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Jon Huntsman blasts 'stupid' video by Ron Paul backers

January 06, 2012|By Michael A. Memoli
  • A video posted to YouTube includes this caricature of Jon Huntsman, dubbing him a "Manchurian Candidate."
A video posted to YouTube includes this caricature of Jon Huntsman, dubbing… (YouTube.com )

Reporting from Concord, N.H. — Jon Huntsman on Friday condemned an Internet video that appears to be from supporters of Ron Paul that uses his time in China – and even his adopted daughters – to question his values.

The video, posted to YouTube by the account "NHLiberty4Paul," first calls Huntsman the "Manchurian Candidate," asking: "What's he hiding?" It then shows footage of Huntsman speaking Mandarin, and photos and video of him and adopted daughter Gracie Mei.

It goes on to ask if Huntsman "share[s] our values" and is a "man of faith," before cutting to a picture of him with what may be another adopted daughter from India, Asha Bharati. It closes with the message: "American Values and Liberty. Vote Ron Paul."

"It's just stupid," the former U.S. ambassador to China said at a gathering of New Hampshire college students Friday.

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

Huntsman joked that Gracie Mei, now 12, is "my senior foreign policy advisor." But more, she and Asha are "part of my family."

"I have two little girls who are a daily reminder that there are a lot of kids in this world who don't have the breaks that we do, and who face a very, very uncertain future  . . . and any sense of upward mobility. Now these two girls are on the presidential campaign trail. I say how cool is that?" he said.

Huntsman's campaign has said that Paul should condemn the video and those behind it.

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