NASHUA, New Hampshire — Republican White House hopeful Ron Paul on Friday repudiated an ad, made by a supporter, that attacks rival Jon Huntsman over his ties to China and suggests he was brainwashed by Beijing.
"I haven't look at it, but I understand it's an ugly ad, and I've disavowed it," Paul told reporters after a rally here ahead of New Hampshire's January 10 nominating primary, adding: "Obviously, it was way, way out order."
The ad, posted on popular video sharing site YouTube by "NHLiberty4Paul," shows footage of Huntsman, who served as President Barack Obama's first envoy to China, speaking Mandarin and holding his adoptive daughters.
The ad features Gracie -- whom the Huntsmans adopted after she was found abandoned at a Chinese vegetable market aged two months -- and Asha, who was abandoned in a rural Indian village.
Interspersed among the images are short text messages, including: "The Manchurian candidate: What's he hiding?" "American values, Or Chinese?" "Weak on China? Wonder Why?"
In the 1962 film "Manchurian Candidate," Soviet forces capture a US soldier and son of a prominent conservative family during the Korean War and brainwash him in Manchuria to make him assassinate a presidential candidate.
"American Values and Liberty: Vote Ron Paul," the ad ends.
Huntsman himself reportedly said at a campaign stop in Concord, New Hampshire, that the ad was "just stupid" and objected to using images of his children "and suggesting there is some sinister motive there."
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