Skip to comments.Ron Paul Backer Aims to Snag Travelers (full page US today Ad)
Posted on 11/21/2007 9:51:02 AM PST by traviskicks
Larry Lepard, a venture capitalist and Ron Paul supporter from Massachusetts, has shelled out about $85,000 of his own money to throw what he told U.S. News is a "small hard rock at a good target": a full-page ad supporting Paul that will run in tomorrow's edition of USA Todaythe nation's largest circulation daily newspaperon the busiest travel day of the year.
He noted that he bought a right-hand position in the newspaper's front section.
"I'm trying to get maximum bang for the buck," said Lepard, 50, a Republican who says his strong opposition to the Iraq war drove him to take out the ad. His firm, Equity Management Association, invests in emerging markets, he said, adding, "I'm good at spotting early trends." The ad, presented as an open letter from the country's Founding Fathers, was designed with the help of supporters on www.RonPaulForums.com, where Paul campaign activists hold their virtual gatherings.
"We think the message is beautiful and pure," said Lepard, who first met Paul nearly two decades ago at an economic conference in New York. "He's not the odds-on favorite, but people have come from relative obscurity before and done it."
This reminds me a bit of this full page ad taken out in the Washington Post during october of 2004.
What I am by George Esseff ( his cost = $104,655.60)
Both Paul and Huckabee are surging in the polls. In each case, this is a good thing. Huck has a good chance of taking down Romney. As Thompson falls in the polls, Paul will increasingly be the most viable limited government choice.
I’m afraid that ad is too much for the “thinker”. I’m not sure most people will really take the time to read and understand it. On the other hand, they are taking the time to read a newspaper in the first place.
I can’t find the point (in the ad) about Paul saying that 9/11 was our fault.
Why is that?
Another advantage of Huck’s rise for Paul is that Romney will have to divert resources from New Hampshire (a state where Paul is especially strong).
No...the guy who said 911 was our fault was Pat Robertson and he is supporting Rudy (who proudly embraces this support).
That’s actually a very well made ad. Too bad that Ron Paul thinks he’s worthy company of those great men, though.
Where’s the part about how Ron Paul thinks we should let terrorists strike first with a nuclear weapon? Or let tens of thousands die from a nerve gas strike?
Must be a simple oversight.
Where’s the part where I get a free cookie?
Ron Paul for the WIN! For Freedom and Liberty.
Great advert. The least I hope for is that this sort of grassroots activity will help popularize the concepts of liberty and limited government.
Anyone who thinks that islamic fascism isn’t a threat to national security and needs to be confronted by our Military forces is a fool. Thomas Jefferson certainly confronted it and he was one of the “Founding Fathers” Ron Paul likes to bring up all the time.
Please help me follow your reasoning: you are cheering a Big Government “conservative’s” (Huckabee) rise in the polls because it makes your Small Government candidate more attractive?
Hmmmm......Rudy’s guy says it was our fault because we are sinners. Rudy blames it on specific bad guys. I think Paul has a better explanation.
Huckabee scares me even more than Romney, I’m loosing more and more respect for so-called ‘evangelical’ ‘social conservative’ voters; they’d apparently destroy the economy and advance socialism just cuz someone was once a minister and is strong on social issues.
That would be a good start.
But as far as a political strategy, yea what you say may hold true, I don’t know. The race is completely up in the air at this point I think.
A simple matter of math. Huck's rise further splits the base of the pro-war candidates, and to a lesser extent, anti-liberty candidates. This leaves Paul alone as a uniquely different choice. A fragmented field provides the best opportunity for Paul to get coverage and serious attention because it makes it more difficult for the media and voters to dismiss him as bottom tier. It is now almost impossible to cut him out of the debates on that rationale.
Because Paul is leading Thompson and/or is tied with with McCain in several states, he increasingly has claim to the top tier. In fact, now the only truly bottom tier candidates are Tancredo and Hunter.
I see why others were cheering Huckabee on a few days ago. It’s a sort of Mutually Assured Destruction thing.
* Together we CAN change the world! *
Well, at least that part is believable.
ElRon’s dogmatic isolationism might change the world, all right. The United States very well might become a smoking nuclear crater, with what’s left ruled by Russia, China and Iran.
Oh boy. Three cheers for Elron.
Have you heard anything about a Dec 16th “Tea Party” in Strasbourg (at the European Parliament) being planned to protest excessive taxation and the loss of sovereignty under the EU?
Because of Huck’s rise, Romney seems to be totally frustrated and is getting desperate to stop the hemoraging. He just tacked back to the left by calling for 100 percent mandated insurance. I am glad that this is forcing him to show his true colors and expose the lie that he is for limited government.
Nice post, great ad.
‘I cant find the point (in the ad) about Paul saying that 9/11 was our fault.
Why is that?’
I just don’t see it as being a dominant strategy (in the game theory sense). It’s far too early for the Paul supporters to assume this will help their candidate.
DIdn’t know if you read this one or not.
As President he need Congress' assistance to keep such promises...Ain't going to happen
Isolationism, never worked, never will...Ain't going to happen
Becoming President...Ain't going to happen
Watching the Paul-bots eating crow next year...Priceless.
LOL! Killin' me...
” just dont see it as being a dominant strategy (in the game theory sense). Its far too early for the Paul supporters to assume this will help their candidate.”
Agree with you 1RB, and I don’t think Paul’s guys are eyeing it as much as Rudy, Thompson, Mitt and McCains guys are looking at this.
As Huck goes up, someone has to come down. In doing so, voters are going to split their candidates. I noticed on some earlier post that some Thompson guys are throwing in the towel and picking Mitt. By no means do I think they are Freepers, it was just the articles being posted.
Not good to be throwing in the towel before one vote has been cast so early in the game.
Could you tell me why you are against military action against Islamofacists? That’s a sincere question.
I aim to please.....and I really want a cookie.
Paul has spit on the vets of Korea, the vets of Vietnam, and the vets of Iraq by telling them their sacrifice was meaningless and unconstitutional.
As a Paul supporter, is that your position as well?
What’s that, any policy that doesn’t commit US troops to endless warfare in the Middle East?
Nice smear, but Ron Paul is actually suggesting that the US act to protect US interests. What a radical concept!
And no, it doesn’t mean sitting back if directly attacked.
>> Whats that, any policy that doesnt commit US troops to endless warfare in the Middle East?
No, “dogmatic isolationism” is ElRon’s policy of sticking his head up his arse and waiting for the incoming missiles.
>> Nice smear
Thanks for the kind words! But it’s not a smear, it’s the truth. And, anyway, ElRon provides the material, I just point it out.
>> it doesnt mean sitting back if directly attacked.
No, I’m sure that WHEN we’re attacked (because we CERTAINLY WILL BE with ElRon as POTUS), the little popcorn fart will get all indignant and immediately send some buccaneer ships armed with marques of reprisal off towards the horizon. The only (!) problem with that is, in this day and age waiting until we’re attacked will be TOO LATE.
And how can you be attacked, when W is doing such an effective job of sealing the southern border?
Since you mentioned borders, did you guys read the latest post on Irving Texas?
Apparently, the vets want to be “spit” on. Paul has received more money from them than any other candidate. Are you calling the Vets, who have already voted with their dollars, fools?
No, it is a loaded action and based on an untrue premise. I supported the Afghan war.
>> And how can you be attacked, when W is doing such an effective job of sealing the southern border?
The typical (il)logic of the typical ElRon supporter.
I don’t recall mentioning support of W at all, let alone his immigration policy.
They call that a straw man argument. By the way, it failed.
>> Paul has received more money from them than any other candidate.
Another RonBot scam, debunked many times.
“affiliated with military” DOES NOT mean active duty soldiers.
My goodness. Can’t y’all support your candidate without lying, spamming, and scamming at every turn?
Nevermind: I’m sure the answer is a a simple, “No, we can’t; without our lies, his performance would be even more miserable than it already is.”
This is not a slam against you. One thing I learned about campaign donation sites is that you can pretty much list any job you want to. I remember seeing so called local vets using their name and rank on John Kerry's campaign website. In the local phone book no such person lived at that address.
I asked a specific question, and I guess I have my answer in a weasely way.
You think that the sacrifice of vets in the Korean, Vietnam, and Iraq wars is all meaningless. Just wanted to be sure what Paul’s supporters believe.
So your idea is to continue running our military ragged fighting patches of terrorists throughout the Middle East, while our borders remain open and Muslims are emigrating here & becoming more belligerent at our way of life.
I prefer the Paul approach. Let these people stay where they are & kill each other, get rid of the foreign aid boondoggles, and stop meddling in these medieval hell-holes.
Let me know when you find the BS where he says this.