Texas Rep. Ron Paul drops a bomb
October 24th, 2011
04:34 PM ET
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Texas Rep. Ron Paul drops a bomb

(CNN)-2012 GOP presidential candidate Ron Paul raked in almost $3 million in small donations over the last five days during his latest fundraising push.

The twelve-term congressman launched his "Black This Out" moneybomb following the CNN Western Republican Debate in Las Vegas. Claiming he did not speak for 40 minutes during the debate, Paul turned his gripe into a grab for funds by blasting supporters with a request to donate from October 19th to Monday at noon.

CNN debate host Anderson Cooper disputed Paul's claim, noting that his lapse in speaking didn't surpass 20 minutes, including a three minute commercial break.

"Candidates are welcome to whatever views they may have on the issues or opponents and the media, but facts are facts, and in this case, the Paul campaign is simply wrong on the facts," he said on CNN's Anderson Cooper 360, two days after the debate.

"There's no gap longer than 19 minutes and 16 seconds, and it's certainly nothing like the 40-minute gap that Congressman Paul claims in his fundraising letter," Cooper said. "It just didn't happen."

Rep. Paul brought in $2.75 million for his third presidential campaign during the moneybomb, named for the "blackout" he complained of following the debate. Paul has made two previous runs for the White House–in 2008 as a Republican, and in 1988 as the Libertarian candidate.

The Paul campaign touted donations from all 50 states, U.S. territories, and U.S. military installations that numbered 44,527.

And his latest moneybomb brought in almost one-third of the campaign's entire third quarter haul of $8.27 million.

- CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.

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soundoff (174 Responses)
  1. Kris Craig

    That's surprising. I'm not a Ron Paul supporter (I plan to vote for Obama), but despite his at-times radical views on fiscal issues, I've always found him to be an honest guy who holds fast to his principles. It's unfortunate that he didn't live up to that standard in this case and I hope it doesn't signal the beginning of a pattern of dishonesty. Ron Paul has consistently been one of the few intellectually honest Republicans in Congress. It would be a shame for him to throw that hard-earned credibility away.

    October 24, 2011 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  2. Robert

    Now, now, the money bomb wasn't just about CNN. Even if his complaint about CNN was a bit over the top, no one denies that he has been "blacked out" in the past by all of the MSM. Way to go Paul. Is that true that he gets more donations from military service people than all other candidates?

    October 24, 2011 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  3. Cody

    The Republican's wont give Paul the nomination no matter how much he raises. He might run as an independent and steal some votes from whoever gets nominated which would make it even easier for Obama to get re-elected, but that is the only affect Ron Paul will have in the next election.

    October 24, 2011 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  4. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Please do not expect Ron Paul to be accurate. Like most republicans, their comments are not intended to be factual. The republicans have kept fact checkers busy with their whoppers for 11 years if you include the weapons of mass destruction lies.

    October 24, 2011 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  5. Marie MD

    Twelve terms? Isn't it time that he fades into whatever or wherever it is that these people go after retiring and living better off than thousand of people who are unemployed or homesless thanks to the shrub?

    October 24, 2011 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  6. Jesse

    The blackout this out moneybomb, it should be noted, is a moniker chosen by his supporters, as well as the scheduling. The main the the actual campaign does is put up a ticker, and relays the word officially. The blackout money bomb wasn't aimed specifically at the CNN debate, but at the overall coverage of Paul, which is pretty universally misrepresented in a negative light, or outright ignored by the old guard media. I will give CNN credit on the debate. He received more speaking time than he had at the other debates combined.

    October 24, 2011 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  7. NadePaulKuciGravMcKi

    most Dr Ron donors will not max-out ... we will go the distance

    October 24, 2011 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  8. Kevin

    Blackthisout was planned WAY before that debate, fact check dude.

    October 24, 2011 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  9. Kevin

    Paul had a speaking event right after the debate where he said to a group of his supporters that "he got a pretty fair shake in this debate". I would bet that 40 minute thing was not directly from him...

    October 24, 2011 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  10. Mitt Romney @ Baines Capital Shipping American jobs Overseas and posing with Dollar Bill$$ like a Gangsta

    Ron Paul's campaign is a freaking time bomb waiting to explode...this guy is living in his own head!!!

    October 24, 2011 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  11. doug

    The fact that each and every Democrat talking head on CNN and the other biased Democrat hate networks are not calling him a racist is proof that Dr. Paul doesn't have a real chance. Whenever a Republican says the word "black" the lib libs go nuts with the racist stuff. What is funny is that they are the party that started the klan, and perpetuate the great society which is genocide that affects millions of black Americans, actually it is not funny at all but Democrat can't ever care about people, they never have.

    October 24, 2011 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  12. Mitt Romney @ Baines Capital posing with Dollar Bill$$ like a Gangstar while shipping American jobs to China

    Why is Ron Paul not resigning from Congress to save Taxpayers his monthly salary?

    October 24, 2011 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  13. timjcoo

    All republicans congress an sentors must be voted out of office,so the that obama can get this country going in the right direction,who do they think they work for.For us not what they want to do,they get to washington an they change,they for get what they said to get there,so let them loose there job An see how they like it!

    October 24, 2011 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  14. @Robert


    They sp1n it better than a merry-go-round.
    C00per didn't acknowledge the countless other times that RPaul was ign0red in the med1a bl@ackouts.
    (F1lters seem to always nix my c0mments.)

    October 24, 2011 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  15. Nash

    @Kris why are you voting for Obama? How can anyone vote for that guys re-election?

    October 24, 2011 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  16. logic in LA

    I don't care for Paul's politics, but he should be given equal time at debates. so if his lack of time meant people gave him money- good for him. What I don't understand is that for a man who thinks everyone should be self sufficient, why is he relying on others money to help find him a job?

    October 24, 2011 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  17. doug

    Yes Wire, in your Democrat world Microsoft fonts were around in 1973, and FDR was President of our 57 state union in 1929, we are aware of what Democrat facts are.

    October 24, 2011 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  18. GI joe

    God Bless Ron Paul and our Troops.Ron Paul gets the most donations from active military because they agree with his foreign policy.They want to come home and protect our borders.

    October 24, 2011 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  19. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Breaking news! Mittens is now for the flat tax. I wonder if he will say he was for it before Perry. This should help millionaires lower their taxes and put a greater burden on the rest of us.

    October 24, 2011 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  20. Jeremy

    Hey folks please don't lump Doctor Paul in with the other Republicans. Give the man a chance and listen to what he has to say, go to his website, or better yet check out his record. Dr. Paul doesn't even participate in the Congressional Pension Program (one of the very few)in 2008 I listen to all candidates from both sides before I made my choice I encourage everyone to do the same in this election, thank you.

    October 24, 2011 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  21. Orchid333

    I like Ron Paul – he's got some crazy ideals but I don't believe they're all bad. I voted for Obama last time, but if Paul actually did get the nomination I would definitely take his candidacy seriously and consider voting for him.

    October 24, 2011 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  22. Carl In reality

    I 100% support Ron Paul as a 3rd Party candidate and will send him funds once he registers as a 3rd Party candidate. I believe that he could clearly pull 10 to 15 percent of Republican voters during the general election. Go Ron Paul! Go Ron Raul!
    POTUS 44 in 2012

    October 24, 2011 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  23. Evan

    I love how this post tries to talk up and call out this time discrepancy and fails to even mention Anderson Cooper giving all the candidates except for Ron Paul a chance to answer the last question at the debate. I'm happy CNN is such a thorough news organization.

    October 24, 2011 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  24. dcol

    I believe Ron Paul is the only candidate who actually believes what he says. Not that I think most of it will make any headway in the house or senate, but it is a bit refreshing compared to the other clowns who change their opinons to become the 'flavor of the day'.

    October 24, 2011 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  25. Carmen

    In case you can't post my last comment because I added a link. Please Google "PEW STUDY Ron Paul Media Blackout Confirmed" Ron Paul loyalists have been vindicated. After months of observations that the mainstream media was ignoring the libertarian standard-bearer, a new study by the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism shows just that: the Texas Congressman, who has consistently polled in the high single digits - Real Clear Politics's aggregate poll currently has him at 8 percent - has received the least overall coverage of any candidate. From May 2 to October 9, Paul appeared as the "primary newsmaker in only 2% of all election stories."

    October 24, 2011 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
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