By Quin Hillyer on 1.14.12 @ 1:20PM
It wasn't quite a full endorsement, but it sure sounds like Paul approved. Now I usually discount any meaning to Duke's announcements about who HE supports in any race, because a candidate cannot be held responsible for any idiot's decision to back him. That's why I ignored it when Duke announced he would vote for Ron Paul: It doesn't mean Paul supports Duke or that his views are Duke's, etcetera.
But as you can see from the first link, Duke was just returning the favor, or the near-favor, from Paul from 1990. When somebody pointed out this old Paul newsletter to me, I couldn't believe my eyes. But it's real. follow the links. Granted, carefully parsed, Paul is more defending the Duke voters in LA from the charge of racism than he is celebrating Duke's performance. But it's almost impossible to read Paul's newsletter, complete with exclamation points, without concluding that Paul thought Duke's strong vote count in the 1990 Senate race was a good thing. And there is nary a word actually condemning Duke's racist and anti-Semitic views, nor his by-then-established continuing ties with neo Nazis.