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That's Dr. Paul to You

Ron Paul is airing a new TV ad in Iowa and New Hampshire that discusses his idea on health care reform. The ad also reminds viewers that the Texas congressman is also a doctor.

The ad uses a mix of cartoon images and stock photos, and mentions the Walter Reed scandal as a reason the government should not be trusted to run the nation's health care system.

"Big tug of war going on on health care these days," an actor says.

More: "I say we need Ron Paul for president. One, he's a doctor. Seen it all. Two, he's got the right idea. Take power from big business and the bureaucrats. Give it back to patients and the doctors they choose. Now that's the right medicine."

Paul is running a similar 60-second radio ad in Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina.

-- Ed O'Keefe

By Ed O'Keefe |  December 10, 2007; 4:40 PM ET Ron Paul
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Not bad for a 30second commercial! Sorta cheap production, but it it's not as cheesy as his first ad. It gets a lot more Paul face time and offers something no one else is really offering (Republicans want the same, Democrats want socialized)

Pretty good, just wish he had time to fit in tax-deductible health expenses and the ability for doctors to negotiate pricing.

Posted by: Brent | December 10, 2007 5:01 PM

Time for the Doctor to make a White House call!

Posted by: Cameron | December 10, 2007 5:03 PM

Ron Paul is doing very well and is certainly a "top tier" candidate. At my website, www.thecaseforronpaul.com I have gathered the evidence of his domination. I have also created a video presentation which is a summary of the The Case For Ron Paul.Check out http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2f_YFMfottY and see what you think. How anyone could still think of Ron Paul after that is simply lost to the MSM.

Posted by: Cleaner44 | December 10, 2007 5:07 PM

Ron Paul really understands how to fix the USA!

Posted by: roman | December 10, 2007 5:20 PM

Patients choosing their own doctors? Cheaper prescriptions? Oh no, how will the poor insurance and pharmacuetical companies survive? What next, respect the Constitution? This has to stop!

Posted by: Bob C | December 10, 2007 5:23 PM

Brent: "... just wish he had time to fit in tax-deductible health expenses and the ability for doctors to negotiate pricing."

While he ran out of time in the 30 sec TV spot, the linked 60 sec radio spot covers those issues too Iand well).

Posted by: Michael | December 10, 2007 5:25 PM

I love this man.

Posted by: Anonymous | December 10, 2007 5:28 PM

The ad could be better, but all that people need to do is hear his name and investigate themselves. No one can sell Ron Paul better than his record, principles and arguments can.

Posted by: Justin | December 10, 2007 5:39 PM

Thanks for posting this. As others have said, anyone with internet access can easily learn more about the man and his positions on the issues. How about more coverage in your paper to help those without the internet to make an informed choice.

He is the only one that will change anything.

Posted by: TJF | December 10, 2007 5:54 PM

I watched the hispanic GOP debates yesterday. Ron Paul was the only doctor on the stage and they didn't even bother to ask him a question concerning the state of our healthcare. If anyone knows about the state of healthcare it would be him. Ron Paul is the only one worth listening to up there. The rest of them talk no differently than the democrates.

Posted by: professor aaron | December 10, 2007 5:58 PM

Being "smart" or "right" doesn't make Paul electable. I don't mean to be discouraging to those who like him. I'm just relating some common sense. Those that have the money to throw at his campaign should focus on how to make him seem more like an actual leader. He seems too much like a friendly neighbor, both in debates and in ads like these. He needs to seem like the guy at the front of the room. Like he's already there.

Posted by: James Torrence | December 10, 2007 5:59 PM

Production values have not been the strength of the Paul campaign. But maybe they will be part of their charm.
Check out www.johndennis.com for an early prediction on the GOP vote in Iowa and NH.

Posted by: Tom Paine | December 10, 2007 5:59 PM

Ron Paul has all the elements of the right kind of leadership -- personal integrity, deep intelligence, and humility.

A free people don't need a strongman to lead them -- just a public servant, committed to fulfilling his oath to protect the Constitution.

Posted by: Craig | December 10, 2007 6:02 PM

"Being "smart" or "right" doesn't make Paul electable."

Ron Paul will never be anointed by special interest, or as you said "electable"

Ron Paul's only flaw is he believes in the American people, yet these are the same people who vote against themselves every two years. So while his message is perfect and following the Constitution and freedom of choice, he also also counting on the same people who vote themselves into financial slavery.

I think he is very "Presidential" I think you mean he needs to look like a Guardian, or someone to take care of the country.

Never happen, and never should. But that doesn't mean it doesn't happen.

Being "smart" or "Right" should be the litmus test, but in todays welfare/warfare mentality of needy and scared people its unfortunate that the office does need to mean more.

Posted by: Almost Speechless | December 10, 2007 6:12 PM

I agree that Ron Paul seems like a friendly neighbor. That is part of his appeal to me. He is like-able, he is credible, he is honest, and trust-worthy. Come to think of it - I wish ALL of my neighbors would be like Ron Paul!

It would be nice to see a friendly face of an intelligent leader for our country.

Posted by: Patti | December 10, 2007 6:20 PM

Dr. Ron Paul cured my apathy!

Posted by: Bill Moore | December 10, 2007 6:37 PM

Posted by: Bill Moore | December 10, 2007 6:38 PM

I'm a Ron Paul supporter. This radio ad confuses me. If Ron will get rid of the IRS why would we need any tax deductions?

Posted by: Michael Toth | December 10, 2007 6:39 PM

Doctor Ron Paul will legalize the U.S. Constitution.

Posted by: grunk | December 10, 2007 6:46 PM

We don't need the Oprah factor gimmick to win over the hearts and minds of the people who KNOW that Paul is CORRECT.

He is the only honest man running and will EXCEED Rudy's fundraising this quarter.

Posted by: NH_GOP | December 10, 2007 6:52 PM

Ron Paul stands for protecting our freedoms. Having a strong national defense. Implementing a sound currency policy, and protecting our environment through private property rights. The role of the government was to protect the general welfare, enforce the rule of law in court.



Posted by: Daren Jones | December 10, 2007 6:53 PM

He's catching on. I'm tellin' ya.

Posted by: Nick | December 10, 2007 7:34 PM

It is a nice ad, but it doesn't work that well under if ads are muted. And it might take hearing it a few times before it sinks; it should have some repetition.

Posted by: Thomas | December 10, 2007 7:42 PM

We need someone to get control of the Federal Reserve before it does a self-inflicted Tyler Durden. Our bank accounts are being robbed as we sit here. You can see Ron Paul going mano a mano with Bernanke on youtube. http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=ron+paul+ben+bernanke&search=Search

Posted by: gao xia en | December 10, 2007 7:52 PM

I love the guy! He's rational and so polite. He understands the Constitution and the separation of powers described therein. Who deserves your vote more than Ron Paul? Last chance to get our country back.

Posted by: Bill O'Rightsly | December 10, 2007 9:00 PM

Why isn't Paul explaining the messgae? Lots of cash to spend on ads and it needs to be Ron Paul offering the message of change not a paid actor.

I'm not very happy with the ad....

More paul and less actor would have been best. Sure if the actor is well known then maybe such ad would work but here you are selling the ad and the actor has got to sell himself to the population.

I would have never agreeded to this ad at all. Sure it offers a message but only ron paul can deliver the message not an actor.

We are fighting lack of tv time and few people are aware of him as they are with Rudy or McCain. So when an add is posted it needs to have Ron Paul in the add. People need to connect with humble and honest answer and this actor did not offer pauls connection with the people at all.

All future ads need to have the man in it delivering his own message.... Thats it period!

Posted by: Darel | December 10, 2007 9:35 PM


Posted by: Tina | December 10, 2007 10:15 PM

Michael: You said, "I'm a Ron Paul supporter. This radio ad confuses me. If Ron will get rid of the IRS why would we need any tax deductions?"

You make a great point because this is where one of Ron's ideas for "transition" pops up. He understands that in order to get rid of the IRS, or any other department or federal function, he will need to get approval from Congress. That's how it works. Either way something needs to be done while he's out there negotiating and this is just one of them.

Posted by: Anonymous | December 10, 2007 10:21 PM

James Torrence stated: "Being "smart" or "right" doesn't make Paul electable."

Actually, it makes him just as electable as any other candidate is at the moment. If you look back as past elections in this country then you will readily see that there are numerous occasions where the man elected was the very one that was not electable.

Many say, as though they have a corner on prognostication in such matters, that Ron Paul will never be elected. I have to ask what would they base their predictions on? Is it their own track record in making such past predictions in previous elections. If so, then was is their success rate on such predictions?

If they are so good at such predictions then they should state clearly who will be the next president, it is only logical that if they can, with such confidence, predict that Ron Paul is not electable, then surely they know who will be elected as president.

Cynicism is rampant in this country, along with the constant din of media induced opinion however, none, thankfully, are clairvoyant.

Posted by: Anonymous | December 10, 2007 10:24 PM

So I'm reading this article, and to the right is this HUGE ad for the F-22 Raptor. Lockhead Martin-Boeing-Pratt&Whitney. 360 degree battle space awareness is here.

How much more blatant does the Military-Industrial complex have to be? It's our hard-earned tax dollars at work. Sending our brothers, sisters, husbands, wives, fathers & mothers into harms way when they should be here protecting our borders.

Thanks, WashPo, for giving such an easy in, and letting the people here know where you stand.


VOTE FOR RON PAUL. BRING HOME THE TROOPS. LET LOCKHEAD MARTIN et al figure out another way to make tons of valueless currency.


Posted by: Paul H | December 10, 2007 10:34 PM

The only human being that can save this nation is Ron Paul. Anyone with an IQ over 50 should be able to see that.

Posted by: david10 | December 10, 2007 10:54 PM


This is ground Zero in the Ron Paul information war!

Posted by: jack5 | December 10, 2007 11:10 PM

Hey, Jack:


Who has your vote in the coming election?

Posted by: Paul H | December 10, 2007 11:13 PM

Go Dr. Paul

Posted by: America Needs A Good Doctor! | December 11, 2007 2:02 AM

@ James Torrence

This is an election. We vote for people whose ideas we like. We are SICK OF AND REJECT your jerk-off notions of "elect-ability" and how he appears.

We are done with the phony acts. We are done with the wars. We are done being paid in fake money tat is INFLATING. We the people want our country back.


Posted by: Mick Russom | December 11, 2007 2:34 AM

It is so sad that being "smart" and "right" isn't enough for someone to garner a vote...especially when the rest of the field is consistently "dumb" and "wrong". It is that kind of thinking that would have stymied our Revolutionary break from England because the modern day thinking of the time said it was impossible to overcome them militarily....At least most people like this don't show up for the primaries....apathy might actually help this country for once.

Posted by: sad.... | December 11, 2007 3:29 AM

You mean we get to CHOOSE what doctor we want to take care of us? What a novel idea. Sounds like something all those long-hairs in the pictures signing that 'Declaration of Independence' thing would have supported.

Posted by: Tonewah | December 11, 2007 8:23 AM

I think it's reasonable to have tax deductions for health care until the income tax is eliminated. Once it is eliminated, people will be able to afford their health care anyway, so it's basically the same thing, but as one poster noted, a transition. I would like to see ads that are more clear. These assume people will research or that they have half a brain. Sadly, many Americans aren't very bright. If they were, they wouldn't have settled for this two party system all along.

Posted by: Nick | December 11, 2007 8:51 AM

Yeah, we need a tough-acting, swaggering wanna-be cowboy in office ... oh, wait we've already got one of those and look where it's gotten us.

Posted by: Tim_Ohio | December 11, 2007 9:29 AM

That guy in the video acts and sounds like a rapper. Would of been better with that deep voice dude from the lion king.

Posted by: Thomas Wells | December 11, 2007 9:37 AM

Ron Paul wants to limit the scope of government and to disperse governmental power to the lowest level possible. He wants our democracy to be guided by the constitution. He has the correct foreign and domestic policies. He is not an isolationist; he just feels that United States should not try to be the world's policeman and that we should not enter into entangling alliances. Now that's real American, it is in keeping with our traditions, and it is the path to a safe and prosperous future.

Posted by: Mike Piper | December 11, 2007 12:24 PM

The most important thing about the Ron Paul Revolution, is that is not just about Ron Paul. It is about the message...FREEDOM. And Ron Paul, humble as he is, will be the first to admit to that. Those of us who are sick and tired of the corporate control, and manipulative mainstream media reporting, now have an honest candidate that for once in most of our lives we can get behind and do all we can to see that he gets elected. I for one am not about republican this or democrat that. All I want is the truth, and a candidate that tells it. All I need is a candidate that I KNOW cares about me, my family, my country, and our future. Not someone that will drag us deeper into the global agenda, driving our country deeper into debt with the world banksters. Not someone that would increase taxes to fund socialistic programs that only benefit the mega corporations of insurance companies and big pharma drug companies. America needs a man that will follow his oath to defend the constitution, not continue to destroy it, or drag us into there (unconstitutional without congressional declaration) war. And will halt the planned North American Union where our constitution would become null and void. Give me LIBERTY. Give me RON PAUL!!!

Posted by: countsueulaw | December 11, 2007 1:00 PM

Surprised no one Stumbled this piece...until I just did.

StumbleUpon is another tool we can use to get the word out!

Posted by: Derek Anderson | December 11, 2007 1:59 PM

Ron Paul Can Win: BIG
The shared crystal ball, scientific polls, and information strategy says Ron Paul's campaign is a frivolous, quixotic, and impossible struggle. They're all wrong.

Posted by: Westmiller | December 11, 2007 2:00 PM

I have no idea why there needs to be so much spam...whe you guys have a chatroom. http://ronpaulchat.50webs.com

Posted by: Roger | December 11, 2007 3:17 PM

Join us in Vegas on December 16th for the Las Vegas Tea Party and Paul-A-Palooza.

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Posted by: LasVegas4DrPaul | December 11, 2007 5:15 PM

Say no to coporate fascism. Say no to Socialism. Say yes to freedom!! Say yes to Ron Paul

Posted by: sharkcity | December 11, 2007 5:16 PM

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A two part article on how current events outside the political process could elect Ron Paul as President.

Posted by: Ron Holland | December 11, 2007 7:13 PM

Ron Paul is the ONLY person running for President that understands a very important concept - WE are the employers and he wants to be the employee. For too long Americans have looked to elect the next leader, as if we are picking our next boss. Elected officials are public servants. Their job is not to control us and tell us what's best for our own lives. Their job is to serve us by actually understanding the job requirements and filling them. Which means understanding the document they swear an oath to - the Constitution.

Posted by: Pete Kay | December 11, 2007 10:43 PM

I just picked up on two great bumper sticker ideas at

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If space is a problem I can go with,

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My fellow Paulistas, find a local print shop to stamp some out for you

Posted by: Scrooge | December 12, 2007 1:59 AM

James Torrence:

"Those that have the money to throw at his campaign should focus on how to make him seem more like an actual leader... He needs to seem like the guy at the front of the room."

Hey, there's an idea. You know, maybe we should always have HUGE pictures of the current president on every single public building in the country.

Posted by: Tracker | December 12, 2007 1:04 PM

Someone wrote on their post "being smart or right does not make one electable" and that was their reasoning for not supporting Ron Paul.

I disagree with them. I believe when voting for a candidate those two reasons should play a huge part in the decision making process. When you are making one of the most important decisions as a U.S. citizen, and voting for one of the most important positions in the United States government, I sure hope & pray people aren't voting for a person because they have the best chances of winning, that thinking is wrong and quite frankly lacks integrity.

I am going to vote for the individual that has intellect, and will make the right choices that are best for our Country, and that best match my beliefs. Ron Paul is electable, and he will prevail, he has already. He has taken one individual in the United States, and has opened her (me) eyes to what this country has become. I am ex-military, and I never thought I would be so opposed to our government as it stands now with its over-spending, over-taxation, warmongering, illegal immigration out of control, along with catering to the socialists and their agendas. This all has to stop now. We have the best candidate for presidency standing before us now, and the man is Ron Paul. Please do your homework on him, he makes sense for our country and it's people, and it is all based on our Constitution. To me that is the electable, smart and the right way to vote.

Bless you Ron Paul, you have my vote and support. Don't forget the big donation Tea Party day, this Sunday Dec.16th.

Posted by: Tess, California | December 12, 2007 6:03 PM

Drink LiberTEA at the Teaparty, Dec 16, 2007. Drink it for the first time.

All other candidates DENY LIBERTY.

Ron Paul is the greatest candidate I've ever seen. Consistent for 30 years. No flip flops. We are done with WAR, we want a real currency, we want peace, we want the welfare-state for the military industrial complex to END, we want to fix America and stop policing the world and to stop the authoritarian oppression here NOW.

Posted by: mickrussom | December 13, 2007 6:39 AM

This commercial educates people about the real situation out there. Lets see the other candidates start doing that.

Posted by: American | December 16, 2007 3:38 PM

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