In an apology for racist newsletters that went out under his name twenty years ago, GOP presidential hopeful Ron Paul’s campaign issued a statement on Friday acknowledging that Paul had been guilty of a “lack of oversight” and should have paid more attention to the “ghost writers” who were responsible for the distasteful articles.
According to Reuters, in addition to the newsletter, whose contents have been known and discussed for years, a direct-mail ad for the newsletter has now surfaced that warns about a “coming race war” and a “federal-homosexual cover-up” to play down the impact of AIDS. The ad was sent out over Paul’s signature in 1993, at a time when he was not a member of Congress..
“Dr. Paul did not write that solicitation,” Paul spokesman Jesse Benton wrote in an email on Friday. “It does not reflect his thoughts and is out of step with the message he has espoused for 40 years.”