During an appearance Sunday on ABC's This Week, Republican candidate for president Texas Rep. Ron Paul hastily interjected before interviewer Jake Tapper could even finish asking about claims that the congressman supported conspiracy theories in regards to the September 11 attacks.
"TAPPER: One of your former close aides recently said that you, quote, 'engaged in conspiracy theories, including perhaps the 9/11 attacks were coordinated with the CIA, and that the Bush administration might have known about the attacks ahead of time.' So have you ever expressed in front of anyone…
PAUL: Now, wait, wait, wait, wait. Don’t — don’t go any further on that. That’s complete nonsense.
TAPPER: It’s nonsense?
PAUL: Just stop that.
TAPPER: Not true?
PAUL: Yeah, no. I did not — I never bought into that stuff. I never talked about it.
PAUL: About the conspiracy of Bush — of Bush knowing about this? No, no, come on. Come on. Let’s be reasonable.
PAUL: That’s just off-the-wall."
There have been questions raised in the past on whether Paul is sympathetic to so-called "9/11 Truthers," and conspiracy theories on the attacks. The latest claims came from former Paul staffer Eric Dondero, who accused Paul of engaging in 9/11 conspiracies, being Anti-Israel and an isolationist, among other allegations in a stunning post on Right Wing News last week.
CBS had reported that during a campaign stop last month, Paul said Bush administration officials were gleeful after the 9/11 attacks, for it gave the White House a pretext to invade Iraq.
"Just think of what happened after 9/11. Immediately before there was any assessment there was glee in the administration because now we can invade Iraq," CBS reports Paul told a group of mostly young backers in Iowa on December 8.
On Sunday, Paul appeared ardent in disassociating himself from any links to 9/11 conspiracy theorists. ABC Video: