Ron Paul and Race Issues

The Ron Paul campaign provided a rather unique response to the $500 campaign donation from an alleged white supremacist:

By keeping a white supremacist’s $500 contribution, Republican presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul will be taking that money away from someone with “small ideologies” and using it to “spread the message of freedom,” Paul campaign spokesman Jesse Benton tells the Associated Press.

If supremacist Don Black thinks he can influence Paul, “he’s wasted his money,” Benton adds.

To add a little more irony to the story, the Republican presidential candidate has indicated that one of his potential running mates could end up being an African-American. From a Washington Post interview:

Sleuth: If you were to defy the polls and the odds and win the nomination, who would be your running mate?

Paul: Well, I don’t know, but if I won, you know, I’d want a recount. You know, lets be certain about what’s going on here.

But a running mate. Somebody like Walter Williams. Walter Williams is a very good economist.

In other words, Don Black’s $500 could become a factor in electing the first black Vice President in U.S. history.

The Ron Paul campaign button photograph comes courtesy of Pint Pundit.

28 Responses to “Ron Paul and Race Issues”

  1. Eric Dondero Says:

    Does Ron Paul realize that Walter Williams fiercely opposes his foreign policy? Williams is a diehard opponent of Islamo-Fascism. He’s a big support of both the War in Afghanistan and the War in Iraq, and says so quite regularly when he Co-Hosts Rush Limbaugh’s show every few months.

    One of two things is happening here. Either Paul is shifting his position a bit on the War in Iraq. Of course with polls showing now, the American public supporting the War, such a pragmatic shift is understandable. Hell, even John Murtha has switched his position.

    Or, Paul is completely ignorant of the fact that his proposed running mate Walter Williams is a Pro-Defense libertarian. Which doesn’t speak well of Paul’s political knowledge and accuemen.

  2. Eric Dondero Says:

    Stephen, I’m not so sure that it’s Americans of African descent that Don Black hates, but rather Jews.

    Now if Paul were to have mentioned Joe Lieberman or Howard Stern as a possible VP, then you’d have a point.

  3. Rudy Giuliani Says:

    1. I have yet to hear Dr. Williams speak anything about foreign policy. All his daily articles have to do with domestic policy. Plus, his good friend Dr. Sowell recently wrote an article condemning nation-building.
    2. I have no clue where you’re getting your polls from if you think public support of the war is increasing. You may have a point about it increasing from 25% to 30%, but that is far from a majority of the populous. Anyone who watching the election results for last years’ election could tell you that supporting the war is not politically beneficial.
    3. I personally doubt Paul would choose Dr. Williams anyway, though that would have nothing to do with the race issue. He would probably be better off if he were to choose someone with name recognition.

  4. Chris Says:

    Which doesn’t speak well of Paul’s political knowledge and accuemen.

    If so, then it says even less of Walter Williams’:

    Mr. Williams’ own ‘08 favorite is Rep. Ron Paul, Texas Republican and a 1988 Libertarian Party presidential nominee, who last month announced the formation of an exploratory committee. “If the framers of the Constitution were somehow to come back, Ron Paul is one of possibly only three people in Congress that they’d even talk to,” said Mr. Williams, adding that most politicians have a “generalized contempt” for the values of the Constitution.—Washington Times

  5. Preston Says:

    Williams is a monster. I once heard him on the radio say something about how people needed to start forcing criminals out of their neighborhoods at gunpoint. What the hell is that?

  6. Derek Says:

    I personally think Paul’s best picks for VP, shall he win the nomination, would be Gary Johnson or Mark Sanford.

  7. Eric Dondero Says:

    Where do I get my polling from?

    The Washington Post. Came out nearly two weeks ago. Found that support for the War has increased dramatically since September.

    Especially profound, was the finding on Republicans. GOPers increased their support for the War in Iraq from 54% back in Sept. to 77%.

    Apparently, you haven’t been reading MainstreamLibertarian.com. I’ve had a blurb and a link up on the story for two weeks now in the HEADLINES section.

  8. Eric Dondero Says:

    Preston, good point. I had forgotten about that.

    YES! Dr. Walter Williams is a touch-on-crime Pro-Death Penalty guy.

    Paul is weak on crime, and is fiercely opposed to the Death Penalty for any reason, including for child killers.

    I’m now starting to lean towards the “Ron Paul is politically inept” side of the argument.

  9. Tom Blanton Says:

    It has been quite sometime since the American public supported the war in Iraq and no polling shows otherwise.

    http://www.pollingreport.com/iraq.htm

  10. Eric Dondero Says:

    Contrary to Blanton’s idiotic statement here, RCP has been posting polling data for weeks now to the contrary, including the stunning Washington Post poll just released last week which showed a turnaround of the American electorate in support of the War.

    http://www.realclearpolitics.com

  11. G.E. Says:

    Reality is, if Ron Paul wins the nomination, he’s going to have to choose a conciliatory running mate. Either a liberal Republican or a more hawkish one. In fact, in a brokered convention, he may not even really get a choice.

    Williams is a bad choice because he’s 72. If Paul were really to have a choice, and wanted someone with something similar to his philosophy to carry the torch, he would want to choose someone who would be a lot younger than 80 in 2016.

    It is possible that Paul would be forced to take a liberal Republican or neocon in 2008, and then switch to a more appropriate choice in 2012. Even more likely, however, is that he would face a GOP challenge for his re-nomination.

  12. Anthony Distler Says:

    I normally don’t bash Eric Dondero…but, anyone who sees one poll and thinks it’s a nationwide turn around on the war REALLY needs a reality check.

  13. Dave Says:

    Tell me why is this news worthy? It was a “legal” donation and shouldn’t be compared to “illegal” donations that were made to other candidates like Hillary Clinton. Ron Paul should keep the money and spend it on his campaign which is anti-racist and for equality, liberty, prosperity, and world peace. You would do a bigger service to the voters by looking at how the other candidates are recieving immoral money from large international oil and drug companies, government contractors, and special interest groups.

  14. Tom Blanton Says:

    The poll Dondero refers to, but doesn’t link, indicates the following:

    Baseline judgments about the war are unchanged—six in 10 in the poll said the war is not worth fighting—but the public is somewhat more upbeat about progress in Iraq.

    But, don’t believe me, check it out here:

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/12/13/AR2007121301741_pf.html

    Now Dondero, will you ever stop lying? Or are you just plain stupid?

  15. Robert Milnes Says:

    This story was just on CNN.

  16. Kris Overstreet Says:

    Ron Paul claims not to endorse the Ku Kluckers’ agenda…

    ... but he appears quite happy to encourage their support.

  17. Eric Dondero Says:

    Blanton, that poll indicates that fully 77% of all Republicans now support the War in Iraq, that’s up from 54% back in September.

    The Pro-Defense Americans are now coming home to Bush and supporting the War. For the last couple years, they’ve been skeptical, thinking Bush was pretty much a PC wimp whose heart wasn’t really into fighting a real War on Islamo-Fascism. But with Patreaus that view is changing.

    I myself soured on Bush a year or so ago, particularly with that idiotic Port Dubai deal he backed. But these days I’m warming back up to him. He deserves enormous credit for sticking through this thing despite massive opposition.

    I still think his general instincts lean liberal on foreign policy with his “compassionate conservatism.” Witness the fact that he’s only used the term “Islamo-Fascism” ONE SINGLE TIME since 9/11. But maybe he’s getting a little better.

  18. Eric Dondero Says:

    Dave, Ron Paul has gotten a complete pass from the media on his fundraising efforts, and past campaign fundraising tactics. There are heavy rumors that Paul’s fundraising list of donors for this campaign include groups and individuals tied to Radical Islamists. But no reporters are looking into that.

    So long as Paul bashes Bush and the War, the liberal media not only give him a complete pass, but actively cheer him on.

    Similarly, there’s been no accounting WHATSOEVER!! of Paul’s 1988 and 1992 Presidential efforts and where all that money went too. A woman actually went to jail for 6 months for embezzlement in the 1988 Campaign. Made suspected at the time a much wider indictment of Paul’s fundraising team.

    Yet, I’ve not seen a single mention of that 1988 incident ANYWHERES IN THE MEDIA in the 10 months that Paul has been running.

    If that had been Giuliani or Romney, OH MY GOD! They would have ripped them to pieces over it. Looked into every nook and cranny and reported front page on ever tiny little aspect of the story.

  19. Tom Blanton Says:

    Dondero now says:

    “Blanton, that poll indicates that fully 77% of all Republicans now support the War in Iraq, that’s up from 54% back in September.”

    I’ll take that as an admission that Dondero lied when he said:

    “Of course with polls showing now, the American public supporting the War, such a pragmatic shift is understandable.”

    That is so because even an idiot should know that the “American public” does not consist entirely of Republicans.

    Dondero classifies as idiotic my statement:

    “It has been quite sometime since the American public supported the war in Iraq and no polling shows otherwise.”

    Even though the links I provided to PollingReport.Com and to the poll he cites indicate that statement is factual.

    So, is Dondero an idiot, a liar, or both?

    An opinion is a great thing to have, but when it is supported only by lies, it is less than worthless.

  20. Tom Blanton Says:

    Now Dondero claims:

    “There are heavy rumors that Paul’s fundraising list of donors for this campaign include groups and individuals tied to Radical Islamists.”

    Who would they be? Lew Rockwell?

    What are these “heavy” rumors and what is their source?

    Or, like most everything else, is Dondero making this crap up?

  21. Robert Milnes Says:

    Ron Paul on MTP today. Eric Dondero quoted.

  22. Jay Matthews Says:

    Tom B., don’t confuse Dondero with numbers. He is lousy at math.

    Hey Dondero, do you still think McCain is 73?

  23. Citizen1 Says:

    Ron Paul should pick someone like Jerome Corsi as his VP.

  24. Google Yahoo Says:

    Like hell.

    Corsi is a neocon warmonger.

  25. Trent Hill Says:

    Goldstein08/Google Yahoo

    Corsi is anti-war in Iraq and wants to avert nuclear holocaust with Iran. He advocates for non-interventionism. However, he IS a relatively new convert to this point of view.

  26. disinter Says:

    Ron Paul is also gay. Proof here:

    http://disinter.wordpress.com/2007/12/20/ron-pauls-proven-homosexual-tendencies/

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