Texas Rep. Ron Paul (R) said he was not aware that the official Twitter account of his 2012 campaign sent out a sarcastic message that mocked his rival Jon Huntsman on Tuesday night.
“@JonHuntsan we found your one Iowa voter, he’s in Linn precinct 5 you might want to call him and say thanks,” Paul’s 2012 Twitter account said during the Iowa caucuses.
The tweet was deleted shortly afterwards, only to be tweeted again. The message was retweeted more than 100 times.
When CNN confronted Paul about the tweet on Wednesday morning, he appeared confused and denied having any knowledge of it.
“Obviously I didn’t send it, so I don’t understand,” Paul said.
He admitted that he had a few people running the account for him — which is not uncommon.
“To tell you the truth, I don’t understand why this is an important issue or what it means,” he added. “Jon Huntsman wasn’t even in the campaign, so I’m not sure of the importance of what you’re talking about. It just seems to be irrelevant to me.”
Ahead of the Iowa caucuses, Huntsman had released videos portraying Paul as kooky and unelectable. Huntsman’s Twitter account did not respond to Paul’s tweet, but on Wednesday his campaign uploaded video of the CNN interview with the headline “The Ron Paul Blame Game.”
Watch the interview below: