GOP Candidate's 'Economics for 5-Year-Olds' Generates Debate, Cash

Tuesday, 06 Mar 2012 04:02 PM

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Some unfavorable reaction to the appearance of a Republican Senate candidate and his son on a national TV show lit up the Internet. On the other hand, the TV segment also brightened the Rhode Island candidate’s fundraising efforts.

Barry Hinckley told the Providence Journal that his campaign has reaped more than $100,000 since he and his son Hudson explained their video “Economics for five year olds” to Neil Cavuto of Fox News on Thursday.

Controversy erupted when viewers of Cavuto’s show noticed that Hinckley’s lips moved as his son answered Cavuto’s question.

Hinckley, who hopes to unseat Democratic Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, dismissed “conspiracy” theories that he had prompted Hudson and attributed the movement of his lips to nervousness.

On Monday, CNN’s Jeanne Moos asked Hinckley why he was mouthing every word his son said. Hinckley answered: “There were no conspiracy theories, no cue cards.”

The video, which Hinckley’s campaign uploaded to YouTube on Feb. 27, had captured more than 300,000 views as of today. Here it is:



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