Ron Paul Newsletter Controversy

GOP contender faces tough questions about past statements labeled as racist.
2:26 | 12/26/11

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Politics your voice your vote the countdown is on. Seven days until the first votes cast them. After a holiday -- the candidates are flying back to Iowa for the home stretch just as a brand new nationwide poll. Shows Newt Gingrich with a razor thin three point lead over Mitt Romney. And in third Ron Paul who's facing tough questions tonight about those controversial newsletters from the ninety's bearing his name. And containing statements that have been labeled racist. ABC's Ron Claiborne is on that story tonight. Earmarks and here come the air wars both Rick Perry and Mitt Romney launched new TV ads today for the stretch run in Iowa -- the reason. Congress balancing budgets is desperately needed in Washington Newt Gingrich is preparing to put out a new round of his own TV ads but -- still reeling from that setback this past weekend. When he failed to qualify for the primary ballot in Virginia. Because he didn't have enough ballot petition signatures. There's no better illustration of the catch up that Newt is having to play organizationally. -- the fact in the state he's lived and now for many years. Virginia he cannot even get on the ballot. At the moment the Iowa -- is so bunched up that Gingrich Romney or Ron Paul could come out on top. We're working with seven days ago the candidate with the greatest momentum may be Paul the libertarian Texas congressman. But along with his rise -- facing increasing questions about that controversial newsletter in his name. Containing racist anti Semitic and anti -- -- In one -- authors suggest that 95%. Of black men in Washington DC are criminals. Paul's defense. I didn't -- to some solace. Those those messengers from whatever was written. So Natalie that's been twenty years ago and it's been rehashed many many times that danger here in these newsletters is that it makes you think he's more a full range. Political figure into it could lessen some of the support he asked from mainstream Republican. And new questions tonight about -- support by anti government survivalist white supremacist. And anti semite -- the New York Times that. He wouldn't be happy about their backing him but he refused to disavowed he said extremists -- support -- -- like what he says. But it doesn't mean that he endorses Diane. What they say. -- good to see in an active.

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