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The Trail: 2012 Presidential News from the Field / CAMPAIGN 2012

Paul Surprised by Twitter Controversy

photo of Catherine Hollander
January 4, 2012

Before the Iowa caucus results were tallied on Tuesday night, a message appeared from the official campaign Twitter handle of Rep. Ron Paul of Texas teasing fellow GOP hopeful Jon Huntsman for his lack of support in the Hawkeye State.

The tweet from @RonPaul read, “@JonHuntsman we found your one Iowa voter, he’s in Linn precinct 5 you might want to call him and say thanks.”

Paul seemed surprised when he was asked about the tweet in a Wednesday-morning appearance on CNN’s American Morning.

 

“Obviously, I didn’t send it,” he said. “I didn’t catch the whole message there about Jon Huntsman. I haven’t even talked about Jon Huntsman in a long time.” He added that he had “some help” on tweeting.

But asked if the tweet raised concerns over who was representing the presidential candidate online, Paul said, “I don’t understand why this is an important issue and what it means. Jon Huntsman wasn’t even in the campaign, so I don’t understand the importance of what you’re talking about.”

Paul finished third in Tuesday’s caucus with 26,219 votes. Huntsman received just 745 votes.

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