Former presidential candidate Jon Huntsman really wants voters to consider supporting a third-party candidate. Which is strange, because just over a month ago, Jon Huntsman really wanted voters to consider supporting Mitt Romney.
He also wants people to know that, in his opinion, the GOP in general is a party bereft of big, bold ideas. That is also strange, considering that a month ago, Huntsman was calling for "GOP unity." What's going on? I'm guessing that Huntsman just missed having teevee cameras pointed at him.
No worries, then, because today Huntsman appeared on "Morning Joe," where he revised and updated all of his previous opinions on these matters. The Hill's Justin Sink provides a good blow-by-blow:
"Gone are the days when the Republican Party used to put forward big, bold, visionary stuff," Huntsman said during an appearance on MSNBC's "Morning Joe."
"I see zero evidence of people getting out there and addressing the economic deficit -- which is a national-security problem, for heaven's sake," he said. “I think we're going to have problems politically until we get some sort of third-party movement or some alternative voice out there that can put forward new ideas."
Okay, but: "It's now time for our party to unite around the candidate best equipped to beat Barack Obama ... Despite our differences ... that candidate is Gov. Mitt Romney." What happened to that?
And if you're wondering to yourself, "Hey, is this some attempt to get himself anointed as the third-party banner-waver," worry no more. "That ain't gonna be me, by the way; I know the next question. I'm not interested in that," said Huntsman, placing a dagger squarely in the heart of Americans Elect.
But again, didn't this guy endorse Romney?
"I’m not a surrogate for anybody," said Huntsman.
Okay, so Romney would not necessarily be the ideal choice in this election, then, considering his lack of "big, bold, visionary stuff," right?
"I think Mitt Romney’s the best person to handle the economic side," said Huntsman.
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