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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Filed under: 2012 • Ads • Iowa • Mitt Romney • Newt Gingrich • Ron Paul
soundoff (53 Responses)
  1. EatRunDive

    I like a lot of what Paul says, but I just can't support a Libertarian in denial. And he has opened the wrong can of worms this time. His pretending to be a Republican is serial hypocrisy.

    The whole flip-flopper thing is also ridiculous. When intelligent people are confronted with facts, they often change their mind. It's only morons that never consider their postions and blindly proceed no matter what.

    December 28, 2011 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  2. Rudy NYC

    Keith in Austin wrote:

    With all his negative campaigning, Ron Paul is painting himself as a cranky old man! The GOP needs to stop the bickering among itself .......
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    Does this mean that I have license to refer to Ron Paul as "a cranky old man"? I think it is only fair for the voters to see the candidates behave in a few emotional states, anger being chief among them. I wouldn't call Paul cranky. I think that cantankerous is a better description of recent bouts with the media.

    December 28, 2011 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  3. Logic in LA

    How does a multi-term Congressman try to run as an outsider? This as says "hypocrite" with every showing!

    December 28, 2011 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  4. ThinkAgain

    "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?"

    President Obama's policies kept us from going into a Great Depression; the economy is recovering (slowly, and it would faster if the GOP wasn't doing everything it can to slow it down); Osama bin Laden is dead and al Qaeda severely weakened; the stock market is up; our economy isn't shedding jobs like under Bush; the troops are home from Iraq and Afghanistan is winding down.

    The only reason people would ever riot is because brainless numbskulls like you can't turn off Fox and Limbaugh. Makes me wonder whose side you're really on, "Truth" ...

    December 28, 2011 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  5. wa2go

    Third time's a charm – my vote (again!) is for Ron Paul !!

    December 28, 2011 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  6. Mike

    Ron Paul 2012. End the Federal Reserve, and endless money printing.

    December 28, 2011 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  7. Rudy NYC

    Four wrote:

    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.
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    That sounds great. You hit the nail on the head, but with your eyes closed. Corporate America has already embraced the global economy and left ours in ruins. You pegged exactly what has detoriiorated our manufacturing infrastructure.

    December 28, 2011 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  8. SS

    Ron Paul is going to win IA and then take NH. Moral majority is losing control of the Republican party.

    December 28, 2011 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  9. Four and The Door

    ThinkAgain
    ...President Obama's policies kept us from going into a Great Depression...
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    This is just plain wrong. What he attempted has not worked. In fact, it made things much worse. America has amassed more than $16 trillion of debt, unemployment is above 8% and now he is trying to develop class warfare. This is not successful leadership. It is a failure on many fronts. We can do better. We need to.

    December 28, 2011 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  10. MykeTheVet

    The only person who speaks any truth about the real problems is Dr. Paul. If you believe he wrote any of those news letters 20 years ago, then you didn't do a lick of research yourself. You just left it to the media to think for you. Do me and every other veteran a favor: vote for a person who will stop these unnecessary wars so we can see our families for more than 8 months every 3 years. Lima-1, out.

    Veterans for Ron Paul

    December 28, 2011 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  11. Chumlee

    But it is ok for Israel, Pakistan and North Korea to have nuclear capability?

    If we expect everyone to kiss our a–es, be our friends, we are more stupid than we appear as a nation.

    December 28, 2011 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  12. Rudy NYC

    Four and The Door wrote

    ThinkAgain
    ...President Obama's policies kept us from going into a Great Depression...
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    This is just plain wrong. What he attempted has not worked....
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    Has there been a second Great Depression that the rest of don't know about?

    December 28, 2011 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  13. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    Rudy NYC - Corporate America has already embraced the global economy and left ours in ruins. You pegged exactly what has detoriiorated our manufacturing infrastructure.
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    Hmmm... businesses selling their product and services around the world and others doing the same here. You have a problem with that? Do you propose to turn back the clock to the 1800s? Where are YOUR solutions? Or do you belong to the Democrat Party of No Solutions, No Jobs, No Debt too Large???

    December 28, 2011 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  14. Mikey

    @Truth – "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?"
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    Thanks for providing yet another example of the bizarre ramblings of the extreme right. Really? Down the tubes? Really? Don't you think this sort of apocalyptical rhetoric displays a lack of intelligence, perspective, judgment, and maturity? Nobody with any brains will buy it, Chicken Little.

    December 28, 2011 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  15. vahjayjayaddict

    quiet grasshopper, he know way. blood run like river, happiness make moon shine always. just a shout out to all my communist chinese trolls; nice english, for a COMMUNIST

    December 28, 2011 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  16. JD in Moraga, CA

    A 12-term congressman has to have a great deal of nerve (and a great deal of disdain for the intelligence of the voting community) to talk about "the Washington machine."

    December 28, 2011 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  17. JS

    But Ron Paul is too naive and too extreme.

    December 28, 2011 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  18. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    President Obama's policies kept us from going into a Great Depression
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    Did you ever stop to think that other recessions ended and the economy turned itself around on avergae in 18 months? And all that happened without government flushing nearly a TRILLION dollars down the drain trying to make it happen! Anybody that believes Obama prevented a depression is totally clueless with regards to the workings of our economy. The economy was starting to turn around before any of this bogus "stimulus" boondoggle had started to happen. All that money did was prop up state union employees for a year and then when the money ran out, they got layed off anyways. Obama's bag is nothing but a bag of very dumb economic smoke and mirrors. Gullible people just love to watch his useless like magic show!

    December 28, 2011 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  19. Rudy NYC

    Truth somebody wrote:

    Hmmm... businesses selling their product and services around the world and others doing the same here. You have a problem with that? Do you propose to turn back the clock to the 1800s? Where are YOUR solutions? Or do you belong to the Democrat Party of No Solutions, No Jobs, No Debt too Large???
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    I spoke of "manufacturing infrastructure" [ which means jobs ], while you speak of "businesses sellling their products and services" [ which means profits ]. Where are YOUR solutions to the American jobs crisis? "Manufacture and sell more products overseas and let more foreign companies sell in the US." Your "solution" is the root of the problem. It is motivated by short term profits, not long term job creation.

    December 28, 2011 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  20. Four and The Door

    Rudy NYC

    Four wrote:
    That sounds great. You hit the nail on the head, but with your eyes closed. Corporate America has already embraced the global economy and left ours in ruins. You pegged exactly what has detoriiorated our manufacturing infrastructure.
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    I do not disagree that much of the manufacturing that has gone offshore was the result of poor decisions by short-sighted companies encouraged by short-sighted Wall Street investors and a federal government that spent too much and got too greedy with taxes. But much of what has left did so because that really was the best thing in those cases at the time. Not all was good but not all was bad. America is still a manufacturing powerhouse but we need to be smarter about what we do here and what we do offshore. The government needs to understand better the impact of out-of-control spending on our economy. Making manufacturing here more expensive is one consequence.

    December 28, 2011 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  21. steve harnack

    @fourandthedoor, you've had the same pseudonym and have been posting the same screech about President Obama's "policies" since the day he became President. The Republikans have over played their obstructionism to the point that it has become glaringly obvious that they have damaged what could have been a quicker and more complete recovery and they are going to pay dearly.

    December 28, 2011 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  22. TelltheTruth

    "Ron Paul is a liberal"
    He wants to cut 5 depts out of the government and believes in the free market. Liberal? LOL!

    "Ron Paul doesn't believe in regulated the free market"
    Not entirely true. Ron Paul believes in regulation when necessary to help the free market operate the way it should, which is why he voted AGAINST the repeal of Glass-Steagall – so that was a vote for MORE regulation. And if everyone voted like him, we might have averted the economic crisis. Do your homework sheep.

    December 28, 2011 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  23. JennyTX

    How many people will become unemployed if Ron Paul is elected and fulfills his promise to cut five government departments???

    December 28, 2011 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  24. Micheal

    Truth and Nothing But the Truth
    Rudy NYC – Corporate America has already embraced the global economy and left ours in ruins. You pegged exactly what has detoriiorated our manufacturing infrastructure.
    =================================================================================================
    Hmmm... businesses selling their product and services around the world and others doing the same here. You have a problem with that? Do you propose to turn back the clock to the 1800s? Where are YOUR solutions? Or do you belong to the Democrat Party of No Solutions, No Jobs, No Debt too Large???

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    More like businesses sending our jobs overseas. How has this helped America? Ever since the outsourcing of our jobs began in the late 90s/early 2000 years our economy has been basically stagnant. Do you really think we are getting a fair shake in selling our products to China?

    December 28, 2011 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  25. Democrat4Paul

    I am a registered Democrat and I voted for Obama in 2008 because I was sick of the "W's" foreign policy of warmongering – I voted for Obama on the notion of "Change" I don't know what happened but we got stuck with NO change. Obama has actually been more of a warmonger-er than W. I have totally disavowed my support of Obama after that. I think his pulling out of Iraq isn't actually ending the war – he has moved a sizable amount of our troops to Kuwait to wait for the next offensive which looks like Iran. War War War both parties are 2 branches from the same rotten tree. Republicans push endless Warfare. Democrats push endless Welfare. Neither party dares to touch was each other pushes, so they get what they both want in the end. I'm sick of this two party system. Its time for REAL CHANGE! I'm voting for the outsider this time! I switched my party affiliation and I'm voting Ron Paul in 2012.

    December 28, 2011 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
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