Jon Huntsman: The Newest Twitter-lebrity

Aug 19, 2011 3:16pm

ABC News' Sarah Kunin (@sarah_kunin) reports:

Jon Huntsman has found his voice in the form of 140 characters or less. The presidential candidate has been tweeting up a storm in the past 24 hours, and it seems no topic is off limits.

He began yesterday with a subtle jab at fellow candidate Rick Perry’s views on climate change:

@JonHuntsman: To be clear. I believe in evolution and trust scientists on global warming. Call me crazy.

140elect.com, a site devoted to political twitter analysis, says Huntsman’s barb was retweeted over 3,600 times, the most retweets of any candidate in the 2012 race. He even beat out Sarah Palin’s most retweeted tweet by 50 percent. 

Huntsman even crossed into the world of the Hollywood Twitteratti with a retweet by The Office’s Rainn Wilson. Wilson then tweeted:

@rainnwilson: I believe in man made climate change and I believe in evolution, I just don't believe in gravity.

Today Huntsman replied:

@JonHuntsman: .@RainnWilson I'm proud to be Republican, party of Lincoln, Teddy, Reagan. My q for you. Any relation to Brian Wilson?

Huntsman’s twitter bump prompted him to dig into the president.

@JonHuntsman: And also, with the jobs crisis this country faces, President Obama should be calling Congress back to DC, not going on a 10 day vacation.

With a sea of new followers, Huntsman started to go off the cuff:

@JonHuntsman: I wonder if a tweet where I admit how much I like Captain Beefheart will make the followers skyrocket even more! http://t.co/1yqlwYA

Huntsman, who dropped out of high school to play keyboard with the band Wizard, has never shied away from talking about his fondness of all things rock.

Today, with the twitterverse on high Huntsman alert, the former governor came back to President Obama.

@JonHuntsman: D.C./Obama shouldn't be taking August off. U.S. needs serious solutions. Let's fix Washington and make America work http://t.co/cayC0

Like any aspiring twitter-lebrity, Huntsman managed to squeeze a plug into his timeline, while still maintaining his newfound sarcastic style.

@JonHuntsman: .@PiersMorgan – Looking forward to being on Monday's show. Will try and have as much fun as @ChristineOD did.

Huntsman Spokesperson Tim Miller told Adweek that the tweets sent by @JonHuntsman may not come from the candidate alone. “Governor Huntsman suggests tweets and sees all the tweets,” says Miller, but added that he collaborates with one person. When asked who that person might be, Miller replied: "I don’t really want to get into all that."

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