White separatist ran as Ron Paul delegate in Tenn.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A self-described white nationalist earned nearly 12,000 votes in Tennessee last month as a candidate to represent Ron Paul at the Republican National Convention.

Will Williams, who told The Associated Press he's "pro-white," was an early organizer for the Texas congressman's campaign in northeast Tennessee.

Williams, of Mountain City, said he had no direct contact with Paul about his views before he was approved by the campaign to join the slate of 21 statewide candidates to be convention delegates.

A campaign spokesman says officials didn't know of Williams' beliefs and that Paul wants nothing to do with him.

Paul came in fourth in Tennessee, and none of his state delegates will be seated at the convention in September.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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