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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