paul's campaign has aired the same commercial in other states, including Hawaii, and released a new ad last week in Texas, which holds its primary at the end of May.

The candidate has yet to win a single contest in the Republican nominating process and has 71 of the 1,145 delegates awarded so far this cycle, according to CNN estimates.

While trailing far behind Romney's 650 delegates, Paul has still drawn large crowds at campaign events and has proven to be a formidable fundraiser, with more than $33 million raised this cycle.

With 19 delegates at stake, Rhode Island holds its primary next week on the same day as voters in Connecticut, Delaware, New York and Pennsylvania also head to the polls. Sen. John McCain won the Rhode Island primary by a landslide on March 4, 2008, while Paul came in third place with 6.6% of the vote.

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soundoff (25 Responses)
  1. Larry L

    Ron Paul is the Ralph Nader of anarchy. His followers never understand how ridiculous and futile it is to follow a person who wants to destroy our federal government rather than improve it.

    April 18, 2012 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  2. rosaadriana

    Cutting taxes does not create jobs. That is a myth.

    April 18, 2012 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  3. Sniffit

    "the candidate's proposals to cut $1 trillion from the federal budget in one year"

    LOL. Just. LOL. Poor Rondroid. And he and his supporters wonder why nobody takes him seriously? That's the kind of crap that should get yo an invitation to take a ride with the nice men in the white lab coats. Seriously. Someone should be checking his mouth to make sure he's not spitting out his medications in the morning.

    April 18, 2012 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  4. Patriot

    It's too late.

    The end has already begun for the donklephant (the supposed "2 party system") establishment.

    Weather or not Dr. Paul wins the nomination is of no consequence. The Paul campaign and it's supporters are like Navy Seal Team 6 vs the local PTA. We are infinitely more organized, motivated and educated about the election process. We are winning delegates at an exponential rate. We will not compromise on our values when it comes to the convention.

    Our message is liberty. The message is infectious and once infected it is terminal. Once a Ron Paul / Rand Paul / Liberty convert we will NEVER switch back. We, just like the special forces are "force multipliers" we "infect" those around us with the message of liberty and those infected go forth and infect more. The establishment can play it's games and squeeze Ron Paul out of this election, but we have Rand Paul a young man cut from the same cloth that has a VERY VERY long political life ahead of him who we will support in exactly that same way as we have Dr. Paul.

    So you see establishment, it's already over. The liberty infection takes hold at the very nature of all Americans and human beings...there is but one cure and that is to remove our chains and we are picking the locks right now.

    April 18, 2012 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  5. mackd

    Paul has more delegates then that. Quit luring CNN

    April 18, 2012 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  6. Robin

    Wow, you call yourself journalists?
    You must have no idea of what is going on in the election process at the moment.

    April 18, 2012 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  7. countficula

    Once again no need to read past the first line to know it is pure bias, CNN and the rest of the OLD MEDIA, your time is now officially over!

    April 18, 2012 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  8. Cam

    This is lame; no link to actual ad. Typical lazy, bias mainstream media.

    April 18, 2012 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  9. fatsroberts

    Sloppy article. Romney hasn't locked up anything until he crosses the delegate threshold, which CNN can't seem to get right anyway. Ron Paul won the Virgin Islands caucus, so it's a lie to say he hasn't won any nomination contests. He also has well more than 71 delegates, but I already made my point about CNN's poor arithmetic skills. This is why people don't watch CNN anymore.

    April 18, 2012 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  10. Chris

    Stop quoting CNN and the rest of the idiots in the big news agencies for your statistics. This is simply poor journalism. The delegate count will be nothing like what is stated by those guys. You can do a much better job by simply guessing at this point based on ground level reports from individual states. My guess would be somewhere close to Romney – 575 delegates, Paul – 300. And I am getting this from people involved in both campaigns. You are misleading the public with reporting like this.

    April 18, 2012 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  11. Nicholas

    Ron Paul won the Virgin Islands popular vote. But most importantly, he's won the majority of delegates in Nevada, Minnesota, Missouri, and Colorado, is in the process of winning the majority of delegates in Iowa, Maine, Alaska, Washington, and possibly in Idaho and Louisiana. But you go ahead and keep lying saying he hasn't won anything...

    Soon, enough people will realize that all this mainstream media keeps regurgitating the same lies, manufactured by their owners: GE, big pharma, the military industrial complex, chemical companies, the israeli lobby, and bankers. And NBC, CNN, FOX, ABC, CBS, ect.. will be exposed for the hate-breeding manipulators they are.

    April 18, 2012 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  12. J

    Demand for goods and services creates jobs, figure out how to increase demand and I'll vote for you.

    April 18, 2012 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  13. Mike

    @Rosaadriana You say that cutting taxes to create jobs is a myth? Well if you had say $10,000 more a year in your pocket instead of paying it in tax what would you do with it? My guess is spend it. And if you and millions of americans did the same guess what? Jobs happen.

    @larryL You say he wants to destroy the Federal Government. But the problem is you think it destroys. I think the greatest way to improve this governemnt is to scrap it and start over. How many times do they need to abuse the American people before you figure this out. Unless you think that the increase in regulation and rules is a good thing. maybe you like having the option of being stripped searched without a charge of a crime is a saftey precaution.

    April 18, 2012 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  14. Mike

    @ J Having money in your pocket after you pay your bills is setting demand up for business. The demand is still there the problem is nobody has money.

    April 18, 2012 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  15. Tyler1982

    Most people that dis Ron Paul (like Larry L) lack the intelligence and education to understand him. They have no idea what they are talking about and they are perfectly content with the status quo. They will be first in line begging for the government to help them when America collapses in a few years.

    April 18, 2012 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  16. The Real Truth and Nothing But the The Real Truth

    Who is Ron Paul?

    April 18, 2012 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  17. Rudy NYC

    I think the large crowds show up just to "share" their views about Paul's ideas to legalize pot.

    April 18, 2012 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  18. Cam

    CNN is the old media. According to recent polls, Americans do not trust the mainstream (old) media. In other words, we may read your "articles," we just don't trust what you write.

    April 18, 2012 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  19. quickbrownfox

    @sniffit So now it's considered insane to want to cut the federal budget down so we aren't spending $1.5 trillion more than we bring in every single year? Not sure if you are aware but that is completely unsustainable, not to mention immoral to be spending money that belongs to future generations.

    The only thing you should be "laughing out loud" about is how you've come to accept the fact that your children are borrowing money from China to pay one contractor to dig a hole, and another contractor to fill it back up. If anyone needs to take a ride with the guys in white lab coats it is you my friend.

    April 18, 2012 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  20. tibs

    The bulk of his ideology is the future. Or rampant statism.

    The government has no money. You and I have money. The government only gets it by taking it from us by force.
    You spend your own money far more effectively than the government ever could.

    April 18, 2012 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  21. Nobodies Pon

    Ron Paul a waste of youthful energy. He is a fraud he is getting all the passion of the youth just so he can crush it. When he is not even spoken of in the political process. The crushed youth will never trust the political system and disengage from being politically active. The media is helping him complete the task. Ron Paul was the least spoken of canidate in the history of american politics. He has been running for president for 20 years and still at the back of the bus. Why? ask the media

    April 18, 2012 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  22. Nobodies Pon

    Bush tax cuts created how many jobs? Truth, Four can I get a response. How many jobs did Bush create with his tax cut.

    April 18, 2012 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  23. The REAL Truth.. (not the imposter)

    @Mike – "You say that cutting taxes to create jobs is a myth? Well if you had say $10,000 more a year in your pocket instead of paying it in tax what would you do with it? My guess is spend it. And if you and millions of americans did the same guess what? Jobs happen."
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    Cutting taxes DOES NOT create jobs, even if you have $10k more DI per year in your pocket. The folks that create jobs do so based on economic stability (not much of that today) and demand for goods. Demand is NOT generated by increasing DI.

    "I think the greatest way to improve this governemnt is to scrap it and start over. How many times do they need to abuse the American people before you figure this out. Unless you think that the increase in regulation and rules is a good thing. maybe you like having the option of being stripped searched without a charge of a crime is a saftey precaution."
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    Agree.. but we are too far gone to scrap it and start over. The problem is we have too many folks – on both sides of the aisle – who FIRMLY believe that the party that they align themselves with will fix the problem when they get in charge. The GOP – the party of less taxes and govt – has NOT actually provided that at the Fed (or State) level in the last 50 yrs. Reagan and the Bushes all decreased taxes for the wealthy, while ballooning the size of Govt and the deficit. The Dems – the party of the people – haven't done much better, setting up handouts for folks who need to get off their but-t and work for a living. But why, when a single mother can get $1000 a month to raise a child. 10 kids and $10k a month. They are forced into being a child factory. We simply cannot start from scratch.

    April 18, 2012 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  24. The REAL Truth.. (not the imposter)

    Yeah, Ron Paul has some really GREAT ideas.. and some that are so far out there they should stay out there.
    I firmly believe he has gotten a bad rap from every media outlet and the nomination process – to the point of suggested electorate fraud, blackouts and being blacklisted. He has wonderful crowds, but he's not getting the votes. Why is that ?

    April 18, 2012 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  25. romney obama 2012

    I think Mitt Romney and Barack Obama should run as each other's Vice Presidential candidates. There is really no difference between them and running together would guarantee a win for both parties. Then again, maybe we should wait until the primary season is over in AUGUST. Also, to anyone who is thinking about voting for Romney in the upcoming primaries, dont bother the media has declared him the winner so just stay at home watching fox news where its safe from all the dark skinned people.

    April 18, 2012 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |