Paul zings rivals in new ad
August 16th, 2011
10:42 AM ET
8 years ago

Paul zings rivals in new ad

(CNN) - Just three days after nearly winning a crucial Republican presidential straw poll in Ames, Iowa, Texas Rep. Ron Paul is going up with a television commercial in Iowa and New Hampshire that targets three of his rivals for the GOP nomination.

The ad, titled "The One," groups Texas Gov. Rick Perry, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, and Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota with President Barack Obama.

"It's the story of a lost city, lost opportunity, lost hope. A story of failed policies, failed leadership. A story of smooth-talking politicians, games of 'he said, she said,' rhetoric and division," says the narrator in the commercial.

"One man has stood apart, stood strong and true. Voting against every tax increase. every unbalanced budget, every time. Standing up to the Washington machine. Guided by principle. Ron Paul, the one who will stop the spending, save the dollar, create jobs, bring peace, the one who will restore liberty. Ron Paul, the one who can beat Obama and restore America now."

The ad shows pictures of Perry and Romney and the president over the "smooth-talking politicians" line and pictures of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Democratic House Leader Nancy Pelosi, and Bachmann over the line "games of 'he said, she said', rhetoric and division."

The Paul campaign confirms to CNN that it's putting up six figures to run the 60-second spot in New Hampshire, the first primary state, and describes the buy in Iowa as "substantial." Iowa's caucuses kick off the presidential primary and caucus calendar. The ad buy is the second major one for the Paul campaign, and the first since Paul came in a very strong second in the straw poll in Ames on Saturday. The commercial was first reported by Politico.

The ad ends by saying that the longtime congressman, who is known for his strong stances on limiting the federal government and for his enthusiastic and energetic supporters, is "the one who can beat Obama," which seems a push back against pundits who say that Paul can't win the GOP nomination and face off against the president in next year's general election.

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Filed under: 2012 • Michele Bachmann • Mitt Romney • Rick Perry • Ron Paul
soundoff (35 Responses)
  1. Bill from GA

    For all of the talk of only radical solutions to our debt problems ( " Yada, Yada, Yada; expect us to go the way of the Roman empire! " , it is a fact that only 11 years ago we were paying down the National debt and having serious discussions about fixing Social Security and Medicare, which most Americans want.

    Before the Bush wars and tax cuts, etc.

    August 16, 2011 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  2. Allen

    For those of you who are asking what Ron says he would do, look at his comments for the last twelve terms. He has been saying it all along. Amazingly enough, for being a politician, his message has never changed. Why haven't his ideas been adopted? Because he is about shrinking govt, limiting lobbyists and shrinking military spending. Do you listen to the rational voice of one congressman, or to the multitudes of lobbyists shoving money in your pocket? As a side note, Ron Paul has never accepted any lobbyist money and doesnt even take all the money he is legally allowed as a congressman. All his competitors mock him, then behind the scenes go ask him for advise. He deserves to get in, we need him to get in. Research what he says. Some of it is a little out there, but we are way out of whack as a country. We need solutions that are a little out there. The norm is what has gotten us where we are. I dont agree with everything he says, but I agree with more with him than with the other candidates. And with the other candidates, the message changes with every audience. They tell you whatever you want to hear. Ron has always said the same thing. Like it or not.

    August 16, 2011 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  3. Duncan

    "Paul did himself in at the last debate regarding Iran and nukes"

    Right, because all the other candidates have solutions to the issue of Iran.. like.. err.. hmmm? oh invading them? bombing them? What exactly should the US do about Iran and nuclear weapons? spend trillions more?

    August 16, 2011 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  4. Mike

    Couldn't have said it better myself Jennifer, if you people actually did your own research about Dr. Paul instead of listening to that the media tells you, you realize you don't know what you are talking about. When Ron was running in 2008, people laughed at is predictions, well guess what? They came true. He has voted the same way for 30 years and has never changed. You might not agree with his opinions but to blast a man that is trully in it for the right reasons is immature and the reason why we are so divided right now. Ron Paul is in it for princilple, not politics.

    August 16, 2011 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  5. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    He is an unwaivering idealist (to put it nicely; ideologue if you're not nice). The problem with that is people will take advantage of whatevery or whoever is in charge. Paul doesn't see that; or doesn't care. Does he understand that regulations are there to level the playing field and make things safer for the average American that doesn't have the money to do anything he wants? I am guessing he doesn't understand that.

    @ vet in texas - you are so correct. Obama tried to talk to the Iranians who are sponsors of terrorism against the US & Israel just to name a few. The Iranians never were cooperative and don't care about international law which they violate by not complying with the IAEA or to the UN Security Council.

    August 16, 2011 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  6. me

    Sure Ron Paul is fun to listen to during debates but almost all the Republican candidates are way too extreme. Romney is acting far right now but will be more center right after the primary. Huntsman in my own opinion is the most reasonable but shot himself in the foot by going along with the rest of the pack on not accepting a $10:1 spending cut deal during the debate. Huntsman could do some damage if he distanced himself from the rest by taking moderate stances which he clearly is. On daily kos, they got a quote from Karl Rove saying that if all these guys move too far right (which they are) they will have a really tough time winning the important demographics: independents and moderates especially when they have to scrabble back to the middle after the primary only to find out they alienated the middle by acting too extreme to win the primary.

    August 16, 2011 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  7. A Kickin` Donkey

    Sir –

    You are hardly a REPUBLICAN. Why are you running for the GOP nomination? Convenience?

    You`ve GOT TO KNOW that after stating on International TV that it is OK for Iran to have NUCLEAR WEAPONS, you will never be the party`s nominee. So why are you doing this?

    Your best opportunity to win is an INDEPENDENT candidacy. Your best opportunity to influence the deed of the nation as opposed to the rhetoric of politicians is to run in a manner in which you at least have a chance to win.

    Right now, you have ZERO chance to win the Presidency. Your campaign money will dry up as people come to realize that backing you, as a Republican, is a waste of their time & money.

    August 16, 2011 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  8. voiceofreason

    Those people who are saying that none of his ideas have passed the congress are putting the blame on him. It's YOUR elected representatives that didn't vote for his economically sound and constitutionally based proposals. This is the whole reason he needs to be elected president. I agree with the post below in that I challenge each of you to listen to his message. Then check his voting record and see if these things don't match up. This man is a veteran and a medical doctor. He is an honorable man, who believes in the Constitution. He's firm on the issues regardless of his Party's stance. He's been mocked by people in the media from Day one. But his answers, make the scope of government much smaller, stop fighting the wars, stop borrowing money, make the entitlements in this country solvent. These are the only things that will save this country.

    August 16, 2011 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  9. kat

    Please Paul, give it up and go home.

    August 16, 2011 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  10. Straight Talk

    I think I disagree with most of the posts here. I do not vote based on party lines, but on the issues that I see facing this country..
    I do believe that printing money out of thin air devalues our dollar.
    I believe asking me and my children to pay interest on that "funny" money is outrageous.
    I am tired of waging wars, watching Americans die, and spending US dollars overseas.
    The war on drugs is an utter failure, and I'd like to see it end.
    We are being over-run by illegal immigrants and I'd prefer they immigrate legally if they want to be here.
    More than anything else, I'm tired of politicians promising one thing and delivering another.
    Based on Ron Paul's voting record, stance on the issues, clear and stated path to reform, and most importantly his record of standing by his convictions, he'll have my support in the 2012. I truly hope that all parties will put aside their prejudice and against other parties, and research/vote on the issues facing the US. The country and it's people deserve it.

    August 16, 2011 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
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