Huntsman piles on Paul
December 29th, 2011
12:18 PM ET
9 years ago

Huntsman piles on Paul

(CNN) - Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman piled on criticism of Texas Rep. Ron Paul's past Thursday as he continued to hone his focus on New Hampshire with a new web ad.

In the one minute web video, Huntsman questioned Paul's integrity.

As the rest of the 2012 field flocks to Iowa ahead of the Hawkeye State's Jan. 3 caucus, Huntsman remained solely trained on the Granite State's primary held seven days later, where he's been banking on a top finish.

Huntsman's ad targeted Paul, currently ranked second in a new CNN/Time/ORC International poll released Wednesday with 16% support among likely New Hampshire primary voters. Nine percent of likely New Hampshire voters backed Huntsman in the poll, placing him fourth, behind Romney in first and Gingrich in third.

The ad begins with two spliced archival videos of the Texas congressman stating, "I deliver babies for a living but I also do an investment letter…it's called the 'Ron Paul Survival Report' and it covered a lot of what was going on in Washington." The footage of Paul is followed by news coverage of racist and anti-gay statements written in several newsletters also bearing Paul's name.

When controversy over the contents of 1980s and 1990s newsletters written with his moniker reemerged recently, Paul dismissed criticism by asserting that he'd long since disavowed the questionable content and insisting the story was old.

But it wasn't too old for Huntsman, who asked voters at the end of the spot, "Can New Hampshire voters really trust Ron Paul?"

Filed under: 2012 • Jon Huntsman • Ron Paul
soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. alan

    Huntsman, the 4% guy, who's not even in Iowa? He's questioning Ron Paul's character? Not even worth a read.

    December 29, 2011 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  2. eric

    The foolish acts of an already dead candidate.

    December 29, 2011 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  3. Tough USA

    Huntman reminds me of Mr. Rodgers. Just Saying !!!!

    December 29, 2011 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  4. This will backfire on Huntsman

    There is time in New Hampshire to get Ron Paul's real record out, and this is only part of it:

    Ron Paul doesn't have a racist bone in his body, and Huntsman's dad funds that pac. I don't think most voters will consider that independent.

    December 29, 2011 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  5. carl menger

    Jon Huntsman, billionaire's son, dilettante, wannabe President.

    December 29, 2011 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  6. matt

    Yes Huntsman 2012!!!!!!!!!! Paul is the man who knows too many racist comments to put into his newsletters. Perry, Bachmann, Santorum are just plain crazy or stupid. Mitt Romney flip-flops and Newt has a bunch of personal problems.

    December 29, 2011 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |

    Thank you Mr. Huntsman for putting Mr. Paul on blast. He has alot of explaining to do in regards to those newsletters. That's not a story you just brush under the rug and hope everyone forgets about it.

    December 29, 2011 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  8. Rudy NYC

    Nice article. Ron Paul supporters have screaming for proof of Paul's racist past, and now they have nice link that they can click on so that they can see for themselves. Then they can google his son's remarks last year stating that voting for the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was a mistake because it violated the freedom of speech. Rand, naturally, had Ron's full throated endorsement, and came about his views through some good west Texas home schooling.

    December 29, 2011 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |

    Huntsman = The only republican candidate I would "consider" voting for. That's not because I believe any of policies. It's because he's the sanest out of the rest of the pack.

    December 29, 2011 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  10. willie floyd

    Not a Rep. but Huntsman is the only Rep. worth voting for-which Reps. won't do. They can't handle intelligence.

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2012

    December 29, 2011 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  11. Woman In California

    Huntsman and Romney are BOTH the devil and I wouldn't vote for either of them. I'm a Christian and PROUD of it.

    December 29, 2011 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  12. skipper

    Ron Paul is not a racist, if he was a racist he would of exposed racist views over his long political career. Nobody can provide any evidence of Ron Paul expressing any racist words COMING OUT OF HIS MOUTH, they can only point to some articles Ron Paul has disavowed countless times over the years. The establishment MSM wants to smear Ron Paul so they can get a status quo corporatist candidate that benefits their elite interests. I hope the MSM fails in their attempt to smear Ron Paul, since in this internet era information is more readily available to check out facts for people that wish to do so.
    Ron Paul is honest, descent, humble, unwavering and is a man of integrity. Racist individuals are hateful and can not hold back their views, Ron Paul doesn't have a hateful bone in his body.
    Do not get fooled by the smear propaganda, take the time to check out Ron Paul. The establishment hates him, but many ordinary Americans love him.

    December 29, 2011 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  13. JC

    So Dr. Paul is crazy for 20 year old newsletters, which he did not write and has disavowed, but yet it's perfectly acceptable for Huntsman, every other Republican and President Obama to support a preemptive invasion of Iran that will result in the deaths of hundreds of thousands innocent civilians, cost us trillions of dollars and further sink us into debt here at home, all in the name of supporting Israel, who themselves have 200+ nuclear weapons and have demonstrated their ability to strategically target nuclear sites in the past?

    This really shows how dumbed-down and ridiculous our civil society is, that 20 year newsletters mean more to the average voter than a man's record and his commitment to stop our government from murdering civilians across the world in the name of spreading "freedom", which usually means which oppressive we allow to exist. But I guess Ron Paul is racist, even though it's Huntsman who would see hundreds of thousands of dead Persians as necessary collateral damage, so long as his bank buddies at the Fed, the defense industry owned media and the military-industrial complex made their billions. What a disgusting indictment of modern America. Ron Paul 2012!

    December 29, 2011 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  14. NoTags

    It doesn't make any difference what Huntsman does or says. If either Huntsman or Romney happened to win the GOP nomination the only two states they would carry in the general election would be Utah and Nevada.

    December 29, 2011 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  15. JT

    I like Hunstman, but I think his skip Iowa strategy is to similar to Guliani's skip all of the primaries before Florida strategy. Sadly, I think it will yield similar results.

    December 29, 2011 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  16. K. Richard

    I guess if someone writes an article on that contains questionable anti-gay or racist material that means CNN condones it? Of course not. Same thing applies to Ron Paul's newsletters. Anyone who knows anything about the guy knows that racism is completely incompatible with libertarianism.

    December 29, 2011 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  17. Dixie AZ

    Ron Paul allowed his name to be used in these racist letters. He is just as responsible for the remarks as those who wrote them. If indeed, he didn't write them himself.

    December 29, 2011 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  18. Rudy NYC

    K. Richard wrote:

    I guess if someone writes an article on that contains questionable anti-gay or racist material that means CNN condones it? Of course not. Same thing applies to Ron Paul's newsletters.

    Anyone who knows anything about the guy knows that racism is completely incompatible with libertarianism.
    Actually, anyone who knows anything about Ron Paul version of libertarianism realizes that he has given the ideology and extreme makeover. He claims that he would have never voted *for* the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which is a view that was commonly held by the "dixiecrats", southern democrats" of that day.

    In fact, pretty much every member of Congress voted for the CRA of 1964 except for the dixiecrats in the House and Senate. That group of liberal democrats, and their evangelican supporters, broke ties with their party and became today's Christian Conservatives. Some of the "dixiecrats" still held their "liberal" views and have become today's libertarians like Ron Paul.

    December 29, 2011 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |