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
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  1. Jerri

    If you want more of the same stuff that's got this country where it is now vote for one of the other three! Ron Paul is the only one that is honest hasn't changed his view just to get votes. If you think the country, unemployeement rate and national deposit are fine vote for someone who has helped create the problems and who is bought by big money. If you think things need changing vote for Ron Paul- no I don't agree with all his views, but he's honest and not bought by big money. Let's put the people back in charge the way the founders of this country designed it!!!!! Before they ruin it!!

    January 20, 2012 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  2. Larry in Houston

    this country is 15 trillion in hawk – wow – – clinton never racked up that much – even though he had some bad times as prez – from what I've heard, it will be 18.5 Trillion by the time the nxt prez is IN after 3 yrs. in office. wow – amazing isn't it ? wonder how much more – til they figure out that we are SUNK ! and can never get out ? perhaps by the time it gets to 20 or 25 Trillion, you think ?

    January 20, 2012 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  3. Patriot Awesome

    I'll say this for Ron Paul, he's not a dirt bag like the rest of republican candidates.

    January 20, 2012 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  4. ThinkAgain

    Ron Paul is a man of conviction; it's just too bad the practical application of his worldview would harm so many people. He believes "I got mine; screw you." Fine if you're a third world nation, but we're better than that.

    Obama/Biden 2012

    January 20, 2012 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  5. Maria

    CNN totally disrespecting a fair debate among all candidates and openly IGNORES Ron Paul...CNN is no better than Fox fact they are worse! I couldn't believe it when I saw how John King "tried" to ignore him...good thing for the crowd that stood up for their right to hear his opinion as well. Booo CNN SHAME ON YOU!!!

    January 20, 2012 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  6. ThinkAgain

    Ron Paul believes in freedom – unless you're a woman and then you don't get to control your own body.

    January 20, 2012 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  7. ThinkAgain

    If I lived in South Carolina, I'd vote for Stephen Colbert: He's got the stones to call out the Citizens United ruling – the rest of these yahoos think that corporations are people (even though a corporation can't drink a glass of water, give blood, cough when the doctor tells it to, has no gender, etc., etc., etc., etc.).

    January 20, 2012 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  8. diridi

    I like him but little too old, and at times scary. so, i am voting for Obama.

    January 20, 2012 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  9. The Real Tom Paine

    Why does he like Jefferson so much? He worked for him.

    January 20, 2012 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  10. James

    Ron who? I didn't think AB/NB/CN/CB/MS/FX were allowed to mention him. Unfortunately, it's true, Peace doesn't sell newspapers or media ad time, but good journalism does...

    January 20, 2012 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
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