Ron Paul: 'Ghost writers' wrote lurid claims

December 24, 2011 02:47

WASHINGTON - US Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul apologized on Friday for not paying enough attention to "ghost writers" he said were responsible for racist and anti-gay messages in newsletters and an ad published under his name two decades ago.

In a statement to Reuters, a spokesman for Paul continued to disavow the messages in the writings, but for the first time the Texas congressman's campaign said he should have done more to prevent them from being published.

Although widely viewed as a longshot to win the Republican nomination, Paul has led in recent polls in Iowa, where caucuses on Jan. 3 will kick off the contest to select a nominee to challenge President Barack Obama in the 2012 election.

Paul's statement came a day after Reuters reported that a direct-mail ad for Paul's political and investment newsletters - they were sent around 1993 and appeared to include Paul's signature at the end - warned of a "coming race war" and a "federal-homosexual cover-up" to play down the impact of AIDS.

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