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. Dave, Pensacola FL

    Wow, CNN finally gives Dr. Paul some coverage (after removing the viewer comments because they were pro Paul) and of course its negative.

    Why should anyone pay attention to his convictions and vote in congress when they can just as easily focus on whether he flies first class or not!

    June 6, 2007 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  2. Theo Roth, Birmingham AL

    And Giuliani had a private jet. Who cares?

    June 6, 2007 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  3. Marianne, Excelsior MN

    Is this a serious post? No mention of which candidates fly in private jets?

    June 6, 2007 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  4. Colin, Seattle WA

    Could this be an early sign from God that Paul is now a Tier 1 candidate?

    Kind of like Rudy almost getting struck by lighting while talking might be a sign for him to shut up and go back to consulting for the Saudi family and Newscorp.

    June 6, 2007 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  5. jeff omaha NE

    Why doesn't the article mention that most canidates travel on private jets?

    June 6, 2007 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  6. Damon, Salt Lake City, Utah

    Better then just flapping his arms like wings. Seriously, is this news? I am sure the others have flown first class or private jets. I also would bet that Ron Paul paid for his transportation.

    June 6, 2007 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  7. Nancy, Austin Texas

    That's because Ron Paul IS first class.

    June 6, 2007 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  8. Eric, Anderson, South Carolina

    Maybe the booking agent was a supporter?

    Being the only candidate to speak the truth can have it's perks.

    I doubt that Ron Paul would use campaign donations to upgrade to 1st class, either he has a ton of frequent flier miles or someone at UA likes him better than the other guys.


    June 6, 2007 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  9. Brian, Bennington VT

    What candidate got the second least speaking time in the CNN debate last night?

    Ron Paul.

    The first time I posted this, CNN refused to post it in this thread. You know, because the thread is so cluttered with its 4 posts and everything.

    June 6, 2007 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  10. Kurt from Pittsburgh

    I have no problem with this. CNN's reporting practices have been shady. They clearly tried to ice Dr. Paul out of the debate last night. CNN Should be ashamed, and then running this unfounded story? Someone saw him in first class? I could say anything. "Someone saw Rudy crossdressing again." Oh wait, that actually happened.

    June 6, 2007 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  11. Nancy, Austin Texas

    It's called free "first class upgrades". The airlines give them to you for free if you are a frequent flier, which Dr. Paul most certainly is.

    June 6, 2007 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  12. Dustin Dollar Moore, OK

    Thanks for sharing that because it only makes you look bad CNN. Not Ron Paul

    June 6, 2007 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  13. Jonathan, Folsom CA

    Being that Dr. Paul has never taken a paid junket, I'm sure he racks up a lot of commercial frequent flyer miles. So, why wouldn't he be in first class?

    June 6, 2007 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  14. Jen, Chicago Il.

    Awesome. I upgrade every chance I get.

    June 6, 2007 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  15. JIm, Old Lyme, CT

    The real issue is did he pay extra for that first class seat? Anyone with any time on commercial carriers doesn't pay for a first class seat while travelling within the US.

    June 6, 2007 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  16. Joy Henry, Stanford, CA

    This is ridiculous. What is this supposed to insinuate? That Ron Paul isn't the "everyman" that these other candidates are? Ron Paul is the only one with millions of dollars from corporate backers. Let's be reasonable here, CNN.

    June 6, 2007 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  17. Darren Tapp, West Lafayette IN

    I think Ron Paul did very well.

    June 6, 2007 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  18. Michael R. Conder

    Might I add that the good doctor does not participate in the Congressional pension program meaning his retirement is not going to be finance by the American tax payer, so I think we can forgive him. Who knows, mabey he got a deal on priceline?

    June 6, 2007 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  19. Michael R. Conder


    A hundred thousand dollars, a private jet, not bad for a single speech. And that's just what some likely Republican presidential candidate - in this particular case, Rudy Giuliani - commands right now.

    And to find out how the rest of the "first tier" travel...

    June 6, 2007 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  20. Joy Henry, Stanford, CA


    Ron Paul is the only one WITHOUT millions of dollars form corporate backers.

    Let's be real here, CNN.

    June 6, 2007 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  21. Don, Kenosha, WI

    I think CNN wants to paint Ron Paul as "out of touch" so they won't have to deal with him anymore. Of course, anyone who has a personal jet would be more out-of-touch with the common man, right? But let's not say that–that's influencing the voters in a way that CNN doesn't want.

    It's sick when a news agency has to attempt to marginalize someone like that.

    June 6, 2007 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  22. Eddie, Statesboro GA

    WHO CARES? Is that all you got? I'd rather talk about whos winning most of the online polls...rather talk about why that man is not getting the air time like the rest? Giuliani takes a private jet and this is what you print? RP 2008 get with the program

    June 6, 2007 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  23. Will - Miami, FL

    They "forget" to mention that his office RETURNS money every year, that he has always voted AGAINST congressional pay raises, and that he has NEVER taken a junket.

    Big harry deal that he uses his own money to fly in a comfortable seat.

    June 6, 2007 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  24. R.D. , Indianapolis, IN

    Oh no not first class!!! How terrible of him to spring for a decent seat. Why should a man in his seventies spend his hard earned doctor's money on a comfortable roomy seat while us commoners read about it on the internets and hunger for better times when we might be able to afford a commercial flight! Obviously, he should've taken a Greyhound instead.

    June 6, 2007 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  25. Susan Bell, Bloomington IL.

    I think Ron Paul stands out from the crowd. His obedience and respect for the costitution is what this country needs.

    June 6, 2007 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
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