Huntsman to Romney: Who Are You?

Hammers his 'credibility gap'
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 8, 2012 12:16 PM CST
Huntsman to Romney: Who Are You?
Mitt Romney greets fellow candidate Jon Huntsman prior to the start the Fourth of July parade in Amherst, NH, Monday, July 4, 2011.   (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

The GOP candidates were busily piling on Mitt Romney during the Meet the Press debate, and Jon Huntsman took it a step further on State of the Union today, bashing Romney as having "morphed himself" too much for voters to know who he really is. "You run for the Senate as a liberal," Huntsman complained. "You run for governor as a moderate. You run for president as a conservative. Where are you at the end of the day?" Elsewhere on the Sunday talk show dial, as per Politico:

  • Huntsman on voting for Ron Paul over President Obama: "(Paul's) isolationism during a time when Iran is on the ascent, when the world is more in need of America's values of liberty and democracy and human rights and free markets, I would have a very very tough time with."
  • Nancy Pelosi on Obama's attacks on Congress: "It's not me. It's the Republican majority in the House of Representatives. We have missed an opportunity—much of it because they want to obstruct the initiatives of the president. For the good of the country, I think it's really important for the president to make the [case] that he is running against a do-nothing Congress. I completely subscribe to his approach."
  • Pelosi on Newt Gingrich's 'dumbest thing' he's done (a climate change ad with her): "He who has been fined $300,000 by the ethics committee—you think he'd consider that a big mistake." However, "Since you brought up my name in association with him as the dumbest thing he ever did, I think there is plenty of stiff competition for that honor as far as his activities are concerned."
  • John McCain on endorsing Romney: "After the 2008 [primary] campaign was over, no one worked harder on behalf of my campaign than Mitt Romney did." As for his onetime rival, "You can run clips of Reagan and Bush back in 1980—you would get the same thing. These are spirited discussions. You put these things aside just the way Reagan and Bush did. I think by far, he is the best qualified."
(Read more Sunday morning talk shows stories.)

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