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Ad targeting family angers Huntsman

world Updated: Jan 08, 2012 00:31 IST
Ros Krasny
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Republican presidential hopeful Jon Huntsman and members of his family expressed outrage on Friday at an advertisement targeted at his adopted daughters by a group supporting rival candidate Ron Paul.

An online ad authored by “NHLiberty4Paul” shows footage of Huntsman with daughters Gracie, who was adopted from China, and Asha, adopted from India, when they were infants.

“American values. Or Chinese,” the ad asks to a soundtrack of Chinese music. It calls Huntsman “the Manchurian Candidate” and ends with an image of Huntsman dressed as China’s former communist leader Mao Zedong, and the words “Vote Ron Paul.”

Paul, a Texas congressman, disavowed the ad during an interview on Friday on CNN.

Huntsman termed the ad “just stupid” and “political campaign nonsense.”