Jamie Kirchick of The New Republic discusses a piece out on Friday alleging presidential candidate Ron Paul has a racist past.
Added: January 07, 2008
h/t: William S. Trammell
Ron Paul Statement on The New Republic Article Regarding Old Newsletters
In response to an article published by The New Republic, Ron Paul issued the following statement:
“The quotations in The New Republic article are not mine and do not represent what I believe or have ever believed. I have never uttered such words and denounce such small-minded thoughts.
“In fact, I have always agreed with Martin Luther King, Jr. that we should only be concerned with the content of a person’s character, not the color of their skin. As I stated on the floor of the U.S. House on April 20, 1999: ‘I rise in great respect for the courage and high ideals of Rosa Parks who stood steadfastly for the rights of individuals against unjust laws and oppressive governmental policies.’
“This story is old news and has been rehashed for over a decade. It’s once again being resurrected for obvious political reasons on the day of the New Hampshire primary.
“When I was out of Congress and practicing medicine full-time, a newsletter was published under my name that I did not edit. Several writers contributed to the product. For over a decade, I have publically taken moral responsibility for not paying closer attention to what went out under my name.”
Ron Paul 2008 Presidential Campaign Committee Jesse Benton, 703-248-9115
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New Republic Author Exposes Ron Paul’s Past Writings!
On the radio this evening John Gibson spoke with James Kirchick of the New Republic, who has examined Ron Paul’s writings over the years. He says there is a strain of extremism, racism, and possibly anti-Semitism.
Added: January 07, 2008
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