Places second in New Hampshire preference poll
Sept 22, 2011
Presidential candidate Ron Paul launches a $1 million ad campaign today, using the funds he raised in one day last weekend via a grassroots organised Constitution Day “money bomb”.
The television push, which represents the biggest ad buy of Paul’s campaign so far, will see three different spots played on national cable and local broadcast channels in New Hampshire, Iowa, Nevada, and South Carolina.
“Our campaign is seeing growing momentum now and is doing this ad blitz to cement ourselves in the top tier.” said Ron Paul 2012 National Campaign Chairman Jesse Benton.
“We think that now is the time to break through,” Benton added. “When we move up in Iowa and New Hampshire, we’re not going to be able to be ignored.”
Paul will also employ direct mail and internet ads in the states.
The first ad in the mega push will air nationally tonight during the FOX News debate coverage, and for a following ten days. It is a 60 second spot entitled ‘A Veteran’s Best Friend’. The ad draws on Paul’s past military service as an Air Force surgeon, as well as the tireless constituent service work he has engaged in on behalf of military veterans.
“Dr. Paul has a long record in Congress as a strong advocate for veterans and issues important to them, particularly in making sure that they receive recognition for the sacrifices they’ve made in service to our country,” Campaign Chairman Benton said.
Departing from the previous Summer blockbuster movie style ads, the spot focuses on two Vietnam veterans who relate how Paul helped them get the medals they deserved for their service.
“Ron Paul is a veteran’s best friend,” Army veteran Rene Reyes says in the ad.
“It takes a veteran to understand a veteran,” says Army veteran Joe Pena.
Watch the ad below:
- A d v e r t i s e m e n t
Accompannying the ad is a open letter from Paul to the president in which he takes aim at Obama’s deficit plan for raising health care costs for veterans.
“As a Doctor, an Air Force Veteran, and Congressman, who serves on the Foreign Affairs Committee and has always fought for the best interest of our troops, I was deeply concerned to learn that our military retirees are now facing benefit cuts under your proposed $1.5 trillion dollar tax hike.” Paul writes.
Describing the move as “unjust and immoral”, the Congressman argues that veterans’ benefits should remain untouched.
“Instead of cutting our Veterans benefits, I call on you to support our troops. Support them by bringing them home to our shores, to protect our borders and defend our country. Ensure that they are rested and equipped to repel any real credible attack,” Paul writes.
Despite his fierce anti-war stance, Paul’s unwavering support for veterans has seen him receive more donations from from active-duty military than all of the other Republican presidential candidates combined, as well as the president himself.
“Paul’s consistent adherence to Constitutional principles regarding American foreign policy, and his calls to bring the troops home in order to defend the country as opposed to spending trillions policing and nation-building in foreign lands has gained him wide support among veterans and active military alike.” a campaign statement reads.
The Congresman has also today penned an opinion piece in USA Today , arguing against government interference in health care, arguing that “Regulations, inflation, tax laws, federal mandates to provide care through corporate-run HMOs, interference in providing insurance, massive subsidies and licensing have all played a negative role in the delivery of medical care in the United States.”
” There are no easy answers or silver bullets, but solutions lie in moving toward freedom, not more corporatism or socialism.” Paul writes.
The Paul campaign will be encouraged by yet another presidential preference poll today that places the Congressman in second , well ahead of Rick Perry.
The poll conducted by Suffolk University/7NEWS in New Hampshire shows Paul at 14%, with former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman at 10% and Perry at 8%. Mitt Romney, who appears to be the long term GOP front runner, scored 40%.
Despite having campaigned in New Hampshire on numerous occassions, Perry was scored outside the top three in what the AP notes is the first nonpartisan poll focused on New Hampshire since the Texas governor officially joined the race.
In comments to The Christian Science Monitor wednesday, Ron Paul quipped that while he didn’t want to “annoy” Perry, he was not surprised that the governor was mimicking Paul’s 30 plus year stance on the Federal Reserve and monetary policy because it makes for “good politics” at the moment.
The Congressman also appeared to rule out a potential third party run. “It would be a strong negative politically,” Paul said.
Steve Watson is the London based writer and editor for Alex Jones’ Infowars.net , and Prisonplanet.com . He has a Masters Degree in International Relations from the School of Politics at The University of Nottingham in England.