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Ron Paul Predicted "Race War"

Tracy Bloom |
December 23, 2011 | 3:37 p.m. PST

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Ron Paul (photo by Shako Liu/Neon Tommy)
Ron Paul (photo by Shako Liu/Neon Tommy)
With his campaign gaining traction in Iowa, Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul is now facing increased scrutiny stemming from a group of controversial political and investment newsletters he released two decades ago. The latest controversy involves a direct-mail solicitation for Paul's newsletters that forecast a "coming race war in our big cities" and also warned that the government was engaged in a "federal-homosexual cover up" over AIDS.

Paul was also concerned that the U.S. government was using the newly redesigned federal currency to track Americans, and that the Federal Emergency Management Agency would try to suspend the Constitution during a falsely declared national emergency. 

The eight-page letter was written around 1993. It makes all kinds of dire predictions, including the bleak warning at the very beginning that wants the reader to know "you may not have much time left."

The letter urges readers to subscribe to his monthly newsletters, "Surviving the New Money," the "Ron Paul Investment Letter" and the "Ron Paul Political Report," so Paul could "tell you how you can save yourself and your family"  It was written in the first-person and has what appears to be the Texas congressman's signature at the bottom. (You can read the entire eight-page letter here.) 

Paul's campaign fired back, saying that the GOP presidential candidate did not write the advertising letter. Jesse Benton, Paul's campaign chairman, said in an email: "He did not write this item and they are not his thoughts."

However, Drew Ivers, Paul's Iowa chair, told Reuters earlier that the congressman took responsibility for the letter but did not likely "embrace" the letter's more extreme content. Benton later said that Ivers was not in a position to comment about the letters. "Drew Ivers is a great guy and leader, but he was not speaking on behalf of the campaign and is not acquainted enough with the issue to have the facts," Benton said.  

The revelation of the letter comes at a time when Paul is under fire for reports that his newsletters contained rants that were racist, anti-gay and anti-Israel. Paul has said that he disavows those writing, and that he didn't vet everything that was published in his newsletters. 

Paul reiterated that on  Fox News late Friday afternoon, telling Neil Cavuto: "I don't think anybody calls me racist. I think the charge, which could be a correct charge, is that I was pretty negligent as a publisher." 

The latest Iowa poll shows Paul narrowly leading Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich.

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