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Paul campaign calls anti-Huntsman ad 'disgusting'

Published January 6, 2012 12:42 pm

This is an archived article that was published on sltrib.com in 2012, and information in the article may be outdated. It is provided only for personal research purposes and may not be reprinted.

Rep. Ron Paul's campaign manager said Friday that an anti-Jon Huntsman YouTube spot posted by an apparent Paul supporter is "disgusting" and called for it to be pulled from the Internet.

Huntsman's campaign had demanded that the Paul campaign condemn the video that features Huntsman speaking Chinese, questioning whether he is the "Manchurian candidate" and, most offensive to the Huntsman family, includes images of the former Utah governor with his adopted daughters, Gracie Mei who is Chinese and Asha, who is Indian.

"The ad is disgusting," Paul campaign manager Jesse Benton told The Salt Lake Tribune on Friday. "Mr. Huntsman is a good family man just like Dr. Paul. Whoever put it up should remove it immediately."

Huntsman, who served as the U.S. ambassador to China, called the video "stupid" during a campaign stop in Concord, N.H. on Friday morning.

"If somebody wants to poke fun of me for speaking Chinese, that's OK," he continued. "What I object to is bringing forward pictures and videos of my adopted daughters and suggesting there is some sinister motive there."

The video remains online as of this posting.— Thomas BurrTwitter.com/thomaswburr