Paul to blast Gingrich in Iowa ad
December 6th, 2011
12:21 PM ET
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Paul to blast Gingrich in Iowa ad

(CNN) - Rising GOP presidential hopeful Ron Paul will take his attacks against Newt Gingrich to the Iowa airwaves this week.

Paul's campaign is set to release a shorter version of a 2 1/2 minute ad that debuted online last week and quickly gained traction for framing Gingrich as a flip-flopper and Washington insider.

The new 60 second TV spot, titled "Serial Hypocrisy," includes footage from the news media, coupled with dramatic music, in an attempt to show inconsistencies in the former House speaker's record.

The ad spotlights 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 points to previous comments Gingrich made expressing support for an individual health insurance mandate. While he has repeatedly insisted he opposes a federal mandate, he favors easing into a government-backed system in which every person is covered.

The ad will start airing in Iowa on Wednesday as part of an expanded buy with another new ad that came out Monday, titled "Big Dog."

Along with Gingrich, Paul has seen his numbers rise in Iowa over the last month. Gingrich topped the field in three recent polls measuring support in the Hawkeye State, but Paul found himself in stiff competition with fellow candidate Mitt Romney for second place, with both polling between 16% and 18%.

"We wanted to ensure this ad reached as many voters as possible, to debunk the myth that the Newt we are seeing on the 2012 campaign trail is the conservative he has been touted to be all along," said Paul's national campaign chairman, Jesse Benton, in a statement.

Gingrich's campaign responded to the original ad last week.

"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.

Also see:

Axelrod: Gingrich to blame for Washington gridlock

Romney's stand on payroll tax has Dems crying 'flip-flop'

Gingrich ready for 'early Christmas gift' from Pelosi

Cain says no endorsement soon

Filed under: 2012 • Iowa • Newt Gingrich • Ron Paul
soundoff (20 Responses)
  1. Rudy NYC

    Newt cannot let this go unchallenged. He could, but his ego will not allow it. He'll fight backm but he doesn't have any money to combat it in a timely fashion. He has nothing ready, nor in the works. The only weapon that can be released quickly enough within the 24 hour news cycle to make difference is his own mouth.

    December 6, 2011 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  2. Thinker

    This is so awesome. Newt is a corporate sell-out. RP 2012!

    December 6, 2011 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  3. I can't beleive this

    Does the GOP not remember what Newt is? I will not be voting for Newt if he gets the nomination. If it is Newt vs Obama, does Obama even have to campaign? It will be a landslide victory for Obama.

    As the guy in the Paul video says, Newt is an embarrasment to the party...

    December 6, 2011 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |

    Newt's catching it from all angles. I want to see someone use the clip of the guy telling Newt he "threw Paul Ryan under the bus." That will sure turn off Iowa primary voters.

    December 6, 2011 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  5. Lost in Texas FOREVER and EVER

    and the DNC supports this ad! LOL

    December 6, 2011 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  6. Peace

    Candidates have to run on what they did in the past. Thats why Healthy Care is hanging on Romney's neck. Newt has a thousand baggages around him. Everything should be put on the limelight. If he accepts those good stuff he did, he should accept the bad ones as well. Things are yet to get better!

    December 6, 2011 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  7. Rudy NYC

    When is the next Republican debate? I can't wait. If Gingrich and Paul take the center positions because of their polling, then Mitt Romney just might be on the fringe with Perry and Bachmann.

    December 6, 2011 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  8. Kenny K

    Good for Dr. Paul. He realizes that he has a better chance to overtake Newt than when Romney was leading. Romney has a good track record except that it is not what is sellable to GOP, however, on the otherhand, Gingrich is a snake that play the system i.e. trashing Fannie while getting paid from Fannie.

    December 6, 2011 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  9. Max

    Serial Hypocrite?

    YES, Gingrich is a serial hypocrite hiding behind a cloud of smoke. He is NOT to be trusted, he speaks from both sides of his mouth and he is the main architect of the current gridlock and congressional bickering in washing. In a couple of words, Gingrich is simply put . 'a trouble maker'! and a serial hypocrite...we all know that anyway!

    December 6, 2011 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  10. SecedingfromTexas

    Just for laughs:
    According to Newt "Callista sees herself as somewhere between Nancy Reagan and Laura Bush....with a little
    Jacque Kennedy thrown in".

    December 6, 2011 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  11. ST

    To my dear GOP, if there is no trust in a person like Jon Huntsman, where do you get your trust in a person like Newt Gingrich? Have you done your homework? Really!!

    December 6, 2011 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  12. cf

    Oh now wait a minute... all I ever hear from Ronpaul fans is how "classy" and "above name calling and petty politics" he is. And here he is resorting to the same dirty tactics he claims to despise.
    Another flip-flop and lie from loony old Uncle Paul.

    December 6, 2011 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  13. Rudy NYC

    Fair is Fair wrote:
    Yeah, I caught that as well. Rudy had a Freudian slip – his DNC handlers will take it out of his hide.
    Wrong on two counts. There are no DNC handlers, just GOP mishandlers. There was no Freudian slip. Since Republicans think taxing the poor and the elderly is winning strategy, then go for it.

    Half of those folks paying no federal income taxes are retirees living on tax-free pensions. Taxes have already been paid on the funds. Taxing it would amount to a double tax, and would be no different than charging taxes for making a bank withdrawal from your savings account.

    December 6, 2011 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  14. bullock w

    I know that trump are alright that presdient obama was not birther cretifacate in hawaii but I ask people how his/aunt lived in conn and cleveland ohio ???????????????????????????? I'm not belived that presdient obama was birther certifacate at hawaii

    December 6, 2011 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  15. Jerry

    Ron Paul...using Gingrich's own words to crucify him. Nice!

    December 6, 2011 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  16. Thomas

    Newt has been born again , he paid for his sins and is now clean !

    Newt / Donald

    December 6, 2011 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  17. emmy skadittle

    I love this, the republicans are destroying each other and the President is just watching and laughing

    December 6, 2011 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  18. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    Rudy was asking about the next Republican debate. Isn't that the one sponsored by Newsmax and moderated by THE DONALD? How about a real debate by a real sponsor with a real moderator? Personally I would love to see a Republican Presidential Debate moderated by George Will, except probably only Romney and Gingrich would understand what he is asking. Of course, as someone who has been in and out of Congress three times since 1976, Paul really doesn't have room to call Newt a "Washington Insider".

    December 6, 2011 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  19. diridi

    laughed, laughed, laughed....GOP is fighting hard for position, power, not for Nation's problems....sad, sad, sad, idiots...

    December 6, 2011 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  20. ja

    the hypocrisy shoe fits all the entire field of current gop canidates, they wear flag and cross lapel pins, don't have a true ounce of essence of what either symbbolize

    December 6, 2011 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |