Sunday, December 25, 2011
Reports that Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul stormed out of a CNN interview earlier this week seem to be dramatically over-exaggerated.
Raw footage of the Thursday interview shows that it lasted nearly ten minutes, which is not unusually brief on the campaign trail.
After discussing foreign policy, the payroll tax, negative advertisements, and super fund PACs, the interview concluded with three whole minutes of discussion on the issue of the incendiary racist and homophobic letters that were published in Mr Paul’s name in the Eighties and Nineties.
Initial news reports made it seem that Mr Paul recited his one line response- that he didn’t write the letters, that he didn’t read them until about a decade after they were published, and that he disavows them- and stormed off, tossing away his microphone and charging out.
The newly-released CNN footage shows something entirely different.
After fielding repeated questions about the controversial newsletters, Mr Paul began wrapping up the interview.