By Javier ManjarresIt seems that Republican Presidential candidate Ron Paul is now having a tough time addressing questions regarding the ‘racist’ newsletters that were penned under his name some 20 years ago. Yesterday, Paul took issue about being asked about the newsletters and stormed out of his live interview on CNN. Back in 2007, Ron Paul took heat about his purported ties to campaign supporters who had expressed racist views when he refused to return a $500 donation from white supremist Don Black of West Palm Beach, Florida. Congressman Paul is seen here posing for a picture with both Don and Derek Black, the latter of which won a seat on the Palm Beach Republican Executive Committee in 2009 but was later denied the seat shortly after because of his unapologetic racist beliefs.
Don Black, of West Palm Beach, recently made the donation, according to campaign filings. He runs a Web site called Stormfront with the motto, “White Pride World Wide.” The site welcomes postings to the “Stormfront White Nationalist Community.“-MSNBC
It’s common practice for candidates and elected officials to either refuse or give back donations from individuals who are, let’s just say, are not the most ‘kosher’ of citizens. For example, during the Bernie Madoff and Scott Rothstein ponzi schemes, most politicos gave back the donations received from these two individuals and their known conspirators who they were linked to. It has also been documented that politicos have also refused donations from convicted criminals, suspected terrorists, or even persons affiliated with organizations with possible terror ties, as former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani did when he refused a $10 million donation from a Saudi Prince who blamed the U.S. for the events on September 11, 2001.
So what gives with Paul? Wouldn’t it have been easier to give back the $500 bucks and call it a day? Instead, Paul took the money and ran. Back in 2007, Paul’s spokesman said, “that’s $500 less that this guy has to do whatever it is that he does.” This type of behavior, coupled with the refusal to answer questions regarding racist statements he is accused of making just adds to the speculation and rumors that Paul is anti-Semetic.
Here is the exchange Ron Paul had with a CNN Reporter, shortly before walking out of the interview:
GOP presidential candidate — and current leader in the Iowa polls — Ron Paul walked out on CNN reporter Gloria Borger Wednesday after she pressed him about racist newsletters sent under Paul’s name in the early 1990s.
Paul insisted that he never wrote them, read them only after they were sent out and disavows them.
When asked about the money he supposedly made off them, Paul said “I’d like to see that money.”
“It’s been going on 20 years that people have pestered me about this and CNN does it every single time,” he later added. “So when are you going to wear yourself out?”
When Borger maintained that she was asking legitimate questions because the newsletters were “incendiary,” Paul said it was also legitimate to accept his answers.He said it was only incendiary “because of people like you.”
As Borger continued, Paul took of his microphone and left. Read more on Newsmax.com:Ron Paul Walks Out on CNN Interview