Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty isn't the only GOP presidential candidate who can make epic, movie-style campaign ads. 

Texas Congressman Ron Paul's new ad is out -- and it's straight out of an action flick. 

True to Paul's independent streak, the ad criticizes both Democrats and Republicans for letting the nation spend like a slots machine-addict. 

But more than anything, it paints Paul as a fiscal conservative superhero -- the kind it says the nation desperately needs right now. 

With news that Paul will not seek re-election to Congress (he's 75), I'm going to miss Paul's independent streak. Where the GOP zigged, he zagged. He was just as likely to criticize his fellow Republicans as he was the Democrats. He almost never compromised his core values and ended up influencing a whole generation of both Republicans and Democrats. 

He might never win the presidency, but many of his ideas will outlive his term in office.