Huntsman accuses Romney of soundbite foreign policy
October 10th, 2011
06:31 PM ET
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Huntsman accuses Romney of soundbite foreign policy

(CNN) - On the same day Jon Huntsman gave his foreign policy speech in New Hampshire, the former Utah governor took a swipe at his GOP presidential opponent Mitt Romney, who made a similar speech on Friday.

"I'm offering solutions. He is throwing out soundbites," Huntsman said Monday on CNN's "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer." "At the end of the day, you have to manage U.S. affairs in the world."

In his speech, Huntsman, also a former U.S. ambassador to China, called on the government to dial back its military efforts overseas.

His remarks offered a stark contrast to Romney's foreign policy approach that calls for an increase in military spending, including an expansion of the U.S. warship fleet.

Huntsman also said Romney's sentiments toward Russia and China-which Romney described as "rising nations with hidden and emerging aspirations" in his speech-was a method "that plays on fear factor."

"We need to begin aligning friends and allies around those two necessities, and realities that will drive our foreign policy are defense spending and the way we deploy well into the 21st century," Huntsman said. "Much different vision than what Romney put on the table."

Both Romney and Huntsman have persistently courted voters in New Hampshire, which holds the first-in-the-nation primary.

But according to a Harvard University/Saint Anselm College Poll released Monday, Huntsman trails Romney by a wide margin: Romney polled with 38%, while Huntsman came in with 4%.

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soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. thomas

    Jon Huntsman is right !

    Mitt has five sons , none did any military service !

    Where's Walldo ?

    October 10, 2011 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  2. Indy

    Romneys foreign policy was speech was quite disappointing for a guy that has had five years as a Presidential candidate his speech was minor league and Huntsman is right, it was a GOP soundbite speech, nothing new or thought out well. Huntsman is right about China and Russia on many points and we have to face the fact that China is not going away and is part of the global economy and all countries that work with them instead of against them will run ahead of the pack. Huntsman does know more about global economics and foreign policy then Mitt has learned while making a career out of running for President.

    October 10, 2011 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  3. ANGY

    you rethugs have a short memory or no memory when it comes to President Obama and foreign policies. He is STILL trying to clean up bush/cheney messes. And while at it he caught bin laden and some other highly placed murderers.

    October 10, 2011 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  4. GOP = Greed Over People

    I am very glad the asylum patients have taken over the GOP, otherwise, this guy could have been a real threat to President Obama.

    October 10, 2011 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  5. Annie, Atlanta

    No wonder this guy can't get any traction in the Republican Party process. It's all about the soundbites these days, Mr. Huntsman. Three word slogans, as it were. Where have you been for the last 12 years or so? I don't know if the GOP thinks the base can't understand anything more complicated that they have to use these slogans for their message to stick, but it's sad. Where are the statesmen? Where are the public servants? Why do they treat us as though we're stupid? Are we? Personally I think it's more misinformed than anything. Infotainment is all the media has to offer. Anything in depth would lose market share.

    October 10, 2011 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  6. Thad

    Is foreign policy even a issues right now . The last thing this conutry needs is more war toys I think we have enough. Two wars and country with 20% of the country looking for work. G.O.P. really seem to be in touch with what americans need and that's more war talk. Yeah right

    October 10, 2011 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  7. Scot

    As a democrat, I really like this guy. He will not go anywhere with the knuckleheads running the republican program but he makes alot of sence. I guess thats why OUR president picked him !

    October 10, 2011 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  8. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Sound bites are as deep into thought as republicans get. If any policy has more than three words, you can bet you have lost the teabaggers concentration.

    October 10, 2011 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  9. sensible

    Yeah Romney, instigate WWIII, good job!!! Well, it would be good for the economy(defense contractors, medical suppliers, etc.)

    October 10, 2011 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  10. sensible

    Good for unemployment, too!

    October 10, 2011 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |