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. Tim, Melbourne, FL

    Please explain what flying first class implies about a candidate. I had a chance to fly 1st class once – but I'm not sure what that is supposed to say about me...

    June 9, 2007 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  2. Gary Johnson, New York, NY

    Ron Paul has never taken a taxpayer funded junket, and his support comes from everyday people who don't have a corporate jet to spare. He deserves to fly First Class.

    June 9, 2007 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  3. Robert, Orlando, Florida

    Good for Him, oh wait, first class is going somewhere else..
    I admire Ron Paul's Ideas, the respect for the constitution and for the people of this country. Hey maybe we should pay for the other candidates to sit next to him, something good may stick to them! ?

    June 10, 2007 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  4. robert, orlando, florida

    Maybe the first class passengers asked the pilot and the crew to remove the other 4 to coach. 🙂

    June 10, 2007 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  5. robert, orlando, florida

    Hey, he may have book his seat ahead of time, instead of waiting for a corporate stand by, just maybe!!

    June 10, 2007 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  6. Cindy, Tampa, Florida

    This article made me actually donate to Ron Paul's campaign. Thanks CNN for driving home once again how Dr. Paul is the only candidate worthy of my vote.

    Perhaps there is hope for our great nation? Perhaps y'all should get on broad with the rest of us? We see what you're trying to do and it doesn't make the mainstream media look very good.

    A Democrat voting for Ron Paul

    June 10, 2007 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  7. Robert, orlando, Florida

    Hey Maybe the airline employee told them that whoever answers 1 question truthfully gets bump to frist class.
    Just maybe!, Maybe she asked them who's country they are running for president, who knows maybe only one answered USA and the American People

    June 10, 2007 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  8. Mark, Vancouver, B.c.

    Good luck to Ron Paul, hope he stays alive long enough to win and get your country a little further away from the theocracy/corporatocracy that it has become since 1913.

    June 10, 2007 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  9. patriot1776

    ron paul is the only and final hope for the u.s., and by extension the rest of the world. if the pathocracy successfully stymie his presidential candidacy – either through their paid media whores or assassination, then it will be time for the second american revolution – a war against the traitors within and without. death to tyrants: liberty & justice for all.

    June 10, 2007 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  10. Mike Stamper, Windsor, CT

    Who cares what class Ron Paul flies in? I think he is terrific. My only advice to him would be to stay out of small planes (remember Paul Wellstone!).

    June 10, 2007 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  11. s. schneider, boyers, pa

    Good for CNN for pointing this out. They know, and all of us know, exactly what it means. Four candidates bravely made the woeful sacrifice of sitting in coach with the lowly unwashed masses to prove how frugal and everyman they are, after paying their handlers big bucks to calculate whether it would make "exactly the right impression." Mr. Paul either didn't worry about it, decided to go strictly business as usual, or deliberately made a point of not trying to manipulate his image. I'm sure the other candidates and their "people" wasted a lot more time and money agonizing over exactly the right shade of tie for the debate than Mr. Paul did on deciding how to fly. Come on, they would have paid EXTRA to fly coach if they had to. So they sat with their knees in their mouths while Mr. Paul rode in comfort and dignity - and up front. Very intelligent. Very honest. Very presidential.

    June 10, 2007 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  12. Franklin, G.B., WI

    Make it 146. Ron Paul is first class!

    June 10, 2007 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  13. SW, Colorado Springs, CO

    So, the socialist Hillary flies in a private aircraft. So does Rudy and Edwards...
    And Ron Paul flies first-class...? What's the big deal? Pathetic corporate-controlled media.

    June 10, 2007 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  14. Dan Cola, SC

    Is it any wonder people are turning to blogs for news? Stories like this are exactly why.

    June 10, 2007 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  15. Johannes, Mtl, Qc, Ca.

    America on the brink. I won't make any guarantees that having Dr. Ron Paul as president will be enough to avoid the iceberg, but it's your only hope. Wake up.

    PS: The pledge of allegiance should be replaced with a complete polygraph.

    June 10, 2007 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  16. J Nelson Elkton, FL

    Ron Paul is the ONLY candidate that is for US. Does that scare the powers that be and the mainstream media? You betcha!

    We need to elect him and another 535 like him in Congress. Maybe we'd get our country back.

    June 10, 2007 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  17. rex

    However you try to distort, I'm voting for Ron Paul, Mike Gravel or Denise Kucinich, or voting for none. The rest of the "candidates" are either good ol' proxies bent on promoting their military-industrial connections, or just a bunch of good ol' retards oblivious to the real problems of this country.

    June 10, 2007 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  18. Brett, Mobile, Al

    Ron Paul is the only worthy candidate running! Wake up America!!

    June 10, 2007 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  19. G Pease

    Great video. For those that want to keep their freedoms, Ron Paul is indeed the only choice. Unfortunately, money plays an extremely important part in the success of a presidential campaign. Please go to Ron Paul’s website, RonPaul2008(dot)com, and help in any way that you can. You no longer have to choose the lesser of two evils! JOIN THE REVOLUTION! VOTE DIFFERENT!

    June 10, 2007 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  20. Blayne Tucker, San Antonio, TX

    This is the worst dirt CNN can find about Ron Paul? The mainstream media is obviously desperate to discredit the only legitimate Republican candidate running for, and on behalf of, the hearts and minds of the American people.

    June 10, 2007 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  21. Chris H. NEW JERSEY

    first class today, air force one tomorrow.

    June 10, 2007 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  22. Ray

    After Ron Paul is elected, we will all be flying first class.

    June 10, 2007 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  23. Mike, Sarasota Florida

    OMG FIRST CLASS! How dare he do a thing like that. Haha.. Who cares?

    June 10, 2007 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  24. Ahmad, Edmonton, Alberta

    All the World is behind Ron Paul, including all of us 1.4 billion muslims. He is the only true candidate worthy to lead the republican party. We hope the American people can break the backs of the corporate media and find a way to elect him into power. It will make our lives much easier. Our enemies and the enemies of the American people are one and the same.

    June 10, 2007 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  25. johnny_tech U.S.A.

    I'll be glad when the people get back their country and send you along with the rest of them (straight) to (JAIL).

    June 10, 2007 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
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