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Ron Paul PAC to combat ‘racist claims’ in new Web ad

A group advocating for presidential candidate Ron Paul called Revolution PAC will combat the charges of racism against the Texas Republican in an Internet advertisement next week.

Gary Franchi, the head of the political action committee, told The Daily that the Web ad will “put an end to these racist claims.”

“I don’t think it is fazing anybody,” Franchi said. “This is a cyclical history that is visible, based on past elections, and it (will be seen) as just a media ploy to try to get something to stick on the guy.”

{mosads}Paul has said that he only endorsed the investment portions of newsletters circulated in the 1980s and 1990s that were published under his name and occasionally contained conspiratorial, racist and homophobic content. Paul says he didn’t write the newsletters, didn’t read them at the time, and disavows them now.

Still, the Paul campaign seems to have been taken by surprise that the issue has resurfaced in this election cycle, as the newsletters were also an issue for the candidate during his 2008 campaign for the White House.

Following his sudden rise in the polls, Paul has become the center of increased media focus and attacks from his rivals.

Newt Gingrich called the newsletters “really nasty” and said Paul needs to “explain his own situation and how he could have had a decade of newsletters that had his name on it that he was apparently unaware of.”

Speaking with Fox News on Friday, Paul cited his record of fighting to end the drug war, which he says disproportionately targets minorities, and his work to highlight the disproportionate number of African-American men that are imprisoned in the United States.

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