Paul flier hits the other candidates
March 1st, 2012
07:55 PM ET
11 years ago

Paul flier hits the other candidates

Washington (CNN) - A flier from the Ron Paul campaign mailed to Oklahoma Republicans hits all three of his fellow Republican challengers, saying “Counterfeits won’t cut it.”

Next to each picture of each contender it lists some of his positions that would upset conservatives.

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Next to Mitt Romney it lists “Architect for Obamacare; Supported TARP; Said abortion should be legal.” Among the items next to Rick Santorum it says: “Opposed the National Right to Work Act; Voted to raise the debt ceiling 5 times and Voted for budget-busting Medicare Part D entitlement.” Next to Newt Gingrich it says: “Supported Obamacare; Supported Cap and Trade; Supported Government bailouts.”

The mailer, obtained from a Republican voter in the state, calls Paul a "true, lifelong conservative” who fought the bank bailout called TARP, and vows if elected president he will balance the budget by his third year in office, and eliminate federal departments.

While Paul has been very critical of Santorum and Gingrich on the stump and in campaign ads, he has not been as hard on Romney.

Paul’s most recent television spot took direct aim at Santorum, as the announcer recounts some of the former Pennsylvania senator’s votes, such as on the debt ceiling and Medicare expansion, then says: “Rick Santorum: Fiscal Conservative” followed by “Fake.” When Gingrich was rising in the polls in January, Paul’s commercials criticized the former House Speaker as someone who sold access and then put the words “Serial Hypocrisy” on the screen.

Paul’s campaign did air a commercial in October of last year touting the candidate as the consistent conservative, as it went through some of the other candidates’ positions, including Romney defending his prior support for the Wall Street bailout.

Santorum and his campaign advisers indicated last week they thought there was some type of alliance between Romney and Paul. In an interview last week with CNN Chief Political Analyst Gloria Borger on “The Situation Room,” Santorum said, “I just found it odd that, you know, Ron Paul supposedly, you know, holds himself out as the libertarian in the race. Certainly, not the conservative, his conservative ratings are pathetic but holds himself out as a libertarian. And someone who is ... for little government that to my knowledge has never attacked Mitt Romney on any of the big government things that he’s supported over the years, and seems to delight in attacking me.”

In a separate interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on Tuesday, Paul rejected the idea he was in cahoots with Romney. “He pulled that out of the air because there’s no truth to it. If he wants to spend his energy doing that … you can’t do anything about it. He dreamt that up. I think he should talk about the issues instead.”

Paul said he had attacked Romney earlier as a “flip-flopper” and said in debates he runs against all of three of his fellow candidates “because they are very similar,” and added, "I think the only difference I’ve been able to observe is quite possibly, would be management styles on their personalities on how they would do things, but philosophically, there’s no different. I don’t hesitate to point out our differences no matter who it is."

“Some people are much more into conspiracies than others. If Santorum is an addict on conspiracies, I guess he’s going to have to keep talking that way,” Paul said.

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soundoff (21 Responses)
  1. HJ

    When Gingrich and Santorum were rising, the media hadn't vetted them (or, with Gingrich, hadn't LATELY). People voting for them thought they were conservatives, and clearly, those who want to elect conservatives should be voting for Ron Paul.

    No one mistakes Romney for a conservative, to begin with, and the people voting for him want something else.

    March 1, 2012 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  2. Donny G

    Love it! If only Oklahomans would see the fraud for who Santorum is...

    March 1, 2012 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  3. Nothiga

    Here is my plan on HOW I will reduce the deficits:

    I will REDUCE taxes on "job creators".

    I will PRESERVE medicare and social security.

    I will NOT CUT a dime on military spending.

    You can see I am SEVERELY conservative.

    I hope you are NOT smart enough to.....

    March 1, 2012 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  4. Ditty1991

    omg a ron paul article!!!!!

    March 1, 2012 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  5. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    This is a lot like the way we remember on "Mayberry RFD" where Barney Fife went after Gomer and Otis? I think I am back in the 1970s with the GOP clown show.

    March 1, 2012 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  6. Cam

    IMO, When it comes to the economy, Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney are progressives. The truth is coming out this election season; talk radio pundits aren't really all that concerned about the economy. They support these two progressives over Ron Paul.

    March 1, 2012 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  7. VoteRonPaul

    Ron Paul is the only person wanting to fix America. Vote Ron Paul!

    March 1, 2012 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  8. Cody

    Wow CNN finally acknowledged Paul!

    March 1, 2012 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  9. Church

    Ron Paul campaign slogan: "Ron Paul -You Gotta Love Him"
    Whatever one might think of his policies, you have to admit that he has integrity.

    March 1, 2012 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  10. S. B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Would you rather be a flip-flopper or someone who doesn't understand that people will get away with what every they can. Ron Paul doesn't understand that there need to be some levels of deterance. Besides, there aren't enough Paul zelots that vote to get him elected.

    March 1, 2012 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  11. ARTRaveler

    Paul sound good as long as you plan on going back to the pre-wwI days. We are too involved in the world's economy to sit aside and let the rest of the world control what happens to us. Paul has great 1712 ideas but we left that time behind 300 years ago,

    March 1, 2012 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  12. Jkv372

    Dr. Paul says the truth and nothing but the truth. We need someone to this this country that we can trust.

    March 1, 2012 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  13. Julian

    I can't understand why Ron Paul is not completely destroying these guys. He schools them every time, yet he has not won in the polls. BUT!....he is winning the delegates!!

    March 1, 2012 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
  14. Voltaire

    Bromance over between paul and willard? lol all liberaterians scream the loudest when the mailman comes late with that monthly social security check

    March 2, 2012 03:32 am at 3:32 am |
  15. Marie MD

    The Reagan connection. Reagan, along with every other republican president, have probably turned over on their graves already.
    The founding fathers would be really proud of what politics has become in this once great country of ours since 2008.

    March 2, 2012 06:27 am at 6:27 am |
  16. Anonymous

    Dumb. Rather than emphasize areas where his views are shared by a broad cross-section of Americans, like his anti-war stance, Paul stupidly runs further to the right, He's no longer a serious candidate. He's either a political coward or he has sold out to the Rove gang of thugs in order to seal Rmoney's nomination.

    March 2, 2012 07:32 am at 7:32 am |
  17. diridi

    No agenda, nothing, only they have is goal of defeating Pres. Obama. Here my vote for Obama in advance. Obama2012.

    March 2, 2012 07:46 am at 7:46 am |
  18. honeybe

    Ron Paul – telling it like it is.

    March 2, 2012 08:11 am at 8:11 am |
  19. Lionel

    Come off it Paul, we all know you had that talk with Mitt in some secret room. BTW was that before or after Ann prepared that quest room for you? Paul, were you the kid who was selected to stand and occupy that parking space while mom or dad cruised the parking lot for a better parking spot? Did you hold a place on that supermarket line while you mom took her time shopping up and down the aisles? You are proof that not only old ladies are silly.

    March 2, 2012 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  20. Marty

    If this doddering old fool can take any voters from anybody, then everybody should be able to take flying birds out of the sky. You have a dog-in-the-manger mentality but it hurts your barn more because there's much less hay in it and it's needed to feed the four remaining cattle in YOUR farmer's yard. That other barn across the road/aisle has more than enough hay in it already.

    March 2, 2012 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  21. Melanie

    Be nice Paul or Ann is going to cancel your guest room.

    March 2, 2012 10:47 am at 10:47 am |