In web videos: Dems vs. Huntsman
August 23rd, 2011
09:36 AM ET
12 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. gt

    huntsman would be the best the gop has... but here better full court press if he wants to get the gop nod...

    August 23, 2011 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  2. PAUL W!

    GOP had 8 years to drive the economy into the ditch and decry that Obama hasn't been able to fix it in the time frame they designate? Keeping in mind that during the 2008 election GOP presidential candidates wouldn't even concede that the economy was faltering much less heading toward a recession and after losing the election spent 2 and a half years holding up any legislation that would have gotten this economy back on track. YEAH, the GOP is the answer....but the question is: "who's to blame for this mess!"

    August 23, 2011 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  3. Jo

    This guy might as well pack up and close every office for his candidacy right now. He HAS no party to run within that will be remotely agreeable to what he has to say. That's not how you play the game, at least at this point in time, Huntsman.

    August 23, 2011 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  4. ConservaFASCISTS/TEAliban/TEAhadists

    Gov. Yeehaw and Willard Flip Flop Romney are going to get a run for their money. I think Huntsman's moderate tone is what we've been waiting to hear from the GOTea. And I think it's a wonderful tactic being used by the DNC using Huntsman's comments about the radical candidates in his party. A republican who believes in evolution?!?!? He's surely way too moderate to win a republican primary. If I were a republican, I'd vote for Huntsman.

    August 23, 2011 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  5. Lynda/Minnesota

    In August 2007, Gallup showed Guilinani, F. Thompson, McCain, Romney (respectively) on the leader board. Followed by Huckabee, Ron Paul, Hunter, Hagel, Brownback, Trancredo, and Gilmore polling at 3% or less. Seeing the handwriting on the wall, McCain quickly turned in his "maverick" hat and earnestly began courting the crazy vote. No doubt Huntsman was too busy running is own Utah campaign to notice the electoral benefit of McCain's about face. Perhaps Huntsman ought to reconsider now. There is very little Hunstman has in common with the Republican Party, except, perhaps, his willingness to give up his governorship shorty after he was re-elected in the same manner as Palin did - flying off to greener grass - so to speak. This web video is one of the most honest I've seen. Kudos, DNC for bringing Huntsman's hypocrisy to the forefront in his attempt of trying to cater to the faithful of both party's while simultaneously snickering at both party's faithful.

    August 23, 2011 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  6. Greg Smith

    Sorry John, job one was to keep the economy from spiraling into a depression because of circumstances created previously. That was successful. Now that that has been done, job two is to rebuild the economy in partnership with a Republican controlled congress who are not inclined to want to help due to politics. If anyone has failed the American people it is the Republican congress.

    August 23, 2011 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  7. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Republicans have been engaged in class warfare against workers and the middle class for 30 years. The republicans are supportive of tax cuts for billionaires and big businesses, but claim giving the middle class and poor a tax cut is 'class warfare.'

    August 23, 2011 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  8. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    The problem for the Republicans is that Huntsman is correct. Many of the GOP candidates are just not being rational. They tend to listen to or be ideologues that don't understand that they need to be open to what is going on out there. Perry is a good example of what happens when someone is influenced too much by an industry - the oil industry in this case. Climate change is going on and is drying Texas out. He just doesn't want to see it.

    August 23, 2011 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  9. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    The republicans have been wrong about: 'trickle down economics,' unfunded Bush tax cuts, not supporting President Obama on Libya, not supporting social security and medicare, not supporting police, not supporting veterans, not supporting seniors, not supporting teachers, supporting two unfunded wars, supporting unfunded drug mandates, supporting unfunded bank bailouts, not supporting GM and Chrysler, supporting tax breaks for the wealthy but not the middle class, not supporting women's rights, creating class warfare for the last 30 years, doubling the national debt under Bush, not supporting clean air and water initiatives, not supporting the stimulus (yet taking credit for the job creating programs in their districts), creating a debt ceiling crisis, and not supporting health reform.

    August 23, 2011 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  10. New Moon Rising

    Huntsman could be one of the few Republican Presidents I could live with without getting heartburn .... but we all know that the Republicans are tripping overthemselves as they Race to the Extrememe fringe of their party in order to secure the nomination... so In that vein, I certainly hope that Rick Perry gets the nomination... because the republicans are just too stupid to nominate someone who will actually compete for the center .. and win ..

    August 23, 2011 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  11. diridi

    this dude is a total idiot...o.k, At one time wants to be vp, the other time, wanted to be Chinese ambassador...etc, no consistency....

    August 23, 2011 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  12. Ed Texas

    The Democrats need to hit em hard cause you know the Repubs play dirty and constantle work to divide the American public with wedge issues like Abortion and Gay Marriage.

    August 23, 2011 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  13. Ed Texas

    The Democrats need to hit em hard cause you know the Repubs play dirty and constantly work to divide the American public with wedge issues like Abortion and Gay Marriage.

    August 23, 2011 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  14. Joe

    Huntsman should be running as an Independent. He's not crazy enough to satisfy the voters in Republican primaries who prefer their candidates foaming at the mouth. I'd like to see him round up moderates of both parties and form a third, centrist, independent, pragmatic party devoted to solving this country's problems without polemic or agenda.

    August 23, 2011 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  15. Democrat Class Warfare - Destroying the economy, destroying the country

    Nice work Huntsman. This is the thank you get from your Democrat friends. Now just do us all a favor and drop out. You're a fool tool of the Democrats.

    August 23, 2011 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  16. DIANA

    I love Huntsman, he's the best spokesman for the Democratic Party.

    The sad thing is – He's the most intelligent Republican they have and might giive our President a run for his money. Huntsman won't win the nomination this year, maybe in 2016. That is if they get some common sense and get rid of all the nutcases they have running their party.

    August 23, 2011 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  17. ObamaCareS

    It's good to see them eating and gnawing on each other. It will make their eventual candidate an easy "prey." Good work, you worthless pieces of filth. Take Ryan, the crook, with you when you all leave.

    August 23, 2011 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  18. king

    hey these repugs need to stop sending money straight to corporations in the disguise of tax breaks, skipping the middle man who is the people of the united states. every one know that these companies are not hiring americans, they are hiring computer systems, robots and foreigners. we need to allow the local americans to touch this huge amount of money, so that the small businesses can get a chance to touch it. then the middle class has a chance to touch it. because as soon as the big corporations get it, its gettings hoarded into other countries to sit on the sidelines with the rest of the 2.5 trillion they already have their hiding from the tax man, starving our economy of needed revenue. we need to keep the money circulating in america.

    August 23, 2011 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  19. Bill

    A party at war with itself, lacking direction and purpose. Obama wins in 2012 with this field of reprobates.

    August 23, 2011 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  20. ConservaFASCISTS/TEAliban/TEAhadists

    “He is a good man, he is earnest, but he has failed us on the most important issue of our day.”
    I've got respect for you Mr. Huntsman for being a true statesman, but as far as this accusation of the President failing on jobs, I just can't jump on that bandwagon. You've got republicans saying the stimulus was a failure when in actuality it prevented a depression, saved jobs, and created jobs in the process. 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.

    August 23, 2011 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  21. Democrat Class Warfare - Destroying the economy, destroying the country

    The Democrats need to hit em hard cause you know the Repubs play dirty and constantle work to divide the American public with wedge issues like Abortion and Gay Marriage.
    While the Democrats use race and economic class warfare for their political purposes.

    August 23, 2011 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  22. bb

    "..While the Democrats use race and economic class warfare for their political purposes."

    Given the decade+ proven economic trend that the pool of rich in this country are getting richer. The pool of those living in poverty is growing and becoming more severe. And the middle class is disappearing (becoming the lower class, with each and every day)---maybe the middle class and poor SHOULD BE angry about long-term economic policies in place that is trashing more than 2/3's of our population. And maybe EVEN THE RICH should be angry, because as goes the middle class goes – so goes demand for the rich's goods & services that continue to make them rich. "For political purposes"? Maybe more for purposes of justice and pushing for the long-term health of our economy.

    August 23, 2011 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  23. once upon a horse

    I would probably vote for John 2016.

    August 23, 2011 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  24. The Elephant in the Room

    The best way Jon Huntsman Jr. can serve the American people is to be President Obama's Secretay of Commerce from 2012 to 2016

    August 23, 2011 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  25. SecedingfromTexas

    Just thought you would like to know:
    1. Texas unemployment rate up to 8.2%, July, 2011, the highest unemployment rate in Texas since 1987.
    2. In Perry's book "Fed Up", he states that Social Security is unconstitutional and a "Ponzi scheme. His spokesperson
    now says Perry's book "is not meant to reflect his views today." Sound familiar, Jon Kyl?
    3. Net jobs increase in Texas were government jobs due to stimulus money.
    Tea in his veins, air in his brains.

    August 23, 2011 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
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