Election 2008

Ron Paul Takes 'Moral Responsibilty' for Newsletters

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An editor from the New Republic uncovered racist and homophobic rants in newsletters published under Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul's name in the 80s and 90s. Paul's 2008 campaign manager, Jesse Benton, discusses the controversy with Alex Chadwick and addresses the future of the presidential contender's campaign.

"He did not approve what went out and he was very very shocked and very saddened to see what came out years later," says Benton. "He has assumed moral responsibility and says he should have been much more attentive regarding what was going on under his name."

Among other inflammatory comment, the newsletter charged that Dr. Martin Luther King was a pedophile.

"He was not aware that such small-minded things were going on ... he was traveling around the country speaking about personal freedom," Benton says.

If Paul does not prevail in the Republican primary, Benton says, he is not interested in a third-party candidacy.

"There are so many biases against a third-party run, you'd have to spend two-thirds of your time just getting on the ballot," Benton explains. "He's got no interest in some sort of quixotic type of candidacy. This is more than a candidacy; this is a movement that is growing."



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