Presidential politics hit home for an Alexandria family on Friday after a web ad aimed at Republican candidate Jon Huntsman raised questions about his values, citing his ability to speak Chinese and his decision to adopt children from China and India. The ad, sponsored by a group identified as NYLiberty4Paul, urges voters to support Texas Congressman Ron Paul in the race, though Paul disavowed the ad and said his campaign had nothing to do with it.Any local reporting of this in your area? Interesting response from the mom -- it's "a highly American thing" to adopt children anywhere in the world? Of course, folks from other countries do the same thing! And you could really turn that one on its head, too: international adoption can be criticized as neo-colonial, imperialistic depradation of the so-called third world by the Western world, including America. So in that way, international adoption is a "highly American thing" to do!
"It's a very strange way to make a point," said Alexandria lawyer Nancy Jo Nelson, who has adopted three girls from China.
"I think there is nothing more American than adopting a child that has been abandoned anywhere in the world. It's a highly American thing to do," she said.
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