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. Thom

    No, CNN. You fed the beasts Romney and Perry. It was all part of your ratings game.

    And about the post-debate analysis. You all sat around and discussed everyone but Ron Paul for at least half an hour until I realized there were better things on TV. His name was not mentioned at all. You just talked about the bickering and the possibility of Herman Cain winning the nomination.

    October 25, 2011 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  2. JB

    I'd like to see that letter. I'm a big Ron Paul supporter but I think Anderson Cooper did a fairly good job with the latest debate. I do wonder if the campaign meant the last debate CNN did that Wolf Blitzer moderated. The 40 minute span is probably valid in some previous debates, but I don't think with the latest one.

    October 25, 2011 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  3. NoRonPaul

    hard to believe so many people drink this koolaid

    October 25, 2011 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  4. Alex

    If you think Ron Paul is nuts, you would've thought this nation's founding fathers were nuts as well. If those guys, Jefferson, Madison, Washington etc were alive today, not only would they be voting for Ron Paul, they'd be actively campaigning for him. He's the only true Republican out there who sticks to the Constitution and rejects the Left wing ideal of Neo-Conservativism (formerly called Wilsonian Democracy). Since BOTH parties have been hijacked by the Neo-Cons, neither the right wing media or the vast left wing media will give him a shot.

    October 25, 2011 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  5. Cooper


    Are you suggesting that there is nothing wrong with even a twenty minute gap? Maybe you should be giving all the candidates more time rather than letting Perry and Romney go back and forth at each other because they have an additional "30 seconds" every time they respond to each other.

    October 25, 2011 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  6. Larry L

    Ron Paul is the Ralph Nader of the Republican Party. Like Nader, he can offer ridiculous sound bites proposing solutions that can never become reality. Ron Paul is essentially an anarchist, hoping to return to a mythical time when Americans were all patriotic, hard-working and well-educated Christians. That time only exists in the minds of old, wealthy white men as they look back to a segregated era, when a college degree for a white man automatically guaranteed a good job.

    Conservatives want small government – something impossible with 325 million people in our vast and diverse country. The world is complex, dynamic, and interconnected. A small government could never operate with the flexibility and comprehensive services Americans demand. Does any advanced nation with a high standard of living have a "small" government? Somalia has a "small government". How is that working out?

    October 25, 2011 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  7. Michael

    The only debate that makes any sense for any of these people is a debate in which none of them talks.

    October 25, 2011 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  8. Frankly Speaking..

    The only consistent candidate who makes a lot of sense..Unfortunately, the same cant be said about most voters 🙂

    October 25, 2011 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  9. RonPaul4Pres

    given the choice of who to believe: Ron Paul vs. Anderson Cooper. I pick Paul every time. Cooper is tool. He is about as fake as it gets. If his mommy wasn't famous he would just be another gay guy you pass on the street everyday

    October 25, 2011 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  10. chuck

    His and Bauchmann's idea about taking the decision of "gay marriage" away from the Supreme Court is just another of many Republican backhanded slaps at the gay community. George W. Bush recommended the same thing. Why he and Bauchmann find it feasible to stop government redress to homosexuals only is mind boggling to many who are familiar with a little document called The United States Constitution. This idea alone should be enough to keep him and Bauchmann off of T.V. for life. That 40 minutes could easily be turned into a lifetime of ignoring. This ship sails both ways Paul and Bauchmann.

    October 25, 2011 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  11. chuck

    That 40 minutes should have been 40 years.

    October 25, 2011 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  12. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    Mr. Paul you recently finished second in a straw poll and weren't being discussed by anybody afterward – even your own Faux News blew past it. Take the hint, sport! If people are attacking Cain's 9-9-9 Plan, wait until they really examine your 23% Consumption Tax because that's even worse on the people at the low end of it.

    October 25, 2011 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  13. Whywhy

    What ever happens... I'm still voting for Obama. Since he's been in office, I've seen positive change. Not as much as I would like, but things are shaking up, which is more than what I can say about the GOP.

    October 25, 2011 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  14. Zious

    I do not agree 100% with Ron Paul but the things I agree with him I agree totally. He is the only politician who has the guts to talk the truth. In some cases what he says are unrealistic but others are real. He is extreme on some issues which is hard to understand but other issues makes complete sense. Ron Paul will never be the Republican nominee for president so his efforts will only go waste.

    October 25, 2011 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  15. Woman In California

    Just look at that face. He will NEVER be president as most of us don't want crazy uncles in charge.

    October 25, 2011 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  16. Rob in MO

    Ron Paul is a phony; he claims to be a Libertarian but advocates having the government force women to continue unwanted pregnancies against their will.

    October 25, 2011 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  17. pd123

    Do you suppose Ron Paul has not gotten as much attention because?

    He’s a Liberian that for some reason is running under the Republican flag. A change to the Liberian form in this country would be as radical as changing to communism.

    While he stays on track and keeps pushing his views, unlike the rest of the bunch, he is just is not presidential overall.

    In this country, the news media, big business, Republicans, Democrats and the wealthy are scare to death of a powerful third party. I venture to bet the vast majority of this country would like a mix of social safety nets and capitalism. A strong third party could destroy both existing parties. The news media likes the battles between the two idiot parties we have.

    October 25, 2011 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  18. NoTags

    I changed my voter registration from Independent to Republican to vote for Ron Paul in the primary. I just can't stand the thought of Perry or Romney winning the primary, but I will vote for Obama in the general election.

    Obama/Biden 2012

    October 25, 2011 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  19. MM

    What a waste of money!

    October 25, 2011 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  20. Shannon Tyrrell

    Stop being so self centered CNN & A. Cooper! It's not all about you, it is about what the people want. You (CNN) and your buddies FOX, MSNBC and the national nightly news all give him less time as THEY do not think/want him as a front runner. The media should not be in the business of deciding the next President. This online fundraiser was in the plans BEFORE this debate...not pleased with the misrepresentaion of this article, sadly not surprised either.

    October 25, 2011 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  21. VDM

    Bob in Irvine Did it ever occur to you that the MSM should not be making decisions on which candidates are worthy of their party's nomination? Shouldn't that be left to the voters to decide? Your argument does not validate the MSM's media black out of Ron Paul.

    October 25, 2011 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  22. Outsider

    You Americans are your own worst enemies! And USA used to be a dream land everyone wanted to go to. Not anymore. You are destroying your own country. Your politicians are laughing stock. Your "democracy" is worst then socialism! USA as a power country is done, finished, your time is up.

    October 25, 2011 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  23. Rich

    For all his fanboys, Ron Paul still has as much chance of being President as the Miami Dolphins do of winning the Super Bowl this year. Get over it.

    October 25, 2011 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  24. angrygnat

    I thought RP got a relatively fair shake in the last debate and I know for a fact that the BlackOut was planned far in advance of it. For those of you knocking the good Dr. over his views regarding SS and all the rest of the federal monstrosity... They have to end (period). There's no way to keep paying for these programs (period). We can either accept the fact that the Fed is bankrupt and look for solutions or we can continue to fight over the carcass.

    October 25, 2011 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  25. angrygnat

    CNN and the fair shake yet again... can't even find this reported over at Faux news....

    October 25, 2011 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
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