Ron Paul takes on Gingrich in new web ad
November 30th, 2011
09:26 PM ET
9 years ago

Ron Paul takes on Gingrich in new web ad

(CNN) - Newt Gingrich can add another Republican presidential foe to the list of those taking aim at his record: Texas Rep. Ron Paul.

In a new web video released Wednesday, Paul's campaign hits the former House Speaker as a "serial" hypocrite and Washington insider.

The 2 1/2-minute spot features a string of clips from the news media in which journalists and political leaders highlight inconsistencies both in Gingrich's time in office and on the campaign trail.

The ad points at a recent controversy over reports that Gingrich received a paycheck of at least $1.6 million from Freddie Mac while he served as a consultant for the mortgage giant.

Critics went after Gingrich at the time, calling him a lobbyist for the mega-lender. But Gingrich has since denied he took part in any lobbying of any kind.

The video also includes a 2008 commercial Gingrich did on climate change with former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a Democratic political heavyweight regarded with much disdain among conservative Republicans.

Gingrich now says the commercial was one of the "dumbest" things he's done in recent years but defends it as an effort to show that conservatives care about the environment.

Among the montage of clips is a short scene with a Republican voter pointing his finger at Gingrich and saying, "You're an embarrassment to our party."

Paul's web ad also swipes at Gingrich over previous comments he made indicating support of an individual health insurance mandate, claims he also now flatly denies.

Paul is the latest presidential candidate to place the bull’s-eye on Gingrich. Both former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann have also blasted him over his immigration policies and long career in Washington.

Their attacks come after Gingrich has surged to the front of the GOP race, where he now faces heated competition with Romney for the top spot. Paul falls behind the two in several polls, including surveys measuring support in Iowa and New Hampshire, states that hold the nation’s first two presidential contests.

The ad ends using Gingrich's own words from a Monday radio interview, in which he leveled heavy charges against Romney as a flip-flopper.

"It's wrong to go around and adopt radically different positions, because then people have to ask themselves, 'What will you tell me next time?" Gingrich can be heard saying as the ad closes.

The video then comes to a standstill with eerie music playing in the background and nothing on the screen but text that reads: "What will you tell us next?"

Gingrich's campaign responded to the ad late Wednesday night.

"No candidate in the race has achieved more conservative reform of government or spent more time and energy championing the cause of the conservative movement than Newt Gingrich, which is why voters across the country are choosing Newt over Mitt Romney," said campaign spokesman R.C. Hammond in a statement to CNN.

- CNN's Peter Hamby and Rachel Streitfeld contributed to this report.

Filed under: 2012 • Newt Gingrich • Ron Paul
soundoff (55 Responses)
  1. Bluesc

    "Lagging behind in Iowa"? He has had 4 recent polls showing him tied for 1st.

    November 30, 2011 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  2. Eddy4

    Effective add to show the flip flopping nature of Newt Gingrich.

    I hope people wake up the the cliff the status quo politicians are driving us towards. I hope everyone gives Ron Paul a chance and reads into his positions. Don't listen to the media, they have their own agenda and will tell half truths.

    November 30, 2011 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  3. Chris

    Ron Paul is finally becoming a little more aggressive. I believe in the past he's been too much of a gentleman, allowing the media and other candidates to run all over him. On the other hand, I did appreciate him taking the high road in the regard of not slinging a lot of mud at his opposition. However, at the same time, I believe it is important that potential voters know who they're voting for, and this ad does a good job of showing that Newt is simply another lying politician who will say anything to get elected.

    In any case, Ron Paul 2012!

    November 30, 2011 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  4. jim

    That was freaking awesome! NEWT IS A FRAUD! Always has been, always will....

    After really looking into Paul...I'm voting republican for the first time in my life! Wow.

    November 30, 2011 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  5. Ben

    Ron Paul 2012

    November 30, 2011 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  6. Mike Lee

    Why no video clip so we can see and hear it for ourselves? You could have at least given us a link to the video.

    November 30, 2011 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  7. Joseph

    THIS is the conservative's best hope??? Newt represents the corrupt, big government, establishment politician that is destroying this country. He's as big a flip flopper as Romney. There's only one candidate who's been fighting for small government for over 30 years. His initials are RP and he can remember which 5 agencies he wants to eliminate.

    November 30, 2011 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  8. Robert

    Please air this on national television

    November 30, 2011 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  9. DieselChadron

    gingrich seems to have no resolute moral compass. he seems to refuse to tell us point blank who he really is and what he really believes. by the way, did anybody see that video of china saying they would back iran, even if it meant ww3? also, did anybody happen to notice the fed bailing out europe today? europe!!! for goodness sakes... I sure hope Ron Paul gets elected before the dollar becomes confetti.

    November 30, 2011 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  10. yrnu

    fake conservative... fake husband... fake human being... and... future fake president. People clear your eyes... newt is a disaster.

    November 30, 2011 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  11. gt

    as bad as obama is .. i will sit this one out if newt gets the gop nod...

    November 30, 2011 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  12. Donny G

    Newt Gingrich needs to be exposed, I am glad someone is finally doing it.

    Newt Gingrich's past just needs a little looking into to see what a phony and two face he is.

    He has establishment written all over him.

    Want real change? Then vote for the man the media continues to black out: Dr. Ron Paul.

    November 30, 2011 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  13. marc

    Ron Paul is the ultimate hare in this race. We watch as one govt insider or corporate crony after another implodes. Steady, Ron, steady. We are with you as the Truth is the Truth is the Truth. Endless foreign bailouts handed to taxpayers by the fed? Where is the future of this country in this futile effort. Ron Paul has been talking about these issues for decades. Only now are we beginning wake up to the Truth. So wake up, people.

    November 30, 2011 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  14. otermbachmann

    Salamander sure has a lot of advise for the other candidates, do you think they're laughing at him with the rest of us?

    November 30, 2011 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  15. Patrick from Minnesota

    They're both done. It's all a matter of who goes down first.

    November 30, 2011 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  16. gate

    Gingrich will support any position he is paid to support. Electing him would be like putting Wall Street in charge of the USA. We all know how well that turned out last time.

    November 30, 2011 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  17. Jack213

    The Republicans aside from Paul are a sad joke. Is this the best America has to offer?

    November 30, 2011 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  18. Captain Hugh Smith

    Newt is a professional thief... Vote Ron Paul

    November 30, 2011 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  19. USA Voter

    Impressive ad. Amazing that Paul doesn't throw dirty punches by bringing up Gingrichs' affairs/divorces etc. He only focuses on his hypocritical political actions.

    November 30, 2011 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  20. LeJimster

    How about embedding the ad or linking to it rather than just describing it in detail? It's better to see it as it uses much of Gingrich's own words and both liberal and conservatives attacking him over the same issues.

    November 30, 2011 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  21. m

    Neither Paul nor gingRICH is fit to serve in the highest office in the land. One is loonier than a coot and the other lies for a living. I'll let you decide which one fits the description.

    November 30, 2011 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  22. nick

    As much as I am not thrilled with Paul getting scruffy with the other candidates, it is the only way he will get the nomination. Gingrich and Romney hide behind an insider mask of lies and politically calculated positions, which must be revealed. These are not Conservatives. They are in it for the power, not for policy. But let's compare Gingrich and Paul's tenure. Ginrich clearly went along with what the current political trend was. When there was support for Hillarycare, he went along with the individual mandate, which nobody forsaw being a major problem. The Global Warming panic brought him alongside the left as well. Meanwhile, Paul has been steadfast in his policies since the SEVENTIES, warning about the Fed, debt, and big government. The Neocons are simply jumping on the bandwagon, and it's time for America to realize who the trustworthy candidate is.

    November 30, 2011 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  23. Don WV

    Gingrich, same old statuesque! My favorite is where Newt and Nancy Pelosi sitting together, maybe Newt gave her a smooch after the taping! We all know how Newt loves the women!

    November 30, 2011 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  24. Dick Hertz

    Ron Paul for President. The only sensible choice.

    November 30, 2011 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  25. Thinker

    Don't know how anyone can support Newt the adulterer after watching this.

    November 30, 2011 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
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