Congressman was unaware of strange swipe at Huntsman

Steve Watson
January 4, 2012

Strange Tweet

GOP presidential candidate Ron Paul has commented on a strange message that was sent from his Twitter account last night seemingly taking a dig at rival candidate John Huntsman.

The Tweet, which was sent as Iowa caucus votes were being counted, read: “@JonHuntsman, we found your one Iowa voter, he’s in Linn precinct 5 you might want to call him and say thanks.”

Paul spokesman Gary Howard told CBS News that the Paul campaign believed the tweet was unauthorized, resulting in the initial deletion. However, the message then mysteriously reappeared later.

Appearing on CNN this morning, Paul was asked about the Tweet and seemed bemused by the topic.

“I didn’t quite understand even what you just read, but, obviously, I didn’t send it,” Paul said.

“So, I don’t even understand. I’m sorry, I didn’t catch the whole message there about Jon Huntsman. I haven’t talked about Jon Huntsman in a long time. I don’t know what’s going on there.”

“I don’t understand why this is an important issue or what it means. Jon Huntsman wasn’t even in the campaign. I’m not sure what you’re talking about,” Paul added.

The message was sent from the account @RonPaul, which is the Congressman’s official feed.

The Huntsman campaign responded in comments to BuzzFeed, with spokesman Tim Miller stating: “We find it odd that Congressman Paul would attack Gov. Huntsman in such a childish fashion. Just the latest in a long line of odd statements from him.”

Anyone who follows Ron Paul knows that he does not engage in such frivolous swipes at fellow candidates. Unlike some of the other candidates, Paul only ever criticizes his GOP rivals over their stances on important issues and their voting records.

In this sense the Tweet about Huntsman is a very strange occurrence.


Steve Watson is the London based writer and editor for Alex Jones’, and He has a Masters Degree in International Relations from the School of Politics at The University of Nottingham in England.

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