That’s the goal his campaign has set, but he’s only raised $2.3 million so far. The goal for the end of October is $4 million, but it’s up in the air whether he can raise $1.7 million in just a little over 2 days, especially since he’s only raised the 2.3 in the last 29. Still, if RP has any shot of getting the votes he needs in Iowa, money is going to be a key factor.
NY Times writes about how RP is spending the $5.4 million he has on hand…
In the last two weeks, Mr. Paul â€” a Republican presidential candidate â€” has spent nearly a half-million dollars on radio advertisements in four early primary states, the first major media investment of his campaign. On Tuesday night, he will take a seat opposite Jay Leno.
And on Monday, a campaign spokesman said, he will roll out his first major television advertising campaign, spending $1.1 million on five new commercials to be shown in the New Hampshire market for the next six weeks. (In contrast, Rudolph W. Giuliani, the former mayor of New York and a rival for the Republican nomination, has yet to commit to any spending for television advertisements.)
Mr. Paulâ€™s commercials are intended to introduce him to voters in New Hampshire, where independents can vote in either primary and where a libertarian streak could give Mr. Paul a chance to translate his quirky popularity into votes.
That doesn’t even take into consideration the ads being run by supporters. For instance, here in Kansas City some individual has rented out billboards around town with Ron Paull 2008 messages. My grandmother even asked me the other day, “Who’s Ron Paul?” That was a watershed moment not only for me, but also the campaign because his name is getting out there and once people hear the freedom message, well, it’s tough to ignore.
Paul has also spent $430,000 on a new radio ad, which will run in New Hampshire, Iowa, South Carolina and Nevada. The 60-second ad, an appeal to New Hampshire independents, mentions Paulâ€™s name 11 times and focuses on conservative principles of spending, foreign policy and taxes and mentions â€œflip-floppingâ€ Republicans and Bill Clinton.
Sorry, but does that sound like a 3rd party candidate or what? I know, I know, he said he’s not running on 3rd party ticket or as an independent, but we all should collectively question that when he’s positioning himself against EVERYBODY.
Oh, and then here’s a parting shot today from the Club for Growth:
“While we give Ron Paul credit for his philosophical ideals, politicians have the responsibility of making progress, and often, Ron Paul votes against making progress because, in his mind, the progress is not perfect,” Mr. Toomey continued. “In these cases, although for very different reasons, Ron Paul is practically often aligned with the most left-wing Democrats, voting against important, albeit imperfect, pro-growth legislation. Ron Paul is, undoubtedly, ideologically committed to pro-growth limited-government policies, but his insistence on opposing all but the perfect means that under a Ron Paul presidency we might never get a chance to pursue the good too.”
Interesting. Progress not perfection. Would that be the bane of a Paul candidacy? Would he be easily dismissed as being the exact opposite of a pragmatist?