Statecraft Roundup: PAC for Paul asks voters to avoid ‘plastic' candidates

Statecraft Roundup: PAC for Paul asks voters to avoid ‘plastic' candidates

By Josh Furlong | Posted - Sep. 12, 2011 at 4:04 p.m.



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SALT LAKE CITY -- A PAC supporting Rep. Ron Paul for president recently released an ad attacking the former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and Texas Gov. Rick Perry as "plastic" men who are not for the people of America.

The ad asked voters to support a candidate that had the answers to the plaguing questions facing the country, not "this pretty boy or that pretty boy," which was a reference to GOP front-runners Perry and Romney.

Attacking Romney and Perry on their record, the ad describes the candidates' platform: "Mitt Romney, who was praised by Barack Obama for his Massachusetts health care program or Rick Perry, who applauded Hilary's health care plan and forced young girls in Texas to get treated with an STD vaccine."

The ad continues by contrasting the "media darlings" against a candidate that "can do better," saying: "How about a man that gives us the truth, not a bunch of rehearsed answers; who saw the housing collapse coming when other candidates were oblivious; and who's devotion to freedom and the Constitution no other candidate can touch."

"Only Ron Paul listens to our Founding Fathers, who warned that constant war means debt, taxes and the destruction of the Republic," the ad continues. "Everything that Ron Paul has predicted is coming true. We need the teacher, not the student; a man of integrity, not a shield for the bankers; a statesman, not a plastic man; for jobs, for prosperity, for freedom."

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Ron Paul continues to attract a huge following, slowly increasing in the national polls and moving ahead of Rep. Michele Bachmann. However, Paul still trails by a drastic margin to both Perry and Romney. But polling at this point is still early to project a GOP nominee.

Related political news:

  • Former Republican presidential candidate and former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty announced Monday he would endorse Mitt Romney for his bid at the White House. Criticizing President Barack Obama's record for creating jobs and stimulating the economy, Pawlenty said Romney was the answer to fix the economy.

    "Fortunately, America may get a second chance: Mitt Romney is running for president, and I am proud to endorse him," Pawlenty wrote. "Alone among the contender, he possess the unique qualifications to confront and master our severe economic predicament. His abiding faith in our country's exceptional historical position as a beacon of freedom will make him the most important leader in a world that depends upon a strong America to stay at peace."
  • Mitt Romney's campaign announced Monday his endorsement of Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch in his battle for re- election. Hatch said he is "deeply humbled by Mitt's support. He is a man I deeply admire and whom I know would lead our nation out of the economic mess we are in today."
  • Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman continues to rely on the Florida primary, saying it is "critically important" to his campaign success.

    "Somewhere between Orlando and Tampa, the great I-4 corridor, there's gonna be a lot of important campaigning, a lot of connecting with the people of Florida, and ultimately I believe the decision made that will determine the next nominee of the Republican Party, and I do believe the next president of the United States," Huntsman said. Huntsman, who's campaign is barely making a mark in the polls, has based his presidential campaign in Florida, establishing his headquarters in Orlando because his wife is from the area.

Email: jfurlong@ksl.com

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