Paul taking to the airwaves again with a new TV commercial
October 18th, 2011
04:18 PM ET
11 years ago

Paul taking to the airwaves again with a new TV commercial

Las Vegas, Nevada (CNN) - Rep. Ron Paul's coming out Friday with a new television commercial that touts his stance on government spending and criticizes some of his rivals for the GOP presidential nomination.

A senior Paul campaign aide tells CNN that the commercial will run in the early primary and caucus states and says the ad buy is in the hundreds of thousands of dollars.

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The ad uses news clips to illustrate the country's dire economic conditions, labels President Barack Obama a failure on dealing with the economy, and then highlights past comments of three other Republican presidential candidates

The commercial uses a clip of former Godfather's Pizza CEO Herman Cain discussing the Troubled Asset Relief Program, saying "the concept of TARP. I was willing to go along with it."

TARP, known as the Wall Street bailout, is despised by many conservative voters.

The ad includes a clip of former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney saying "I think there is need for an economic stimulus."

The economic stimulus program pushed by Obama and passed in 2009 by a Democratic controlled Congress is equally unpopular with conservative voters.

The ad then highlights a mock newspaper headline of Texas Gov. Rick Perry that reads "Perry joins with Democrat to push for bailout."

The commercial closes with clips from Paul's 1988 and 2008 presidential bids, where he rails against government spending, finishing with him saying "I've been talking about these problems for a long, long time. Now we're bankrupt and we have to decide which way we're going to go."

This appears to be the sixth time the Paul campaign has gone up with a paid ad buy.

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  1. Sniffit

    Rondroid malfunction, Rondroid malfunction...danger, Will Robinson, danger!!!!!

    October 18, 2011 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  2. Ronald

    I hope he finally gets his fair share of speaking time at the debate....

    October 18, 2011 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  3. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    If republicans like Paul, fail to do anything to help Americans or our economy, should they be allowed to make false claims that the president has done nothing? Almost three hundred days of Boner leadership in the house, and the only bill that the house passes is an abortion bill. That is Boner, Cantor and even Ron Paul's fault.

    October 18, 2011 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  4. Bill

    Like A Boss!

    Ron Paul 2012!

    October 18, 2011 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  5. D. Estrada

    Awesome. Glad to see grassroots money is going so far. The lame stream media sits up and takes notice. Even Rush Limbaugh admits Ron Paul has a great plan to cut spending by 1 TRILLION DOLLARS all the while earning 39,000 dollars a year in salary. No comparison. Ron Paul beats everyone.

    October 18, 2011 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  6. Dave

    ron paul is the man.

    October 18, 2011 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  7. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    If the dysfunctional republican led, house of representatives cannot pass any bill that would help our economy or create jobs, why would Paul say it is Obama's fault? Ron, Boner, and Cantor should accept a large part of the blame.Typical republican stupidity, to blame others for their own inaction.

    October 18, 2011 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  8. jr

    The truth is here.Congresman Ron Paul has the soulution to our problems.

    October 18, 2011 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  9. John

    Ron Paul predicted the disaster we are in today. google austrian business cycle vs keynsianism. We have been using keynsian economics for a long time.end the federal reserve system and bring home the troops

    October 18, 2011 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  10. Mom in MN

    Before you go all ga-ga over Ron Paul, make sure you understand ALL of his beliefs/policies. I am totally with him on foreign policy issues, but his libertarian stance on just about everything else would only lead to this country being WORSE off, not better. Ron Paul does not believe that everyone should be able to see a doctor when they are sick, Ron Paul believes that the government does not need to intervene when people are being discriminated against because he believes the "market will take care of it" (yeah, right), and Ron Paul believes in an "every man for himself " society in which we would all be holed up in our homes with guns to protect ourselves if necessary and not work together on anything to improve our country. Coming together for the common good and working together to create great things that we simply could not do alone are what made this country great. There would be no space program, interstate highway system, civil rights laws, public schools, etc., etc., if people like Ron Paul would have been in charge. Ron Paul is admirable in that he says what he thinks regardless of how politically popular it is, but the vast majority of those things are just plain wrong for our country. I will NOT vote for Ron Paul and urge others to check him out thoroughly before deciding he is so wonderful.

    October 18, 2011 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  11. Michael Ivy

    No act of government can improve the lot of anybody without making the lot of somebody else worse off. Government cannot create jobs without taking valuable resources from elsewhere that it does not own. Its that simple. Ron Paul 2012!

    October 18, 2011 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  12. Bill

    To all that say the Republican house has done nothing...

    Any bill to actually balance the budget would not be signed by Obama and the house knows it. It would be poitnless at this point.

    Debt is our issue and the current President won't address it. I know you will all say he wants to raise taxes but raising taxes will not even put a dent in the annual deficit and doesn't deal with the actual problem of spending.

    October 18, 2011 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  13. fayse

    For all of those that want Ron Paul for President, you do know that you can just write in his name on the ballot even if he dosen't win the nomination, don't you?

    That would work for me.

    October 18, 2011 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  14. Bill

    to mom in MN...

    You simplify the issues and slander his name. He makes perfect sense if you actually understand that free markets are the best option and always work better than socialism.

    October 18, 2011 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  15. Versiano

    Fayse I am with you. That was the plan all along. I have a feeling that the republicans are going to be very upset with this election if Paul is not nominated. When all the people who support Paul split the vote and cause Obama to be reelected. But then I don't suppose it will be any different from Obama, if any of the other republicans end up in the white house.

    October 18, 2011 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  16. Versiano

    @Wire Palladin

    Yes.... because it's the republican fault that they voted against spending our country into complete destruction. Good job guys.... Man we are bankrupt. We need to borrow more money and spend some more. Sounds like a logical way to go about it. It doesn't work for a family to keep spending when they max out 5 credit cards but it has to work for a government. People just need to get over this "entitled to this and entitled to that" attitude and take some responsibility. We got ourselves into this mess by spending above our means. Now it is time to pay the piper and everyone is upset about it. We are going to have to give up the free ride life that we have adapted to and sacrifice things we are used to so that we can get this back under control.

    October 18, 2011 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  17. Ethical Spectrum

    @Mom in MN:

    "I will NOT vote for Ron Paul and urge others to check him out thoroughly before deciding he is so wonderful."

    Um, no, you really haven't checked him out that much if your grand take away is that he believes in "every man for himself" and that everyone shouldn't be able to see a doctor.

    Paul IS a doctor and Paul is one of the few doctors remaining today that still believes in the Hippocratic oath. He's also treated patients for FREE if all they could pay him with is medicaid. This was back when churches and charities provided care.

    But now you can't do that because of medical malpractice suits and inflated premiums, which is because every time your kid gets a cold, you take them to the ER or something.

    The interstate highway system and other internal improvements are actually one area where Paul agrees government spending is limited, since he is not a thorough libertarian, but rather a paleoconservative. And just what is so damn great about our space program?

    Just what did they do outside of the 60s that has been useful to us? Government tried to subsidize the early automotive industry in Detroit and that was a disaster. But as soon as they gave up, our ingenuity flourished!

    Why? Because it was our SOCIETY, not our government, that made these things possible.

    You are deceived and you are deceiving others if you continue to believe that people cannot "[come] together for the common good and [work] together to create great things"...

    RP's philosophy presents a complete paradigm shift from what we had today...whenever he talks about "going back to a time before there was X, Y, Z Departments", he's purely doing it to help relate his philosophy to you, because he knows that your types don't actually read primary sources and evaluate things on their own merits.

    You rely on talking points and regurgitated summaries to stand in for your opinions instead of forming them yourself. So while you credit Paul with honesty, I cannot help but feel that it's hollow praise.

    All you really seem to be saying is that the only reason he is honest is because he's a moron. And that to me is just disgusting.

    October 18, 2011 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  18. Bill

    Thanks Ethical Spectrum!

    I wish I had the time to write that right now haha.

    October 18, 2011 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  19. Wall Street Crime Victim

    Bill, debt is not the biggest issue, employment is. Two thirds of the country will be happy to remind you if you choose to educate yourself. And raising taxes on the ultrarich will make a difference in terms of helping the 99%ers.

    October 18, 2011 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  20. DrQuack

    Hey Ron Paul supporters: His policies wouldn't work. They would cause the downfall of the US. Do some research on him. I did.

    October 18, 2011 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  21. Bill

    Wall Street Crime Victim

    The Debt and the FED have prevented the correction from occurring which is why we will not see employment return to normal levels. Time has proven Ron Paul to be 100% right and will continue to.

    You could take 100% of the money away from the top 1% and still not balance the budget. Do some real reasearch man!

    I'm not advocating class warfare and neither is Ron. He is the only candidate that really cares about the people.

    October 18, 2011 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  22. the_dude

    Yeah Ron Paul policies would cause the downfall of the USA. Not like the USA is expierencing downfall without any of Ron Paul's policies.

    October 18, 2011 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  23. the_dude

    Yeah Ron Paul's policies will not work. Instead I prefer obama's policies those seem to be doing great things.

    October 18, 2011 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  24. John

    Ron Paul is the only man who is willing to deal with our countries spending problem. All the other candidates are empty suits.

    October 18, 2011 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  25. Crazy_Redneck

    @Mom in MN

    Facts, please. Conjecture is...well...conjecture...

    October 18, 2011 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |