Last-day Ron Paul ad is his sharpest anti-Romney attack yet
January 3rd, 2012
02:21 PM ET
11 years ago

Last-day Ron Paul ad is his sharpest anti-Romney attack yet

Des Moines (CNN) – Hours before Iowa caucuses, the Ron Paul campaign has launched its sharpest anti-Romney attack ad yet, a one-minute radio spot calling the former Massachusetts governor a "liberal" who has supported government bailouts, healthcare mandates and big government.

The ad was running in Iowa Tuesday morning and afternoon.

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The announcer reads, "Mitt Romney can't fight against Obamacare because he supported the same mandates and government takeovers as governor of Massachusetts. Romney can't stand up against more bailouts because he supported them. He can't lead the charge to shrink the government because he has grown it."

The ad is testimony to Paul's concerns about Romney, who is the frontrunner in recent Iowa polls. The final-day, closing-argument radio spot directly attacks what some perceive as Romney's strength: electability.

"Romney's record is liberal and putting him up against Obama is a recipe for defeat," the announcer reads, "That candidate who can beat Obama is Dr. Ron Paul."

The radio ad also extends a Paul theme, using the word "liberal" to slam his opponents on fiscal policies, including earmarks and spending.

In an interview with CNN's Dana Bash Monday, Paul called opponent Rick Santorum "very liberal".

"He spends too much money," Paul said.

Paul's campaign confirmed placing the Tuesday radio ad.

- Dana Bash contributed to this report.

- Follow Lisa Desjardins on Twitter: @LisaDCNN

Also see:

Gingrich: Romney is lying

Bachmann looks ahead to South Carolina

Gingrich suggests a Tuesday win

Gingrich strives for 'great upset' in Iowa

Filed under: 2012 • American Sauce • Iowa • Mitt Romney • Ron Paul
soundoff (40 Responses)
  1. Cam

    MWM – Over the years "conservative" has morphed into neoconservatism. I don't like the neocon agenda. Since Ron Paul is not a neocon and actually believes in civil liberties, I'll be more than happy to support him.

    January 3, 2012 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  2. Anonymous

    Why can't I hear it? The Ad pops up a security username/password authenticity module. That is rather amatuerish on CNN's part. Anyone know where I can hear it?

    ONLY RON PAUL!!!! I would like to finally end the wars, end the bailouts, end the cronyism and corruption and get back to creating jobs, businesses and security for the people NOT the special interests!

    January 3, 2012 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  3. Larry L

    Ron Paul is a libertarian wth leanings toward anarchy. Why would anybody hold such hatred for the federal government yet spend such a large portion of their life entrenched in it's operation? He's a professional whiner with a long list of problems – and completely useless solutions.

    January 3, 2012 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  4. Emanon

    Can someone FIX the audio so an authenticity popup doesn't prevent the audio from playing!!!

    btw - Ron Paul is the only sane and valid choice who can actually beat Obama. Why? Simple.

    Obama == Mitt == Newt ==Perry –> nothing NOTHING will change with any of them. Cronyism will flourish. The wars will continue. The government will increase with its liberty stealing legislations and taxes will increase as we police the world.

    Ron Paul –> Only true change.

    When the media/establishment are chomping at the bit throwing everything, including the kitchen sink, at him – this tells me that perhaps this is the person I should be looking into. The establishment & media have done nothing but pimp the same corrupt special interest politicians...

    January 3, 2012 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  5. Johnathan

    Iowa is nothing more than filler fodder for the media and journalists, who would otherwise be flipping burgers if not for the hot bag of air from politicians and media about the IOWA CAUCUSS.

    Here's all anyone really needs to know about the caucuss in Iowa,

    Seldom, in fact rarely, does Iowa pick a republican nominee that wins the White House. Very rare.

    Nothing else to see or read about folks, that's just the way it is. Move along now, everybody.

    January 3, 2012 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  6. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    Paul is right and the rest of you are nuts
    Most people think Ron Paul is 80% right and 20% nuts! If he has no problem with a nuclear Iran threatening to shutoff 20% of the worlds oil supply and closing international waterways then he doesn't belong in the Whitehouse. This isn't 1812, it's 2012.

    January 3, 2012 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  7. Bill, NY

    Now I know who the leader of the Taliban in America is. Mr. Paul's policies would utterly destroy what is left of this country!

    January 3, 2012 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  8. A Human Being

    There is no difference between obama and the GOP field. They are all corrupt, elitist bureaucrats who want nothing more than to strengthen the corporatist global economy.

    The only REAL candidate is Ron Paul, who is actually human.

    Obama, Santorum, Perry, Gingrich, Romney, Bachmann, Pelosi, Boehner, Cain, Huntsman all want to go to war for the 3rd time in just over 10 years, not including Libya, Uganda. The corporate elite have taken over the intellectual sphere of the human mind and must be put in check. CNN is the epitome of elitism; ground zero if you will. Rich, privileged people who are so out of touch with common humanity that the country has become what it is now.

    January 3, 2012 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  9. Rudy NYC

    Truth and Nothing But the Truth wrote:

    Most people think Ron Paul is 80% right and 20% nuts! If he has no problem with a nuclear Iran threatening to shutoff 20% of the worlds oil supply and closing international waterways then he doesn't belong in the Whitehouse. This isn't 1812, it's 2012.
    I agree. I thought a lot more than that flowed throught that Strait of Hormuz. (80% ?)

    January 3, 2012 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  10. shugee

    Ron Paul is the new Lyndon Larouche. He is so far off the map and seems to be a lightning rod for the weirdo demographic.
    I still see Larouche supporters at airports handing out literature along side the other fringe types. They are just as committed as the Ron Paul supporters but no less freaky.

    January 3, 2012 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  11. The Real Tom Paine

    Truth and Nothing But the Truth, I don't want a million laws, but I want them to do something. Do you really expect everyone to conform to your way of thinking? That's the only way you could make Paul's ideas work, and that bears no relationship to the democracy I love. What will you do if you get your way? Could you really tolerate someone who wanted a regulation in place, or who disagrees with your utopia? I remember another Liberatarian presidential candidate, a Las Vegas real estate developer, who stated that people have a right to be bigoted, and was " ....their right to discriminate". Ron Paul and the Libertarians are a pipe dream on a good day, and the road to fascism if they ever got their way.

    January 3, 2012 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  12. Joe Mama

    I love it! More and more people waking up every day. People passionate about taking their country back from the corrupt politicians who serve their corporate masters. America isn't Washington. America is the people! Vote for Ron Paul and never vote for a self-serving establishment hack ever again! Send a message. If they are so worried about how to stay in office, let them know serving corporate interests isn't the way to do it. Serve the people or we'll show you the door. We have to be inspire to believe in the power of our votes!

    January 3, 2012 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  13. Rudy NYC

    What do you call a man who thinks we should decriminalize drugs like marijuana, cocaine and heroin?
    What do you call a man who feels a racial bigot has a right to not conduct business with those who he hates?
    What do you call a man who thinks we should distance ourselves from Israel?
    What do you call a man who thinks a nuclear Iran is an acceptable option?

    You can call him Ron Paul.

    January 3, 2012 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  14. ST

    Well said Dr. Ron Paul. Let the 41% who have yet to make their mind get a relief from the spinning heads!

    January 3, 2012 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  15. Rick

    Why are people so scared of Iran? Do people really believe it when Clinton tells us frightening stories of iranians under our beds at night?

    Iran couldn't even attack france much less the USA.

    January 3, 2012 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
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