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Did Jon Huntsman Attack Himself with Racist Ad to Salvage His Failed Campaign?

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Published on Jan 9, 2012

Jon Huntsman predicted on Jan. 4 that his adult daughters were about to launch an unconventional attack on Ron Paul:
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MORGAN: I think you should do what Mitt Romney does and get the dirty work done by somebody else. In your case maybe your daughters could unleash themselves on Twitter on [Ron Paul]. [...]

HUNTSMAN: They've got plenty-- they've got plenty up their sleeves Piers, and you might be surprised at what they release in the next few days.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8-A-R0...
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The racist "Manchurian Candidate" video was posted just a few hours after that exchange. It was a seemingly random, anonymous video, uploaded to a new YouTube account that had been created the same day under the name of "NHLiberty4Paul". It was the only video on that account. No group called "NHLiberty4Paul" exists outside of that YouTube account. The video contained private photos and clips of Huntsman that no Ron Paul supporter would have had access to. The first website that linked to the video was Jon Huntsman's official campaign website. The reaction of anyone who saw the video was decidedly anti-Paul and pro-Huntsman.

The media ran with the story and ignored the facts. The YouTube account "NHLiberty4Paul" was built up to a "pro-Paul group" or "group supporting Ron Paul". Fox News called the video a "Campaign ad", and a Bloomberg article even described it as a "television advertisement [Ron Paul's] backers are running attacking Hunstman".

Neither Huntsman, nor his wife, nor his daughters left out any opportunity to condemn "the Ron Paul video" and talk up and parade their adopted daughters/sisters for political gain.

Dazzled by this vile rampage, most people assumed that Ron Paul was personally responsible for the video. Among them Cindy McCain (the wife of John McCain). She directly slammed Paul for authorizing the ad:

"I deeply resent the video made using the adopted daughters of @johnhuntsman. @ronpaul shame on you. This has shades of 2000 all over it."

Contacted by the Huffington Post, "NHLiberty4Paul" replied: "Sorry, campaign has asked me not to speak to reporters," an obvious attempt to implicate the Ron Paul campaign.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/01...

Even after the Paul campaign made a desperate public appeal for whoever created the video to take it down, the account owner refused to do so.

Obviously NOT a Ron Paul supporter!

Huntsman's adult daughters have a record of creating viral spoof videos:

"Jon Huntsman daughters say father did not get advance view of their parody video of Cain ad" http://articles.boston.com/2011-12-20...

The daughters did not release anything else in the days after Jan. 4 that would fit Huntsman's description: "They've got plenty up their sleeves Piers, and you might be surprised at what they release in the next few days."

On Frank Lutz's forum in New Hampshire on Jan. 8, Huntsman's wife said that their daughters have been the "secret weapons" of their campaign.

If you believe that "no decent human being would authorize a public attack on his own [adopted] underage children for political gain," think again. There is plenty of precedent. In 1996 master propagandist Karl Rove had flyers made up viciously attacking his own client (Harold See) and his family. They were distributed in the middle of the night - left in people's driveways - like newspapers. People assumed the opponent (Ken Ingram) did it and held it against him. Rove's client won. Details: http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/a...

Watch Huntsman's awkward reaction to the allegations: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3kH-WD...

Confronted by Politico with evidence gathered by a third party consulting firm hired by the Paul campaign, Huntsman's spokesman curiously overreacted:

"It is offensive that Ron Paul's allies would claim that Gov. Huntsman's own family would create such a video that distracts from the important issues that this country faces. Their latest conspiracy theory is nothing more than an attempt to cover for one of their racist supporters."

http://www.politico.com/blogs/burns-h...

However, the report didn't even mention Huntsman's family. Seems that the campaign "doth protest too much".

As for "distracting from the important issues that this country faces," it is actually Huntsman, his wife and his adult daughters who continue to exploit the "Manchurian Candidate" video (and their adopted sisters/daughters) in a desperate attempt to shore up support for their faltering campaign.

Shame on them.

Hundreds of media outlets around the world reported the "story" without doing any research on it. Will they now issue a retraction? Don't count on it. Spread the message.

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