Rush Limbaugh took on Jon Huntsman Tuesday, ripping into the newly announced candidate's soft stance on Obama, and poking fun at the theatrics of the location Huntsman used to make his presidential bid.
Huntsman made his announcement at historic Liberty State Park, the location Ronald Reagan once used to deliver a rhetorical cannon blast at Jimmy Carter, Politico reports
Limbaugh compared, using clips, Huntsman's speech and Reagan's. Huntsman spoke about ushering in an era of "civility" in campaigns and acknowledging his respect for the president.
At the time n 1980, Reagan blasted Carter. Limbaugh also called Huntsman “the former ambassador to the ChiComs for Obama." Here are Politco's excerpts of the radio show host's comments:
"The Republican Party is still convinced that in order to secure the support of independents, that they have to be boring. They have to be serious and Milquetoast and cannot be confrontational, cannot be partisan, cannot go into attack mode. Somehow this is going to cause the independents to get nervous and send them running right back to Obama. Now, of course, that's flat-out BS, it's totally wrong. The elections of last November demonstrate that in a real world, real life example."
"This is reminiscent of McCain getting rid of anybody in his campaign who dared use Obama's own middle name. Even that was considered to be provocative. So you don't need to run down anybody's reputation. "I respect the president of the United States." This is Consultants 101 — and I'm sure Huntsman believes this himself. As a moderate, this is what they all believe."
"Can you believe how mean-spirited Reagan was? Why, he went right after the reputation of Jimmy Carter. My God, he was making fun of Jimmy Carter. He was making fun of him! He was laughing about Jimmy Carter being no different than a dictionary. Why, I can't believe how uncivil Reagan was! I didn't hear Reagan talk about how much he respected Carter's reputation. I heard him talk about how damaging Carter was — and Reagan was just getting warmed up."
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