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. Adam, Scottsdale AZ

    Within a June of 2004 USA Today article, it says that the Air Force estimates the cost per hour of operating Air Force One is 56,800 dollars. When the President takes trivial trips abroad to countries such as Albania, his trip is financed by the taxpayer. Do the math and the amount adds up. But CNN tells us that this is irrelevant, we should be irate when the only logical choice for President in 2008 spends an extra hundred dollars of his own money(which is not coercively taken) on an airline ticket.

    June 11, 2007 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  2. Isaac, Cary NC

    CNN... you just keep sickening me more and more...

    June 11, 2007 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  3. Doug, Irvine, California

    Ron Paul flies first class - what does it mean? A few possibilities:

    1. Frequent travel/free upgrade, no big deal.

    2. He's a doctor and a Congressman, so he can afford to fly first class if he wants to.

    3. He's raising a lot more money than Huckabee, Brownback, Gilmore, and Duncan, so it's not surprising that he can afford better seats.

    4. He had knee surgery a while ago (which is why he wears sneakers with his suits.) Maybe he needs the extra leg room.

    June 11, 2007 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  4. Scott, Roseland, NJ

    You know CNN, I gave you the benefit of the doubt when you practically shut Ron out of the debate and when you censored his supporters after the debate. However, this time you are absolutely transparent and pathetic. Why would you post a misleading article like this when you know the guy flies out of his own pocket, unlike your chosen ones.

    June 11, 2007 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  5. Joe Osborne, Denver Colorado

    If Ron Paul can afford to sit in first class then so be it. I have read that his Presidential contributions have at least doubled since the second debate.

    Ron Paul has new ideas and a great message overall and that is what voters want. Maybe, Ron Paul flying in first class is a reflection of that trend. It might also be wise for the other candidates to fly coach and save their money. Since Ron Paul is on a roll they are going to need all the money they can get! Ron Paul definately has my vote!

    June 11, 2007 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  6. Rudy G, New York, NY

    IHateRonPaul.com – he gets to sit in first class. Heck...if Thomas Jefferson or Patrick Henry were flying on that plane, I'd put him in first class too. A first class act deserves a first class seat.

    June 11, 2007 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  7. Steve M., Concordville, PA

    How shameful. A transparent class-war comment made about the most frugal and liberty loving candidate of them all. CNN should be embarrassed to have actually posted such a story. To claim that Ron Paul is improperly spending his money is laughable given the spending habits of other candidates. This is the kind of low brow stuff I would not expect form a top tier news organization.

    June 12, 2007 12:03 am at 12:03 am |
  8. Chris, Eaton, OH

    after CNN's atrocious censorship of Ron Paul during and after the debate i have boycott the network and informed everyone i know that even pays attention to the news to do the same. This is the first news i have heard from CNN since doing so and to call this story 'laughable' is too high of an accord.

    CNN you need to get your collective heads on straight.

    June 12, 2007 01:01 am at 1:01 am |
  9. Joe M. Bremerton, WA

    If I had to put in as much flying as this guy does, explaining the ideas of freedom and resonsibility, I'd fly first class too. Unlike the other candidates, Ron Paul doesn't get much in the way corp donations or private jets. I wonder why?

    June 12, 2007 02:59 am at 2:59 am |
  10. Stefano, San Antonio, TX

    First of all, what??

    Secondly, what??

    and finally, I can't believe he even flied commercially.

    Ron Paul deserves to be able to fly himself, like Peter Pan. Ron Peter Pan Paul.

    June 12, 2007 06:15 am at 6:15 am |
  11. Republicae

    Gimme a break CNN!!! If you guys are serious about the news or, for that matter, the future of this country you would know that Ron Paul has been one of the lone voices in Congress since 1976 to speak out against the waste, abuses, incompetence and absurdities within this government. He has saved taxpayers for more money than any other Congressman and he probably paid for that first class seat himself. Whose business is it anyway if he did fly first class. Why don't you guys still to the important issues that face this country? My God, we face so many threats, most of which Dr. Paul warned against back in his speech to the House on Sept. 19th, 1984. Do your home work and then report the Truth about Dr. Paul to the citizens of this rapidly fading Republic which has suffered at the hands of the inept Republicans and Democrats for far too long.

    June 12, 2007 07:57 am at 7:57 am |
  12. Alessandro Pentori

    Doh, finally CNN discovers Ron Paul.
    It's a pity they forgot to mention that he leads all the polls on the Internet 🙂
    Go Paul, go!

    June 12, 2007 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  13. Dary Jacksonville, FL

    What about Jim Gilmore?

    He flew first class too.

    Not that it matters, but if CNN doesn't "clarify" its story, then how can we trust anything they report?

    Rep. Paul uses his frequent flyer miles to upgrade. Big Deal.

    Isn't that part of the reason why the airlines give them away?

    This is nothing but a lame attempt to smear the only worthy candidate in the race.

    The only question left to ask is why?

    I wonder how Paris is doing. Let me turn to CNN to find out. CNN, all Paris, all the time.


    June 12, 2007 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  14. Chuck George, Fairhope, Alabama

    Now that is really NEWSWORTHY !!

    But, no byline...?

    June 12, 2007 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  15. AC, Baltimore MD

    If this article were accurate, I would agree with the rest of the commenters that even posting the article is pathetic and lame. But the story isn't even correct – Jim Gilmore also flew first class after the debate. At least get your pointless gossip correct! http://www.freemarketnews.com/WorldNews.asp?nid=43506
    Not that it matters in the first place. The bigger question is why haven't the mainstream media at least covered the fact that Dr. Paul's campaign is the most significant grassroots effort since Ross Perot? America loves underdogs, and you would think that angle would be newsworthy. There isn't much else to discuss about the Republicans. I don't understand how every other Republican candidate can support the war and actually think they stand a chance at getting elected.

    June 12, 2007 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  16. Roy, Shreveport LA

    Accurate because, among presidential candidates, Ron Paul truly is in a class by himself!

    June 12, 2007 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  17. Tom Phoenix, AZj

    If this is all the dirt they can pile on Ron Paul, then he is truly a needed leader for our sorry ship of state.

    June 12, 2007 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  18. chad kansas city missouri

    this is the most ignorant article ever, i thought the one i read about how hillary switched private jets because the gulfstream II wasn't big enough was stupid, this just shows how biased you are against ron paul and how little you can actually hold against him.

    so is your next article going to tell us how the other 5 candidates got home? i bet giuliani would get disowned if people found out he had lowered himself enough to fly first class.

    June 12, 2007 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  19. Mr. Strong, San Diego, CA

    How distorted can you get in your news reporting CNN? This article is extremely biased, innaccurate, and leaves out related information (like how Rudy Ghouliani flew on a corporate sponsored jet, but only paid first class price instead of the $9000 cost).

    What has happened to reporting unbiased informative news? Articles like this illustrate how far old media has strayed down the path of propaganda and corruption.

    June 12, 2007 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  20. KR, Kissimmee FL

    ...seriously, that's all you've got? You have to make up dirt? At least make up something more fun.

    June 13, 2007 12:41 am at 12:41 am |
  21. A.Peters ,Miami Florida

    He deserves 1st class. Besides any Doctor who can help bring about 4000 humans into the world should get this treatment for FREE. As some one who has donated to Mr.pauls campaign. I fully authorize him to use my contributions for his presidency to fly in any DaMM way he chooses and at my expense. Hes going to save our country from the fools who write sad articles like "Which Cop candidate flies first class" by showing you what freedom is.Just wait and see.

    June 13, 2007 05:09 am at 5:09 am |
  22. Glen

    CNN this article is "Yellow Dog Journalism" at it's finest, William Randolph Hearst and all the old "Robber Barons" would be proud of you.

    June 13, 2007 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  23. Marvin Eason, Alexandria VA

    Wow, I love the comments, finally maybe finally America is waking up and seeing that we need a REAL candidate who can DO the job, not the monkey we have now.

    Ron is that man, I am a democrat and will be voting Republican in 08 for Ron Paul. He is the logical, honest, choice to lead this country back to it's roots.

    June 13, 2007 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  24. Kevin, Los Angeles, CA

    This is news? Ridiculous. Try reporting Dr. Paul's impeccable record in congress. Of course, CNN is part of the corporate oligarchy – having everything to loose when statesman Ron Paul becomes our next President – so I'm hardly surprised.

    We the people will defeat you! We will take our country back! We will restore our freedom!

    Ron Paul 2008!!!

    New poll – go VOTE!


    June 13, 2007 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  25. Ed K., Newark, NJ

    Woo, I'm glad CNN is reporting the hard-hitting stories. Journalistic acumen like this will surely prevent something like the misinformation surrounding the Iraq War from ever happening again! Thank you fourth estate, keep our democracy working :-p

    June 13, 2007 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
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