Ron Paul to launch ad opposing debt ceiling increase
July 14th, 2011
11:06 AM ET
9 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. Sandy

    "No Compromise".

    Doesn't sound like someone I want to vote for.

    July 14, 2011 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  2. GI Joe

    Run on the Libertarian Ticket, Mr. Paul. You have enough supporters to make a big difference in the future of this country in 2012. Don't give the credit to the republicans who have obstructed even their own ideas.

    July 14, 2011 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  3. George Washington

    Mr. Paul has a strong ground game, early successful fund raisers, high profile legislative endorsements, GOP fellow candidates who literally are echoing Mr. Ron Paul's stead fast platform, supporters not only from 1 "party" but supporters who are democratic, libertarian, republican, and all others. Most importantly, all those people who feel kind of "snowed over" by all the failed campaign promises of Mr. Obama, realize now that ideology and rhetoric never supersedes substance and track record. Walk the walk and talk the talk. Mr. Ron Paul does just that. He's got my vote.

    July 14, 2011 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  4. Name king

    Well the crazy man is at it again. Can someone please go back into the past and bring Paul's brain into the future please. I don't know if he has ever dealt with a global economy before, but paul!!! It's different.

    July 14, 2011 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  5. Marie MD

    If I really cared enough about this clown I might be wondering how, at his age, he would find a job after the dust settles, but then I realized that h will milk the governemnt twice. Social security and a nice pension from the feds and his time doing nothing in congress!
    Of course, there's always that racist son of his.

    July 14, 2011 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  6. sue

    When we the middle class the poor and less fortunate have debt problems we do the same that should be done in our Government.....cut spending.....but we have to go out and find second jobs (sometimes both parents) to bring in more money to pay the should the government.....raise taxes on the superrich so they have to pay their fair share.....cutting spending isn't going to solve our problems by itself.......Obama has shown compromise but the GOP is not willing to compromise......McConnells very words were "He wasn't going to help Obama get elected even if it means giving an inch in compromise.....he would rather put the burden on the backs of Americans and put our Country in jeaparday then pass anything this President is trying to do to get this country back on it's feet......Republicans are acting like hard headed spoiled kids (my way or no way) Don't we teach out children how to share, how to to compromise......what a terrible example the GOP is to our young people.......they are so worried about leaving a huge debt for their future, but the party that claims they are the party of VALUES are a bunch of hypocrits......

    July 14, 2011 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  7. John

    And this Is way he wasn't won be for and will never win. This Is 2011 not the 1900 get real. I glad you are not running for congress In 2012. Than after you lose we will not have to hear from you any more, by the way take your son with you.

    July 14, 2011 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  8. Billy

    Yah, just let it burn, right Ron? Market crashes, country goes into depression but that's just life right? Sure, we COULD avoid it but why, huh, Ron? Sure every day Americans lose their savings and investments but you're still rich, right Ron? Idiot.

    COMPROMISE now GOP or be run out of office in 2 years (or sooner).

    July 14, 2011 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  9. ConservaFASCISTS/Domestic Terrorists/Taliban/Al Queda/TRAITORS

    We all know that Ron Paul wants the Federal Reserve dismantled, and frankly I agree with him to an extent. We are in a mountain of debt and are owned by bankers. "ANNUIT COEPTIS" – "OUR ENTERPRISE IS NOW A SUCCESS"

    I'd like American monetary policy to change, but that will NEVER happen!!!


    July 14, 2011 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  10. Cut Spending

    So, cut spending but spend 6 figures on a commercial. I mean what do they call this when people say one thing and then do another?

    July 14, 2011 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  11. John Lance

    Ron Paul was right about not going into Iraq and wanting to take out terrorists in Pakistan long before Bin Laden was captured there. He was right about balancing the budget, giving states more control over their laws (education, commerce, etc.), and auditing the Federal Reserve. The people who are insane are the ones that believe in the status quo!

    July 14, 2011 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  12. Bill NY

    Sure, lets weasel out of our debts. Lets send the world economy into a bigger tailspin. The lunacy going on now makes the the nuts in militias seem rather sane. When an individual such as this gets this much support, it shows we have truly lost our way.

    July 14, 2011 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  13. California Conservative

    Raising the debt ceiling does nothing and actually continues the failed policy of massive deficit spending.

    July 14, 2011 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  14. lgny

    Nice theory, bad practice. Failing to raise the debt limit will force an instantaneous cut in spending from between 40 to 50%, assuming the govt opts not to default on paying interest on existing bonds. Please explain what you will cut in order to achieve such a dramatic decrease instantly.

    This is massive fiscal irresponsibility!

    July 14, 2011 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  15. kyle

    What's his plan besides getting out of Dodge.

    July 14, 2011 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  16. JD in Moraga, CA

    Must be lovely to live in the 18th Century.

    July 14, 2011 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  17. RP2012

    It takes courage to stand alone never mind attack your own party. This guy has ballz. This guy is a revolutionary and a principled patriot true to his word. Lets all support the man who understands that the only true compassionate and moral system of collective, societal organization is through individual liberty as defined best by the US Constitution.

    July 14, 2011 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  18. Ali

    Go Ron!!!!!!!!!! 2012!!!!

    July 14, 2011 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  19. beevee

    May be all our elected crazy politicians should work for $1/day saaries. That would be a big spending cut. They will still be rich getting money from lobbyists and other business people in whose pockets these guys live. it si really disgusting that people like Ron Paul are not thinking of the middle class and the poor in this country. Why did we elect these nuts.

    July 14, 2011 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  20. Aaron

    lol at those of you upset that Ron Paul won't "compromise!" I suppose you like the compromise of the status quo that we've been getting for decades from both parties? Bi-partisan support for the Iraq war, the "Patriot Act", the TSA, loss of privacy, more debt...and this charming little non-war in Libya.
    Grow up, folks.

    July 14, 2011 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  21. B

    Paul is an extreme Ideologue with some points to be made, but under very different circumstances than we find ourselves in at present !

    If we allow these idealistic "perfect order" people to control this current direction over the debt by letting it fail, we will be in very serious, long term trouble, probably a Global financial disaster!

    July 14, 2011 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  22. Drew

    yeah, crazy huh? i guess they let all crazy men deliver over 4000+ babies in his life and serve as a flight surgeon in the airforce. i just guess it's "crazy" these days to have morals that you actually stand by and a track record so defined you could use as a straight edge. maybe it's "crazy" to back up everything you talk about with facts and evidence. oh yeah he's a regular lunatic isn't he?

    July 14, 2011 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  23. Rand from VA

    The message that he is really pushing in this ad is that the Republicans should not fall for budgetary gimmicks the way they did the last several times we had the discussion on the debt limit. He is calling for true reform to a system that is broken instead of patching it over with tax increases and hoping it goes away, which history has shown it won't. I fear we are close approaching the state that Japan's economy is in. They have had anemic growth for almost 2 decades after going through their own financial and housing bubble. Large swaths of their population are unemployed or underemployed, and their debt is huge. We can not keep going in this direction. The budget must be balanced, or I fear we will have many more years of anemic economic growth. Tax increases will only act as a way to hide the real problem of out of control spending and entitlements that will quickly become to expensive to maintain with a rapidly aging population.

    July 14, 2011 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  24. Sebastian

    Ron Paul should run on a 3rd Party Ticket and be true to his ideas.

    July 14, 2011 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  25. Phil in KC

    This shows that Ron Paul has no grasp on reality. If we do not raise the debt ceiling, we cannot borrow any more and our debt rating goes lower. Which means we pay more interest on the debts we owe. And, since we cannot borrow, we cannot spend. On the face of it, that may sound attractive. But the reality is that a very large number of the things we depend on our government for will grind to a halt. The markets will plummet. In short, we would be in real deep do-do.
    The problem is that there are far too many people in this country who fail to grasp that reality.

    July 14, 2011 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
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