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New Huntsman ad confuses viewers

By Josh Furlong | Posted - Jun. 16, 2011 at 10:00 a.m.



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SALT LAKE CITY -- A day after declaring his upcoming announcement for a run at the White House, former Utah governor Jon Huntsman Jr. released an intriguing ad, leaving many scratching their heads.

Huntsman announced Tuesday that he would be joining the Republican presidential field, saying he would announce his candidacy on June 21 with an iconic American figure as his backdrop -- the Statue of Liberty.

But the announcement of his soon-to-be announcement wasn't all that unusual; it was his countdown political ad that ultimately made no sense.

The ad shows what is supposed to represent Jon Huntsman driving his off- road bike through the backcountry of an unknown Utah location. As the bike makes its way through the wilderness, the words "In 6 days" appear on the screen, followed by the statement, "Did not become famous with his band ‘Wizard.'"

So what does his high school band have to do with his upcoming presidential run? Is Huntsman trying to say that his announcement will shake history by making him famous? Or is this a way to distinguish himself as not your typical politician seeking the White House?

Whatever the reason, it is uncertain how the intriguing ad will relate to his presidential campaign. Maybe Huntsman is an atypical candidate throwing his name out there to get a reaction.

Nonetheless, the ad is likely to keep people guessing.

An ABC News blog says the man responsible for Huntsman's video is reportedly the same person who produced Carly Fiorina's Demon Sheep and Barbara Boxer's blimp ads.

Don't be surprised if this is the first of a short series of ads leading up to the day Huntsman makes it official.

Related:

Mitt Romney recently released an ad called "Bump in the Road," which, according to his website, is intended to highlight President Obama's failed attempt to create jobs for unemployed Americans.

The video focuses on real Americans looking to support themselves in a down economy, not just economic statistics thrown out when debating economic issues.

E-mail: jfurlong@ksl.com

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