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December 21st, 2011
07:38 PM ET

Ron Paul gets testy during interview

CNN's Gloria Borger talks to presidential candidate Ron Paul about past newsletters seen as racist.

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  1. Mamdouh

    Yeah, but a HUGE front page + cont splash in local paper in 92, the FBI and hi opfrile state attorneys to be filing embezzlement charges against local ambulance workers for being paid. The FBI and attorneys knew very well that most 503(c) orgs (like hospitals) pay workers. Smell a rat? The paper didn't report that gas had been drained or battery cables cut on the amb. I got no answer from the AG, insisting a murder was planned. 5 days later, two children bled to death, no ambulance. News.

    April 5, 2012 at 11:27 am |
  2. Myron D.

    I consider myself an independent voter but if this is what CNN considers a balanced reporter, Gloria Borger, guys will never be considered a legit news agency! You mean you can't do better than her for a reporter? I've watched her for quite a while now....and I just turn her off when she speaks now and move to another channel.

    December 27, 2011 at 8:37 am |
  3. Idea Essence

    Gloria Borger is a propagandist and I strongly suggest everyone start putting videos all around the internet to expose her spin.

    December 26, 2011 at 8:53 am |
  4. Carol

    Why don't you show the FULL interview instead of your clipped version? He answered this question fully and politely several times before. The ditz just wouldn't let it rest and wouldn't accept his answer for THE answer!
    Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Albert Einstein

    December 25, 2011 at 5:59 pm |
  5. Perk

    A Ghost writer's perspective by Kathleen Gee writes on this topic as CNN reveals exactly what was said........and when you read what was said, it'll tick ya off. Ron Paul's competition will focus on what was said so racially uncalled for and it'll be blown up on every news channel just like Rev Wright. Ron Paul needs to sit down in a serious discussion about all this and go over each comment that's causing uproar before his competition does.Spin it and blow it up and take it all out of context ? You then understand why Ron Paul gets testy and it makes him mad but don't handle it like that or they'll chew you're pants off like sharks. The American people will read these racially driven,ugly,ghost writer comments and down Ron Paul will go in the polls.No he won't and we'll investigate it for true or false and so will CNN and they already are for objectivity.

    December 25, 2011 at 11:39 am |
  6. Perk

    Automatic signing machines and political ghost writer's attach themselves falsly to Ron Paul.Signature in auto-pen. How do you verify if it's auto-pen ? After Borger's interview CNN shared what the 22 year old writings revealed. I understand better where Gloria Borger was coming from . What is Gloria Borger worried about with Ron Paul and does she know something with her experience we don't ? Or is it just another politically nasty low blow that holds no truth or proof of facts to smear Congressman Paul for Borger's own political and personal interests ? How does Congressman Paul feel about these racially hateful and ugly comments written and after Gloria's coverage then they show us what each one of the documents says ? Why didn't CNN show what was said in these writings to begin coverage, so that we were all more clear in our understanding of what Mrs. Borger was talking about. Hoodlum comments from some sick political goof ball that attaches himself to Ron Paul and Paul has no glue who wrote it. I want to be able to feel Ron Paul's heart felt explanation and don't yet. He's got his message out that he didn't write it and that's loud and clear but let's hear your soulful response and feeling about each one of these racially disturbing and ugly comments. Tune into Ron Paul's reaction when each disturbing comment racially driven of concern is read to him for response.I hope that's what Borger was after and why Congressman Paul was in check. Still have questions on Borger's motives and journalistic objectivity. How do you feel about it Congressman Paul and read the racially nasty comments written to him for a response.Doens't matter how long ago these comments were written and there are millions of Americans that don't know Congressman Paul.

    December 25, 2011 at 10:34 am |
  7. rush

    Gloria Borger is a piece of work. What a crap interview with Ron Paul. When I sawthe original one it looked bad for Paul, But when I saw the whole thing he did a good job. Borger should be ashamed. She is a hack. No wonder CNN has removed the whole intervew!!

    December 25, 2011 at 1:22 am |
  8. Chana

    Dr. Paul answered Ms. Borger’s repeated questions three separate times, and he responded with "yes" when she asked if the question about the newsletters is legitimate. As captured in the full video, Ms. Borger ignored every straight answer and then put words in Dr. Paul's mouth, and that was dishonest.

    December 24, 2011 at 6:29 pm |
  9. Mr. Knapp

    The video they've used to show he's testy was highly edited. He answered her question numerous times, she even thanked him for answering the questions! They spoke at length, and talked about a few different subjects. They even edited part of his answer out.
    She was sending a message from Mr. Gingrich. She asked him if he would stop running negataive adds on Mr. Gingrich (why would any reporter ask that?). She gave him an opportunity to stop the hit, but Dr. Paul stuck to his guns and paid for it. She knows what she did was slimy, you can tell by her demeanor. The first politician to jump on that hit was Newt Gingrich, who worked for the same lobbying firm as her husband. She will get all of the access to Mr. Gingrich that she wants now, and if he wins, all the access she wants to the President. CNN's timing was machiavellian perfection, everyone will be talking about the racist old man with the family over the holiday. I'm hoping that he can overcome this as he did before, and I hope Mr. Blitzer makes this right because he's been fair to Dr. Paul in the past.

    December 24, 2011 at 6:36 am |
  10. JillAnne

    "The reporter from CNN who "interviewed" Paul, Gloria Borger, is married to a LANCE MORGAN. Mr. Morgan is the chief communications and crisis strategist for POWELL TATE. Powell Tate is a Washington D.C. firm that represents and lobbies for the very same MILITARY INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX flexing it's political influence in our foreign policy that Ron Paul wants to stop! This is a total conflict of interest! Her husband's firm includes overseeing a coalition to support congressional funds to U.S. Military contractors! She's profiting from the wars that Dr. Paul wants to end! She's got a lot to lose with a Paul presidency, to say the least."

    December 24, 2011 at 1:52 am |
    • Ariel

      Ron Paul's weirdo cult of eowlolfrs (Paulamites) believe in Bigfoot and Little Green Spacemen in UFO's. They are also known for being the 9-11 Truther Movement that thinks Bush blew up the WTC Towers and for being Birthers (believing Obama was born in some other country). Ron Paul is a nut case and he has no chance to ever win the GOP. Ron Paul supports Terrorist Acts against the USA. Anyone who votes for for Ron Paul is wasting their vote. Ron Paul is wrong for the USA. Let us all say Amen.

      April 5, 2012 at 8:02 am |
  11. Tony

    I think that this is journalism at its low. When reporting on Ron Pauls history it is immoral to simply do a hit piece on a war veteran.

    He was drafted & served as a doctor during a war. He also worked as a doctor as a civilian. Im assuming that Dr. Paul probably helped some non-whites during that time. A responsible journalist would report that information and not leave us to assume.

    December 23, 2011 at 1:02 pm |
  12. Patrick

    Gloria and Wolf, you just lost another viewer. Just when I thought CNN became the independent channel...I was disappointed again. I've never seen any of you questioning Obama about his connections...tells me who you are going to vote for. What happened with independent journalism...I guess I have to find another channel. So disappointed!

    December 23, 2011 at 8:15 am |
  13. mickey

    First let me sy that I am not a Ron Paul supporter, but after watching Gloria and Ron's interview and you saying Wolf " thoughs were tough questions, but had to be asked". I am wondering when you or Gloria is going to ask Obama about his citizenship, his college records, his s/s no from a state he never lived in, his connection to Bill Ayers, or Rev Wright, ect ectect. I believe you and Gloria are the most 2 hypocritical reports I have ever seen.

    December 22, 2011 at 8:04 pm |
    • Sixpak

      I'm no fan of his either. But glad to see him take action. Wolf says it was questions that needed to be asked ??? Get real from 18 or 20 years ago. I lost a lot of respect for CNN to try and push this nonsense. I wonder if Blitz or Gloria or any one there has changed there thinking from that long ago. Let the people decide who is best for what needs done today.
      Bad Business CNN. Shame on you.

      December 22, 2011 at 10:19 pm |
    • Deborah Baker

      You go, Mickey! Ron Paul made Gloria Borger look like the hack journalist she is, and yes, why don't CNN "journalists" ever ask Obama the tough questions?

      December 23, 2011 at 6:13 pm |
      • lps

        Deborah. I totally agree with you. CNN is so biased. They should just come out and say that they support Pres. Obama. and his efforts to be re-elected.

        December 26, 2011 at 5:58 pm |
  14. robert

    Have any of you ever wondered why the news agencies in the late 80's and early 90's never reported on this. Was not racism an issue then as it is now. Seeing this newsletter had a circulation of about 8000 I would say if they existed at least 1 would of been reported on. It makes me wonder if the newsletters that surfaced later could have been forged using the format of any of the real newsletters. After researching Dr Pauls postions on civil liberties which would benefit blacks and minorities more than whites using common sense I have to come to the conclusion he could not of wrote them or allowed them knowing to be wrote.
    Btw I am a black man who voted for obama who is looking for an alternative to vote for and am leaning towards Paul now because of my research pertaining to this issue

    December 22, 2011 at 6:53 pm |
  15. gabe

    BE OBJECTIVE CNN! Why don't you point out what Dr. Paul has been saying for the last 30 years about our drug laws and court system!? He points out that those laws, which the majority of politicians support, are bias againt blacks and other minorities. Question: Why would Dr. Paul endorse those racist ideas and then turn around and say he would pardon all blacks who were put in jail for non-violent drug crimes?

    December 22, 2011 at 6:05 pm |
  16. Griff

    "What happened to my short-cut Wolfi??? is CNN so frightened of competition; even it it is so old before your time????"

    December 22, 2011 at 5:43 pm |
  17. Mark B from Maine

    I'd be testy too if the valuable airtime I was accorded in the MSM was taken up by the same questions over and over again. How many times are you guys going to ask Mr Paul if he's running as a 3rd party (when he's polling tops for his party in Iowa), about the papers he didnt write 30 years ago or what candidate he's going to support if he doesn't get the nomination.
    What's relevant to me is the fact that we have one candidate running who's interested in restoring Constitutional principals. Even if the racism charge where true, Paul's all about protecting individual liberty. This the great equalizer that cares not what collective identity group you subscribe to. The Hotbutton issues and identity politics need to take a back seat this election. The Economy and protecting the bill of rights for all of us is far to important.
    Obama and all of the GOP people except Paul, are for the Patriot act, NDAA/ SOPA and other "un-american" policies. The checks and balances are being eroded. Does anyone else care?

    December 22, 2011 at 5:32 pm |
  18. Griff

    "They got their way?? The Shoe seems to have lost his footing!"

    December 22, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
  19. Steve Corbin

    Maybe cnn should disclose that the reporter is Jewish and her husband advises big government and big business types. And we know how they feel about Dr. Paul. How about doing a piece on the good Rev Sharpton and his verbal claims some twenty years ago involving a little black girl back east? He's made some vitriolic verbal comments about Jews, Mormons and gays also. And now he's a t.v. show host? And he offered advice to Dr. Paul on morning Joe this morning. What a joke, Your bias shows and is making a joke out of true journalism.

    December 22, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  20. Griff

    "What's going? Is Sunni's and Shiits! You will never understand the middle east for the simple reason the USA is only 200yrs old!!"

    December 22, 2011 at 5:12 pm |
  21. David Church

    This interview is a bad reflection on CNN. This seems more like the tactics used by TMZ or The Enquirer. Ron Paul answered this same question with Wolfe Blitzer directly. Why do you keep bringing up the same question, and this lady did so in the same interview. Something that took place DECADES ago in a newsletter done by volunteers. Ron Paul has stated several times he does NOT support those sentiments and he did NOT write or endorse those comments. I'm a big CNN fan, but Wolfe Blitzer is disgracing their integrity.

    December 22, 2011 at 5:04 pm |
  22. Denver

    Rather than the same line of questioning over and over ...and over, why not just replay all the clips you already have? Why not even ask some questions to dig some dirt about him taking all that money when in his medical practice or taking the over payment of for his services as a statesman during service or the pay at his retirement he intends to grab.
    Why not just face it, he is not the typical politician. Please, keep digging and let us know your findings. This one about the news letters has gotten old and driven into the ground to say the least.

    December 22, 2011 at 4:52 pm |
  23. Angry Marine Corporal

    wow this is why i stopped watching this network and all others like i years ago. get your news from a trusted alternative media source i wont say which one thats something you need to find out for your self. these attacks need to stop first the media runs out Hermen Cain. i was not a supporter of his by any mean but he was treated unfairly just like ron paul who has been dealing with this for years and years.. SHAME ON YOU CNN Gloria Borger and mainstream media.
    Angry Marine Corporal

    December 22, 2011 at 4:01 pm |
  24. Dave Sackett

    Dear Gloria,

    Isn't it a little dishonest to keep hounding Ron Paul about this stuff? Asking the question is fine. But isn't it true what Paul was saying, that CNN had asked him twice about it the day before? It's one thing if you're asking the question because you want an answer, but aren't you just asking him about it incessantly in order to manipulate people because you don't like him?

    Secondly, do you honestly believe that Ron Paul is some sort of racist? Is that the point of your question? I don't think anyone honestly believes he is a racist. There are a whole bunch of racists in the libertarian movement, especially back then. In high school in the late 90's a guy I knew introduced me to that sort of survalist type stuff, and I knew there were a lot of poorly educated racist white guys in it. Sure. Does Paul seem like that sort of guy? I just can't believe that you'd have held President Obama or President Clinton to that same standard. You don't have to agree with him. Just be fair about it and honest about why you don't like him, rather than trying to manipulate people through haranguing him on air about things he's answered so many times before.

    December 22, 2011 at 3:59 pm |
    • Dave Sackett

      Sorry let me amend that. But do you honestly believe Paul is a racist? Is Paul really that sort of a guy? But I doubt that is really what you think. Doesn't he seem too concerned about individual rights and liberty to be bothered by that stuff? And a million dollars from his newsletter? That sounds far-fetched. I think he'd retire if he made that sort of money from it. I know this is his weakest point. But I doubt that that reason you keep haranguing him about it is because his answer is unsatisfactory. He's not evading the questions. He just doesn't want to answer the same question every day. And on the same network!

      December 22, 2011 at 4:22 pm |
  25. Griff

    "All I know Wolfi, is this woman love it when Obama gets testy with her!"

    December 22, 2011 at 3:42 pm |
  26. Jeff

    Are you kidding me with this line of questioning? I've seen more than half a dozen clips in the last two weeks alone where this was brought up, and the answer has never changed. The desperation in the tone of questioning by CNN and other cable news networks is ridiculous and these supposed "journalists" should be flogged for their obvious attempt at character assasination. Dr Paul has a right to get testy about this. How many times can you be asked the same asinine question before you just stand up and walk out? Don't pretend to be on some high ground, Situation Room folks, you know what this is about... quit lying to yourself and the American people.

    December 22, 2011 at 3:19 pm |
  27. GD

    The reporter from CNN who "interviewed" Paul, Gloria Borger, is married to a LANCE MORGAN. Mr. Morgan is the chief communications and crisis strategist for POWELL TATE. Powell Tate is a Washington D.C. firm that represents and lobbies for the very same MILITARY INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX flexing it's political influence in our foreign policy that Ron Paul wants to stop!
    This is a total conflict of interest! Her husband's firm includes
    overseeing a coalition to support congressional funds to U.S. Military contractors! She's profiting from the wars that Dr. Paul wants to end!
    She's got a lot to lose with a Paul presidency, to say the least.

    December 22, 2011 at 3:18 pm |
    • Nate17

      Great Post! Those who oppose Ron Paul stand a lot to lose.

      December 22, 2011 at 10:41 pm |
  28. Dan

    I heard through the grapevine that Gloria is married to Lance Morgan of the firm Powell Tate. Gloria, would you care to respond? Its a legitimate question.

    December 22, 2011 at 3:18 pm |
  29. Jon

    Gloria Borger and her husband are lobbyist. She has an agenda to take care of. The media strategy has turned from pretend Paul doesn't exist, to a strategy of trying to find anything to discredit him. It is amazing how the MSM for the most part seems to forget about Gingrich's numerous ethics violations, flip-floping, and his infidelities. Ron Paul had to make a commercial to remind people of Newt's inconsistency on issues. Comedians like John Stewart and Bill Maher have become more credible than our biased mainstream media.

    December 22, 2011 at 3:11 pm |
  30. garry loper

    Gloria's husband is Lance Morgan, he works as communication director at Tate Powell. Tate Powell is a lobbying firm that represents defense contractors to Congress. She makes money from the wars Dr. Paul wants to end. Wolf, if your reporters have this much of a conflict of interest it reflects on your journalistic integrity.

    December 22, 2011 at 2:51 pm |
  31. Frank

    News is what is happening now. Ten years ago is history. And no it is not a legitimate question nor is it relevant. This is a reminder that major new sources are not interested in reporting news but grabbing headlines. This interview shows how Ron Paul is simply disappointing to the media. No drama, and the fact that he doesn't tolerate those who make a living creating drama is why he gets my support.

    December 22, 2011 at 2:35 pm |
  32. joshua west

    The reporter from CNN who "interviewed" Paul, Gloria Borger, is married to a LANCE MORGAN. Mr. Morgan is the chief communications and crisis strategist for POWELL TATE. Powell Tate is a Washington D.C. firm that represents and lobbies for the very same MILITARY INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX flexing it's political influence in our foreign policy that Ron Paul wants to stop! This is a total conflict of interest! Her husband's firm includes overseeing a coalition to support congressional funds to U.S. Military contractors! She's profiting from the wars that Dr. Paul wants to end! She's got a lot to lose with a Paul presidency, to say the least.

    December 22, 2011 at 2:32 pm |
  33. scott

    Gloria Borger – i hope to never see you on tv again.

    December 22, 2011 at 2:27 pm |
  34. Bob

    To me, the most interesting part of the interview was the fact that Ron Paul would be trying to protect someone if he is telling the truth when he says that he did not write the incendiary pieces and the he knows who did write them but will not identify that person.

    What is interesting is the question: Who is he trying to protect?

    What would be really interesting is if the answer to that question is: Rand.

    December 22, 2011 at 1:47 pm |
  35. eyes

    Gloria Borger is married to LANCE MORGAN. Lance is the chief communications and crisis strategist of POWELL TATE.Powell Tate is a D.C. firm that represents every part of the very same MILITARY INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX that Ron Paul wants to reduce. SURPRISE SURPRISE!

    December 22, 2011 at 1:08 pm |
  36. Mac

    Borger was badgering Dr Ron Paul by repeatedly asking the same question which he answered twice.
    She was trying to put words in his mouth this is the worst kind of journalism I would assume she would be fired.
    She knew the question had been asked by Wolfe and answered she knew it had been asked many times and answered for years.
    She used it like a weapon she would of water boarded Dr Paul if it was possible I am sure it will come back around to her.
    The clip looks like it was cut no telling how long this went on so after answering the question again he ended the interrogation. Go Ron Paul Please make a donation in her name to our next President Ron Paul.

    December 22, 2011 at 12:32 pm |
  37. j.a. mcquirty

    Gloria Borger is married to Lance Morgan, chief communications and crisis strategist of Powell Tate, a D.C. firm that represents every part of the very same military industrial complex that Ron Paul wants to reduce. So: naturally she (and CNN) are trying to take down Ron Paul with these warmed-over smears. Some very powerful, wealthy and brutal people stand to lose a lot of money if he becomes president, so its hardly surprising that their raking him over the coals.

    December 22, 2011 at 12:24 pm |
  38. John

    If this is considered "good journalism" Walter Conkite is turning over in his grave.

    Just as entertainment has devolved into reality tv "stars" and violent and graphic video games, journalism has devolved accordingly. What used to be bad behavior reserved for the lowest of the low, tabloids, is now what journalism has become. They only care about the simple headlines and search for the version of the truth that gets them headlines. If they can't simplify it to a headline or it doesn't match what they were told the truth needs to be to get ratings they keep on digging until it does.

    So Ms Borger, let Mr Cronkite be your guide to good journalism not TMZ or Entertainment Tonight. You are better than that. Next time you ask the same question 5 times like a low life paparazzi, ask yourself, what would Mr Cronkite do. Maybe then you will act like a good journalist doing her job.

    December 22, 2011 at 12:23 pm |
  39. Avi8or

    Astounding! CNN you never cease to amaze me. Where were you wonderful journalist with all of your need for the truth when vetting Barack Hussein Obama/Barry Soetoro? Where are you now on the campaigner and chief in regards to his Doctoral Thesis? His teaching of Sal Alinsky to college students? Where are you in regards to Obama’s relationship to George Soros (a man directly associated with bringing down the economies of at least 3 other countries, probably more)? CNN shows why so called journalists are now trusted less that used car salesmen, actors, and politicians… You should be ashamed of yourselves but, I know you are not.

    December 22, 2011 at 12:00 pm |
  40. Perk

    Play the part where Gloria tells I think it's John King lat night that Ron Paul is the anti-establisment candidate. Is that her opinion on behalf of CNN and American citizens ? Is that objective in journalism coverage or do you detect bias media in Gloria Borger's opinion after the interview with Ron Paul ?

    December 22, 2011 at 11:57 am |
  41. Jim Thomas

    I do not blame him for getting testy as there is more important things that need to be taken care of.He is coming out the winner so far.He wants to take care of business fist and formost and he is not on an ego trip like the rest.Jim Thomas Phoenix Az.

    December 22, 2011 at 11:47 am |
  42. gabe

    I am very disappointed in you CNN, because you know these Ron Paul newsletters are nonsense. You did a story on them back in 2008. If you really thought Ron Paul was a racist, then why have you interviewed him dozens of times since 2008? If he is such a racist, why did you feel it was important to get his thoughts on varying issues such as the debt limit, the FED, Obama assasinating US citizens, and other political news during the last 4 years?

    December 22, 2011 at 11:38 am |
  43. Larry in Houston

    Thank You Gloria – for doing your Job ! In addition, You are a Great Reporter ! I know a lot of people (incl. me) that look for Your comments in the situation room, and with John King ! You are probably one of the most professional News Reporters out there, and very knowledgable !

    Larry in Houston

    December 22, 2011 at 11:33 am |
  44. joe d

    Ron Paul has addressed this time and time again. This is made up gossip all to avoid the real issues..cnn has zero credibility. they supported drummed up lies about wmd's that led up to the war only and proves how bad cnn corporate news sucks and as far as Israel fault for 9/11, Ron Paul said it was our policies with the worst investment in U.S. history called Israel that brought us 9/11 and it totally true. we are less safer kissing Israel’s sphincter and it's disgusting how are 11% approved AIPAC traitors in congress pander and eat every piece of feces Israel drops but what did you expect from COPARATE OWNED CNN NEWS and Gloria Borger who is a Jew and wolf blizter who is also a Jew who worked for AIPAC .two pandering Israel first mouth pieces for israel. They have zero loyalty to true Americans..

    December 22, 2011 at 11:13 am |
  45. yoyo

    great comment joe..100% correct

    December 22, 2011 at 11:03 am |
  46. Frank Kastle

    Ron Paul is not a Racist. The NAACP President has come to his defense numerous upon numerous times and says he has known him for over 20 years!! He has answered that question 3 times within 36 hours TO CNN ALONE! WE SUPPORTERS NOTICED A RED FLAG! Ron Paul has praised Martin Luther King Jr. on numerous occasions on Civil Rights as a "HERO" and offered a $100 to help pay for Rosa Parks's Medal of Honor! Turns out Wolf Blitzer said "to reject Zionism is about as racist as you can get!" SO EVERYONE IS A RACIST IN HIS EYES! The over 11,000 Jews in Iran are racist apparently and over 200 million Americans are racist according to this bigoted philosophy. You all don't practice true journalism, you only practice corrupt and biased journalism that fits your false narrative! We can't even trust you all to tell the truth....

    December 22, 2011 at 10:53 am |
  47. Ben from UK

    I think its funnny that when they want to sully his name they have to dig up dirt from decades ago that doesnt even hold water, then when she gets a straight answer she flounders around trying to pin it on him... Ron Pauls record is impeccable by comparison to his opponents, shame on gloria and CNN

    December 22, 2011 at 10:25 am |
  48. Dave Millingham

    Gloria Borger is married to LANCE MORGAN. Lance is the chief communications and crisis strategist of POWELL TATE. Powell Tate is a D.C. firm that represents every part of the very same MILITARY INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX that Ron Paul wants to reduce!

    December 22, 2011 at 9:47 am |
    • wahyu

      I watched the deabte last night. I saw the interview with some of the audience. The interviewers asked them who was the biggest loser. They all said in unison Ron Paul. I think Ron Paul had the most intelligent and statements, although some of them veered off topic. He got his point across and the other candidates only stared at him with smug smiles. I think Ron Paul won the deabte. The audience who said he did not win clearly were biased from the beginning and never listened to Paul. But who cares about them? The bright side is that there for the first time since Barry Goldwater is a Republican Party Presidential nominee candidate who is a true honest to goodness Republican. He is making a point that yes, it is possible for the Republican Party to return to its roots. I'm voting in the Arizona Primary (absentee ballot) for Ron Paul. I don't expect him to be the Republican nominee. In that case, I will switch my party back to the Libertarian Party and work hard for the LP candidate.

      April 4, 2012 at 11:16 am |
  49. Michael Colon

    Dear Mr. Blitzer: The way you and this reporter harassed Dr. Paul is obnoxious and disgusting. You claim it is part of "the job", but in actuality, it is your way of influencing the republican candidates and how they appear to the American people. Dr. Paul has answered your question exhaustively, why don't you drop the subject and do some real reporting for a change.

    December 22, 2011 at 9:37 am |
  50. BlowtheBridge

    The MSM is reaching deep to assassinate Ron Pauls Character. He handled himself like the true statesman he is. Wake up CNN, there is no dirt on Ron Paul! R[̲̅ə̲̅٨̲̅٥̲̅٦̲̅]ution

    December 22, 2011 at 8:51 am |
  51. Kyfho Myoba

    This question has been beaten to death! Dr Paul is clearly not a racist, bigot or prejudiced in any way, in fact, the one time, ONE TIME he votes for something NOT explicitly authorized in Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution, it was to establish a federal holiday for Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr Paul has said many times that his among personal heroes are King, Rosa Parks, and Ghandi.

    The establishment is terrified that this man of principle might get elected, that's why the long knives are coming out. If this is the best they've got, they're right to be afraid, very afraid.

    December 22, 2011 at 7:29 am |
  52. David from RI

    Gloria I really do hate to be a critic – but you should be ashamed of that interview. Ron Paul supporters everywhere are greatly offended by your disservice to journalism. Your last comment about some "incendiary" remark made by Ron towards Israel years ago – shows your embarrassing bias against the congressman. Was that supposed to be related to the topic? But what is worse, is that if you actually acted like a journalist and did your homework – you would find (As have Barney Frank and many other well known Jews who really like Ron) that Ron Paul is a TRUE friend of Israel.

    Here is a legitimate question for you. Why have you not found one tape or one real record of Ron being racist. He has been in the public eye for over 30 years! It is just not him! And we are fighting hard to get the truth out.

    So do us a favor and please take your own advice: stop being incendiary.

    December 22, 2011 at 6:03 am |
  53. robert

    Gloria Borger is a complete idiot, She needs to be fired but I guess she has to listen to her higher ups which are clueless on getting their(CNN'S) ratings up, Has anyone seen CNN ratings, They are a disaster because they spew liberal hatred toward any candidate other than their LORD and SAVIOR of Government, Their Obama...........

    December 22, 2011 at 5:13 am |
  54. Nick from new orleans

    I can't believe she is on CNN. Does she do research? I'm getting tons of videos about that ignorant question all over youtube. He answered it sufficently. I suggest reporters do a better job reporting and getting information that matters. Gloria Borger should have been watching her own network yesterday to get the answer to that old question. She should apologize...period.

    December 22, 2011 at 3:30 am |
  55. nicole stallard

    Ron screwed up 20 years ago, this issue has been beaten to death. Yes we have racism in America, it is called the War on Drugs and Ron Paul is the only major candidate committed to ending it. He is the only candidate who cares about the bill of rights, including the precious 1st amendment which will probably be made extinct if we go to war with Iran. There are bigger issues, like the survival of our country. Respect your viewers and ask substantial questions, they deserve no less.

    December 22, 2011 at 2:36 am |
  56. Ardenwolfe

    Shame on you CNN. Don't spin doctor this. He did answer your question REPEATEDLY and you kept asking again and again. How many times do you want him to tell you his answer. He did. If that's the worse dirt you can find, you better be more respectful because he'll be the next president.

    Again, shameful and tactless spin doctoring.

    December 22, 2011 at 1:51 am |
  57. Ian Step

    I am so sick of the 'racist' and the 'third party candidate' question posed at this candidate. Is this the best CNN can do? CNN's coverage of Ron Paul is shameful. Reporters like Gloria Borger makes it clear the masters CNN serves.

    December 22, 2011 at 1:48 am |
  58. Ashley Bradford

    I do not think any journalist could stoop any lower than this woman. She is a piece of crap and not worthy of being on any media's payroll. What a waste of time. Enough already. When will the media get out of the gutter and cover the substance of the campaign. I have never heard any journalist talk about when the money comes from for these campaigns. Why not?

    December 22, 2011 at 1:44 am |
  59. Rick Reynolds

    I am not particularly a Paul supporter but Gloria made CNN look like a rating starved network. Believe it or not, people like real news and will listen without you sensationalizing things!

    December 22, 2011 at 1:33 am |
  60. Michael

    The lack of integrity on the part of Borger here is shameful. Paul answered her question, and answered the same question on CNN less than 24 hours prior to this interview. Rather than talking about policies, issues, or things that Paul actually said, she feels the need to dig up 15 year old accusations. Then after Paul answered her question, she repeated the question, I guess looking for a different answer? Paul obviously started to get angry because he already answered. Then as she persisted he just left. They say insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result, I guess Ron Paul just didn't see the point in speaking with a lunatic.

    Worse yet, she can't even get her facts straight. The business which published Paul's newsletter brought in $980,000 in INCOME, not PROFIT. We don't even know what his costs were, much less how much Paul actually took home, as he wasn't even a majority shareholder in the business, and the newsletters were not the only thing the business did.

    Good ol' CNN: When finding news is too hard, you make it.

    December 22, 2011 at 1:26 am |
  61. Charles

    I'm glad he did. He has been asked this time and time again and he has already answered these questions. He's tired of the media trying to play a game. When will they start asking the important questions that haven't been answered yet? Or that people really should look into, like about the Federal Reserve stealing from EVERY American? Ask about that CNN. You POS.

    December 22, 2011 at 1:13 am |
  62. Andrew

    What a lame attempt on the "journalist"'s part. Wonder what she got offered if she could somehow smear Dr. Paul.

    December 22, 2011 at 1:07 am |
  63. Jess from NY

    Gloria Borger is married to LANCE MORGAN. Lance is the chief communications and crisis strategist of POWELL TATE. Powell Tate is a D.C. firm that represents every part of the very same MILITARY INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX that Ron Paul wants to reduce! Perhaps she is just a tad biased?

    December 22, 2011 at 1:01 am |
  64. Brian

    I'm African-American and a Ron Paul supporter and I do not think Ron Paul is all. He's friends with Walter Williams, an African-American economist, and has said he'd like him to be on his cabinet. Gary Howard, his campaign press secretary, is African-American. Libertarianism and Racism are incompatible with one another. It's one thing to make an inquiry, but it becomes less legitimate and more disingenuous when CNN asks Paul the same question 3 times in 48 hours. He cannot do anything more than answer the question. Once it's answered move on. There's enough information available for intelligent people to see through this nonsense for what it is. The political and media establishment see Paul as a threat to their corruption and plutocratic takeover of the country and will do anything to demonize him. If this is all they got then people in the Paul camp can feel comfortable with their candidate. People are losing their jobs and their homes. Let's focus. Be smarter than this folks.

    December 22, 2011 at 1:00 am |
  65. Ceylor

    After today, I would rather watch static on TV than CNN. CNN has proved to be as corrupt as FOX.

    December 22, 2011 at 12:59 am |
  66. Alexander Bello from Hawaii

    She is a moron and deserves to be fired! "Its legitimate" just like your reporting skills...

    So your telling me that its ok to bring up False allegations from 20 years ago that have clearly be DEBUNKED plenty of times but never ask him on the real issues that matter? Mainstream media you fail once more...

    December 22, 2011 at 12:56 am |
  67. Josh

    I think he gave her a very clear answer, and I think most people would agree that the answer he gave was legitimate. The only thing she wanted from this interview was for him to say something to appease the ALMIGHTY MEDIA so she could twist his words and get a story out of it. You're finished media! You'refinished big government! I have so much more respect for Ron Paul after seeing this interview. RP2012!

    December 22, 2011 at 12:52 am |
  68. nader paul kucinich gravel mckinney baldwin ventura sheehan perot carter

    Real Racists use the poor and minorities as cannon fodder

    real racists keep the poor and minorities in Federal Prisons

    five very real dancing racists were arrested in NYC on 9-11

    December 22, 2011 at 12:42 am |
  69. Deus

    Ron Paul is the only candidate for BLACKS and HISPANICS, and you say he is racist? Where the hell did you come up with that statement? Which paper, what are you talking about? 20 years ago, some idiot's letter with his name on, so what?

    What about his policies NOW? Why don't you say, that he is THE ONLY CANDIDATE AGAINST WAR!!! that he is ONLY CANDIDATE FOR THE ECONOMY AND A SOUND MONETARY SYSTEM!!!! WHY? You should be FOR RON PAUL! you are CNN aren't you?

    But I tell you what: Now it is the time to be on the right side of history, so you have to make a choice as journalists. If you chose to be on the wrong side of history, AGAINST THE PEOPLE AND THE REPUBLIC OF THE USA, the PEOPLE WON'T FORGET IT! Always have that in mind, always! Whatever you are doing, you are doing it on purpose.

    December 22, 2011 at 12:39 am |
  70. Felipe Zanatta

    Yeah, she was hoping he killed a black in front of the cameras.. and drank his blood
    Wake up people... he's the only chance to change all this mess...

    December 22, 2011 at 12:31 am |
  71. ivykid

    Let’s make the smear backfire. We need to start a Ron’s Not Racist MONEY BOMB for ads that put a different light on his beliefs.

    December 22, 2011 at 12:25 am |
  72. Rock Anthony

    I am a black man (find my profile pic on Facebook). I do not believe Ron Paul is racist. I do believe, however, that Paul will make an excellent POTUS!

    I am offended and annoyed that the media keeps pressing Paul on this non-issue. Asked and answered already!

    December 22, 2011 at 12:21 am |
    • Rock Anthony

      Oh, I forgot. You may find me on Facebook as Rock Anthony Johnson. I am one of may African Americans that want to see Paul as the next POTUS!

      December 22, 2011 at 12:27 am |
  73. Jennifer

    He still could've handled this better. The way he responded to this, he looked overly defensive and should've kept his cool better. I love Ron Paul, but this gave me pause. His reaction, unfortunately, says a lot. And while I can understand the frustration of having something you believe to be settled dragged out over and over again, that's what happens when you run for President and you're doing very well and considered a top tier candidate. They are going to dig until they find something. Unfortunately, with this issue, there isn't any proof either way, just speculation...people will draw their own conclusions about whether or not he's lying. His reaction during this interview wasn't helpful in that regard, and I hope he will address this again soon so that he can show everyone that he's not afraid of the subject.

    December 22, 2011 at 12:12 am |
  74. JustanOguy

    Seems like the one really getting testy is a badgery reporter trying to find dirt where there is none.... Must be frustrating for a liberal reporter that can't find anything grimy on a Republican Candidate.

    December 22, 2011 at 12:04 am |
  75. Ben

    This question is answered but they keep trying to bring him down, he was right to walk out. Thank goodness most people get info off the internet rather then from networks spreading lies and rumors like this

    December 22, 2011 at 12:01 am |
  76. Kenny

    Ron Paul does not flip flop on issues like the others do. If he wasn't a racist 20 years ago or 10 years ago and he has given the same answer to the question 10000 times, why would Gloria think it would be any different in this interview. Very pathetic interview.

    December 21, 2011 at 11:37 pm |
  77. Jake

    Spin it CNN, Spin it and twist it until you lose all credibility and veiwers.

    December 21, 2011 at 11:31 pm |
  78. san san

    an important info I got in Internet: Gloria Borger is married to LANCE MORGAN. Lance is the chief communications and crisis strategist of POWELL TATE. Powell Tate is a D.C. firm that represents every part of the very same MILITARY INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX that Ron Paul wants to reduce!

    This is a total conflict of interest! Her husband's firm includes overseeing a coalition to support congressional funding to parts of the U.S. Military! All of these "journalists" seem to be profiting these wars!

    Please check yourself whether it is true!

    December 21, 2011 at 11:12 pm |
  79. Chace Daley

    There is simply no reason why CNN reporters would continue to inquire into this issue numerous times in a matter of days. Why didn't she just watch the tapes of his last two interviews on CNN in which he already addressed it. He's right to be annoyed. It's as if she did not prepare at all. Instead of asking him about the newsletters and whether he's going to run for a third-party candidacy (two question these bought journalists are apparently commanded to ask every interview), why not ask him about INTERESTING issues like immigration, education, european financial crisis, or even the Keystone pipeline? Dr. Paul is a thoughtful leader and an educator, and the people would like to hear his thoughts.

    December 21, 2011 at 11:07 pm |
  80. Dylan from ID

    I don't think any of the newspeople at CNN actually believe Ron is a racist, but CNN when you guys keep asking the question it leaves a negative frame-set in the mind of the viewer that Ron is a racist or you allude to the possibility that there is some credibility in the question when there isn't any. He has to keep responding to a bogus claims and to a lot of viewers that are not very smart get confused or comeway from your program misinformed or confused.

    Come on CNN be real its your job to get the story, report on it and inform the viewer not mislead them.

    December 21, 2011 at 10:54 pm |
  81. Brooke

    The man is NOT a racist. It's very clear these random articles from 20+ years ago are the ONLY small minute thing you can find wrong about him. You've asked him over...and over...and over...and he has said he didn't write them and he knows the one or two lines were not morally right. Please get over it and ask something else. Like why would mainstream media discredit the Iowa caucus's when they've always played a key role in Presidential races?

    You've now not only tried to discredit RP...but you've said the people's choice is irrelevant in Iowa...big no no to every mainstream media company.

    December 21, 2011 at 10:50 pm |
  82. CNN Supporter

    For many years CNN has been "My news channel" receiving hours of My attention each day. I have always been proud of the fact that CNN insisted on both perspectives (democrat & republican) on political issues. Today, to my dismay, I realized that my so called bipartisan news channel actually dangles on the GOP string. Like puppets doing there masters bidding as they report about editorial issues surrounding Ron Paul brought into the spotlight exclusively by CNN...not the other candidates. CNN Propaganda; Driven by fear and no different from any other news channel!

    December 21, 2011 at 10:35 pm |
  83. Joe Bob

    Gloria Borger and Wolf no longer act like journalists, just shills for the business as usual thugs. the question was answered 20 years ago and 100 times since, what is wrong with you people

    December 21, 2011 at 10:13 pm |
  84. Deborah

    CNN took phrases out of context, and trying to beat a worn out, long ago debunked story. The entire paragraph talked about how the governments's own war against drugs, among other things, made 95% of black males in DC categorized as criminals. The information came from the government, and was in the article.
    All of the out of context quotes being used, when put back into the paragraphs they came from, are clearly NOT racist. They were merely reports that were descriptive of the environment and speech of those times. In fact, the reports on the MSM networks and in newspapers were much more descriptive and strongly worded.
    This is a nonissue, other than the attempt by CNN and others to create a fiction.
    Ron Paul did not write them. He was a full time doctor. How many times must he repeat himself? Why doesn't the media read the entire paragraphs before they perpetrate the lies. CNN, you lost your credibility on this one.

    As to the ads, they are not negative. THey are truthful. They expose what the MSM, including CNN, should have been reporting about Gingrich. If it were up to me, those ads would skewer Gingrich a lot harder.

    RON PAUL 2012

    December 21, 2011 at 9:37 pm |
  85. Rick

    I don't blame him ! Its been answered over and over agin.Why not ask relevant questions about foreign ploicy,monetary policy or balancing the budget. No...CNN would rather foister the same old neocon dumb down campaign on the unsuspecting public.

    December 21, 2011 at 9:13 pm |
  86. Greg, Ontario

    Way to go Paul!!! I like Gloria but how many times to you have to answer the same question before journalists understand the answer and stop asking it? I would have done the same thing (take the mic off). This "it's my job and I have to ask" stuff is a load of crap. She was probably hoping he would act like Newt and blow up. Ron Paul seems to be the only one that wants to talk serious issues facing America "today". Gloria lost a lot of my respect today.

    December 21, 2011 at 9:00 pm |
  87. Jamie From Canada

    CNN is a joke. Gloria is a joke. Why don't you send her to go talk to Obama and ask her about the NDAA act. Kinda a tad more important then 22 year old news that was already answered 300 times. Your news network is down the toilet. The more you smear Ron, the more you piss off the people and make us ensure he's going to win this election.

    December 21, 2011 at 8:57 pm |
  88. Henry

    um no its not a question that needs to be answered, he's been answering it for over 10 years now, how would you feel if you were called a racist for over 10 years and werent? if you think he's such a racist why dont you go ask the NAACP austin president Nelson linder who has come out and said Ron Paul is not a racist? oh thats right, because it would undermine what you are trying to do.

    December 21, 2011 at 8:50 pm |
  89. Adam Reed

    Ron Paul must be asked: Have you found out who wrote the reprehensible blather that you published under your name in your newsletter? If he says yes: Who are they? Did you get them out of your life? Do you condemn them by name? If he says no: Why didn't you bother to find out? And how can Americans be sure that you will not appoint the same people, or other equally despicable bigots, to official positions of power in your administration?

    December 21, 2011 at 8:40 pm |
  90. Nancy from NC

    The thing I dislike about this whole thing is that 1. It is old news, has been hashed over many time. 2. Dr. Paul has already answered this again and again on ALL THE NEWS channels – so why keep asking him? How about the questions you do ask him? Will he run 3rd party? Or Will you back the REPUBLICAN CHOICE THAT THEY PICK because you have all said he has NO CHANCE of winning? I was not a Ron Paul supporter to begin with, but I started to notice who you "fair and balance" news reporters kept promoting as the FLAVOR of the WEEK. I do not have a College Degree from Harvard or some "elite College, but I have common sense and it did not take me long to see you guys for the type of news reporters you all really are. I should however thank you guys, you have opened my eyes and I have found truth in the debates and all news channel reporting that I am now a firm Ron Paul supporter. Truth will set you FREE.

    December 21, 2011 at 8:38 pm |
  91. Almighty

    Gets testy? Wouldn't you? Gloria Borger asked a question. Ron Paul answered it (like he has so many times before). Yet she kept badgering him. No new news here. If anyone looks cranky, it's Gloria Borger. I'm sure he has more to do than keep answering the same question over and over again, especially in the same interview with the same reporter.

    December 21, 2011 at 8:37 pm |
  92. Western Skier

    He answered your questioned for the 13th time, Ted Turner News.

    December 21, 2011 at 8:35 pm |
  93. Kristi, Massachusetts

    Now that Ron Paul is expected to win in Iowa, CNN is bringing up issues regarding race from newsletters that were NOT written by Ron Paul. He has stated that fact many times, but now he leads in the polls and could be the Republican against President Obama. Who's playing the race card now CNN? This appears to be an attempt to get minority voters to dislike Ron Paul and view him as a racist, leading these voters away from Ron Paul and towards President Obama. Ron Paul can beat Obama because his views are real and always make sense to the American people. That's what this country needs!

    December 21, 2011 at 8:34 pm |
  94. Jolly

    Dr. Ron Paul is NOT racist. The media IS corrupt and will do whatever they can to detour the Nation to him. He is a Man of great integrity, compassion and is fighting for our rights, liberty and freedom. Please America do your own research on candidates. Dr. Paul has addressed this on a number of occasions. I don't blame him for turning away from the question. If he has NO involvement of these accusations why should he have to answer. This is the best that the media can come up with to try to bring an HONEST Man down. He is the ONLY candidate who should be President of the United States. Google Ron Paul. Find your own answers. The media only airs, edits and broadcasts what they want. They are OWNed. They will try to choose who we should elect, vote into the White House. Be smart America. Here is a clip of Dr. Ron Paul he is clearly not what media is addressing. Don't fall for the BS.

    First they don't cover Dr. Ron Paul, they say he's unelectable, etc. He is soaring HIGH and America is waking up and doing their research. Dr. Ron Paul is NOT a flip-flopper. He is trustworthy and will change and restore America. Don't listen to the media. Please google Ben Swann on Reality Check and or YouTube for various coverage of candidates.

    December 21, 2011 at 8:30 pm |
  95. david

    Are any of his policies racist?

    December 21, 2011 at 8:28 pm |
  96. Justin

    That reporter was both rude and dense. He answered her questions like he answered them the million times before. It is evident she didn't care about the anser, she was trying to fluster him and get an emotional reaction to spin against him. She didn't want answers, she wanted to paint a picture regardless of what he said. If anyone knows anything about him and his policies.. They'd know that he has fought tooth and nail in favor of helping people, which is especially in favor of minorities. Theres plenty of evidence contrary to these old newsletters and that should be presented to counter the very biased and slanderous attacks.

    December 21, 2011 at 8:27 pm |
  97. Farhan from TX

    I guess the media/financial/govt establishment is finally getting scared of Paul after hes tying Gingrich in the Iowa polls... gotta dig dirt on Paul and start hastily spewing everything out. Heres the answer, Paul actually acknowledges blowback from CIA operations, even the CIA acknowledges it – the US going tooth and nail to prop up strongarm dictators in other countries as well as the Israeli military is obviously going to cause people to hate us. We need to stop these bull shi covert operations propping up and overthrowing any leader that doesnt like us, the world thinks the US is so ignorant because we don't even know what out own country is doing overseas (or even here) and we wonder why blowback occurs.

    December 21, 2011 at 8:14 pm |
  98. HeadTinkler

    Gloria trying to act like a Neuro Surgeon: She gets sooooooooooooooooooooooo Anal, with the need to be {Politically correct that she distorts the message of what Ron Paul or any politician is trying to say!!!!! People like her will cause people to stop watching CNN and start watching RT television to get at the real essence of what's happening in the world.

    December 21, 2011 at 8:14 pm |
    • san san

      Yes, you are right, because such this things, I begin to watch RT.

      December 21, 2011 at 11:15 pm |
  99. Mark Powell

    Yes, it is a legitimate question, but it has been asked and answered so many times that I have lost count. The answer remains the same every time it is asked, so enough already. Instead of wasting time chasing dirt that's not there, how about asking the good Doctor about monetary policy or individual know, things that MATTER.

    December 21, 2011 at 8:10 pm |
    • Kevin

      Amen. She even delusionally claims "its her job." WHAT GLORIA!?!??! Your job is to detract from serious issues and attempt to slander the squeakiest clean politician in how many decades? We demand that you address the issues. I doubt that you got into journalism to be a puppet. Get on with the things that actually matter.

      December 22, 2011 at 12:06 pm |
  100. Zach from PA

    I guess what I do not understand is why do you need to ask him over and over again? Do you think he is going to change his story? The media (including you CNN) seems to be digging for dirt but only scraping rock. When will you learn that Ron Paul is not like the others??

    December 21, 2011 at 7:52 pm |

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