Pro-Huntsman super PAC calls Romney a 'chameleon'
December 30th, 2011
02:37 PM ET
11 years ago

Pro-Huntsman super PAC calls Romney a 'chameleon'

Cedar Rapids, Iowa (CNN) - A super PAC supportive of Jon Huntsman is scheduled Tuesday to go up with a new television ad in New Hampshire calling front-runner Mitt Romney a "chameleon."

A source from Our Destiny PAC said the committee had put more than $300,000 into the ad buy in the run-up to New Hampshire's Jan. 10 primary.

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The spot flashed images of GOP candidates including Herman Cain, Rick Perry and Newt Gingrich, before settling upon an image of Huntsman and Romney.

"They've risen, they've fallen, until two serious candidates remain," an announcer said in the ad.

As a picture of Romney flashed on the screen, the announcer described the former Massachusetts governor as "one willing to say anything, be anything," while calling Huntsman the candidate who "can actually do the job."

The word "chameleon" accompanied Romney's picture.

"One state can stop the chameleon," the ad said over a picture of Romney, in a pitch to New Hampshire voters.

Huntsman has focused his campaign almost entirely on New Hampshire, and a poor finish in the state could end his presidential hopes.

Throughout the fall, Huntsman's campaign has produced a string of web videos hitting Romney for so-called "flip-flopping" on issues.

The Our Destiny super PAC is independent from Huntsman's campaign and is prohibited from coordinating with the campaign on strategy.

Huntsman's father, a chemicals magnate, has contributed some funds to the PAC.

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soundoff (19 Responses)
  1. Jariv

    Now that is personal. So wrong !

    December 30, 2011 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  2. Manny

    Is he a karma, karma chameleon? Does he come and go?

    December 30, 2011 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  3. Mikey

    I've been calling Romney a chameleon for weeks. I want my royalties. Maybe I need to coin a new word, like threepeat. How does Romneleon sound?

    The other term for him is parasite. His business career that he keep hyping is marked, not by building companies and creating jobs, but rather as a corporate raider – finding targets and then tearing them down to create paper value by tapping (and destroying) the intrensic value created by others who actually built the company. He laid off workers and out sourced and off-shored jobs. He sold off or dismantled business units. Then frequently the shell of a business left after the carnage colapsed, killing thousands more jobs. Romney knows little about building companies – only about creating a profit by destroying existing companies.

    December 30, 2011 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  4. Pat

    My question has always been, why would we elect a man to be our president who is a mormon. They change their history and their rules as their interests or investments change. He learned his flip flopping from being a mormon. Mitt Romney is no different than any self indulgent toddler who changes his story as his wants change. Mitt Romney is a mormon with the hope of running our country into the ground. Joseph Smith was killed in Carthage Illinois by other mormons because they figured out that Joseph was stealing from them and taking their women. Do we want someone who helps change his religeous history running our country? I DO NOT

    December 30, 2011 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  5. diridi

    Folks, now you know where these GOP idiots stand for....good luck. Corporate Greed, Oil, Rich, Banning your social security, and Medicare, Shipping Jobs overseas....o.k,

    December 30, 2011 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  6. Obayashi

    Someone called him "robotic flipflopper." The other blogger called him "a fish out of water flipflopping." Barny Frank mentioned in an interview that Romney flipflops faster than a man changes shirts. He really flipflops like a robot....i mean his gestures is robotic.

    December 30, 2011 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  7. The Greedy Old PIgs are a neocon deathcult

    Romney is all of the following:

    Snake Oil Salesman
    Used Car Salesman
    Bloodthirsty neocon
    Corporate predator
    Cruel to animals
    Elitist parasite
    Karl Rove's puppet

    December 30, 2011 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  8. m

    Look, the pot is calling the kettle black. Shame, shame

    December 30, 2011 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  9. Rudy NYC

    Mitt Romney is first and foremost a salesman. Enough said.

    December 30, 2011 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  10. politics as usual

    Poor Huntsman is still upset because the Utah Olympic committee chose Romney instead of him to turn around the failing enterprise, and has been getting kudos ever since.

    December 30, 2011 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  11. Mikey

    Mitt and Matt? Really? What's his other son named, Mutt?

    December 30, 2011 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  12. Nash

    And now a birther. At least according to Matt Romney.

    December 30, 2011 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  13. Dado

    desperate attempt by Huntsman to get some votes in NH. Sorry buddy you are not going anywhere

    December 30, 2011 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  14. Four and The Door

    Folks, now you know where these GOP idiots stand for....good luck. Corporate Greed, Oil, Rich, Banning your social security, and Medicare, Shipping Jobs overseas....o.k,
    But you are wrong on every point. Corporate greed? How about Obama throwing $billions at banks and $billions more at the auto industry so they can invest in China. That's what happened. You do know that, don't you? Obama shipped more jobs overseas in that move than Romney ever did all added together.

    Oil? Well what's wrong with supporting a thriving American industry that employs 113,000 Americans at an average wage of $32.15/ hr? These are middle class hard working people who contribute significantly to our country.

    Social Security and Medicare? Obama has raided the funding for both programs. The payroll tax cut? How about calling it what it is? Obama bribe money passed out to as many voters as possible going into an election year. Money taken from funding intended for the Social Security Trust Fund.

    And how have the poor and working class fared now that Obama's policies have played out? Hint: mid-term elections. Warning: 2012. They will not turn out by the millions to thank him for anything he has done to make their lives better.

    December 30, 2011 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  15. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Mittens strikes me as a Larry Craig wide stancer.

    December 30, 2011 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  16. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Mittens could be the spokesperson for Geico, if he loses the nomination.

    December 30, 2011 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  17. politics as usual

    That ad is so funny because Huntsman has never risen at ALL!

    December 30, 2011 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  18. Jason

    One day soon, our reckless economic and military ignorance will be called an act of war. Who will come save us from ourselves? Will they say they are defending their strategic interests? What if they say they are protecting the freedoms of humanity?

    What if sound money and jobs are only possible when we aren't sending $5 billion out of this country every day?

    What if Christianity teaches peace and not preventative wars and aggression?

    What if we save ourselves?
    Ron Paul & Jon Huntsman 2012.

    December 30, 2011 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  19. Thomas

    The GOP is going to go with Romney over Huntsman .

    Car full of clowns and Mitts at the wheel !

    December 30, 2011 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |