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. Kelly Hatch, Concrete, WA.

    Ron Paul kicked ALL their butts! CNN is a tool for Rockefeller for rigging the event to give Ron Paul only 6 min of time to speak.

    CNN is a tool for Rockefeller for avoiding only Ron Paul on the Health Care question. He was the ONLY MEDICAL DOCTOR ON THE STAGE! No one up there was more qualified to answer that question.

    June 7, 2007 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  2. Tyler, Knoxville TN

    Rofl, I love it!

    Look at the support for Ron Paul! He's the only presidential candidate that is worthy of being the President of the United States and the People of this country know it!

    Please, CNN.. report about how well he's loved.. not try and point out how he flies, when the others fly on personal jets. How ridiculous of you.

    June 7, 2007 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  3. Michael, Kingston, NY

    He got the $$ to fly first class from supporters like me. Soon we will give him enough for a private jet. Imagine that? A private jet acquired not from special interest money but solely through individual supporters.

    June 7, 2007 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  4. Mark, Wappingers Falls, NY

    Good he deserves to fly first class. He's a true American and this countries only hope.

    June 7, 2007 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  5. Ken Benway St Petersburg Fl

    Come on guys give poor CNN a break. At least they are letting us vent, or maybe they just havn't discovered the response yet.
    Only time will tell.
    Let's see if they restore the link to the comments from Tuesdays Circus Side Show.
    Ron Paul, I love ya man!

    June 7, 2007 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  6. Karen Sutton, Beaverton, Oregon

    Well, as I see it: He deserves it! Ron Paul, being the fiscal conservative that he is chooses to spend his money wisely and refrains from running his campaign "in debt". So, basically, he doesn't spend money foolishly in the first place. In my opinion, I wish more politicians thought like Ron Paul. If the founding fathers were alive today, they would vote for Ron Paul. After all, he's the only candidate that seems to remember what the constitution is all about!

    Go Ron Paul!

    June 7, 2007 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  7. david, memphis, tennessee

    I work for an airline, flying first class doesn't mean squat. If you are a member of their elite, gold, platinum or whatever the airline designates it is easy to get first class as a perk. The advantage is you pay meager membership fee upfront for the perk. Sure he went first class but did he spend his money or the airlines?

    June 7, 2007 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  8. Diana Lea

    Ron Paul won the Republican debate. It is a very smart and clear speaker

    June 8, 2007 03:39 am at 3:39 am |
  9. Will Webber, Tennessee resident

    So What...Dr. Paul flew first class...just shows that CNN and the rest of the MSM are on a campaign to try and make Dr. Paul look bad...with this article about his flying first class...yet no mention of Giuliani's or McCain's travel arrangements-most likely in private chartered flights or private tour buses...I can't wait until the voting starts...CNN, et al will fall all over themselves trying to explain how the "internet" candidate emerges as the front runner rather than their self anointed front runners...

    June 8, 2007 07:04 am at 7:04 am |
  10. Josh Parsley, Madison WV

    Come on, CNN. Most of the other candidates fly PRIVATE CORPERATE JETS. What you're trying to do here is painfully obvious.

    June 8, 2007 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  11. Bob C, Glendale AZ

    Oh for crying out loud - so what if he flew first class? How awful!

    Give me a break, CNN! What is your problem?

    June 8, 2007 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  12. Ken, Portland Oregon


    Thats it? Thats all you've got? I'd get Ron Paul his own private 747 if I could. LOL! nice "news" story. Glad to see you're spending more time discussing the real issues plauging our country. This is almost as stupid as Wulf Blizkreigs ability to moderate a debate.

    June 8, 2007 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  13. Fred, LA, California

    Do the math stupid

    First Class Candidate = First Class Seat

    So is a ditzy little article going to be written when he starts flying Airforce One?

    June 8, 2007 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  14. Nick, SA TX

    This might not even be a bad article. I think that the general public is just so jaded with the media, they assume that this is a negative article.

    After all, the American people have been robbed of real news for decades.

    Thank god they're up-to-date in covering Paris Hilton

    June 8, 2007 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  15. Angela Thornton, Chicago, IL

    Nice CNN. Real nice.

    The Democrats and Giuliani took private jets, paid for with corporate money, and this is what you report?

    Next you'll be telling us that Fred Thompson is just a good 'ol boy, man of the people kinda guy.

    Oh wait! You already are!

    June 8, 2007 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  16. Davison, Arlington V.A.

    There is a huge difference between someone who supports the free market and believes that someone who works hard is entitled to the fruits of their labor like Paul, and someone who advocates an egalitarian redistribution of wealth, let has multiple million dollar houses like John Edwards. Edwards is a hyprocrite, Paul contines to practice what he preaches.

    June 8, 2007 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  17. Alex Atlanta, GA

    Fantastic, CNN. I appreciate the inanity of your programming. Really, the state of public discourse is doing well with you watching over it.

    How about you talk about his stance on the issues, or is that less relevant to his candidacy than what class he flies on an airline? Or how about his voting record as a congressman? You know, the one candidate with an unquestionably consistent voting record for the past ten years? It's too late for you to go back and give him equal representation in the debate. Why don't you talk about his stance on taxes? Or the War in Iraq? Or illegal immigration, perhaps?

    Do your job. Report on the news. Report on what's relevant. I don't care what class he flies.

    June 8, 2007 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  18. Jon Perez, LA, CA

    Ron Paul is my man, but some of my fellow supporters just puzzle me...

    First, they complain about Ron Paul not getting any coverage. Now when Ron Paul gets coverage, they whine about any coverage that is less than a paean to Paul.


    June 8, 2007 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  19. Kevin American Fork, UT

    I am not sure what point is trying to be made. Why not mention that Ron Paul does not participate in the lucrative congressional pension at taxpayer's expense? Why not mention that he returns a portion of his annual budget to the treasury every year?

    The fact that you even print this merely shows the Mainstream Media's despearation to find anything that could be perceived as negative about RP. You only strengthen our resolve to wake up the sheeple in this country.

    June 8, 2007 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  20. Brian, Fort Walton Beach, FL

    This is liking saying Ron Paul ate at Olive Garden while the others ate at Denny's. Boy, he sure is lucky, isn't he!

    So then, who ate at Masa? Hmm?

    June 8, 2007 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  21. Tara, Fort Walton Beach, FL

    Oh My No!! I guess this means he buys two-ply too?

    June 8, 2007 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  22. Chris Kennedy, Warrensburg, MO

    Hahaha, all I can say is you are so so funny CNN, like we really care about who flies first class. What about Giuliani and McCain on their private jets, the ones selling our country out to the Saudis and Big Corporations controlling the Media (like CNN).

    Good Luck on your Crusade, maybe someday you will learn how to be loving and nice instead of creepy and sneaky.

    June 8, 2007 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  23. NickT, San Antonio, TX

    I really hope the money I donated went towards Ron Paul's first class ticket!! He deserves it!! 🙂

    June 8, 2007 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  24. Søren, Denmark

    Maybe thats the reporters way of saying that Ron Paul is appoaching the Rudy McRomney bore. – as a contender for the primary win.

    Or maybe he is just making fun with you guys 😉

    June 8, 2007 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  25. Nate, Knoxville TN

    "Why not mention that Ron Paul does not participate in the lucrative congressional pension at taxpayer’s expense? Why not mention that he returns a portion of his annual budget to the treasury every year?"

    I think that pretty much is all that needs to be said. 🙂

    June 8, 2007 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
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