Huntsman Deletes Anti-Romney Attacks

Tuesday, 17 Jan 2012 08:49 AM

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Jon Huntsman’s campaign hit the delete button — and fast.

His staff went into overdrive this weekend ‘erasing’ any evidence it could that the former candidate ever attacked Mitt Romney, whom Huntsman has now endorsed.

Huntsman abandoned his bid Sunday night and quickly endorsed Romney, and according to The New York Times, his staff began wiping the slate clean of any video clips that were negative against the former Massachusetts governor.

Huntsman spent months on the campaign trail with little money and fewer resources. He did not have expensive campaign ads and so relied on online videos to push his message. He sometimes had tough criticism for Romney on those video clips. Last week, he assailed Romney for saying he enjoyed “firing people.”

“I will always put my country first. It seems that Governor Romney believes in putting politics first,” Huntsman told reporters just before the New Hampshire primary. “Governor Romney enjoys firing people. I enjoy creating jobs.”

While many interviews and statements are captured in sound bites and on video out of Huntsman’s control, there were many harsh attacks that his campaign had posted on his website and on YouTube.

Those videos and a few television commercials are now mostly gone. Just like that.

Among the harshest, if not the most creative:  the “Backflip,” a video where Huntsman called Romney a flip-flopper on issues like abortion, gun rights, and Ohio’s proposal to curb bargaining rights for unions.

And there was the one where Huntsman called Romney the “pretzel candidate” which played clips of Romney saying one thing, then appearing to say another.

And the video that called Romney  a “perfectly lubricated weather vane” who changed his position on many issues.

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