Ron Paul to launch ad opposing debt ceiling increase
July 14th, 2011
11:06 AM ET
11 years ago

Ron Paul to launch ad opposing debt ceiling increase

(CNN) - Coming Friday to the airwaves in Iowa and New Hampshire: Rep. Ron Paul's first television ads of the 2012 campaign.

The 60-second commercial, which looks at the onset like a movie preview ad, highlights opposition by the longtime Republican congressman from Texas who is making his third bid for the White House to raising the nation's debt ceiling.

The spot starts with a notice that "the following preview has been approved for all audiences."

"In the '80s, they did it to Reagan. A debt ceiling compromise: Democrats promising spending cuts and delivering only tax hikes. The '90s brought more compromises, more broken promises and more new taxes," says the narrator of the ad.

The ad goes on to say that this summer "the next chapter will be written," referring to the debt ceiling negotiations.

"We know where they stand," says the narrator to images of President Barack Obama, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.

"But will our party leaders repeat the mistakes of the past? Will they choose compromise or conviction?"

The ad ends by touting Paul's longtime record of pushing for a much more limited federal government.

"One candidate has always been true. Ron Paul: Cut spending, balance the budget, no deals. Standing up to the Washington machine, guided by principle. Restore America now."

The Paul campaign says it's spending six figures to put the commercial on television in Iowa and New Hampshire, the two states that kick off the presidential caucus and primary calendar, which would make it the largest ad buy at this early point in the cycle–and the first major ad buy in the Granite State.

"Dr. Paul is committed to leading the charge against raising the debt ceiling and is running this campaign to win the presidency," Paul political director Jesse Benton tells CNN.

News of the ad was first reported by Politico. The airing of the commercial comes as the Paul campaign also begins a grassroots campaign to build opposition to raising the debt ceiling.

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soundoff (45 Responses)
  1. CB

    I'd really like to know where people get their information from! Ron Paul opted OUT of the congressional pension for one. Second, the political ad was paid for by his campaign – that is money his supporters sent to him for the purpose of advertising his run for POTUS.

    Ron Paul is the only candidate running that has the intelligence, experience and balls to get this country back on track. A vote for anyone else will change nothing. People better start waking up...this country is going down fast.

    July 14, 2011 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  2. gary in WA

    Why is it the Republicans in Congress are against a Debt Ceiling raise, since they have done it twice as many times as the Democrats? why is it these guys always say, DON"T tax the wealthy, it trickles down, enjoying your share of the trickle? Rp is another radical fool that wants it one way, like his Republican friends.

    July 14, 2011 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  3. A Kickin' Donkey

    Over the past 10 years [8 of which were under President #43], the Department of Defense Budget has grown from $432B to $720B ... more than a quarter-of-a-TRILLION dollars. Said another way, continueing to run at this rate adds $2.5T to the national debt over 10 years.

    I'm sure most Democrats would agree with Ron Paul, Cut Spending – – Balance the Budget. Since the GOP is saying we don't need any revenue generated from closing loopholes, we should cut back to 2001 levels IMMEDIATELY, in the next annual budget. There is no need to be gradual about it.

    July 14, 2011 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  4. John

    T.V. is for people who can't read or who never do anyway. What a load of propaganda.

    July 14, 2011 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  5. w l jones

    If our government really get serious about our debt we have enough resource on it property with a few billion dollar pump or mine it and sell it at retail price all our entitlement program will be paid up for one hundred years or more. Bless.

    July 14, 2011 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  6. NT

    RON PAUL – Those who are challenging you now, , will only understand you later, when its too late. Thank you for being possibly the ONLY truthful candidate and for trying to save our freedoms ! You got my vote

    July 14, 2011 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  7. Publius Novus

    Rep. Paul might have been my favorite candidate in the election of 1789. Small government was then both an ideal and a workable concept. At that time, all but a small percentage of Americans were farmers, the country was limited to the narrow strip of land east of the Appalachian Mountains, and there were only about 20 million or so Americans, not including several million humans held as chattel and Indians not taxed. Today, we occupy the breadth of the North American continent, a a good chunk of what used to be the Russian Empire, and some islands in the Pacific. We have 308 million people. Less than 2% of us are farmers and all of us are subject to the dictates and whims of multi-national corporations having no loyalties to nations or people, or anyone other than their own managers. Is small government still an ideal? Sure. Is it workable? Wake up and smell the coffee.

    July 14, 2011 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  8. REG in AZ

    The Libertarian mentality, "do nothing, let everything seek its own level". To ever take Ron Paul serious as a real possibility for the presidency, would be insane. Always "do nothing", which momentarily solves the debate but then necessarily comes crashing down on everyone when reality hits; he is actually scary.

    July 14, 2011 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  9. GI Joe

    Keep in mind, Mr. Paul. The HOUSE and SENATE voted and approved ALL THE DEBT which is now due. Thus the need to raise the debt ceiling to PAY what is due on past bills you passed.

    Our Constitution means nothing to some of the far-right-wing wackis.

    July 14, 2011 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  10. scott

    I say let these fools drive the bus over the cliff, its there rich friends that will lose the most........and by fools i mean Bohner and Cantor...then we will know whose economy it is, as will the world.I,m broke anyway.

    July 14, 2011 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  11. jeffah

    i love all the random bashing of Ron Paul like he's such a lunatic. I bet all the above comments have NEVER even looked into his stance on ALL these issues. He's the only politician who is talking any sense. As for the guy who commented about Ron spending 6 figures on a commercial... He has every right to spend HIS money on a presidential campaign ad, so please save your nonsense 1 liner comments for yourself. Ron Paul is the only candidate that has a very descriptive answer to ALL of our nations problems. But you clowns will continue to support the status quo, giving your tax dollars to the military industrial complex, nation building, more wars over seas, and TSA sticking hands down peoples pants that just want to travel freely. Time to open your eyes people, this road we're heading down is not that great looking.

    July 14, 2011 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  12. Wow

    Wow to the cut spending comment. Don't you know how campaigns are run? That is the most moronic, logically fallacious comment I've ever read. How about your boy Obama, who is expected to raise over 1 billion on his re-election campaign? Where do you think all that money comes from? Don't you think that makes him a puppet of his financiers?

    Ron is THE most honest politician of our age. Look at his voting record. Look at his personal life. Anyone who has a good intellect and the time to research, in depth, Dr. Paul's views cannot argue against. Unfortunately, people just read the headlines and are controlled by dumbed down media group-think and are too intellectually lazy to dig deeper into the issues.

    For all those who say his policies are "radical," how's the current path working in our country? Doing more of the same is just going to destroy us faster and harder. Wake up people, our empire is on the verge of collapse. Do some deep research into Dr. Paul's ideas, and quit letting everyone else think for you. It's your duty as an American citizen.

    July 14, 2011 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  13. vic , nashville ,tn

    We have to pay what we eat

    Ron Paul smart person he knows better

    July 14, 2011 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  14. Former Republican, now an Independent

    Ron Paul reminds me of an "armchair athlete" who finds it easy to make rash statements with no real idea, plan or ability to implement the things he imagines.

    July 14, 2011 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  15. Majkaveli

    These people talking bad about Ron Paul are trolls, not real people, rather they are bots i believe, because honestly, i find it hard to believe people lack so much intelligence in this country...oh wait... never mind, go watch some more reality TV and feed your kids some more medicine, good sheep's 🙂

    July 14, 2011 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  16. Anonymous

    Time to live within our means period. You people bashing on Dr. Paul need to wake up. This ride is coming to an end and will not be pretty. This man has predicted the last 2 monetary crisis years before they happened. Even naming the regulation and companies that would cause them. 2001 he made a house speech you can You Tube "Ron Paul housing bubble 2001" he was 100% correct. This man predicted 9/11 in 1999 on the house floor. in 2002 he made a house speech of his coming predictions. He said to look back at this in 5 to 10 years. Every time I watch it I get a chill how accurate he was. You people better wake up your fantasyland is quickly coming to an end. Dr. Ron Paul 2012 NO MORE LIES!!!

    July 14, 2011 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  17. TS

    "No Compromise" on the Constitution.

    Sounds like someone I will vote for.

    July 14, 2011 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  18. Joshua Ludd

    Ah, so... cut spending, default on our debts, ruin our national credit rating. Usually Ron Paul at least makes a bit of sense, but on this one.. none whatsoever. The debt ceiling isn't about our current spending.. and i have to wonder when he says cut spending.. cut it where? The military? Corporate welfare? .. or just cut social programs? Is he really interested in helping Americans... or is he just another Republican who wants to cut anything that helps the poor while defending incredibly low tax rates for the wealthy and huge subsidies for hugely profitable industries?

    July 14, 2011 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  19. JRuss

    Much rather stay with the current Rep vs. Dem drama and let the government wipe my ass then stand with the ideas of Dr. Paul and actually have to stand on my own two feet.

    July 14, 2011 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  20. Rudy NYC

    "In the '80s, they did it to Reagan. A debt ceiling compromise: Democrats promising spending cuts and delivering only tax hikes."
    That is a complete distortion of the facts. It was Reagan who was on the spending binge. So yes, it was Democrats looking for ways to cut his out of control deficit spending.

    When it became obvious that the recession Reagan had created was due to his tax cuts and his defense spending, it became obvious that he would have to reverse some of his tax cuts by raising taxes.

    The fact is that Reagan resisted those increases to the point where they were only token increases so he could claim he raised taxes. Then, he made more cuts, which created another recession during his second term. Again, more token tax increases to bring the budget back in balance.

    This why taxes were raised 11 times during his two terms of office. Even without his tax cuts, Reagan's budgets were still running at a deficit. In other words, he dramatically increased spending and cut taxes. Which is exactly what GWB did.

    July 14, 2011 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
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