June 6th, 2007
04:21 PM ET
9 years ago

Which GOP candidate flies first class?

Ten GOP candidates squared off Tuesday night.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Seen on board the 6 a.m. US Airways flight 1159 from Manchester, New Hampshire to Washington: No less than five GOP presidential candidates: Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, Rep. Duncan Hunter of California, former Virginia Gov. James Gilmore, and Sen. Sam Brownback of Kansas.

Four of the five candidates sat in coach.

The lucky candidate who flew first class? Ron Paul.

The candidates were all flying back after facing off Tuesday night in a spirited debate in Manchester, New Hampshire, sponsored by CNN, WMUR-TV, and the New Hampshire Union Leader.

Filed under: New Hampshire
soundoff (306 Responses)
  1. Stephen S., Nashua NH

    I fly first class quite often. What's your point?

    June 11, 2007 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  2. Romulo, NYC

    It would be good of CNN to expalin how this compares to those presidential candidates that fly on corporate supplied private jets?

    June 11, 2007 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  3. Mark, Tafuna Village

    Hmmmm..... Media bias!?!!! Say it isn't so...

    Did Ron Paul use Taxpayer dollars to fly first class?

    How does Hillary fly. On sugar-daddy Rupert Murdock's private jet?

    Hmmmpfff. Main Stream Media (CNN,ABC,CBS,NBC,TBN,Fox) are shills for the global elitists. Ideological prostitutes.

    June 11, 2007 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  4. T.L., Chicago, IL

    What exactly is the point of this blurb. What of the "sainted" front runners? Military planes or chartered jets? This is just shameless. Report some real news and not gossip!

    June 11, 2007 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  5. Aaron, Mesa AZ

    Great article!

    Hope you have somebody on the lunch situation as well. I need to know the minute Ron Paul orders his Whopper Super sized!

    Boy, when are the peabody awards for fake journalism?

    June 11, 2007 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  6. JA, Manchester, NH

    Oh yes forgot to add, you do get upgraded if you fly a lot, but you also can spend more money when your contributions have more than quadrupled!

    CNN has a tendency to spin by leaving out information such as their publication of the ONE photo of the rally goers. It COMPLETELY cut out about 250 sign holders for Ron, when he had more supporters present than any other candidate! The press also were invited to the after-party where 300-400 people broke code laws in one bar just to see Ron. Most of you have seen the videos of that I'm sure. Yet, no coverage! Thank God for YouTube! CNN can no longer control who sees what.

    The owner said even Obama's party, held there, was not as good.

    June 11, 2007 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  7. S, Mesa, AZ

    RP's got my OK to spend campaign cash–yes, I contributed–on seat upgrades. You ever fly coach on AmWest/USAir? Yuck. Anyway, what if his frequent flyer status gave him an automatic upgrade?

    At least he isn't flying a private jet.

    The guy's got my vote.

    June 11, 2007 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  8. Ted

    This does not bother me, sounds like part of my contribution to his campaign has gone to good use, and planning to contribute more.. This man cannot be bought by lobbies, that alone should make you think,... oh...that's right, we are not supposed to to think any more, my bad. Try to create some some lame smear CNN and see what happens, back in your face....Idiots..

    June 11, 2007 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  9. Kirk, San Diego, California

    "To confirm this report, FMNN called sources close to the Gilmore campaign. These sources indicated that Jim Gilmore – who always flies coach – had indeed been "bumped up" to first class. He may in fact have been seated in front of Ron Paul, as FMNN feedbacker Dave indicates.

    CNN seems to owe viewers a clarification. "

    I don't think CNN hates Ron Paul, I think they hate the fact that the Internet is making the old media distribution system obsolete.

    10 years ago Ron Paul would simply not have a voice because CNN could just ignore him. But Ron Paul is a greased pig in an increasingly relevant series of tubes.

    June 11, 2007 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  10. David Segesta, Shelby Twp., MI

    Ron Paul flew first class... So what?

    June 11, 2007 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  11. Brian S.

    This is a truly biased piece of "journalism." Shame on CNN. The "writer" of this piece should be fired immediately and be shunned from the media profession.

    Please keep it up, though, it only helps Rep. Paul by exposing the MSM's bias and galvanizing support.

    Next story: Which GOP candidate with two first names?

    June 11, 2007 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  12. shank D , Northwales, PA

    CNN is no more a news media. It is a commedy platform. Infact CNN must have known by now that nobody believes news broadcasted by them so they may be transitioning to comedy channel.
    CNN your days to brainwash with corporate driven propaganda are gone. You are too behind to recognize that internet has revolutionized the way we get and give news.

    June 11, 2007 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  13. Adam Smith, Denver, CO

    Since the controlled media doesn't like him – he MUST BE good for America.

    June 11, 2007 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  14. Seid R

    Outrageous, I tell you, simply outrageous.

    June 11, 2007 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  15. Timothy, New Market Tennessee

    Wow... now this is just unforgivable. The one candidate who ISN'T in the pocket of special interests, the mob, or psychotic government worshiping "patriots" is bad because he spends his OWN money on a first class ticket.

    As others have said, if this is the worst you can really come up with to smear Dr. Paul you'll have to resort to fiction soon enough.

    June 11, 2007 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  16. Phil

    First of all, this is a stupid story.

    Maybe he got an upgrade as a frequent flyer?

    Besides, what about our American politicos who just attended the secretive Bilderberg meeting in Istanbul? Will they give the American people an accounting of what they spent there? Why don't you CNN investigative goofs do a story on that?

    June 11, 2007 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  17. Brian Lamb, Birmingham AL

    That is pathetic. CNN has no more credibility as a reputable news service than FOX. Paul has relly got the whole corporate media into a frenzy trying to smear him.

    June 11, 2007 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  18. muni, Manchester, NH

    And what happened then? What was his explanation? What did the other candidates say about it? This is a half story.

    June 11, 2007 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  19. Kate, Manchester, NH

    If I worked my butt off as a OB doctor most of my life I'd fly first class too - and knowing Ron Paul he used his own money to pay for it...

    June 11, 2007 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  20. Alex, Seattle, WA

    Why is this news? How does this belong on the political ticker? Instead of reporting essentially nothing CNN, you could have taken the time to better inform us about any one of these candidates. Time well wasted imo.

    June 11, 2007 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  21. Dennis Spain

    Ron Paul flew first class. He needs to rest after explaining thousands of times to brain-dead Americans what it really means to have a Constitutional Republic. This requires some thinking on his part as to how to explain it to a populace dumbed-down by public-school education and delivered over to the mind-numbing platitudes of the other candidates. It takes energy to teach the ABCs to adults. Rest, Ron Paul, rest. You have a lot of traveling to do across this country. I am sending you another contribution so you can continue to fly first class and conserve your energy.

    June 11, 2007 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  22. J. Deprez

    Are you kidding me CNN? Is this the best you can do? There are already attempts to link him to Ed & Elaine Brown, and you keep spinning Dr. Paul's performances in the debates as "unscientific". We already know that it is you, the media, that chooses for us whom we will vote for. That is why we, supporters of Ron Paul, have been so relentless in calling you, the media, out in your dimwitted attempts to smear he who would be the next President of the U.S., if you would just let the people have their say. But we also know that you are scared to death if the actual rule of law was enforced against those in high places who break those laws, because that would include you, the media, in perpetuating the lies of the current war in Iraq. So uh, yeah, good luck with that. Tell Wolf I said "hi", I'm sure he will try to spin Dr. Paul as a holocaust denier at some point...

    June 11, 2007 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  23. MCLA, San Francisco, CA

    I see what the problem is! Presidential candidates, all of whom are rich enough to buy a fleet of private jets, are expected to pretend, that they are ornery middle-class folks like you and me!

    Sorry CNN, in case you didn't notice, Ron Paul don't go for humbug much. If he can afford to fly first class he does. He isn't ashamed of his right to the pursuit of happiness.

    June 11, 2007 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  24. Zachary Welch, atlanta ga

    How is this even a story? Great journalism guys ^_^

    June 11, 2007 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  25. B. Chen, Monrovia, CA

    CNN must be pretty desperate. What, you ran out of Paris Hilton stories to print?

    June 11, 2007 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
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