Ron Paul looking ahead?
January 20th, 2012
02:55 PM ET
11 years ago

Ron Paul looking ahead?

Charleston, South Carolina (CNN) - Florida may follow the Palmetto State in the primary and caucus calendar, but Rep. Ron Paul is looking ahead.

The Paul campaign formally announced Friday that the longtime congressman from Texas is going to go up with ads on broadcast and cable television in Nevada and Minnesota, the two contests that follow Florida. A top Paul aide first told CNN about the new ad buys on Thursday night following a CNN-Southern Republican presidential debate, and described the ad buy as significant in size.

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Florida's January 31 primary comes ten days after Saturday's primary here in South Carolina. Nevada is next up after Florida, holding its caucuses on February 4. Minnesota's caucuses come three days later, on February 7

The campaign says this is their fourth ad buy in Nevada and their first in Minnesota.

"Running ads in the key early voting states of Nevada and Minnesota is part of our delegate strategy to secure the Republican nomination. Both states present opportunities for a strong top-three showing in their upcoming caucuses," said Ron Paul 2012 National Campaign Chairman Jesse Benton, in a statement. "Ours is the only campaign with the resources, organization, and stamina to defeat establishment candidate Mitt Romney in a 50-state race."

While Paul will campaign in Florida, a top aide to the congressman tells CNN they won't go up with TV commercials in the Sunshine State. With its multiple and more costly markets, Florida is a more expensive state to run campaign ads than either Nevada or Minnesota. Paul finished third in Iowa's January 3 caucuses and a strong second in New Hampshire's January 10 primary.

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Filed under: 2012 • Ron Paul • South Carolina
soundoff (35 Responses)
  1. JL

    Smart... he will do very well in these early caucus states and group together a sizeable amount of delegates. Maybe enough to secure him a cabinet position (if properly bargained for?) I would support a ROmney ticket it Ron Paul were the treasury secretary!!!! PS... is the "POST" button invisible to anyone else? If it is.... it is to the right of the disclaimer "CNN welcomes a lively and courteous discussion as long as you follow the Rules of Conduct set forth in our Terms of Service.... blah blah

    January 20, 2012 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  2. The Real Tom Paine

    Its a plot to keep Ron Paul from getting the credit he deserves for teaching Jesus to walk on water.

    January 20, 2012 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  3. Ed DFWTX

    Paul is the only decent candidate out of the four remaning GOP candidates. The others come with large baggage and really don't have indpendent appeal.

    January 20, 2012 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  4. revnowwhilewecan

    Why dosen't Cnn report anywhere that Paul is leading there very own poll's despite the unfair and biased coverage of the debate?? Thank goodness for South Carolina citizens demanding a response from Paul!! Did (king) they really try and skip the only doctor on the panel when asking an abortion question?? SHAME SHAME SHAME!

    January 20, 2012 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  5. RON

    Hopefully south carolina will see thru all the crap thatthey are being dealt and vote for a real american, what i mean by a real american is someone who cares about the american citizen and not just their crooneys that stuff their campaign coffers. Im not much into politics but i do know when someone is selling me crap on a stick. Ron Paul has spent most of his career helping the sick and elderly and knows what pain and suffering is. he's probably seem moresuffering than all the other republican candidates combined.MY VOTE IS FOR DR. PAUL. HE KNOWS WHAT THE ELDERLY HAVE TO DEAL WITH

    January 20, 2012 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  6. gh

    The Dr will retire if he doesn't get the nomination. imo.

    January 20, 2012 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  7. GR

    Florida is a winner-take-all delegates state. Especially since it's early, it's a tough place to dump a lot of money into with the potential of getting absolutely nothing in return. They are also stripped of half their delegates for moving their caucus date too early, so they are not as big of an influence this time around.

    It's strategic campaigning, folks.

    January 20, 2012 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  8. Robert

    Ron Paul can look forward to a quiet retirement, passing his days writing newsletters from Rick Perry's N-–head ranch.

    January 20, 2012 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  9. BDO

    The "POST" button is only being hidden from Ron Paul supporters...

    January 20, 2012 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  10. VS

    Ron Paul is smart on any level. And if people would wake up and realize the reality of the mess this country is in and where it is headed, Ron Pual would be the only option for this presidency of all the candidates. Many nations fell because of the very same mess we are in. Debt, endless wars, and erosion of Freedom and Liberty.

    We need a president like Dr. Ron Paul.

    Ron Paul 2012!!

    January 20, 2012 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  11. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    I wonder what Ron Paul is angling for at this point.... His results aren't enough to win the nomination. Could it be VP???

    January 20, 2012 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  12. Jeremy

    Well coming from Minesota, I don't believe that Santorum or Gingrich will do well there.

    January 20, 2012 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  13. Mark

    "Ours is the only campaign with the resources, organization, and stamina to defeat establishment candidate Mitt"...I'm an undecided...when I read things like that from Paul it *really* annoys me. It is a clear and intentional misstatement, Romney or Newt could run resource circles around Paul

    January 20, 2012 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  14. dlpartyka

    Ron Paul 2012 !

    January 20, 2012 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  15. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    The one advantage to Ron Paul as a Cabinet officer to Mitt Romney is Romney can fire him if he doesn't like the job he is doing.

    January 20, 2012 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  16. Pete Wilson

    It is quite clear that the establishment media and the establishment GOP would like him to go away. It is not happening. Grassroots intelligent conservative minded people have had enough of BIG everything and want Ron Pauls message heard all the way to the convention, if not the White House. We give our time and our money. Millions of us. He is not the great orator or debater we would like but the truths he speaks of are self evident. Why the rush for a coronation folks???
    Why is it so hard for mainstream Republicans to admit military spending is out of control just like Social Services spending? Once we can get beyond that hurdle we can in fact come together as a party and win in Nov and really make the changes Dr. Paul speaks of. Even if he is not the President. Perhaps Sean Hannity and Mark Levin need to reassess their unlimited Military spending attiute and support the true cause of Conservatism and Liberty. Stop the borrowing and waste accross al departments. If Dr. Paul saw the GOP come around on this issue he would be supportive of the eventual nominee and bring us along with him. As long as the NeoCons are unwilling to see the wisdom in curtailing ALL government wasteful spending Ron Paul supporters will not capitualte, and neither will Ron.

    Food for thought. God help us if we dont stop the madness and the FED.


    January 20, 2012 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  17. Silence DoGood

    With both Dems and Repubs being different versions of Big Government, I would think he would appeal the masses.

    January 20, 2012 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  18. JA

    Keep fighting man. I doubt the USA can handle another status quo president

    January 20, 2012 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  19. Jesse Kovacs


    I think maybe enough to secure him the presidency. He has massive support in his home state of Texas and is expected to do well in California. Meanwhile I think more and more people are growing tired of Mitt dodging every single question about his fiscal history, and Newt and Rick have their own issues. The thing is, once people really look into Paul, they are very likely to stick with his candidacy. Once they believe in his principles, it's difficult to sway them because of his rock solid consistency.

    I just wish more people would realize his foreign policy is so closely tied to his economic policy, that he supports defense spending, not military spending. And that he supports non-interventionism, not isolationism. I can wait though. It makes me happy enough to hear Paul platforming on Liberty at every debate. Someone I can vote for.

    January 20, 2012 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  20. Charlie

    Its truly sad that the average American's head is so far up their a** that they just vote for whoever the media pushes forward. The media tells us Ron Paul cant win, I wish I knew where they got their futuristic knowlege to know who America will pick for a nominee. But in all reality we know that they actually dont know that. They just say it to encourage people not to vote for him because they know with a Ron Paul president the corrupt media and government will be no more. They know if they pound it hard enough down our throats the people (or should i say sheeple) will just do what their told to do. Its sad to see such a great nation fall apart over the past decades. But remember people at least if you throw a vote to newt obama or mitten your securing they will enjoy the next few years of their life getting paid millions by lobbyists why we continue to suffer... Ron Paul for me not cause hes the perfect candidate, only because he gives a shi* about everyday people like you and me, and never took a dime from a lobbyist ( he wont even have a conversation with one ) Everyone has the right to do what they want, but please take another look at Paul's record and dont just listen to what garbage the media says to make him look bad.

    January 20, 2012 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  21. M

    Ron is a serious darkhorse. Watch.

    January 20, 2012 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  22. Rudy NYC

    They would make Ron Paul Sec'y of Education, and then eliminate the department altogether.

    January 20, 2012 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  23. noone

    $262,000 – the value of Ron Paul's home. As someone who is a strong believer in capitalism, I can't help but still find that oh-so refreshing! Who is this man? I plead with you that you do 15 minutes of your own research and stack him up against the rest – Obama included.

    January 20, 2012 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  24. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    Joe from CT, not Lieberman
    The one advantage to Ron Paul as a Cabinet officer to Mitt Romney is Romney can fire him if he doesn't like the job he is doing
    Yes, as oppsoed to Obama that prefers to keep his incompetent AG Eric Holder around. And then there is the Energy Dept. fool that approved the Solyndra loan, STILL THERE.

    January 20, 2012 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  25. RP supporter

    Ron Paul is someone I can vote for without regret or fear.

    January 20, 2012 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
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