Ed Koch: ‘Ron Paul is the perfect candidate for the bigots’

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Ed Koch. (Reid Pillifant)
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Ed Koch agrees with Newt Gingrich on Ron Paul, who is currently leading in the polls in Iowa. From an email blasted out just now by the former mayor:

Ron Paul is the perfect candidate for the bigots in this country. He is not like the racists who paraded in white sheets or the David Dukes who stated their allegiance to the ideas of Hitler. No, he is the affable avuncular relative with a twinkle in his eye and voice that doesn’t ever sound shrill, but more like that of your kindly and occasionally crotchety uncle. He doesn’t have to wear an armband or use a stretched arm salute, and you can be sure he regrets the revelation of the earlier hate writings in his newsletters.

It is incredible that a Republican candidate for president in the year 2012, supported by white supremacists, Jew haters and gay bashers, is a frontrunner in the upcoming Iowa caucus. The U.S. did itself proud in 2008 by electing an African-American for president. Our better angels prevailed four years ago in not allowing race to dominate our decision-making. Notwithstanding that Ron Paul is in the lead in Iowa, I believe Republicans will do what is morally right and reject him, and select one of the other Republican candidates.

To his enormous credit, Newt Gingrich has said of Ron Paul, as reported in The Times of December 28, that he “was a ‘protest’ candidate and that he could not vote for the congressman if he won the party’s nomination. In a television interview, Mr. Gingrich, the former House speaker, declared that Mr. Paul’s ‘views are totally outside the mainstream of virtually every decent American.’” I would hope that every other Republican candidate in the Iowa caucus would likewise state they would not vote for Paul if he were to win the Republican nomination.

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