Ron Paul, the Republican presidential candidate with a broad libertarian/contrarian streak, has never backed down from mixing it up with fellow Texan Rick Perry.
But in a newly released attack ad, Paul does the advertising equivalent of a body slam on the GOP presidential race’s latest flavor of the month: Newt Gingrich.
A hat tip goes to former Star Tribune colleague Eric Black, now with Minnpost.com, for pointing out the ad and its wow factor. Taking off the gloves doesn’t even begin to describe it.
Crony capitalism, hypocrisy, flip flops, ethics violations, the Ron Paul ad doesn’t miss a beat in attacking Gingrich, a former U.S. House speaker now surging in the polls.
The movie-trailer-like music playing in the background adds a nice ominous touch, as do the excerpts from Republican radio guru Rush Limbaugh.
The Paul ad sets the standard so far for 2012 campaign attack ads. Expect more over-the-top ads to top it soon as this hard-fought election really gets underway.
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Jill Burcum is a Star Tribune editorial writer.
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