In web videos: Dems vs. Huntsman
August 23rd, 2011
09:36 AM ET
11 years ago

In web videos: Dems vs. Huntsman

(CNN) - Republican presidential candidate Jon Huntsman and the Democratic National Committee released competing web videos Tuesday, playing politics with quotes from the former Utah Gov.

The video from the DNC highlighted Huntsman’s criticism of his GOP rivals, including Mitt Romney and Rick Perry, prompting the committee to thank him for serving as their “surrogate.”

During an appearance on ABC’s “This Week” Sunday, the former U.S. ambassador to China criticized those in his party who are “too far to the right.” He specifically cited inconsistencies in the record of former Massachusetts Gov. Romney and past comments from Texas Gov. Perry.

“Jon Huntsman served as our best possible surrogate, reiterating what we already know about the Republican field of presidential candidates,” a DNC statement said. “In fact, we were so pleased with his message discipline that we decided to put out a web video titled, ‘Don’t Take It From Us.’”

The 30-second spot, which the DNC said could air on television in the future, is the latest in a string of attacks from the party’s fundraising arm capitalizing on Huntsman’s more moderate stances.

In their own video, Team Huntsman attempted to demonstrate his criticism of President Barack Obama, instead of his fellow Republicans.

The Huntsman spot pieced together segments of his ABC interview and an interview with CNN’s Piers Morgan, where he disparaged the president’s politics and handling of the economy.

“He had two and a half years to do the most important thing demanded by the American people: Fix the economy, create an environment that is conducive to job growth and he has failed us,” Huntsman said on CNN, as seen in the ad. “He is a good man, he is earnest, but he has failed us on the most important issue of our day.”

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  1. Fair is Fair

    "The problem with the stimulus was that it wasn't as big as it should've been. Majority of it were tax breaks. There should have been alot more infrastructure spending. Hopefully, this jobs package the President will be pushing for in September is strictly infrastructure spending. Yes, I said it.....SPENDING!!! This economy needs a jolt in the arm and additional spending is required for that to happen."
    The "stimulus" was too small, eh? Unemployment increased almost 3 percentage points for almost a $1 Trillion in spending. So let's see... if we double that, we can expect unemployment to be around 15%. I get it.

    August 23, 2011 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  2. Readbabe

    Refreshing! Huntsman said what need to be said and did it eloquently. I am going to follow him much closer and at this point he has my vote for President.

    August 23, 2011 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  3. jasmine

    Huntsman is not cut out for this whole national election thing. Wholeheartedly agree with "The Elephant in the Room' – the best way this guy can serve his country is a commerce secretary type job, ambassador, etc.

    August 23, 2011 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  4. Joe

    Huntsman has 0% chance to win the GOP nomination, so where is the CNN story? His polling puts him in the bottom tier, so again, why is CNN covering this? Same old MSM poo poo.

    August 23, 2011 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |

    “He had two and a half years to do the most important thing demanded by the American people: Fix the economy, create an environment that is conducive to job growth and he has failed us,”

    2 1/2 years to correct what it took 8 years to screw up! Not possible and as much as I think Huntsman could make a decent run in this election, I am beginning to think he is just another nut case!

    August 23, 2011 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
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