Source: Frances Martel / Mediaite
As his ascent grows increasingly questionable in light of scrutiny of his foreign policy stances and several-decade-old newsletters, it appears the questions about the latter have become inescapable for Rep. Ron Paul, even from garden variety political enthusiasts. Rep. Paul appeared today on Iowa’s WHO-AM with hostJan Mickelson and had to confront repeated questions on how it was possible for him not to know the content of his newsletter.
The caller initially asked, simply, how confident Rep. Paul was that the newsletters– not released while Rep. Paul was in Congress, but in the interim between his initial term and today– were representative of his views on “on taxes, on monetary policy, the Second Amendment, the Tenth Amendment, all the things that you hold dear?” The caller appeared more interested in the conspiracies about those topics in the newsletters than the racist rhetoric, of which Rep. Paul has answered questions about repeatedly. Perhaps because of this, Rep. Paul gave a lengthy answer, admitting that he wrote “a certain portion of them” on economics. He then explained:
“This was in between, it would be an investment letter. This would be material that I would turn in, and it would become part of the letter. But there were many times when I didn’t edit the whole letter, and things got put in. And I didn’t even really become aware of the details of that until many years later when somebody else called and said, you know what was in it? But these were sentences that were put in, a total of eight or ten sentences, and it was bad stuff. It wasn’t a reflection of my views at all. So it got in the letter, I thought it was terrible, it was tragic, you know and I had some responsibility for it, because name went on the letter. But I was not an editor. I’m like a publisher.”
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