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. jk

    Oh, well, only 19 minutes, not 40. There's something to be proud of, Cooper. Anything to keep "debates" entertainment rather than substance. Meanwhile, we hear the vapidity of the "electable" candidates–"electable" being code for "driving us down the same road to hell regardless of party affiliation."

    October 25, 2011 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  2. Just Saying

    It may not have been 40 minutes in the debate in which he wasn't allowed to say anything, but it has been a hell of a lot longer than that since he last said anything that truly made sense. Ron Paul has far more integrity than any of the other GOP wannabes, but hs is still nuttier than a fruitcake. Of course, in addition to not having any integrity, none of the other GOP wannabes have anything valuable to add to the conversation this nation needs to have with itself. Paul is totally unfit for the Presidency but he is still the best person among the GOP field. Just Saying...

    October 25, 2011 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  3. Matthew F. Gaitan

    Rebecca Stewart – What is wrong with you, seriously? How do you live with yourself knowing thousands of people read this, and your reporting is inaccurate. You call yourself a reporter? Did you even research anything about the "
    moneybomb before even writing this? Who is your manager, they should fire you.

    Your implication that Ron Paul's team reached out to his supporters due to the lack of coverage on the CNN GOP debate is 100% FALSE. We have known about the Oct. 19th Moneymomb for over a month before the debate. We knew hit pieces like this would be written after the debate to downplay his momentum, so it was planned accordingly to send a message. Get your facts right, and do your job as reporter that actually knows what they are doing – seriously.

    October 25, 2011 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  4. Jessie

    Everybody knows that Ron Paul has been blacked out by the media. This article in no way negates his treatment by the media. Ron Paul 2012!

    October 25, 2011 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  5. cf

    How can you comment that Ron Paul gets no media coverage, ON A NEWS STORY ABOUT RON PAUL! That's like complaining that you haven't eaten while you are shoving food in your mouth.

    It is the media's job to cover newsworthy events. Polling at a dismal 4th place with 9% is not newsworthy. Just because it isn't a major headline everytime Ron Paul passes gas doesn't mean "the media" is being unfair to him: he is getting exactly the amount of coverage he deserves. When he won the Values Voters straw poll, it was a top politics story for weeks. So I reject the claim that the "mainstream media" hates Ron Paul.

    October 25, 2011 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  6. truthspeaks

    Hatres Will Hate eh?

    Woman In California

    Just look at that face. He will NEVER be president as most of us don't want crazy uncles in charge.
    And Herman Cain is also a crazy uncle paid anti ron paul commantor


    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

    SoSad you know how stupid you sound like? Paul isnt going to win says a paid Cain Troll GOT NEWS FOR not even your herman cain is going to be elected.

    October 25, 2011 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  7. Seth Hill

    I wish I could get the job writing the headlines for these articles! They get to be so creative! "Ron Paul Drops A Bomb" got me to read the article because I expected he had dropped out or something shocking!

    October 25, 2011 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  8. BVN

    Lunatic fringe ideological sycophants coming out of their cracks en masse to attack the most upstanding & consistent personality to serve We, The People, since Lincoln?
    Dr Paul must be doing something right to have angered the swarm. Glad I donated. Keep it up Ron!

    October 25, 2011 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  9. Jacob

    Typical CNN reader comments here. Not one person knows anything about Ron Paul. As for him "stealing tax payers money" where are those comments to the democrats too? Did you know hes the only Congressman who rejected the pension for retired politicans. Put that in your pipe and smoke it.

    As for all these people calling him a liar, find proof. I have not heard the man lie once in his life. Amazing that honesty can set you free. How bout those troops out of Iraw by 2008 Obama? Oh ya, 2012 now right? Well see about that one.

    And most of you guys complaining that he is nutty, clearly have no economic background and couldn't tell the difference between Keyesian and Hayek. Clearly the current Keyesian (and all Keyesian models) do not work as we have seen time and time again. Why are all the problems Ron Paul raised in 1970's holding true today?

    October 25, 2011 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  10. Fun2beme

    I'm surprised that CNN is surprised about the time disparity. These candidates don't ever quote facts. They don't have to be accurate, they just need to say what's on their minds and start every statement with, "I don't have the facts to back me up on this, but I believe..." Paul is just taking a page out of Cain's portfolio. How unfortunate that Paul has chosen to follow the leader, rather then lead by good example.

    October 25, 2011 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  11. Jonathan F

    Ron Paul only had like five direct questions to him the entire debate. do the math

    October 25, 2011 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  12. cf

    So, what is Ron going to do with all this money? The last election, all his supporters did was brag again and again about how Ron Paul was raising so much money... but I never saw a single campaign ad. Very little of those millions of dollars got spent, and unused campaign funds go back to the candidates political party - in Paul's case, the RNC - to fund whoever their nominee turns out to be.

    In other words, all of Paul's unused campaign donations in 2008 went to the McCain-Palin campaign.

    If you supported Paul because he was anti-war, your money actually went to the man who said we should stay in Iraq for 100 years.

    Ron Paul knows his place: he is a pawn. His job is to gather as much support and money as he can from people who wouldn't ordinarily vote for traditional Republican candidates, spend as little of it as possible while still giving the illusion of running an actual campaign, and give the rest to the traditional Republican candidate who inevitably becomes the GOP nominee.

    October 25, 2011 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  13. mjmullinii

    EVERY BIT of which he gets to keep when he fails to win the nomination. Same goes for Cain, Bachman.

    SO! They may not have a chance in heck of winning, but I'm sure they like all your money in any case.

    October 25, 2011 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  14. candycane

    That's great news! The less money that Romney and Perry get the better! Ron Paul doesn't have a chance to be the GOP primary candidate let alone to ever be President!!

    October 25, 2011 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  15. Cody

    I find it funny that the only reason CNN gave Ron Paul significant air time on this last debate is so they could come out with an article against a money bomb that had been planned for months and "black this out" was not even referring to this latest debate but goes as far back as the 2008 elections. You guys are cronies...

    October 25, 2011 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  16. Darryl Schmitz

    The grassroots fundraisers are quite impressive. It is great to see "the people" getting more involved in the business of their country and wresting back control from organizational donors.
    CNN, when you get an opportunity, please explain the difference between the Ohio straw poll three months ago, where Mitt Romney won with 25% of the vote over Tim Pawlenty with 16% and the Ohio straw poll a couple of days ago in which Ron Paul won with 53% over Herman Cain at 26%.

    October 25, 2011 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  17. pchsbenz

    Ron Paul is not a bad guy. I really agree with some of his views. The others are a little too far out there for me. But, he does make viable and credible points on various issues. They black him out b/c at times he makes sense. The same goes for Buddy Rohmer and John Huntsman. These candidates are the freak show types and they aren't getting any airplay because they aren't pandering to freak show side of the base.

    October 25, 2011 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  18. independo

    Do some research people, Ron Paul is the only one speaking out against the Federal Reserve and the banking cartel that controls the entire money supply. If our elected officials operate under the assumption that there is an infinite line of credit how can we ever expect any real change. Look up inflation tax, understand that the more money they create their slice of the pie gets bigger and ours gets smaller.

    October 25, 2011 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  19. Scott

    I have nothing against Ron Paul but I do not want him as my President. To be honest, I'm not sure I want any of the Republicans as my President. I'm Republican and I'm a business owner. I want someone with some common sense to step into the White House who can responsibly manage a credit account and a checkbook at the same time. I do it everyday. Clearly, the current administration does not have a clue how to fix our economy. Raising taxes on me and my business is not going to cause me to invest money that I am going to have to pay in higher taxes – just to give it to the clowns in Washington so they can waste it.

    October 25, 2011 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  20. Marcos

    You know Dr. Ron Paul is not getting a fair shake from the news industries when they use these funny photos of him looking like a sleepy doll. He reminds me of a doll my sister use to have as a child. The fact is that many of his ideas make more sense than the others candidates. #1 bring troops back to guard our borders. #2 leave the foreign affairs out of our agenda, Israel can handle their own issues. #3 Stop nation building abroad and concentrate on our own problems.

    October 25, 2011 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  21. What!!?!

    12 term congressman?? At what point do you become a professional politician? 12 terms and he hasn't been able to convince many people that he has the answers. With that little suport it would be hard to cut a trillion from the budget. Good luck with reality Paul-bots.

    October 25, 2011 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  22. Thinker

    A straw poll was held at the September 12 Republican debate, to find out who the debate audience thought were the front runners, both before and after the debate. Before the debate, Ron Paul came first, Rick Perry came second, and Michele Bachmann came third. After the debate, Ron Paul was still first, Michele Bachmann came second, and Herman Cain came third. CNN have not released the full results of this poll, instead holding an online poll which omitted Ron Paul from the choices.

    October 25, 2011 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  23. Louis Nardozi

    Why not focus instead on the time Dr. Paul DID get? Was it fair, considering he's the #1 recipient of military donations? Considering that he's #1 in NUMBER of donations? Considering he has won 6 straw polls? Especially considering he actually has something to say and doesn't squabble like a child?

    October 25, 2011 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  24. Ron Paul in'12

    It's amazing how many people say "I agree with Dr. Paul most areas but I'm not voting for him". And then they give a stupid reason like "he's too old" or "he'll end my Social Security" and "big government is the solution and Dr. Paul wants a limited gov. that will return us to the Stone Age." Do your research. Ron Paul is right about all of these issues. The thing about him being too old is plain ageist and discriminatory. No, he won't end your Social Security, he would make opting out of it an option. Limited government is what made this country great. Our founding fathers realized this, and take a look at America then vs now. We were so much more prosperous and free when the government didn't meddle in our lives.

    October 25, 2011 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  25. Logic

    New meaning to 'Silent but deadly", oops wrong bomb...

    October 25, 2011 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
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