Ron Paul releases his first video ad in the 2012 presidential race

Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul has come out swinging against Barack Obama, and everyone else for that matter.

In his first campaign ad of the 2012 race, “Conviction,” the man behind the rEVOLution takes a swipe at the president over the “$14 trillion in debt, millions unemployed and the dollar in decline.”

The minute-long spot, a faux trailer for a nonexistent summer blockbuster, focuses primarily on the current debate over the debt ceiling. The spot features cameos by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

In an unconventional move for the current crop of GOP hopefuls, the libertarian-leaning Texas representative also takes a brief shot at Republican House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell when the narrator — who sounds like Don LaFontaine’s little brother —  asks “[W]ill our party’s leaders repeat the mistakes of the past? Will they choose compromise, or conviction?”

The ad, which will run in Iowa and New Hamphire beginning Friday, ends on a strong note:

“One candidate has always been true … standing up to the Washington machine, guided by principle.”

Paul has begun pulling out all the stops in this presidential race’s early-going. On Wednesday, his campaign launched a $75,000 radio ad buy across Iowa, according to The Note. The candidate, who had the second-best fundraising figures in the second quarter (despite what MSNBC may say), also announced that he is retiring from the House at the end of his current term.


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    Honesty, character and integrity get me every time… now more than ever. If we don’t get behind a candidate who represents real hope and change (with a long, consistent record of walking his talk) we will get more of the status quo which is absolutely unacceptable. Hopefully, people will become concerned enough about the future of our republic to do independent research on the candidates and discover that Ron Paul is the real deal. It is unlikely that there is any candidate that a voter will agree with 100% but Ron Paul may surprise you. The negative comments out there are, for the most part, regurgitated sound bites from the boob tube rather than the fruit of personal analysis of Paul’s positions. He represents something different than a run of the mill politician. Ron Paul 2012!!!

  • doncicciofitipaldi

    So would Little Baby Jesus.

  • Sandy E

    A good ad does not mean a good candidate.

    • flylikeaneagle1776


      The GOP currently listens to RP’s advice on everything, whether they want to admit it or not. Also, Obama said in his 2008 campaign bring the troops home, and a more transparent government, neither of which has happened. RP’s voting record, although you may think its crazy, is 100% consistent with the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

    • MrRad

      Though I don’t agree with everything Dr. Paul believes in, I do believe he walks what he talks. This alone is a breath of fresh air, and enough to garner my full support. Can you even imagine, in today’s polictical climate, not having to investigate every single word the president says due to having been lied to so many times? What a novel concept.

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  • philF

    He’s rather interesting.