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Ron Paul Again Denies Writing Anti-Gay Newsletters: VIDEO

RonpaulnewslettersRon Paul continues to take heat for the homophobic, racist newsletters sent in his name in the 1990s.

Asked about the inflammatory materials during an interview with ABC's Jack Tapper yesterday, Paul admitted he wrote parts of the letters - the economic bits - but insists he never penned the "bad sentences" that warned of a "coming race war" and of a "federal-homosexual cover-up on AIDS."

"I wrote a lot of part of the letter, and I’ve never said I didn’t. I wrote some of the — you know, the economic parts. I was not the editor. I was the publisher. And there were some very bad sentences put in. I did not write those. I did not review them," he said yesterday, before blaming the people who worked for him.

Tapper then wondered whether Paul's lack of oversight calls the presidential candidate's management into question. Paul had no choice but to say "yes."

"Well, yeah, I think so,” he said. "But nobody — I don’t think anybody in the world has been perfect on management, everybody that’s ever worked for them. So, yes, it’s a flaw. But I think it’s a human flaw.”

Watch video of Paul and Tapper's exchange, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Dr. Paul cured my apathy - he can cure yours too!
    Besides, he's the only one to oppose the policies that kill millions of innocent people overseas in undeclared wars.
    Think of him as the anti murder vote!

    Vote Vertebrate - Ron Paul 2012!

    Posted by: Louis Nardozi | Jan 2, 2012 1:33:43 PM


  2. This is getting so old. Judge Paul on what he says, has said, and has written. He has a number of books, there are tons of videos on youtube. The man is the antithesis of a racist. His views that we need to see each other as individuals with equal rights is what we need to put an end to all this. There is nothing but character assassination going on.

    Posted by: Susiejoe | Jan 2, 2012 1:40:43 PM


  3. Just for the record there are no more homophobic candidates than Santorum and Bachmann. Do some research for Gods sake !!

    BTW Santorum was named most corrupt politician 2005 & 2006 !

    Posted by: Robin | Jan 2, 2012 1:42:47 PM


  4. At least he's denying his (alleged) anti-gay views - every other republican candidate seems to be proud of theirs.

    Posted by: Craig | Jan 2, 2012 1:44:30 PM


  5. I haven't heard him denying his "alleged" anti-gay views. I've heard him denying that he's the one who wrote them, and acknowledging that he didn't review a newsletter sent out in his name, or ever making a peep about the anti-gay views of his ghost-writer until he got called on them.

    It may not be shocking. It may have been completely common and unremarkable at the time. It doesn't make him the anti-christ, it sure doesn't let him off the hook.

    Posted by: Lymis | Jan 2, 2012 1:56:09 PM


  6. I will take him at his word. Glenn Greenwald has a terrific article which encourages taking the Rethug party in Paul's direction. All the other candidates are, as the previous commenter noted, openly homophobic. They are also just as bad as Obama on human rights and civil liberties. They are, along with Obama, perfectly happy with a militaristic state and a phony drug war which leads to the unnecessary incarceration of hundreds of thousands of our citizens. While I oppose Pauls libertarian attitude toward social safety net programs, at least he is right on SOME of the issues, unlike the others spewed from the clown car on the right. He is the best option the Rethugs offer, and could potentially draw Obama closer to progressive values on these important issues.

    Posted by: candideinnc | Jan 2, 2012 2:02:49 PM


  7. why continue to smear the newsletters ..or Ron Paul for that matter. i've read alot of PDFs and every "Racist" charge is bs. taking a sentence here and a sentence there to race bait issues. "95% of the black males are criminals" thats some seriously racist stuff right? "What is laughing called the Justice Department has made it so 95% of Black Males in DC are criminals" the War on Drugs is the racist crap. the Justice Department allowing this to go on when every statistic and video tape shows institutional abuse makes Justice a Joke. Ron Paul is attacking the System not Black People.

    Posted by: Clyde | Jan 2, 2012 2:04:08 PM


  8. Kelly Clarkson, if you somehow haven't heard by now, has gained immediate and national attention, not to mention cd sales, gor her endorsement for Paul, in part because of his support for individual gay rights.

    Furthermore Dr. Paul delivered countless African-American infants for free back in the 80's. He also has long been an opponent of the War on Drugs and the death penalty in great part because of its disproportionate application to blacks and other minorities.

    Posted by: mike n. | Jan 2, 2012 2:04:35 PM


  9. He is a tool of the Koch brothers and a Mason.

    Posted by: David | Jan 2, 2012 2:10:37 PM


  10. I'm not normally this fed up by obvious lunacy, but I really can't wait for Paul to lose so the Paulbots can go away. It marks a truly annoying turn in the history of the Internet.

    Posted by: Nat | Jan 2, 2012 2:12:32 PM


  11. I'm not the type to spread political rumors, but I heard that Ron Paul was once friends with someone who attended the homophobic, racist, anti-semitic, and anti-Catholic church of Jeremiah Wright in Chicago. Do we really want someone like that as President?

    Posted by: Brent | Jan 2, 2012 2:24:37 PM


  12. I'm gonna take some time out from lurking and comment of this.

    Y'all need to stop calling people that see Ron Paul as a legitimate candidate brainwashed or whatever. That's silly. Even though I may not agree with many of his views, he is the only candidate that refuses to play the ridiculous pandering game that many politicians do.

    Here is a great article written by Glenn Greenwald that everyone should read. Doesn't matter which party you support. Read it.

    http://www.salon.com/2011/12/31/progressives_and_the_ron_paul_fallacies/

    Posted by: JJ | Jan 2, 2012 2:29:50 PM


  13. His candidacy should survive this time until at least SC. He's got money and some momentum, unlike 2008.

    Posted by: anon | Jan 2, 2012 2:34:37 PM


  14. @ Brent,

    If you're "not the type" to spread political rumors, why are you doing so? Or do I see a tongue-shaped bulge in your cheek? Otherwise, really? People are supposed to be responsible for what people, with whom they were once friends, do?

    Posted by: Chuck Mielke | Jan 2, 2012 2:40:08 PM


  15. Exactly how do we judge Paul on what he has written since he allows others to write on his behalf, which allows him to disavow anything years later.

    The truth is that Paul's absurd writings on AIDS were later printed in an ad his campaign ran in the New York Times. So some of the same crap in the newsletter appeared in a campaign ad. Or don't the campaign ads reflect his views either.

    The author of those newsletter worked closed with Paul. Paul knows that his co-editor (and Paul was listed as editor contrary to his current claims) Lew Rockwell wrote those things. Paul is still closely tied to Rockwell and his bigoted agenda. And Paul's campaign is Iowa is filled with the most bigoted anti-gay types around.

    He is still running around with the people who love the bigotry in his newsletters. Like most politicians Paul talks out of both sides of his mouth.

    Posted by: BLT | Jan 2, 2012 2:47:59 PM


  16. Never in the Republican Party's history has there been a more motley, disgusting group of scumbags running for president.
    "GO OBAMA GO! VOTE FOR OUR MAN OBAMA IN 2012!

    Posted by: Peter | Jan 2, 2012 2:54:02 PM


  17. Good to see lots of folks sticking-up for Ron Paul!

    Paul's Libertarian ideals are refreshing, and he panders less than other candidates.

    He needs to soften his ideals just a bit...certain aspects of interventionist foreign policy do make us safer at home - I'd rather see him proffer Reagan-esque "Peace-through-strength".

    And we are probably wealthy-enough to have some social safety nets.

    Unfortunately, the area where Paul DOES seem willing to compromise his Libertarian ideals is regarding social issues, with less-than-Libertarian stances on abortion (he does NOT think government should stay out of medical decisions) and gay rights (he does NOT seem passionate that government should ensure everyone's treated fairly/equally).

    And Paul does not stand a chance.

    My predictions:

    1. If Paul has the most delegates going into the Convention, expect a brokered convention, where just about anyone (Romney, Jeb Bush, Christie, or someone else) could get the nod.

    2. Almost regardless who wins the Republican nod, there will be 1-or-more 3rd-party candidates who garner significant support in the general election.

    My PERSONAL FAVORITE, Gary Johnson, already announced his 3rd-party candidacy. Gary Johnson has all the good qualities of Ron Paul, but Johnson is MUCH more mainstream.

    Posted by: Chris | Jan 2, 2012 2:57:20 PM


  18. Choose one: Fascism (Republican) or Marxism (Democrat). Liberty (Ron Paul).
    All the other's want to be KING!!!! Ron wants you to be King of your LIFE!;-))

    ;-)) Got My Vote!!! Dr. Paul 2012;-))
    I was a warmonger,voted straight Republican party ticket for 30 yrs! Eyes opened Now!!!!

    Posted by: netnut | Jan 2, 2012 3:09:22 PM


  19. "It should be clear that racism begins with a denial of individualism." Liberty Defined by Ron Paul - Chapter on Racism.

    Read it! Open your mind or let the media do your thinking for you.

    Posted by: jaran | Jan 2, 2012 3:11:14 PM


  20. "I was the publisher." Yes,sir. You were. And look what you published.

    Posted by: Tribute | Jan 2, 2012 3:16:10 PM


  21. @ NETNUT, and other Paul supporters:

    Give Gary Johnson a look. He's a proven leader (great NewMexico governor for 8 years before term limits prevented him from getting re-elected).

    Johnson is all the good parts of Ron Paul, without the bad parts. In a general election, Johnson is more electable than Paul.

    Posted by: Chris | Jan 2, 2012 3:31:50 PM


  22. Have you gays heard what Ron Paul wants to do? He actually thinks we should Stop the Wars, drastically cut Military Spending, Bring the troops home now, end the empire, and worry about solving America's problems instead of being the World's Policeman. What a kook job.

    Not only that, he wants to stop spending Billions in Foreign Aid, including the 7 billion dollars we send to Israel, our greatest ally, every year.

    Gay people would be meshugannah to support this guy.

    Posted by: Leon | Jan 2, 2012 3:43:00 PM


  23. So, we're supposed to believe that Ron Paul merely published a newsletter and harbored none of the racist and homophobic sentiments expressed therein. That mean he 1) didn't review what was headed to the press, 2) never actually read one of his newsletters, 3) never had a single one of the many good people he knows point out one of the bilious articles to him.

    It's one thing to suggest he didn't knowingly publish crap. It's quite another to say he never realized crap had been written. And what would it mean if he had been made aware after the fact and did nothing to keep it from happening again. Oh, and what about retractions?

    God, people really are fools.

    Posted by: BobN | Jan 2, 2012 4:07:04 PM


  24. This whole mess just shows to go ya that libertarians can be just as lazy thinkers as Democrats and Republicans.

    Libertarianism is a great philosophy. Ron Paul is the wrong candidate.

    Better luck next time, libertarians!

    Posted by: Ron Paul Is a Phony | Jan 2, 2012 4:39:28 PM


  25. I agree Gary Johnson is the best Republican to vote for if you must vote for a Republican. Obama leaves a lot to be desired, but he is way better then the reat of the clowns the Republican are running. When are the Republicans going to stop running a hate machine?

    Posted by: macmantoo | Jan 2, 2012 5:02:33 PM


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