Ron Paul Walks Off CNN Interview
He gets irked over questions about old newsletters
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 21, 2011 7:17 PM CST
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(Newser) – Ron Paul had a testy interview with CNN today that he ended by unclipping his microphone and saying, "Goodbye" as Gloria Borger continued to pepper him with questions, reports Mediaite. The source of the friction was questions about political newsletters that went out under Paul's name about 20 years ago that had racist and homophobic sentiments. The issue has come up before, including during his 2008 run, and Paul seemed fed up with giving the same general response: "I didn’t write them. I didn’t read them at the time and I disavow them. That is your answer.”

The issue surfaced anew when the Weekly Standard wrote about the newsletters in its latest issue, notes the New York Times. (One of the more controversial quotes is from a 1992 newsletter about the Los Angeles riots: "Order was only restored in L.A. when it came time for the blacks to pick up their welfare checks.”) Paul contends that the newsletters went out under his name but that others did the writing and he didn't pay much attention to them. He reportedly made money off the publications, however, and that has kept the questions coming. Business Insider has a backgrounder on the whole issue here.

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Dec 22, 2011 1:34 PM CST
I'm not a Ron Paul supporter. but I can understand, especially after months of a tough campaign season, why he might be irritated with having to answer the same question over and over again -- especially, as he pointed out, since he had just answered the question of ANOTHER CNN interviewer the very day before THIS interview. If the media gets more information/data about this particular 22-year-old issue, perhaps another half dozen interviews about this subject would be in order. But to bring it up over and over again after he's already answered it just seems a bit like SLANTED, BIASED (surprise, surprise) journalism.
Dec 22, 2011 12:30 PM CST
Ummm...He didn't walk off? The interview already ended, she was just asking more questions afterward and he took off his mic to leave. They edited it to make it look part of the interview. Just another deceptive tactic to make him look him bad. He didn't walk off. They have nothing else to attack him for since his record is clean, so they resort to this. I won't be watching CNN from now on. The interviewer's personal background gives a hint as to why she kept asking the same question over and over again. He more than sufficiently answered, but she didn't like the answer she was getting. He didn't write those newsletters, and his words and actions prove he is not racist. His answers in debates prove he is not. ....I don't know why it's even brought up. It's a non-issue. Clearly the media is getting desperate. Ron Paul 2012!
Dec 22, 2011 12:04 PM CST
Seems like Ron Paul has a race problem: Ron Paul Says He Would Have Voted Against Civil Rights Act