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Monday
Jun202011

Utah Dem. Party Chair Slams Jon Huntsman on Day Before Campaign Launch

ChinaFotoPress/Getty Images(SALT LAKE CITY) -- Just one day before announcing his run for presidency, former Ambassador Jon Huntsman released his third campaign countdown video featuring personal trivia juxtaposed over a motocross-riding body double.

But he was not the only one.

The Utah Democratic Party released a video of their own in conjunction with a conference call led by chair Wayne Holland, in an attempt to illustrate their belief that “the Jon Huntsman that is announcing his candidacy Tuesday isn’t the Jon Huntsman most Utahans have known.”

The video, dubbed “In 1 Day," features the same motocross driver cruising down a canyon road to country music. Just like the original, subtitles dissolve onto the screen. That is where the similarities end.

“Has reversed positions he took as governor,” the first line of text reads.  “Riding away from his record,” reads the second.

The video ends with a personal jab at his father, billionaire businessman Jon Huntsman Sr: “Not paid for by Jon Huntsman. Either one of them.”

In the conference call, Holland expressed disdain for the man he once worked with closely as governor of Utah.

Holland repeatedly compared the former governor to another Utah-adopted politician, saying that Huntsman “has stolen a playbook from the Romney campaign."

“When he announces his candidacy tomorrow he'll launch a political reinvention tour, the likes we have not seen in our state, at least since Mitt Romney used the Salt Lake Olympics to reinvent himself for a campaign 4 years later. Huntsman’s changed positions so quickly over the past few days it’s enough to give Utah voters whiplash,” Holland said.

Holland says that until recently, most Utah Democrats supported Huntsman’s moderate stances on cap and trade, civil unions, and state-sponsored healthcare.

“Many democrats supported his role as the Ambassador to China,” Holland said. “We were excited about many of the very and pragmatic positions he took supporting the President to help the United States strengthen world issues. It's disappointing to see two jobs in a row he just can’t complete.”

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