January 9, 2012 by David K. Sutton
Huntsman Lays The Smack-Down On Romney
Jon Huntsman is without a question the most reasonable of the Republican candidates for president so it should come as no surprise that he has struggled to gain traction within a field of GOP candidates catering to the lowest common denominator. I don’t agree with his positions on the economy, health care and other issues but he isn’t off the rails like the rest of the GOP field. He is almost always reasoned in his responses and respectful of differences in opinion. He is the exception to the kind of Republican I spoke about in the article, Divide A Nation: Whatever It Takes To Win The White House.
It is because of his respect towards others that I have respect for him. No, I don’t want to see Jon Huntsman become president but if a Republican was going to win the election he is the only sane choice. Well, other than possibly Buddy Roemer.
It is because of this respect for Jon Huntsman that I so thoroughly enjoyed his smack-down of Mitt Romney during the NBC News / Facebook debate over the weekend:
Huntsman raised the point unilaterally, going off topic to point out that Romney — in last night’s debate — criticized him for becoming an ambassador in the Obama administration.
“I was criticized last night by Gov. Romney for putting my country first,” Huntsman said. “He criticized me while he was out raising money, for serving my country in China, yes under a Democrat, like my two sons are doing in the United States Navy. They’re not asking what political affiliation the president is.”
“I will always put my country first and I think that’s important,” Huntsman said.