“The quotations in The New Republic article are not mine and do not represent what I believe or have ever believed. I have never uttered such words and denounce such small-minded thoughts.
“In fact, I have always agreed with Martin Luther King, Jr. that we should only be concerned with the content of a person’s character, not the color of their skin. As I stated on the floor of the U.S. House on April 20, 1999: ‘I rise in great respect for the courage and high ideals of Rosa Parks who stood steadfastly for the rights of individuals against unjust laws and oppressive governmental policies.’
“This story is old news and has been rehashed for over a decade. It’s once again being resurrected for obvious political reasons on the day of the New Hampshire primary.
“When I was out of Congress and practicing medicine full-time, a newsletter was published under my name that I did not edit. Several writers contributed to the product. For over a decade, I have publically [sic] taken moral responsibility for not paying closer attention to what went out under my name.”
(Note to the Paulites: You might want to spell-check your press releases.)
MORE: Dave Weigel interviews Paul and comes away unimpressed: “Paul’s position is basically that he wrote the newsletters he stands by and someone else wrote the stuff he has disowned.” (That press release came after Paul talked to Dave, though, and the last line of it actually can be read as disowning all the newsletters. Whether that total-disowning is plausible is another question.) Nick Gillespie is aghast, and wants to know who wrote this stuff and whether they still have any connection to Paul.