January 10th, 2008
04:05 PM ET
10 years ago

Ron Paul '90s newsletters rant against blacks, gays

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.l.cnn.net/cnn/2008/POLITICS/01/10/paul.newsletters/art.essay.ronpaul.polreport.jpg caption=" This is a copy of one of the Ron Paul Political Report newsletters, which has stirred controversy."]WASHINGTON (CNN) - 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."

CNN recently obtained the newsletters - written in the 1990s and one from the late 1980s - after a report was published about their existence in the New Republic.

None of the newsletters CNN found says who wrote them, but each was published under Paul's name between his stints as a U.S. congressman from Texas.

Related video: Paul: 'I'm not a racist'

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- CNN's Brian Todd

Filed under: Ron Paul
soundoff (143 Responses)
  1. charlotte

    Twenty years ago we all said things we don't say today. Stir the pot, and you get a new chance to spoil the progress.

    January 11, 2008 08:38 am at 8:38 am |
  2. Fred, TN

    Don't let them stop us now! Peace, Prosperity, and Freedom. Go Ron Paul

    January 11, 2008 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  3. Richard, West Palm Beach, FL

    "This is like the most blatant, stupid LIE. "
    Even if it turned out to be a lie, this whole situation looks really bad for Ron Paul. Assuming it's a lie, how incompetent can Paul be to let newsletters go out in his name and have no idea what they say? His excuse is that a lot of people worked on it and he doesn't know who might have done it. This is not a new story. It is even worse that Paul has heard about this before and didn't care enough to find the guilty party and clear his name. When asked about it, his spokesman said that there would be no attempt to find who did it and that it was time to move on.

    Ron Paul's supporters may not care about it, but most people care enough about their own reputation and integrity to identify and expose people who nationally distribute lies about you. His embarssing refusal to try to clear his name indicates a logical possibility that he did indeed support those statements at the time, but has since changed his position.

    January 11, 2008 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  4. Anna





    January 11, 2008 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  5. BCOOL

    This article had perfect timing everyone is out to get RP

    Vote RP in 08

    January 11, 2008 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  6. Steve S

    It seems ironic that people are abandoning a candidate who has consistently opposed the historically oppressive, racist, and violent policies of government because of a newsletter which he clearly did not write. Since he has already addressed the issue in the past and taken responsibility for not better watching what got published in his name the only way this could be "news" today is because corporate news boards felt this time was best to gain attention and good ratings. Historically speaking, neither powerful government nor profit seeking corporations have acted for the equality of racial minorities. Perhaps a guy who opposes the coercive forces of war, opposes racist drug policies, opposes the same govt intrusion and spying on it citizens that was used against MLK , and opposes today's well fair systems that keep minorities in systematic poverty should not be so easily written off.

    January 11, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  7. G.H.

    These newsletter statements are disturbing, but I think Ron Paul has dealt with this honestly for years. I don't think anyone has ever claimed to have witnessed Paul making any actual statements that could be construed as racism. However, I have seen multiple televised comments by other candidates during this campaign that seem blatant. For instance, last night John McCain responded to a plan for middle east foriegn policy change by claiming that "they" are only interested in exporting birkas. I assume he was refering to muslims.

    January 11, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  8. Dean, New York

    When people have let the media change their minds, they've let the machine win.

    January 11, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  9. saul`

    Even more disturbing that these revelations is the refusal from the campaign to deal with this head on. This is not "old-news" for most of us out here and you will pardon us if the fact that it is "old-news" for some of you is not sufficient to put us at rest.

    I am a twice donor to the Ron Paul campaign and I find it extremely aggravating that the campaign is treating this as if there is nothing to explain. What has been put out so far does not qualify as an explanation - it is closer to an insult to people's intelligence. It is the kind of response I would expect from the White House. As if lending your name to nutjob writers for over a decade is just not so a big deal, Well, it is a big deal and no, we cannot just move on. No.

    Dr. Paul's refusal to capitulate on this matter is equivalent to George W. Bush's refusal to explain his wherabouts when he was supposed to be in the National Guard. Down to the response by hardcore supporters that there is nothing to explain. Please.

    If it were to be true that he indeed lent his name for over a decade and never once took the time to check in on what was being said, then he should drop out of the race today. If it were to be true that he ever had even a vague idea as to what being said and he allowed it to continue, then he should drop out of the race today. What are we left with?? I am desperate for an alternative scenario. RON PAUL CAMPAIGN, SPEAK NOW OR THIS GIG IS OVER!

    The principles that Dr. Paul is running on: liberty, small government, a sensible and affordable foreign policy, fiscal responsibility, respect for the Constitution, are the best hope for the Republic at this time in its history, and no other candidate has stood for this principles the way he has during this campaign. But this does not exempt him from having to explain when explanation is called for. Af of today, Dr. Paul is doing more damage than good to the principles of his campaign, by association if nothing else.

    January 11, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  10. Chris, Middletown, CT

    Two things wrong here...

    1 -Ron Paul was NEVER a Republican...always been a LIbertarian

    2 – The Democrats have convinced their supporters that Republicans are evil – when we are the only party running a moderate...Giuliani....

    Democrats....describe yourselves as "socially liberal and fiscally conservative"??? (join 70% of the US population) – all Democrats are socially liberal....but which are fiscally conservative?? (give up...none of them....their entitlement programs will cost us trillions....and they don't end....the war will end....)

    Make the moderate choice....vote the only moderate running GIULIANI

    January 11, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  11. CD

    Republicrats are what's wrong with the country–not Ron Paul. If you would take the time to look into this story (rather than listening to the blurb the "pundits"–who said Obama would win NH by 10 points) you would see Dr. Paul is not a racist. The sad thing is, because he challenges the status quo people think he is crazy or bad. What is crazy AND bad is continuing down the same course. Which, is exaclty what Romney, Thompson, Giuliani, Clinton, Edwards, McCain and Obama all offer.

    Why can't people see how the country is moving towards Socialism and we're letting the politicians have their way? Everyone saying that those who support Ron Paul are bad for America, those who support bigger, stronger government and less adherence to the Constitution are the ones who are bad for America.

    January 11, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  12. MARY, KATY ,TX

    I saw Ron Paul on the Bill Moyers Journal and the man is decent and caring and not at all the kind of person who would be racist. I also think he would make a great president. be he with whatever party , i am sick of partisan politics sick of republicans trying to scare people that democrats only care to raise your taxes and give flowers to those who would wish you harm. I am sick of people of the other party saying republicans are all racist , bible thumpers.
    can we talk about the real issues facing americans without trying to label those who disagree on how to fix the problems and work togeather for a good solution.
    Americans need health care more then insurance companies and drug companies need unprecedented profits.
    god help us what do we stand for as Americans? We have lost the high ground in the world.

    January 11, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  13. chaos45i

    To: Anna, I have been posting this since longer than Barack Obama has decided to run for president. No one is more to blame for me having to report this information more than Barack Obama as you know he is my Senator and still nothing has been done.

    January 11, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  14. pam Eugene OR

    I will not be voting for Ron Paul, never was. That being said I am sick and tired of the same old dirty tricks and smear tactics. Once we find out where this came from, I will not vote for that person either. When will you stupid dirty candidates realize we, the people do not want to hear this crap. No more dirty tricks. No more fake shows of emotion, not more finger pointing lies by Bill Clinton, no more talk about Mitts religion.
    I want to hear about the issues and the plans to fix things.
    From herw on out every time I see one of these backstabbing stories I will cross the person off my list who started the lie. I may be left with no one to vote for except possibly McCain or Obama but that's OK by me. All of you are making me sick with your he said she said bull. Please speak for yourselves and CNN and Faux please stop reporting on this bull. It is NOT news.
    There are so many issues this election and I would like to hear about them without the hate and dirty tricks. No more mud slinging.

    January 11, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  15. valerie summer

    I am just amazed that CNN has seemingly refused to print anything about Dr. Paul and what he stands for, but they will print this garbage when it is old information and the explanation is certainly plausible and believable. Just as bad as FOX! PAUL 2008 !!!!!!!

    January 11, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  16. chaos45i

    To: pam Eugene OR

    What information average Americans report should be not discounted. People such as myself reporting first hand knowledge of a candidate should never be put into the category of mudslinging or, a dirty tricks. Especailly when such reporting was being made on blogs before the subjects were even candidates. That is the case with Barack Obama. The truth is Barack Obama himself will not willingly tell America has been aware but has done about race discrimination against Americans in Illinois. If knowing there is a story that needs to be investigated bothers you blame your perspective candidate that is guilty and not the messengers that have the verifiable truth on there side.

    January 11, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  17. Jose Card - Independent

    CNN, a big establishment, is very afraid of what Dr. Ron Paul stands for so CNN won't post anything positive about Dr. Ron Paul. It's either racism or endorsement by chicken ranch brothel in Nevada.

    I saw Dr. Ron Paul's interview on PBS.
    Being a runner all his life and at his age, he can speak faster than I can.
    What's most impressive are his ideas. Nobody in today's politics can convince me in their sincerity, character and integrity more than Ron Paul can. He returns his House annual budget leftover to the Treasury every year. He respects your hard-earned money and your liberty.

    Dr. Ron Paul is running to serve, not for any ambition for power. He treats everybody the same. He wants to protect every American citizen's liberty.
    He was an OB-GYN doctor and all for legalizing prostitution and no taxes on tips.
    His intelligence shows through as common sense. I would say he has King Solomon's intelligence. Fair and square. He will bring about the real change for the better for us all.

    Hillary's so-called change is dwarfed by Ron Paul's in less than a second.
    She has yelled for change and I see nothing changed in her standing on issues.
    She is all superficial when it comes to change and experience.
    Check out


    and you will find lots of golden ideas for our nation.
    He is already a legacy for American history.

    January 11, 2008 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  18. Cody Harding

    Well, well, well.

    Google Ron Paul, find a white supremacist. How fitting.

    To every supporter who has defended him, and continues to defend him: Direct your boundless energy to something more productive. Use your money for something better.

    The truth is out. Now it's Ron Paul running for cover.

    January 16, 2008 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
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