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.