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. Real Patriot

    In a time of such recession–with so many people hurting just trying to feed their families and keep shelter over their heads--just think what good all this money could do instead of pi**ing it away on a guy who will never-I repeat, Never be President of the United States....Tells you a lot about Republican priorities doesn't it?

    October 24, 2011 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |

    Guy, get a tailor, eh?

    Ron Paul, John McCain, et. al. = Reasons for terms limits.

    October 24, 2011 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  3. TerribleShoes

    Wow, hwy911, you completely twisted Dr. Pauls intentions. Federal loans make tuition costs far more expensive. What don't you idiots get about that? It's depressing that so many Americans find your views acceptable.

    October 24, 2011 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  4. Mr. Liberty

    Why doesn't Anderson Cooper admit that he skipped Ron Paul for the closing statements?

    RIck Sanctorum clearly defended Ron Paul and said that he wasn't given his turn to speak.

    October 24, 2011 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  5. BettyLiberty

    That 40-minute remark didn't come from Ron Paul, and the moneybomb was planned way before the debate. Try a little fact checking, please. Not suprising that uber-privileged son of Gloria Vanderbilt, ex-CIA agent Anderson Cooper would choose to jump all over this gaffe and conveniently forget all the other times CNN has completely ignored Ron Paul. They've been doing it for years because he threatens their precious status quo. This article also fails to mention the huge success of the Black THIS out moneybomb – over $2.5 million. Mainstream media sux!

    October 24, 2011 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  6. pmk1953

    I'd consider any candidate until they open their mouth. Then I start eliminating. I wish we had a none of the above space on the ballots. I'd bet NOTA would place high or win.

    October 24, 2011 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  7. Richard

    Clearly the best person to be president is Ron Paul. Please go read his web page for details about his ideas. Watch you tube videos, all the main media sites are bias as heII. Ron Paul is the only one speaking the truth and is the only one not working for the 1%. No matter what he believes personally he will never enforce that on you, his idea is states rights. Each state will have its people vote, we will be given back the power the FED and government has taken from us. why does freedom make so many afraid, some random guy working for the government wont make better choices for your life and your family then you will. Take back your freedom and vote Ron Paul, you don't need the government to tell you how to live, you are smart enough to make you own choices. Ron Paul 2012!!

    October 24, 2011 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  8. justamom

    Amazing that so many people take CNN as gospel truth when the reality is CCN distorts news on a daily basis to protect the reputations and profits of its biggest advertisers.

    People, the money bomb was planned by supporters of Ron Paul, not the campaign. The campaign sent a letter to supporters advertising the money bomb and mentioning that Ron Paul waited 40 minutes to speak at a debate AT ONE POINT. The campaign never specified that CNN kept him waiting for 40 minutes and Ron Paul was on TV saying that he felt he got a pretty good shake at the CNN Debate. Ron Paul has in fact been ignored at debates and excluded from debates in the past without question. So, the question must be posed, why is Anderson Cooper whining about Ron Paul's campaign and falsely calling him a liar? Cooper is the smear artist par excellence. He is such a professional liar that you can barely tell that he is lying, smearing, distorting and disparaging whenever his lips are moving. Cooper has the hubris to call Ron Paul a liar when he himself has made lying into an art form. What a joke! Remember, CNN protects the interests of their advertisers and board of directors. They are NOT a disinterested or unbiased party.

    October 24, 2011 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  9. Travis Goodman

    Ron Paul is just too smart for the majority.

    October 24, 2011 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  10. Giovanni

    Good evening liberals,

    President Obama reauthorized the Patriot Act, still has not brought our troops home and supported the bailouts. Why are you STILL participating in this partisan charade?

    Barack Obama is exactly like Bush, along with Perry, Romney, Cain, etc. Only Paul or Johnson stand apart. Just because someone has an 'R' after their name does not automatically mean they are what the letter stands for.

    Social security means nothing when the dollar is constantly devalued into near worthlessness. Do you understand what inflation is?

    In what way does Ron Paul have more in common with Romney than what liberals actually value?

    If Paul were President, all of our troops would come home on the first day and all non-violent drug offenders would be pardoned. Corporations wouldn't be getting special treatment at the cost to us, the tax payers, like they do because of liberals and conservatives.

    Go and research Paul's positions instead of posting nonsense.

    October 24, 2011 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  11. Josh

    Just look at his ideas they are great. Get the Gov. out of your day to day life. He is the only Rep. I trust. Ron Paul is the truth.

    October 24, 2011 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  12. Ben

    I think the attention to how many minutes he went without speaking is distracting from the main point. Ron Paul has consistently polled in 2nd or 3rd place for over a year but candidates that have consistently polled in 4th place or lower seem to get more questions and speaking time.

    To be fair though, Paul does seem to hurt himself by having concise answers that actually answer the question presented instead of filling up time with talking points completely unrelated to the question, so from that perspective he may be answering the same number of questions and still not spend as much time speaking. I guess you could view that as being his own fault but it begs the question as to the fundamental ideas behind debates that reward those who don't answer questions directly.

    October 24, 2011 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  13. Joe

    That 40 minute gap was not directed at the CNN debate, Paul and his supporters agree he had ample time during the CNN debate (although this was mostly through other candidates referencing Paul)

    This money bomb was planned months ago, tell Anderson and the rest of CNN not to flatter themselves. I guarantee the article won't be edited, as CNN, along with the rest of the mainstream media all have it out for Paul, as his policies are a threat to their corporate establishment.
    Pathetic excuses for Americans if you ask me.

    End corporatism, bring back capitalism.

    October 24, 2011 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  14. Independent_Thought

    I wonder if the GOP understands how independent the Republicans that support Paul are, and, more importantly, how many DEMOCRATS and INDEPENDENTS support Paul. Paul has the swing vote.

    Virtually all Paul supporters will not vote for any other GOP candidate. They will all write in Paul in both the Primary and the General Election. But it's bigger than the Presidency.

    If the GOP does not nominate Paul, most of those supporters will also vote AGAINST every single GOP on the ticket in protest.

    So Dems should be saying "anybody but Paul", because that means 4 more years for Obama and a Democratic majority in Congress.

    October 24, 2011 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  15. Don Gerard

    The Republicans are not going to give Dr. Paul the nomination. The nomination is given by the voters who go to the polls and attend the caucuses afterward to nominate reps to the convention. Dr. Paul's voters are going to take the election from the Republican Party elite at the grass roots level. Be very worried Mr. Obama. The rEvolution is in full swing. You know how it's done, you managed it last time. Your ground swell is over, Dr. Paul's is just beginning.

    October 24, 2011 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  16. Marcus

    Sad Mr. Cooper has to stoop low like this... I believe Paul was being truthful about his entire media blackout. Essentially he has been censored and Cooper, you cannot deny that! The neocon right has been picking their golden child(ren) since the beginning of this debacle! First it was Bachmann who couldn't do it, then it was Perry and he failed, then Romney and his "cult" got in the way, and now it was the flash in the pizza pan Cain... I see a pattern of the neocon-lithic conservative to stop the spread of LIbertarianism... IT WILL FAIL – as this country was passed on freedom for individuals, not freedom for corporations and extreme religious sects.

    October 24, 2011 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  17. Dreamer96

    Ron Paul drops a bomb

    Is he stepping out of the closet with McConnell....going after the gay vote too now....

    October 25, 2011 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  18. ThinkAgain

    Ron Paul proudly says that he didn't accept government payment for his services when he was an obstetrician. How many newly-graduated doctors can afford to do that, with the cost of medical school as high as it is? Especially if your specialty is family medicine, where you have a lot of patients who are seniors with Medicare insurance?

    He also talks about his former campaign chairman who was uninsured and died of pneumonia. When he died at the age of 49, he left $400,000 in debt, which fell to his elderly mother to pay. The medical costs of the uninsured are a huge contributing factor to escalating health insurance costs, because the medical providers end up absorbing the losses.

    More media attention needs to be paid to digging into Paul's silly pronouncements. He doesn't deal with reality – that doesn't mean we shouldn't.

    October 25, 2011 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  19. SoSad

    Get over it Paul, you not going to win anyway, go back to congress and do nothing. I like your ideals, however, you will not get elected, sad but true! Peace Out

    October 25, 2011 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  20. Curious George

    I didn't know he was running. You never see any coverage of his campaign on CNN or the mainstream media.

    October 25, 2011 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  21. marty

    Perhaps Dr. Paul was referring to the coverage of the debate. The following day CNN did very little coverage of Ron Paul's participation. In fact, comparatively, he barely had any since. Anderson Cooper is only talking about the actual debate, but equally and if not more important is the coverage in a fair way, to all of the candidates. I think that CNN has already decided that it's going to be Perry against Romney. The people who pull the strings of CNN (and all the others for that matter) have a definite agenda to keep the status quo going in this country. What better pair of status quo puppets can they get for their money. No matter which one gets chosen, the big boys are getting what they want. Ron Paul would mess everything up for them, the Fed especially. That's their favorite toy, the printing presses...and of course War

    October 25, 2011 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  22. Tony

    Only 19 minutes and six seconds huh Anderson? Meanwhile the people CNN has spent every day plastering all over the front page got to run their mouths non stop. I also noticed you were a lot more forgiving on time for CNN's favorite. I won't waste my time watching another rigged CNN debate.

    October 25, 2011 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  23. Derp

    Look at the MSM twisting facts again. Everyone knows he has been blacked out, and he didn't specifically say which debate.

    There's a very obvious media blackout on this guy. If people can't see this and start questioning why that is happening, then this country deserves to go down the toilet. I fell for this bullshit back with Ross Perot, but I was a little kid back then so I couldn't vote anyway. This time? Well, I don't watch much TV and most people that make decent money don't either, so we'll see what happens.

    October 25, 2011 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  24. BobInIrvine

    I'm interested in why (as Paul-bots like to say) the MSM would conspire to de-emphasize Paul, given his pro-business, laissez-faire approach would be good for their pocketbooks.

    Could it be the MSM recognizes Paul has about as much chance as John Huntsman to get the GOP nomination, and less than a snowball in Hades' chance of winning the general election against Obama.

    October 25, 2011 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  25. Emery

    I don't even know why Ron Paul is even trying to run anymore! What is this, his 4th time running? LOL. If he really wanted to be a "different candidate", he'd have run as an Independent, instead of Republican. Everyone has caught on to the GOP's obstructionism bull, and knows that they aren't trying to do anything to help the Middle Class, as they never bother to mention the Middle Class unless someone asks them in a debate. He's not even in the top 10% of the polls anymore. He should drop out to avoid embarrassment.

    October 25, 2011 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
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