Paul slams Gingrich and Romney in new ad on Iowa TV
December 28th, 2011
10:20 AM ET
11 years ago

Paul slams Gingrich and Romney in new ad on Iowa TV

Des Moines, Iowa (CNN) - A new TV commercial by Rep. Ron Paul of Texas takes shots at two of his rivals for the Republican presidential nomination.

The Paul campaign says the 30-second spot begins running statewide in Iowa Wednesday, six days before the caucuses–the first contest in the primary and caucus calendar.

The ad begins with the narrator saying that "The Washington machine is strangling our economy. Politicians who supported bailouts and mandates. Serial hypocrites and flip-floppers who can't clean up the mess."

A picture of former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is seen in the ad, accompanied by the words "serial hypocrisy" and a picture of former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney includes the words "flip flopper."

The narrator goes on to say that "one man stands alone, a real plan to cut a trillion dollars year one, balance the budget in three" and closes by saying "Ron Paul, the one we've been looking for."

Paul, who's making his third bid for the White House, along with Romney, who's making his second run for the nomination, and Gingrich, are tied for the top spot in the most recent poll of likely GOP caucus goers.

Paul's campaign has spent around three-quarters of a million dollars to run ads on Iowa TV so far this year.

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soundoff (53 Responses)
  1. Chilidog

    Ron Pual IS consistant. Consitantly goofy, but at least he's consistant, I'll grant you that.

    December 28, 2011 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  2. Larry L

    A few bible-thumpers still prefer the slow-witted hick from Texas. He's an example of "W Lite". Perry isn't as honest as Bush but he's lots more stupid!

    December 28, 2011 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  3. GROVER NORQUIST IS A ENEMY OF THE STATE

    After reading those newsletters of yours Mr. Paul, I wouldn't be throwing stones. However, your ad is accurate. Newt Romney are birds of a feather.

    December 28, 2011 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  4. glyder

    gee,i hope we elect someone of the establishment type.only they can lead us.and then we can all argue about which republicrat is the best.right after the media tells us.

    December 28, 2011 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  5. Keith in Austin

    With all his negative campaigning, Ron Paul is painting himself as a cranky old man! The GOP needs to stop the bickering among itself and focus on the real problem impacting our Nation which is Barrak Hussein Obama!

    December 28, 2011 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  6. diridi

    This is the only sane dude in GOP, If Iowa wants to elect. Who knows, he may be front-runner. But GOP idiots without any brain, go for Mittens. That is their way, what an idiotic!!!!!

    December 28, 2011 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  7. Pedro

    MSM = GROUPER. Big Government = GROUPER.

    First they Group Us, then they Divide Us, then they Control Us.

    Ron Paul 2012. End the Grouping. Begin the Unification. Take Back Control.

    December 28, 2011 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  8. politics as usual

    I wish Ron Paul would do a little "flip-flopping." Some of his ideas are a little scary.

    December 28, 2011 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  9. Independent Voters

    All you republican candidates look like fools on tv.. Please 2012 election hurry up so we can vote Obama back in 4 more years.

    December 28, 2011 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  10. TomNPitt

    Moe, Larry Cheese; Moe, Larry, Cheese . . .

    December 28, 2011 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  11. jd

    Ron Paul is too old to be elected. His VP would end up being president.

    December 28, 2011 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  12. gol

    I really hope we can have the change that we can really belive in with a President Paul.. If not then it will be the same old same oligarchy..We will be chanting in the streets,"Long live King Obama."

    December 28, 2011 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  13. ThinkAgain

    "Ron Paul 2012. End the Grouping. Begin the Unification. Take Back Control."

    Paul is just as much a divider as anyone, specifically in his catering to the wealthy at the expense of everyone else. He doesn't believe in regulated capitalism (which is just plain naive), and doesn't think a woman should be able to make decisions about her own body.

    December 28, 2011 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  14. gol

    hey jd that sounds like age discrimination. That is exactly what we need,an elder statesman for President who isn't putting his political career before country.

    December 28, 2011 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  15. Duke One

    Ron Paul is a LIBERALtarian !!!!

    December 28, 2011 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  16. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    gol - I really hope we can have the change that we can really belive in with a President Paul.. If not then it will be the same old same oligarchy..We will be chanting in the streets,"Long live King Obama."
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    Four more year sof Obama and the country will be down the tubes. I highly doubt they'll be chanting that. More likely rioting and wondering where all the government checks are?

    December 28, 2011 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  17. Con

    Paul is too old? No he ain't, he is old, but he is in VERY GOOD HEALTH CONDITION. And even if you think he is too old, then what? We elect a Obama for the second time, to ruin this country by the end of 2016? Or perhaps a Newt Romney, to kick us out of the world by 2013?

    Ron Paul 2012

    December 28, 2011 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  18. Jeff

    @ThinkAgain

    " He doesn't believe in regulated capitalism (which is just plain naive), and doesn't think a woman should be able to make decisions about her own body."

    Both of those points show your own naivety. Paul doesn't believe that the FEDERAL GOVERNMENT should regulate EITHER of those things.

    It should be up to you and your state/local government to make those kinds of decisions, that's where that power properly belongs...

    December 28, 2011 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  19. Johnny Bananaseed

    Ron Paul 2012.

    December 28, 2011 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  20. Steven

    There is not a tie in Iowa, Ron Paul is winning 21% to 20% to 19% CNN even says it in their other articles about Iowa. They are not tied, Ron Paul holds a slight edge! Ron Paul 2012!

    December 28, 2011 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  21. Edison

    ROn Paul 2012!!!

    December 28, 2011 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  22. Jim H

    He was the only Republican in 2008, who told us the truth about where we were headed. Don't believe me? Go online and watch the GOP 2008 debates. I will vote for him because he is honest. My only problem with him is he believes a free market can exist without regulations. Not sure how he thinks this will occur. I am enjoying the MSM meltdown over the possibility of him winning. Should he win despite the MSM attack it would be great because this would mean the MSM has lost credibility with the American people and this is long over due.

    December 28, 2011 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  23. WiredweirdinSF

    As you can see, nothing makes the hearts of the non working, non taxpaying Obama supporters happier than Republicans diminishing, demeaning and degrading each other. It is a page right out of the playbook of their inept, incompetent, corrupt, union toady leader. Why does CNN not report that the tax break he is bribing the stupid with for the next election comes straight out of their social security? If a Republican tried that the liberal media and their drug addicted believers woudl crucify hm or her.

    December 28, 2011 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  24. Four and The Door

    Ron Paul has some interesting concepts, but application of his drastic ideology would be chaos. Limited federal government and greater civil liberties... okay. But whether he likes it or not, America depends on a global economy and there is nothing wrong with that. In fact, American companies should continue to strive for more global markets, more global suppliers and actually drive the global economy. This is something immensely good for all Americans and in the same way helpful for people around the world. There is nothing wrong with that. It is going to happen anyway and if we embrace the opportunity, we can make it happen for the greater benefit of all.

    December 28, 2011 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  25. Manie

    here is my take. agree with ron paul or not . I think he is the best option so far from all the other candidate. his ideas are extreme to many people but the reality is that it is not really. alot of what he says makes sense, the olny reason people fear his ideas is because we are addicted to living a centain way and any thought of change that will affect the status quo is not acceptable. but then again look at it this way. they are only ideas and he will need congress and the senate to pass the changes he seeks, but knowing that if he wins, the chances of bringing these changes will be monumental because both democrats and republicans will not let it happen so what do you have to fear. the changes that he will be able to do as president are limited and are just enough to correct the nations direction which is the big elliphant in the room that no one wants to touch. AKA Millitary spending, and the FED which prints money like there is no tomorrow

    December 28, 2011 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
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