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What Political Ads Would Look Like If They Were Made by Candidates' Parents

jon huntsman, republican candidates, jon huntsman new hampshire, 2012 election, super pac, stephen colbert

Jon Huntsman

If you’ve been at all following the Republican race for the presidential nomination, you probably recognize Jon Huntsman. He’s the former governor of Utah, the (other) Mormon in the race and the former US Ambassador to China. He speaks fluent Mandarin (impressive!) and has served as the Chair of Huntsman Corporation, his father’s chemical company.

His father, Jon Huntsman, Sr., funds a super PAC called Our Destiny PAC, which “is taking credit for helping to double the candidate’s poll ratings in New Hampshire since starting its advertising campaign on his behalf a couple of weeks ago,” according to The New York Times blog The Caucus.

America’s political comedy heartthrob Stephen Colbert took aim at both Huntsmans and Our Destiny PAC last night with a sketch suggesting that “a parent with unlimited cash could make (campaign) commercials that might be embarrassing.” Take a look:

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Jon Huntsman Sr.’s Ad Buy
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Colbert’s joke may hit a little too close to home for the Huntsman boys, since Forbes ran a headline back in May that reads, “Billionaire Jon Huntsman Sr. Thinks Son Jon Jr. Would Be A Wonderful President.” Ha. Of course, it’s not like this is the first father-son team to try to take the White House. I bet George Bush, Sr. thought his son was going to be a wonderful president, too. Maybe not every parent is right about how great their kid is… Then again, John Quincy Adams didn’t do such a bad job.

Huntsman will address the National Press Club at noon today, advocating a “return to our Founders’ vision of a limited government that protects free markets and provides a level playing field of opportunity,” the Boston Globe reports.

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