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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  1. Dave

    The counterpoint of all the "blackout" conspiracy theories and "the MSM doesn't want to see Ron Paul nominated" is this: the more sensationalist the story, the better for media viewership. If anything, the MSM would favor the more outlying candidates because of the mileage they could get from endless interviews, analysis, "what ifs" over his radical ideas, etc.

    That said, outside of Fox and MSNBC, I really don't think the others have an interest in pushing one candidate or the other. They have an interest in keeping ratings to keep advertising dollars coming in at the lowest cost of production (buying stories, filling time with shouting heads), and to some extent, genuine journalistic call-to-duty. Whoever wins the presidency will provide them with their stories for the following four years anyway.

    October 25, 2011 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  2. ChumBucket

    Paul drops a bomb is like saying "the Dolphins arn't doing that good this year".

    October 25, 2011 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  3. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    It is possible that Ron Paul didn't get a chance to speak, but we heard it all before. Why should we go back to a government that didn't have child labor laws or programs like Unemployment Insurance? I think those that support Ron Paul (and the Representative himself) forget is that there is a part of the government called Congress that is charged with budgets and writing laws. If you don't like one law, get it repealled by Congress.

    Paul is also an idealist living in a world that won't and can't support his ideals. Why is that? It is because there are too many people who won't or can't act responsibly. We wouldn't need many of the laws he rails against if there wouldn't be crap like Eron who shifts things around. We'd have less of a problem if there were responsible lenders that didn't cave to the desires of Wall Street wanting more derivatives based on bad mortgages. This is why Congress and the federal government needs to be there making sure that people play fair.

    October 25, 2011 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  4. Dana

    The BlackTHISOut moneybomb had been in the works since *August*, which was well before this last debate. Maybe do a little bit more investigative work before writing an article.

    There are at least 2 studies that show Ron Paul has in fact been given less time in the debates and in the media, but let's not talk about that and focus on some trivial email sent out to supporters.

    October 25, 2011 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  5. Adam Oberhausen

    I am a liberal and supported Obama in '08. After researching all the candidates running in 2012. Ron Paul is the only man I could possibly vote for. He is the only candidate speaking honestly to voters and he has been consistent for over 30 years. I never thought I could support a republican for president but Ron Paul is not a politician, he is a true statesmen. I urge anybody who is willing to look beyond what the media presents as Ron Paul's views and take it upon yourself to go on YouTube and hear what he has to say. It could change you life...

    October 25, 2011 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  6. Michael

    Also, CNN claiming Ron Paul created the moneybomb out of frustration for the CNN debate is deceitful and an attack on the Ron Paul Revolution. It makes him seem like a whiny old man when in fact he and his campaign did nothing to organize or promote this. It was all grassroots. Ron Paul and his supporters are upset that the mainstream media continues to engage in these immature tactics to discredit him and the movement. When a man runs for President, his views shouldn't be distorted and completely lied about by the people who claim to bring fair coverage. This is why we did BlackThisOut. So we could make people understand how ugly and disgusting mainstream media is in the election process. It's modern day Pravda.

    October 25, 2011 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  7. dEV

    Hardly a BOMB! No wonder you're only an associate.

    October 25, 2011 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  8. Christian

    Ron Paul has been right from the very beginning and the fact that he receives little coverage from any of the media outlets proves that the establishment is scared. Scared of his ideas of liberty and freedom to liberate us from the police state we are turning into. RON PAUL 2012!

    October 25, 2011 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  9. BoomGoesTheDynamite

    Of course people still calling Ron Paul radical. What you people don't understand is history and the foundation for which this country was founded on. Democrats and Republicans are the same. They both promote runaway welfare spending and non-declared wars. Yet, the average citizens writes comments on newspaper articles about the Democrats did this, or the Republicans did this! They both screw us!

    The fact that people think Paul's policies are radical clearly don't understand our history and how politics were sculpted...

    Electing Obama, Perry, Cain, or Romney will not fix anything... it will continue to get worse because they are the status-quo and establishments puppets...

    Obama/Biden will prolly be elected and things will get worse and Paul will state, "I told you so" just like he warned of the bad investments of Frannie and Freddie by the Democrats...

    October 25, 2011 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  10. James

    I am voting Ron Paul he is the only one who will bring change.

    Ron Paul tells the TRUTH some people cant handle the truth but it is needed, lies have destroyed our country.

    Obama preached hope and change, what was his change a welfare system?
    We are still at war, infact in more wars
    We are double the debt we where in when he took office.
    He lied about his stance on the war of drugs and has increased money spent and police wasted fighting this failure of a war.
    He has created nothing but government jobs, and has no plan on how to get the economy going that doesnt include paying people with our tax money.

    Romney supports most of Obama's ideas and why because he also is a puppet to the 1%.
    Romneys top donations come from Goldman Sacks, Suisse Group inc, Morgan stanley, Bank of America, ETC
    Romneys advisers helped create Obamacare with Obama based off Romneycare in Mass.( I have family in mass they hate Romneycare)
    Romney wants to build a fence along Mexico yet continue and infact increase our wars over seas. He said he wants a trade war with China....

    October 25, 2011 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  11. Big_D

    Paul is a crazy ideological figure not a corrupt politician. The GOP has no place for him.

    October 25, 2011 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  12. Manie

    Ron Pauls Ideas are not crazy. the crazy thing is that most people will gobble up the news fed to them rather than do thier own research. its pathetic to see a country full of so intelegent people, who cant seem to think for them selves. Obama has no balls. he extended alot of Bushe's policies. even people within his party disllike him. weather he wins or not, the fate of this economic system will come falling down mainly because of our lust and appatite for war... classic empire decline

    October 25, 2011 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  13. Adam Oberhausen

    Ron Paul gets his money from actual citizens as opposed to the corporations and banks that control our entire country. All you have to do is follow the money to see who is actually calling the shots for any given candidate, it's not that hard. This is one of the main reasons I support Ron Paul. He is without a doubt not bought and paid for like all the rest, I dare you to prove me wrong.

    The media tells you he wants to abolish our government and send us back to the 1800s, these are lies. Please do your own research on YouTube before casting judgement on the great American Ron Paul. You will be surprised at what you discover, especially if you delve into his views on monetary policy.

    October 25, 2011 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  14. Rynosaur

    This money bomb was planned long before the CNN debate, so it wasn't directed at that. It was an effort to lash back at ALL of the debates, which have barely let him speak. To believe that we can solve this financial crisis without "radical" change in the scope of government, would require the mentality of a retard. If you are a retard, you will be voting for someone other than Ron Paul. Sorry for ya.

    October 25, 2011 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  15. Mark

    All this attention on media coverage sounds just as loony as Sarah Palin's rants on "lamestream" media". Look I think Paul is a very decent, man, and surely the only honest one there BUT I can't support his ideas. As for media, look sorry but that is just how the game works – Paul is not in the lead and he is already well known, media is bound to focus on the new blood.

    You should be examining why the GOP/Tea won't give him a fair shake – THAT is the real question

    October 25, 2011 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  16. rawod@pacbell.net

    I cannot take this seriously after the GOP candidates adopted the "not meant to be factual" tag line.

    October 25, 2011 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  17. vatoloke

    When is everyone going to get it that Ron Paul, bless his heart, is just downright un-electable. I like him a lot but like Ross Perot, who had some tremendous ideas for the country, just isn't going to win either the GObP nomination, much less the presidency if he ran as an Independent or a Libertarian. Ain't gonna happen folks.

    October 25, 2011 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  18. Love-My-Texas

    Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Ouch doug. You have to give up Fox editing and splicing. When you remove the lies, republicans got nothing.
    As a Libertarian this is exactly how we like the Democrats to think....."republicans got nothing". Seeing their surprised faces in 2012 when this empty suit is voted out of office will be a 'Kodak' moment indeed.

    October 25, 2011 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  19. Ditty1991

    from reading the comments. most of you are against ron paul because you dont fully understand his positions and history. like him wanting all drugs to be legalized. he wants all drugs to be legal but he believes the STATES should decide this issue to avoid conflict with federal and state law. Hes not just another republican. dont even compare him to the mainstream gop.

    October 25, 2011 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  20. greg

    I am a most unhappy man. I have unwittingly ruined my country. A great industrial nation is controlled by its system of credit. Our system of credit is concentrated. The growth of the nation, therefore, and all our activities are in the hands of a few men. We have come to be one of the worst ruled, one of the most completely controlled and dominated Governments in the civilized world — no longer a Government by free opinion, no longer a Government by conviction and the vote of the majority, but a Government by the opinion and duress of a small group of dominant men.

    October 25, 2011 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  21. Dave

    I don't think his ideas are "crazy" but I do think saying I'm going to vote for someone because he's the only speaking his true mind, is a bit crazy. Lots of people speak their true minds but it doesn't mean they have the best idea.

    I have listened to him, and I find him too pessimistic in some regards and too idealistic in others. When he says that we have to remove the government because when government gets involved, corruption soon follows – does he think that corruption won't follow in the private sector? The big difference there is even less visibility and direct accountability in the private sector. The corruption is a by-product of human nature – Paul's ideas seem to be washing the government's hands of it, not trying to fix, minimize or counter it.

    October 25, 2011 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  22. Crenshaw

    Whatever you think of his policies you have to hand it to Paul. The guy can raise some money in a truly grassroots fashion like no one else.

    October 25, 2011 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  23. Bob

    If you want to sum up Ron Paul in one word: His demeanor, his speaking tone, and his ideas can all be described as frivolous.

    October 25, 2011 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  24. RobGR

    Ron Paul 2012

    I hate to admit it, but I voted for Obama in the last election, but what was my other option, McCain/Palin... that was just not gonna happen! Obama has not fulfilled one campaign promise and now suddenly he starts talking about bringing the troops back. Oh sure, go ahead and drink that koolaid again, nope. Obviously there will be a bunch of contractors and corporations left in Iraq that we'll continue paying for. Smoke & Mirrors is all Obama has been about, we need someone who will shake thing up in Washington and Dr Paul is that man. Why? Because both the GOP & Dems are scared of him. I like that, no more status quo set by a broken two party, one agenda system that answers to corporations and the Fed. No more. Take your country back people, Obama is not the solution, but nor are any of the other GOP tools.

    October 25, 2011 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  25. greg

    I don't know why people think his plan is so "radical". He's trying to get us back to how the country used to be run. The only radical plan that I've seen in the past 20-30 years, is letting the bankers AKA – Federal Reserve, control our money supply, interest rates, reserves, etc. and creating bubbles and busts so they could profit off of the American people. Its kind of easy to make money when your controlling the cards. IE lowering interest rates during a tech boom and buying up stock until the bubble goes pop and your long gone while the citizens 401k's, stock portfolios, and jobs disappear. Then again, lower interest rates sell massive amount of mortgages and turn them into REIT's and sell them off to the average investors once again, 401's, investment portfolios etc. This time they were ready to bet against it too. I hope people are finally starting to wake up. I think even though Ron Paul didn't win the 2008 election, his voice was heard by a lot of people. A lot of people woke up and learned what was going on. The tea party, and the Occupy Wall Street protests if anything have made people more knowledgeable as to how the system works and how we have been robbed. Wake up people.

    October 25, 2011 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
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