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Jon Huntsman: I’m #1, the Baseball Mitt Is #47.

Jon Huntsman goes after Mitt Romney today in a pretty funny web ad.

https://youtube.com/watch?v=n1v9uZuaed4

The Corner on NRO is cited as one of the web’s authoritative sources. The ad refers to this post from Katrina Trinko, noting:

According to a National Review Online analysis of seasonally adjusted employment data (looking at the total number of those employed) from the Bureau of Labor website, Gary Johnson has the best record of the official candidates, with a job-growth rate of 11.6 percent during his tenure.

But Johnson, who governed from 1995 to 2003, doesn’t overlap much with the other governors — Mitt Romney, Tim Pawlenty, and Jon Huntsman — who are running. Among the crowd who governed primarily during the 2000s, Huntsman has the best record. During his 2005 to 2009 tenure as governor of Utah, the number of jobs grew by 5.9 percent.

Mitt Romney and Tim Pawlenty have much weaker records. Romney, who governed Massachusetts from 2003 to 2007, had an overall job-growth rate of 1.6 percent. During Pawlenty’s time as governor of Minnesota (2003 to 2011), the number of jobs grew by an anemic 0.5 percent.

And a sad looking baseball mitt — get it? — is used to depict the former Massachusetts governor.

A thought: when you think of the Romney campaign, do you think of “bluster” and “razzle-dazzle”?

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