GOP presidential candidate Jon Huntsman says former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney will be “unelectable” against President Barack Obama because of flip-flop on issues.
“I don't know that he can go on to beat President Obama, given his record,” the former Utah governor said today on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “When there is a question about whether you’re running for the White House or running for the Waffle House, you’ve got a real problem with the American people."
Huntsman said Romney has changed positions on issues including pro-life, the Second Amendment, healthcare, and taxes.
“I think the electability issue is a very real one,” he said, although he said he would support Romney if he wins the Republican Party’s nomination.
Turning to the sexual harassment allegations against candidate Herman Cain when he was CEO of the National Restaurant Association, Huntsman said the former businessman must disclose all information about the allegations.
The information needs to come out "in total" because legitimate questions have been raised and the controversy has distracted from real issues in the campaign.
As for the Republican Party overall, the GOP must secure the independent vote to win the White House, said Huntsman, President Barack Obama’s former ambassador to China.
A majority of the field represents a “Republican Party that dismisses mainstream science,” he said.
“You can't be on an extreme end of politics and expect to win over the independent vote,” he said, pointing to an early debate during which most of the candidates onstage said they’d vote against extending the debt ceiling and force the country into default.
“We’ve got to win over some independents,” he said.
Huntsman defended his record of conservatism and said that, even though he trails in the polls, he is ready to take on New Hampshire.
“I have every confidence that the work we’re doing on the ground . . . we’re going to be up,” he said. “New Hampshire is it. We’re putting everything into New Hampshire, and we’re doing it right. New Hampshire is the window through which the people of that state, and indeed the people of this country, get to see, meet, and analyze the candidates. There’s no artificiality. It’s all the real thing.”
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