Huntsman campaign jabs at Pawlenty over Afghanistan
June 27th, 2011
04:31 PM ET
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Huntsman campaign jabs at Pawlenty over Afghanistan

Washington (CNN) – Jon Huntsman's presidential campaign is firing back at a top aide to Republican rival Tim Pawlenty who suggested Monday that Huntsman's skepticism about the ongoing U.S. mission in Afghanistan is "isolationist."

In a Monday appearance on MSNBC, Pawlenty senior adviser Phil Musser previewed a "major" foreign policy speech that the former Minnesota governor is slated to deliver tomorrow at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York.

Musser said Pawlenty plans to "push back the isolationist strand that we are seeing in Republican Party," a remark that appeared to be aimed, in part, at Huntsman's call for swift troop reductions in Afghanistan.

Shortly after the TV appearance, Huntsman spokesman Tim Miller rejected Musser's insinuation and said the former Utah governor is following "the same basic foreign policy tenants that Ronald Reagan practiced."

Miller said Huntsman favors a rapid troop drawdown from Afghanistan but also wants to keep a strong counter-terrorism and intelligence operation in place proportionate to the threat.

"Aggressive world-wide counter-terror efforts and commitment to broad expansion of free trade agreements while ending costly long-term entanglements that have no endgame is not isolationism," Miller told CNN.

"Jon Huntsman has the experience to enact foreign policy that both protects our core national security interests and responsibly deploys those in our armed forces to whom we owe so much," he added.

Filed under: Afghanistan • Tim Pawlenty
soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. Marie MD

    I love it when they start eating their young/old candidates.
    These rethugs better come up with answers because when the winner is announced (if you can call any of these clowns winners) you are going to have to come out and play with the big boys!

    June 27, 2011 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  2. gt

    if demint wont support huntsman.... i will take a look at him...

    June 27, 2011 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  3. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Pawlenty needs to know you don't go after a "Huntsman".

    June 27, 2011 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  4. Randy, San Francisco

    Good to see some GOP politicians abandon the neo-conservative's world view. Perhaps we can finally bury the Consevative plan, New Project for a New American Century, once and for all after two costly and disastrous wars.

    June 27, 2011 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  5. GOP = Greed Over People

    It would appear Huntsman was not impressed by Timmy's PowerPoint presentation of the family vacation to Cancun!

    June 27, 2011 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  6. GaryB

    Of all the current GOP candidates, Huntsman is probably the only one that wouldn't be an utter disaster as president. Unfortunately, with the current climate in the GOP, an intelligent, cool-headed and Internationally-savvy guy such as Huntsman probably has no chance of getting the nomintation. His governing style, economic views and wordview are just too close to Obama's for the extremists who now control the Republican party.

    June 27, 2011 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  7. diridi

    Rethugs do not have any kind of Idea....o.k, they are thus called Re-thugs of the nation....o.k, fools, I pity....look, in washinton post news paper, how to win this fiscal mess that Sweden, and we need to do the same....god bless, Obama2012....He is doing the same as written....just why don't you guys read...and comprehend....Rethugs do not have brain, their motto is to dim Obama, bring this nation to detriment.....we need stringent immigration, energy, and growth of manufacturing....please do not go go buy made in china...o.k,

    June 27, 2011 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  8. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Jabs at Pawlenty are like boxing with jello.

    June 27, 2011 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  9. Rob

    2 Wars???? More like 5 including Pakistan, Yemen, Lybia.

    June 27, 2011 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  10. Republicans - The "Not Intended To Be Factually Accurate" Party

    Leadership is having a vision of the future, a plan to execute the vision, the motivational ability to inspire the masses to action, the managment skill to define the metrics that will indicate success or failure, and the project management skill to lay out a schesule and go/no go milestones.

    If Pawlenty & Huntsman want to impress the general public on the topic of Foreign Policy, I`d like to hear their plan on Iran or North Korea.

    All they are doing with Afghanistan is copying Barck Obama with a multiplier that ranges from 0.75 to 1.25.

    Show some courage like Obama did regarding Afghanistan and Iraq in 2007.

    June 27, 2011 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  11. marlettelaw

    Huntsman is a Republican who can win-they will never nominate him. Common sense like this will do him in.

    June 27, 2011 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  12. ohmyjezzuz

    It already sounds like it's mudd slinging time.

    June 27, 2011 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  13. Reggie from LA

    So Pawlenty is saying? "We are grateful for the the sacrifices made by our men and women in uniform, now stick around over there for awhile and get shot at and we will continue to say how grateful we are at every opportunity". Sounds to me like that's what he's saying and he ain't the only one saying it. Makes for good politics and lost lives. Fools.

    June 27, 2011 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  14. GOP Tea Party Say NO to Killing Terrorist Ghadaffi But Say Yes to Killing Grandma Medicare and Social Security

    I know Little Timmy is history and he is just trying to stay relevant by being a blowhard tough guy!!!!

    But, "Jon Huntsman has the experience to enact foreign policy...??"

    Yeah, that same foreign policy experience Jon Huntsman garnered while working under the Obama administration as US ambassador to China....that same foreign policy experience that he is now claiming is more vast and broad than a sitting president himself; after he was so effusive with praise at the work president Obama is doing!

    this Jon Huntsman guy is a snake!!!

    June 27, 2011 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  15. bb

    No, Pawlenty should have come out a lot harder against Romney & Huntsman and not let up. His mistake was his weakness.

    June 27, 2011 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |