Republican presidential hopeful Ron Paul is defending himself, saying he did not write a series of newsletters in the 1990s that featured slurs against homosexuals and African-Americans.
Newsletters bearing Ron Paul's name have been regularly published since the 1970s, with several including harsh statements toward minority groups, according to a 2008 piece by The New Republic. The question of whether Paul wrote the newsletters recently resurfaced, with many questioning if a lack of a byline was enough evidence to prove Paul did not pen the eyebrow-raising letters.
"Everybody knows I didn't write them," Paul said during a Tuesday campaign stop in New Hampshire. "It's not my sentiment, so it's sort of politics as usual."
The criticism comes just weeks before the Iowa caucuses, with Paul maintaining the position of a likely contender in the key state.