Huntsman daughters spoof Cain's smoking ad
October 28th, 2011
04:38 PM ET
11 years ago

Huntsman daughters spoof Cain's smoking ad

(CNN) – Earlier this week Herman Cain said Americans need a sense of humor, and on Friday, a few people took his words to heart: Jon Huntsman's daughters.

Responding to Cain's controversial web ad –where his chief-of-staff, Mark Block, took the most talked-about cigarette drag all week– Huntsman's three girls released their own spoof this week, this time blowing bubbles, not smoke.

Cain's video has since gone viral, collecting more than a million hits on YouTube and serving as fodder for late-night TV comedy.

And now the Huntsman girls are getting in on the fun, too.

Liddy, Abby and Mary Anne, better known on Twitter as @Jon2012girls, have created a popular presence on the campaign trail as they talk up their dad, former Utah governor and former U.S. Ambassador to China.

In the video, the girls mimic Block's look by wearing fake mustaches and big glasses while they talk in the same monotonous, serious tone that Bock used in the original ad.

"We strongly believe that our dad has the experience and proven track record to revive America's economy and create jobs," Abby said. "Even if we didn't believe that, we'd still have to be here."

The one-minute video features all three daughters taking turns, with the background music being the same "I am America" song as the one in Cain's ad.

"We are shamelessly promoting our dad, like no other candidate's family ever has," Mary Anne said. "But then again no one's ever seen a trio like the Jon 2012 girls."

Near the end, just when Block famously lit up, the girls blow bubbles, instead.

But Huntsman's daughters passed on mocking another unusual part of the original ad–Cain's nearly 10-second long smile at the end.

Huntsman's campaign said they had no part in making the video but supported the girls' creativity.

Filed under: 2012 • Herman Cain • Jon Huntsman
soundoff (23 Responses)
  1. ConservaFASCISTS/TEAliban/TEAhadists

    Everyone's got jokes. But Herman Cain is a walking and a breathing one.

    October 28, 2011 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  2. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Herb Cain is truly the class clown. I wonder why he doesn't have to show up at the debates wearing a dunce cap.

    October 28, 2011 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  3. AB

    Cain's campaign ad is the worst ad in political campaign history. I even laughed at it. All this shows is that Herman Cain is not a serious candidate and is merely a distraction. His 999 tax plan is also a joke as well as his ad. Prehaps Cain should take Roland Martin's advise and get serious about his candidacy for the 2012 Presidency.

    October 28, 2011 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  4. Anonymous

    Jon Huntsman was not smart enough to know he had no shot in a right tilting tea party influenced Republican party. He recently took a cheap shot at eventual nominee and fellow Mormon Mitt Romney. Huntsman seems like a kind fellow, but without daddy's bankroll, he is another naive, gentle guy from Utah. Kids blowing bubbles is way to get attention?

    October 28, 2011 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  5. Jaz

    This is so true! Daddy Huntsman even buys little Johhnys way on debates including CNNs The 1 % does not allow him to be there, however Billionaire daddy makes sure his son is bought in!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Sad but true, little Johhny, please bow out, You are a disgrace, a loser & pathetic!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 28, 2011 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  6. Wes B.

    I like it. And not mean-spirited.

    October 28, 2011 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  7. westward

    Cain, Cain, Cain.....You just asked for all this. Shame on you for running a fake presidential campaign to sell books and your paid speaking tour...

    October 28, 2011 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  8. Jaz

    Daddy, Im at a half of a half %. Can I be in the next Presidential debate? Sure son, I call Nbc & Cbs & Abc. Would 10 million be Ok?

    October 28, 2011 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  9. Elizabeth

    Hilarious ! Cain would be proud....And America will NEED a sense of humor to elect you. lol

    October 28, 2011 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  10. LittleBearCB

    Love Huntsman. I would have voted for him. He has no chance making nomination for the 2012 race. Holding out for 2016!

    October 28, 2011 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  11. george of the jungle

    I think all the repo candidates are using politics to sell their books . Look at Bachman. All these rich people just wanting to get in front of the camara. Look a Palin. She knows she makes more money pretending to run than if she (G0d F0rbid) held an office. They need to spend more time improving the economy and jobs.

    October 28, 2011 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  12. otermbachmann

    Cute, not stupid enough for the neocons.

    October 28, 2011 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  13. DANCER

    IF any of you Flaming LIberals had half the life success and intelligence that Herman Cain has you could say that you've accomplished something in your pitiful existance ......Get a life !!!!

    October 28, 2011 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  14. kat

    Huntsman has too many ties to BHO, He needs to drop out of the race.

    October 28, 2011 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  15. SuziM

    What a bunch of haters. Herman Cain is our next President. Get the O-loser out of office.

    October 28, 2011 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  16. Melo-D

    You know it's got to be killing Huntsman to be losing to an idiot like Cain.

    October 28, 2011 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  17. ezduzit757

    I'm so happy that republican voters aren't giving Hutsman much consideration. He is the only one of the republican cantidates who might have a chance against Obama, but they are too blind to see it. I just hope they stay that way.

    October 28, 2011 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  18. Karla

    If the GOP really wanted to win and attract independents, they'd back Huntsman. Huntsman should go third party....he could pull independents, intelligent GOPers, and disaffected dems.

    October 28, 2011 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |

    Herb Cain tap dancing for teabaggers. Now this.

    October 29, 2011 06:23 am at 6:23 am |
  20. T'sah from Virginia

    Good for the Huntman girls!!! They are not the only ones that finds Cain's ads as ridiculous!!!

    Obama 2012

    October 29, 2011 08:14 am at 8:14 am |
  21. carlos luna

    I like the video, not mean, its actually funny.

    October 29, 2011 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  22. Huntsmansucks

    Huntsman is Obamas butt buddiy.

    October 29, 2011 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  23. Huntsmansucks

    Ron Paul 2012 or maybe 2011 impeach the murdering Obama.

    October 29, 2011 10:40 am at 10:40 am |