Huntsman daughters bring 'sexy back'
December 1st, 2011
10:42 AM ET
11 years ago

Huntsman daughters bring 'sexy back'

(CNN) – The Huntsman daughters are at it again, this time promoting their presidential candidate father to the tune of Justin Timberlake's hit song "Sexy Back."

"We're bringing Huntsman back, the rest of them is one big circus act. We're right behind the guy who's right on track," Jon Huntsman's three daughters sing in the song released Thursday.

They also take shots at their father's rivals in the 2012 Republican presidential primary race, complete with quotes from some of them.

"Herman Cain, we like your pizza but you can't explain how 9-9-9 will get us back in shape," the daughters sing, referencing the former pizza executive's "9-9-9" tax plan. "So pass the pizza man we won't complain."

Subsequent lines of the song criticize former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney's shifting positions on social issues and Texas Gov. Rick Perry's debate gaffes.

Huntsman's daughters, Liddy, Abby and Mary Anne, who are popular under their Twitter handle @Jon2012girls produced a viral campaign video earlier this year, which spoofed a Cain campaign video. They have since appeared consistently on television on behalf of their father.

Although their tactics were met with initial skepticism from Team Huntsman, the campaign has embraced their appeal and presence on the campaign trail.

Huntsman, who previously served as Utah governor and U.S. ambassador to China under President Barack Obama, has failed to gain national traction in the 2012 election. He has spent most of his attention on the first-in-the-nation primary state of New Hampshire, where his state-wide poll numbers have increased incrementally.

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soundoff (31 Responses)
  1. Ed

    The only one that makes any sence to me

    December 1, 2011 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  2. Larry L

    Huntsman would be welcomed as a Democrat. He's no where near crazy enough to be a modern Republican and actually wants to help America recover from the disaster of the Bush Administration. He appreciates science, understands the value of diversity and speaks out against bigotry. A terrible Republican!

    December 1, 2011 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  3. Former Republican, now an Independent

    Jon Huntsman is the only candidate in this field of neo-con extremists, that has one foot in the real world. The others are all just political ego maniacs, who care more about fame and money than the American people.

    December 1, 2011 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  4. Rudy NYC

    Amb. Huntsman has several factors that are keeping him down in the polls. Here they are in the order of what I deem as most important to the nut wing base one needs to win the Republican nomination.

    1 He's a RINO, a traitor, an Obama lover, which means he is now in the wrong party.
    2 He's a Mormon, which is not favorably viewed by too many conservatives.
    3. He's just too damn smart too appeal to the of conservtive voters' low mentality expectations.

    Number three is the problem I want to discuss. The first two have been dragged through the coals and can actually be overlooked by the majority of conservatives as demonstrated by Romney's position in polls. But, conservative voters want to be led. Huntsman keeps offerring logic and rational arguments, which goes right over the heads of most conservatives. His delivery reinforces their skepticism and dissolves their confidence in him. Newt Gingrich may claim to be the smartest guy in the room, but I think Huntsman really is the smartest guy in the room. Gingrich is just the slickest and most deceptive, which in right wing translates into smarts.

    December 1, 2011 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  5. Marie MD

    Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. The huntsman is pimping his daughters for the male vote. Sort of like mcnasty and we saw how well that worked for him.

    December 1, 2011 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  6. Mikey

    It seems Huntsman might just make a good President. To bad he can't make it through the GOP vetting process. For him to be sitting behind Bachmann, Perry, and Cain says a lot about the GOP primary electorate. Apparently, they prefer fruitcake.

    December 1, 2011 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  7. greencollarworker

    I wouldn't vote for him, but Huntsman is the only serious GOP candidate. We will probably see him in 2016 and if the Republican Party grows up a bit between now and then, he should be a contender.

    December 1, 2011 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  8. once upon a horse

    real nice looking family..wouldn't mind seeing them in the White 2016!

    December 1, 2011 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  9. gt

    to bad this guy doesnt get much best canidate...sad

    December 1, 2011 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  10. vet in texas

    give it up for this one, focus on 2016 (please have a real job in between and not like Romney), and come out immediately as an independent, the hell with your party, they turned their back on you for serving your country.

    Don't let your daughters end up being trashy celebs just because.

    December 1, 2011 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  11. Pouncie

    No voting for me this time, so very tired of it all! 'Wouldn't make a difference anyway – big Industry is going to buy + put in place the best candidate to further their agenda! it's about $$, as always!

    December 1, 2011 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  12. Thomas

    Huntsman is the only GOP candidate to have brought his family into the picture. I also respect that his two sons volunteered for service in the Navy. You don't see Mitt or Newt's family in the news supporting there fathers .

    I don't vote for sexy , however I admire John Huntsman as a good father and a family man .

    Obama and Huntsman both share those qualities . As a Father I respect such Men .

    December 1, 2011 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  13. vic , nashville ,tn

    Ron Paul and Jon Huntsman best candidates running for office in 2012

    Republicans time to step up and support Ron Paul or Jon Huntsman

    No more four years for Obama then nominate Ron Paul or Jon Huntsman

    December 1, 2011 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  14. Rudy NYC

    Mr. Ambassador, here's my advice to you. Conservatives don't want someone who presents them with choices. They want someone who makes those choices for them and acts on those choices. The conservative definition of a leader is someone who will literally "lead" them, even if it right off of a cliff.

    Stop talking about the "whys and hows" and start talking about the "whats and whens". Dumb it down for them. It is not that they don't want to understand ( they take if as a given that you *do* understand ) they just want someone to take that understanding and lead them down the road by the horns.

    December 1, 2011 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  15. Chris

    "We're bringing Huntsman back, the rest of them is one big circus act...."

    I don't even need to point out the irony here.

    December 1, 2011 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  16. Mike

    Huntsman is by far the best candidate, has no significant baggage, and is the only one that Obama's team is worried about facing in debates. Whether you think his daughters' antics are goofy or creative, he's still the only guy who can beat Obama. Pleeeease give him a chance for everyone's sake.

    December 1, 2011 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  17. Lynda/Minnesota

    Bless their hearts, the Huntsman girls seem to be having fun while endorsing their Dad. I agree with Thomas - I don't vote for sexy either. Fact is, between Gingrich and Cain making a mockery of the Republican primary, America is probably up to it's neck in "sexy is back".

    December 1, 2011 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  18. Charlie from the North

    Ironically this one is the only only one who breaks the "New mold" he is smart where others are dumb, reasonable where others are extreme, and pretty nice where others are just plain mean. Memo to GOP, we Dems are afraid of the Tea-Party for what it is doing to the country, y'all should be concerned about what they are doing to your party.
    It seems as though :
    Extreme Makeover, T-Party Edition
    is playing on every channel 24/7

    December 1, 2011 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  19. Sandy

    Don't be fooled by Huntsman. He has the same failed policies from the past that the other republicans have. DON'T BE FOOLED!

    December 1, 2011 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  20. Lee

    Independants decide elections. GOP doesnt seem to grasp that with their common litmus test of is he/she conservative enough? If the GOP wanted to ensure they win in 2012, thye would poll independants and realize huntsman is the top choice amongst independants.

    December 1, 2011 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  21. Malory Archer

    Pouncie, if that's how you really feel, you have NO business complaining about politics.

    December 1, 2011 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  22. Joe

    I would vote for him provided he does not chose a wacho VP. He makes the most sense, has an idea on relations with China, does not have the backing of the wacho right, Why is is not in the conversation is beyond me???

    December 1, 2011 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  23. Joe

    Jon Huntsman would be the perfect VP for Ron Paul. The diplomat that Paul wants to replace foreign intervention.

    December 1, 2011 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  24. Joe

    Better yet:
    Ron Paul – President
    Gary Johnson – Vice President
    John Huntsman – Secretary of State

    I like that ticket.

    December 1, 2011 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  25. Mike

    Heck they should let Huntsman take a turn on top, everybody else has had one and it’s been entertaining if nothing else.

    December 1, 2011 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
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