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. Anish, Chattanooga, TN

    Ron Paul was the best.

    June 6, 2007 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  2. P Richie, Cleveland,OH

    You have got to be kidding. A plane ride versus blatant corruption. OH wait I saw the debate. I forgot CNN is corrupt to.
    Ron Paul for President. Even if he has a better travel agent.

    P. Richie

    June 6, 2007 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  3. William; Nashville, TN

    This matters why? Frankly, if he in fact does fly home on most weekends as another person claimed in another comment, he's probably racked up enough frequent flier miles since he returned to Congress in 1998 to get free upgrades for life. So, why not use 'em, especially after listening to Wolf Blitzer and the Establishment Talking Heads for two hours?

    CNN, in two days, you have apparently lost whatever journalistic integrity you've ever had.

    June 6, 2007 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  4. John, Jericho Vermont

    Great job CNN! Please keep providing us with these invaluable gems of journalistic reporting!

    June 6, 2007 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  5. Mike, San Antonio TX

    Unlike the other candidated I'm sure, Ron Paul RETURNS part of his congressional budget each year, and unlike the other candidates Ron Paul DOES NOT participate in the lucrative congressional pension program.As others said this is really the worst dirt you have?Maybe he got a seat upgrade,maybe coach was full...

    June 6, 2007 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  6. Tim, Detroit Mi.

    CNN thinks it is bad that he flew first class? I wonder how CNN and the mainsttream media will feel when he is flying Air Force One? Because if there is any Justice and Democracy left in this Country, that is excatly how he will be flying beginning in January 2009!

    Ron Paul is officially Top Tier and will deliver his message First Class all the way to the White House and beyond!

    June 6, 2007 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  7. Cameron

    Ron Paul is the only Presidential candidate with any class, I'm glad he got to fly first class. CNN should be ashamed of itself, hyping and helping clowns like Romney, Giuliani, and McCain. No one else in the GOP would make a good President, even. Ron Paul will be a GREAT President. Funny how you can run a story on this, and not mention how he smoked everyone else in your online poll.

    June 6, 2007 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  8. cesarz

    OK Ron Paul flew first Class. does this disqualify him from presidency?
    What a bunch of bull crap.

    he should fly first class because he is a first class person.

    June 6, 2007 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  9. Ian D. Eastham MA

    I'm not going to watch or read CNN if they don't start covering Ron Paul!

    June 7, 2007 12:08 am at 12:08 am |
  10. Paul, Boone NC

    The other guys had to sit in coach because they don't have THOUSANDS of PASSIONATE supporters who have donated MILLIONS of dollars to their campaigns.

    First Class Seating is for First Class Candidates

    June 7, 2007 01:03 am at 1:03 am |
  11. Anonymous


    June 7, 2007 01:06 am at 1:06 am |
  12. Anonymous

    What a crook! Shows what kind of waste Ron Paul has in store for this country. This guy is two-faced. He goes on and on about less government spending while increasing spending on himself. Looks like more of the same from Ron Paul.

    June 7, 2007 02:34 am at 2:34 am |
  13. Kyle, Portland Oregon

    A1 reporting there, that is some real important stuff.

    If Ron was on my flight I would gladly give up my first class ticket for him, maybe you could write about that.

    June 7, 2007 03:27 am at 3:27 am |
  14. Megan, Dallas TX

    As Americans the reporters need to report and stop trying to make news. This is not news this is sad and pathetic. This makes me sick to my stomach that cnn would stoop to this level. He was on a commercial flight and wasn't flying on a private jet. He is also not an environmentalist he is smart older doctor. People who moderate this aren't you just a little embarrassed by this article? Have some journalistic pride or at least American pride.

    June 7, 2007 03:51 am at 3:51 am |
  15. Mike, Dayton, OH

    I love how people below are asking "why does this matter?" It's funny because is Sen. Clinton or any other dem. did that, they'd be all over it.

    June 7, 2007 08:01 am at 8:01 am |
  16. Deborah Mears

    So what? Do we live in a socialist country now? Ron Paul can sit wherever he wants to just like every other American.

    June 7, 2007 08:12 am at 8:12 am |
  17. Jeff Skjelver, Rugby ND

    Well, good for him. I support his candidacy. If other Republicans are wise, they will as well. If not, we can look forward to a Democrat occupying the White House in 2009.

    June 7, 2007 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  18. DJ

    HAHAHA These posts are awesome. I can't really add anything that hasn't been said. Why not do a story on Giuliani making 50 million dollars of 911? Wouldn't that be more news worthy?

    June 7, 2007 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  19. Ben

    Ridiculous article. I actually got vertigo from the spin. What can we do here? Obviously, we should be more selective about our news sites (is that going to get me deleted here?). What else can we do? Money talks, so donating to his campaign will certainly help. He needs money to get his name out there because the 'unbiased' media won't help. Please donate. A google search will bring you to the proper site.

    June 7, 2007 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  20. Bob Haven, Eugene OR

    Wow! What an important observation. What's your point?

    The only 1st class candidate deserves a 1st class seat. Good for him, I say!

    June 7, 2007 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  21. Aaron, Seoul, Korea

    When you fly coach a lot you get frequent flyer upgrades. Do the others fly normal flights or ride corporate jets. Four of the five candidates, rode coach. There are ten candidates. Why wasn't the method of travel of those five mentioned?

    June 7, 2007 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  22. Micah, Riverton, Utah

    How much will it take for mainstream media to realize the Ron Paul Revolution is real?

    Just accept it!!!!

    June 7, 2007 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  23. John Port St. Lucie Florida

    Good for Dr.Paul
    He's a statesman and a man of honor. Rather than running a fluff story to paint him in a bad light, maybe you should run a story on why he's so different than the other candidates. This is about choosing a President, not who's best dressed, flies first class, etc, etc...

    June 7, 2007 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  24. Gary Krichbaum, Fishersville VA

    If I didn't already know how screwed up the media is, I'd think this was a joke. My response...SO WHAT!?

    Like has been said, I don't have a problem with Ron Paul flying first class...he IS first class when it comes to presidential candidates. The man deserves a little comfort while travelling the country campaigning.

    Give me break CNN.

    June 7, 2007 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  25. Greg, Grand Rapids MI

    Everytime you try and smear this good man it backfires and people recognize his good nature. You are all a bunch of idiots.

    June 7, 2007 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
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