Two Weeks Ago Huntsman told ABC's Berman: He Did Not Trust RomneySubmitted by Mauibrad on Mon, 01/16/2012 - 00:23
Does Jon Huntsman Trust Mitt Romney? The Answer Says It All. Three Times.
By John Berman Jan 3, 2012 6:44pm
...In an interview with ABC News, Huntsman refused to say that Mitt Romney is a person he trusts. He balked at the question, not once, not twice, but three times.
Do you trust him? Dodge number one: “I think he’s a good man. I think he’s been on three sides of every major issue of the day. And because of that it’s going to be very tough in the end … to be able to make that trust argument to the American people.”
But do you trust him? Dodge number two: “Do I like him? Do I admire him? Of course. On the issues that he flip flopped on … that’s where he’s going to have a press problem. Because he said one thing but then has found himself on the other side of those issues.”
So no answer on, Do you trust him? Dodge number three: “I’m saying the American people, the voters, are going to have a hard time finding, I think, a gut level trust when it comes to someone who has been on so many sides of major issues.” ...
Huntsman to Drop Out of GOP Race; Will Endorse Romney
By Michael Falcone Jan 15, 2012 9:35pm
Jon Huntsman will drop out of the Republican presidential race on Monday, a campaign spokesman told ABC News.
A source close to the Huntsman campaign said the former ambassador to China and Utah governor was “proud of the race that he ran” but “did not want to stand in the way” of rival Mitt Romney, the current front-runner for the Republican nomination.
Huntsman plans to endorse Romney at an 11 a.m. press conference Monday in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
While Huntsman will be throwing his support to Romney on Monday, it was only a week ago that he told ABC’s John Berman just the opposite.
When asked if he trusts Governor Romney, Huntsman replied, “He has not put forth reason to give us a reason for us to trust him.”
Earlier this month, he told another ABC reporter that Romney is “completely out of touch.” And as recently as Saturday, Huntsman was questioning Romney’s electability.
Reporters asked Huntsman if any of the Republican establishment had reached out to him and asked him to tone down his criticism of Romney and his work with Bain Capital.
Huntsman explained: “Nope. And listen. I have said what I have said. My problem is really a political issue. And that is, when you have a candidate that talks about enjoyment in firing people, talks about pink-slips, who makes a comment that seem to be so detached from the problems that Americans are facing today, that makes you pretty much unelectable. And I say, we want a nominee who can actually go on to win. That’s the issue … the bigger issue is one of electability.”
... The other two — Cain and Bachmann — have yet to endorse.