(CNN) - Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman isn’t shying away from criticizing his former boss President Barack Obama, telling CNN that Obama has “failed on the economic front.”
Huntsman, who was appointed ambassador to China by Obama in 2009, made the comments in an interview with CNN Chief Political Correspondent Candy Crowley. The full interview will air Sunday at 9 a.m. ET on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
“On the economic side, there are no signs of success, very little,” Huntsman said. “You look at unemployment, you look at the environment in which jobs supposedly can be created, when you look at the debt level and you look at all the economic indicators, it would suggest that we're in bad shape.”
Huntsman made the comments in New Hampshire, where potential Republican presidential candidates will gather Monday night for CNN’s Republican presidential debate. Huntsman is not participating in Monday’s event.
Huntsman, who said Friday that he would announce his bid for the nomination in “a week and a half,” has been trying to distance himself from Obama in interviews recently.
In May, he told the website Real Clear Politics that he and Obama “don’t have a personal relationship,” despite the role he played in Obama’s administration.
"I was asked to do a sensitive job, but it's not like it was based on a personal relationship,” Huntsman said.
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