Putting the Republican in Paul’s ‘Revolution’

By Ed O'Keefe

Dec 31, 2007 4:40pm

ABC News’ Z. Byron Wolf Reports: Republican politics in Iowa and New Hampshire demand a slightly different touch than the anti-war, anti-big government "Ron Paul Revolution" that has heretofore fueled the Texas Congressman and Republican presidential candidate’s buzz and fundraising, which is up to nearly $20 million since October.

Proof positive that anti-war, uncompromising libertarian Republicanism doesn’t necessarily sell where the first votes are cast is the glossy and highly produced new television ad Paul has bought time for in the waning days of campaigning in the early primary states.

The subject: immigration. The message: no amnesty.

The ad takes a hard right turn from the libertarian ant-war and anti-big government views that have gained Paul’s loyal Internet following.

Paul has certainly stepped up the production quality of his ads. This latest is a glossy, highly produced effort with animated graphics and music.

Instead of hearing about Paul’s opposition to the war in Iraq, voters and caucus goers in the early primary states will see black and white images of immigrants crossing the border illegally through rivers and over fences.
"For generations, Lady Liberty welcomed immigrants that came here legally, followed the rules and led productive lives. Today, illegal immigrants violate our borders and overwhelm our hospitals, schools and social services," intones a narrator.

"Ron Paul wants border security NOW," he declares, before naming a litany of conservative-sounding platform points that would have been at home in an ad for former candidate Rep. Tom Tancredo, R-Colo.

"Physically secure the border. No amnesty. No welfare to illegal aliens. End birthright citizenship. No more student visas from terrorist nations."

"Standing up for the rule of law," the narrator concludes: "Ron Paul for President."

This immigration ad follows another highly produced ad on how Paul will "defend America" by protecting the troops and disengaging the Armed Forces. It is a more traditionally Republican take than the "bring the troops home" platform that has endeared Paul to some.

While Paul continues to release paid advertising and has been stepping up his organizing in Iowa and New Hampshire as well as states with slightly later primaries like Michigan and South Carolina. 

Paul was off the trail Monday and will be off for New Year’s Day. He reappears in Iowa on January 2nd.

Read all the latest from the campaign trail — Iowa to the ABC News/Facebook/WMUR debates and onto New Hampshire — every morning in The Note.

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