BLITZER'S BLOG: Huntsman criticizes GOP rivals on debt ceiling debate
July 29th, 2011
05:10 PM ET
9 years ago

BLITZER'S BLOG: Huntsman criticizes GOP rivals on debt ceiling debate

Washington (CNN) – Republican presidential candidate Jon Huntsman is not mincing any words in criticizing what he says is Mitt Romney’s absence in the debt ceiling debate. Huntsman says this is a time “for people to stand up and show real leadership.”

I had asked the former Utah governor and ambassador to China whether he agreed with Democratic political operative David Axelrod’s recent criticism of Romney. The former White House aide to President Obama had suggested Romney was missing in action in the whole debate.


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soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. Lynda/Minnesota

    Oh, good Lord. Can't get any better than this: One GOP millionaire demanding that another GOP millionaire stand up and demand support of all millionaires by urging Congress to pass Boehner's budget.

    July 29, 2011 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  2. Matthew

    As I said, a guy with a less than 1 % poll has no right to be in any of the debates, but I am sure his billionaire mormon daddy with get that loophole. If he is in the debates than the other schmucks with a sub 1 % should all be in it.

    July 29, 2011 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  3. Sniffit

    Nice pic. The photographer caught them as they were trading their secrets on how to have great anchorman hair.

    July 29, 2011 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  4. John

    The Republican out to destroy America.

    July 29, 2011 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  5. vic , nashville ,tn

    Why they are missing in action, if they become president they knew they have to raise the debt ceiling
    If they don’t criticize follow members they can’t be strong leaders example last night 80 tea party members hijack the debate, Boehner was helpless

    July 29, 2011 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  6. MAhole

    GOP = Get Obama Party.


    July 29, 2011 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  7. Indy

    Huntsman does not have to worry about ctiticizing Romney, because Romney has no spine and will keep the lock step program of kissing all Republicans butts.

    July 29, 2011 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  8. Mike Redd

    Why are there "plans" for the debt ceiling vote in the first place? This was supposed to be a simple Congressional vote until some Republicans hijacked the process and made it into something it was never mean to be. Some of these same ones voted three times under the last administration to raise the debt ceiling and the national debt increased over 90%. Vote on the debt ceiling and work out these other things later.

    July 29, 2011 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  9. Darth Vadik, CA

    Mitt not taking a stand???!!!!

    Oh well now, what else is new here???... can just feel Romney trying to maintain that Republican lead, he can taste it..then the reality hits...BAMMM....the Republicans come out and vote for someone half-twit like Perry, HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA...

    Forever doomed to be second Romney, you might as well take a stand and stick by it this time 😉

    P.S. Huntsman has no chance, Republicans don't want someone who has half-brains, they prefer their candidates to be empty headed...

    July 29, 2011 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  10. The Day of Financial Reckoning is HERE – The Great Democrat Welfare Society Ends

    Huntsman says Obama should use the bully pulpit??!! HA!!! Doesn't he realize Obama is a spineless weasel?! Mr. I-Vote-Present! Mr. Lead-From-Behind!! Mr. I-Have-NO-PLAN!!!

    July 29, 2011 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |