Get breaking news alerts via email

Click here to manage your alerts
Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speaks at a building supply store in Green Bay, Wis., Monday, April 2, 2012. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
Paul camp drops suit over anti-Huntsman YouTube clip
Politics » Attack labeled Huntsman a “Manchurian candidate.”
First Published Apr 02 2012 11:22 am • Last Updated Aug 05 2012 11:31 pm

Washington • Rep. Ron Paul’s presidential campaign has dropped a lawsuit against a YouTube user who posted an attack ad purporting to be from Paul and slamming former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman as a "Manchurian candidate."

In a court filing late last week, Paul’s campaign asked a federal judge to dismiss the suit that was filed shortly after the YouTube video made headlines for what Paul and Huntsman described as an offensive clip. It included images of Huntsman, a former ambassador to China, with his two adopted daughters.

At a glance

See the ad

To view the ad, go to http://tinyurl.com/6naqdtd

Join the Discussion
Post a Comment

Chief Magistrate Judge Maria-Elena James had twice rebuffed the Paul campaign’s attempts to force YouTube to turn over the identity of the username NHLiberty4Paul, who posted the clip now viewed more than 330,000 times.

The judge said the campaign had not shown that it cannot ascertain the identity through other means and had failed to prove the video’s poster was a real person who could be sued in federal court.

Paul’s campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment on why the suit was pulled.

Paul’s campaign manager, Jesse Benton, previously told The Salt Lake Tribune that the ad was "disgusting."

"Mr. Huntsman is a good family man just like Dr. Paul," Benton said. "Whoever put it up should remove it immediately."

Huntsman, who ended his GOP presidential campaign Jan. 16, called the ad "stupid" and decried its "sinister motives" in using pictures of his daughters.

Copyright 2014 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Top Reader Comments Read All Comments Post a Comment
Click here to read all comments   Click here to post a comment

About Reader Comments

Reader comments on sltrib.com are the opinions of the writer, not The Salt Lake Tribune. We will delete comments containing obscenities, personal attacks and inappropriate or offensive remarks. Flagrant or repeat violators will be banned. If you see an objectionable comment, please alert us by clicking the arrow on the upper right side of the comment and selecting "Flag comment as inappropriate". If you've recently registered with Disqus or aren't seeing your comments immediately, you may need to verify your email address. To do so, visit disqus.com/account.
See more about comments here.
Staying Connected
Contests and Promotions
  • Search Obituaries
  • Place an Obituary

  • Search Cars
  • Search Homes
  • Search Jobs
  • Search Marketplace
  • Search Legal Notices

  • Other Services
  • Advertise With Us
  • Subscribe to the Newspaper
  • Access your e-Edition
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Contact a newsroom staff member
  • Access the Trib Archives
  • Privacy Policy
  • Missing your paper? Need to place your paper on vacation hold? For this and any other subscription related needs, click here or call 801.204.6100.