Paul calls confusion over tweet taunting Huntsman 'irrelevant'

Ron Paul apparently dissed Jon Huntsman for not campaigning in Iowa in a tweet on Tuesday that was deleted and then re-posted. 

The taunt and seeming retraction caused some confusion for Paul, who did not appear aware of the controversy when asked about it Wednesday morning. Paul instead called the Twitter issue "irrelevant" in an interview on CNN's "Starting Point."

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"We found your one Iowa voter, he's in Linn precinct 5 you might want to call him and say thanks," the tweet said, sent as Iowa caucus votes were being counted.

The campaign mistakenly assumed the tweet was unauthorized, resulting in the initial deletion, according to a Paul spokesman speaking to CBS News.

Paul on Wednesday confirmed that he does not write all his own tweets but apparently stood behind the sentiment expressed by the tweet in question.


"I don't understand why this is an important issue or what it means. Jon Huntsman wasn't even in the campaign. I'm not sure what you're talking about," Paul said on CNN.

"We find it odd that Congressman Paul would attack Gov. Huntsman in such a childish fashion. Just the latest in a long line of odd statements from him," Huntsman spokesman Tim Miller told BuzzFeed on Tuesday.

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