Jon Huntsman sits down with Jake Tapper for ABC’s “This Week”. According to the Political Playbook, Huntsman was unplugged: very critical of others in the GOP president field– not just Texas Gov. Rick Perry, but others, too:
TAPPER: “Perry also caused some controversy this week when he said this about Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke.”
PERRY (on tape): “If this guy prints more money between now and the election, I don’t know what y’all would do to him in Iowa, but … we would treat him pretty ugly down in Texas. Printing more money, to play politics at this particular time in American history, is almost treacherous — or treasonous, in my opinion.”
TAPPER: “A former Bush political guru, Karl Rove, called that remark ‘un-presidential.’ What do you think?”
HUNTSMAN: “Well, I don’t know if that’s pre-secession Texas or post-secession Texas. But in any event, I’m not sure that the average voter out there is going to hear that ‘treasonous’ remark and say that sounds like a presidential candidate, that sounds like someone who is serious on the issues. But it gets to a broader point of … the fact that … we’ve had so much hope and hype in politics the last little while. We’ve found ourselves at the extreme ends of the political spectrum and people are crying out for us to get back to some level of sensibility. And this just kind of perpetuates the name-calling and the finger-pointing and the blame game where we want solutions.
“We want to look to the future, we want somebody with vision. We don’t want to look back. We, as Americans, are the most optimistic, blue-sky people the world has ever known. We want to look forward and we want solutions. And every time we have these sideshows take place — finger-pointing and name-calling — it takes us that much farther off the ball, which is fixing our core in this country, is getting our economy fixed and creating jobs.”