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. Brett

    Just search on Google "Black This Out" and see why we organized this event months ago.

    October 24, 2011 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  2. Hank Xavier

    I'm sure it just FELT like 40 minutes which is probably what he meant. But regardless, analysis has shown that in terms of time afforded to candidates, Ron Paul has been given the least time at debates and the least coverage in the news. Those are facts.

    October 24, 2011 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  3. Brett

    Further, search these terms on Google:

    – Pew Research Center confirms media blackout of Ron Paul
    – Ron Paul given least amount of time at debates
    – Jon Stewart: Indecision 2012 – Corn Polled Edition – Ron Paul & the Top Tier

    I was one of the primary organizers of this event and I assure you that CNN are now conducting damage control here. This event was purely a grassroots effort and the campaign had nothing to do with it. We started working on this months ago. Just do a search for "Black This Out", go review some of our evidence and decide for yourself.

    Do you really trust these guys to tell YOU the truth? No way, they want you to think Ron Paul is not viable and it's clear as day if you even care enough to know the reality of the situation, instead of what this journalist wants to pretend it to be about.

    October 24, 2011 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  4. Rhonda

    To clarify, the "blackout" money bomb was not in response to the debate Cooper hosted, it was in response to previous media black outs.

    October 24, 2011 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  5. diridi

    No one in GOP and Tea idiots are "Trustworthy" They stand for and by Rich and Oil companies. o.k, Obama2012.

    October 24, 2011 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  6. Annie, Atlanta

    Too bad he couldn't do something like this to keep teachers, police officers, and firemen on the job in his district in TX. Is that what it's going to take to keep us educated and safe, thanks to the obstructionist Republicans? Money bombs? Seems like we have to either take these matters into our own hands or let the GOP destroy this country so they can blame it on the President come the general election next year. Is no one else seeing this?

    October 24, 2011 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  7. JoeT

    Was wondering how much of that money came in the form of a fiat currency vs. gold doubloons. Godspeed Dr. Paul, yet while I commend your overall integrity and consistency, I cannot condone your 18th-century solutions. I do, however, hope that you draw enough otherwise GOP quasi-libertarians (except on the issues of abortion and gay marriage, among others) into your fold come November 2012.

    October 24, 2011 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  8. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Ouch doug. You have to give up Fox editing and splicing. When you remove the lies, republicans got nothing.

    October 24, 2011 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  9. hwy911

    Carmen, I can't stand any more coverage of Grandpa Paul. He and his son can go back to Texas and whine away all they want – they're two of the most annoying politicians I've seen in all my life, and I'm in my 50's – so I've seen a few. They don't believe in Social Security (which cuts the lifelines of millions of elderly Americans each year). They don't believe in federally sponsored college loans (which slams the doors of education on millions of American kids who otherwise couldn't afford school). Naturally, he doesn't believe in any kind of health care reform (which this country desperately needs). I don't want to go on at length about this nutjob because it's depressing that so many Americans find this kind of thing acceptable. I just want him to go away and take his whiny child with him.

    October 24, 2011 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  10. Elena

    Black this Out was organized by his supporters. Google Ron Paul Supporters Vindicated PEW STUDY. Question: Why did you not report his latest OHIO STRAW POLL WIN? He won close to 54% of the vote. AND the Los Angeles Coutry Sraw Poll, with more votes than MItt Romney and Herman Cain combined. AND the California Republican Party straw poll in September.

    October 24, 2011 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  11. Elena

    Annie, your beef is with Rick Perry the GOVERNOR of the STATE!

    October 24, 2011 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  12. The Greedy Old Pigs have declared class war on US!

    Wow, doug, looks like your lib-hate has blinded you to facts and reality. Your so-called "liberal" media has devoted more time to negative Obama stories than to any GOP stories. I'm sure you'll remain unswayed and continue to listen only to the voices in your head. The adults, however, know the truth. Perhaps some day you will as well.

    October 24, 2011 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  13. Woman In California


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

    I'm voting for him also and as to your question of how anyone can vote for that "guys" re-election – don't worry your empty head about that – he has his supporters ready, willing and able.

    October 24, 2011 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  14. Zechariah

    Wow that's it, that's all you got on Ron Paul? Sounds pretty good to me.

    October 24, 2011 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  15. Carmen

    hwy911: drinking the Kool-Aid I see. If he doesn't believe in SS then why did Rep. Paul write the Social Security Preservation Act of 2009. H.R. 219. Senior Citizens Tax Elimination Act. H.R. 162. Social Security Beneficiary Tax Reduction Act. H.R. 161. And he'll cut $1 trillion in spending in order to make SS solvent because currently SS is insolvent. Do you home work hwy911: ROn Paul is not "ENDING" student loans. Go to his website Ron Paul 2012 dot com. And while you are busy doing some research, GOOGLE: Tom Woods The Student Loan Racket: Ron Paul Right Again. By the way, ad hominem attacks just make you sound like a whiny child.

    October 24, 2011 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  16. Jamie

    Fact check: "Black This Out" was planned way before the debate. And because this was planned way before this debate, if he did ever reference a 40 minute period in which he did not talk, are you sure AC and RP are speaking of the same debate? Since 'black this out,'s' basis was on the grounds where Ron Paul doesn't talk much maybe citing that 40 minute gap, that he's referencing an earlier debate.

    But c'mon now. You know deep down, that there's only few candidates who are honest and sincere and Ron Paul is one of them. You also know deep down that he hasn't gotten the air time as he ought because of his views that oppose corporate interests-some of whom may even CNN.

    I do hope that as people start paying attention to his message, more people will tune in which would allow the media to fous on him more and let his message be heard.

    October 24, 2011 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  17. andbene

    @Mitt Romney @ Baines Capital Shipping ..... (October 24, 2011 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm )
    Ron Paul already save Taxpayers his monthly salary. It's years that he give it back.
    And if you follow a bit this campaign, he is clearly boycotted by mainstream media.

    October 24, 2011 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  18. Carmen

    One more thing, Hey!! Anderson Great job at giving Ron Paul some good questions and more time. KEEP UP the good work and I look forward your consistency in future CNN debates.

    October 24, 2011 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  19. Elena

    CNN et al, since you and Anderson have decided to go after Ron Paul's Campaign instead of his supporters, who had created this moneybomb WAY before October 18th debate, why don't you just apologize right now? for your lack of research and getting the FACTS straight? We're willing to forgive and look forward to future CNN debates where Ron Paul is given fair questions and time. Thank you.

    October 24, 2011 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  20. JHILL

    I think the author of this article is mistaken. Ron Paul's complaints of being ignored were not from the debate moderated by Anderson Cooper. I heard Paul state he appreciated CNN and Anderson's more balanced time among all the candidates. Paul and his supporters, however, have been rightfully complaining about previous media bias against him in this year's (and in 2008) election process

    October 24, 2011 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  21. Liberals are Racists pigs...

    Of course a lying liberal like AC360 will be great at putting a spin to the blackout showed to Dr. Paul. I mean what is the diffrence between 20minutes and 40minutes...nothing..nothing at all..I think the GOP and MSM wants Obama for a second term,because Dr. Paul is the only one out the flock who can pull Democrats and Independents votes. His biggest problem would be Obama's party the GOP voting for him.

    October 24, 2011 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  22. Jamie

    And my advice to RP supporters to be courteous to anyone who disagrees. Present the case and the facts and let there be a conversation about it. If they're interested, they'll do the search themselves.. that's when I was persuaded even though there were a few things I disagreed with.

    October 24, 2011 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  23. Aj187

    Ah, your all so full of it. I hope you all get what you want with Obama. I hope he gives Bernake a third term in the fed and he prints each household a million dollars to "stimulate" the economy. Then when that million doesn't buy you a loaf a bread, you'd wish you would of listened to Dr. Paul.

    October 24, 2011 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  24. Aaron

    Of course, the Mainstream media will only mention Ron Paul negatively or as a backhanded compliment. Anderson Cooper is using the argument that a TYPO in one of the campaign emails completely voids the possibility that Ron Paul is being ignored. The Pew Journalism Research Center has PROVEN that Dr. Paul gets the least amount of media coverage than all of the other candidates, despite being consistently around 3rd place nationally and having amazing fundraising.

    October 24, 2011 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  25. sandmanmrm

    This money bomb was scheduled before the debate so how can you say it is a result of the time allowed that debate? Silly people.

    October 24, 2011 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
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