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Thursday, January 10, 2008

Ron Paul on CNN

Just saw Ron Paul on CNN defending himself against the newsletter charges. He was strong on proving he's not a racist and spent a lot of time attacking the drug war. But he was very weak on how he didn't know this stuff was going out under his name. He even said that he doesn't have any idea who wrote the articles and couldn't find out if he tried. Give me a break! And not helping matters, he often referred to black people as "the blacks". As in "the blacks are voting for me more than any other Republican candidate." And (paraphrasing) "I'm trying to stop the blacks from being persecuted by our drug law". Memo to Ron Paul: Don't say things like "the blacks" when defending yourself against racism. Especially when the words "the blacks" are in almost every sentence of the very newsletter articles you say you didn't write. And please stop with this unbelievable nonsense about not knowing who could have possibly wrote those articles. It makes you sound like a liar.

Here's the story on CNN.com:
A series of newsletters in the name of GOP presidential hopeful Ron Paul contain several racist remarks -- including one that says order was restored to Los Angeles after the 1992 riots when blacks went "to pick up their welfare checks."
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Paul spokesman Jesse Benton told CNN the material was not written by Paul, and that he finds them "abhorrent." CNN asked the presidential contender for a direct esponse. He is to appear on CNN's "The Situation Room" Thursday afternoon around 5 p.m. ET.

"I have publicly taken moral responsibility for not paying closer attention to what went out under my name," Paul said in a written statement.
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Benton maintains that the GOP presidential candidate doesn't know who wrote any of the newsletters. Asked if Paul would try to find out, his spokesman said, "No, what's the point? ... It's time to move on."
Uh, ok. If the Paul campaign is not going to take this issue seriously, then why should voters take him seriously?

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