WASHINGTON — Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, whose presidential campaign has failed to take off like those of Michele Bachmann and Rick Perry, directly attacked his opponents Sunday in an interview with ABC’s This Week.
He hit Perry for comments related to climate change and federal reserve policy, and had harsh words for Bachmann’s contention last week that if elected, she would return gas prices to under $2.00 per gallon.
“You know, I just — I just don’t know what — what world that comment would come from, you know? We live in the real world. It’s grounded in reality. And gas prices just aren’t going to rebound like that,” he said.
“But just as we are in a static world, that is completely unrealistic. And, again, it’s talking about things that, you know, may pander to a particular group or sound good at the time, but it just simply is not founded in reality.”
The moderator asked Huntsman if he could trust a President Bachmann to properly handle the economy, and he said he would have problems trusting any of his opponents to do so because of dangerous policies they would have pursued during debt limit increase negotiations.
(Bachmann has made her opposition to raising the debt limit one of her signature campaign issues, though most economists warned the federal government would have defaulted on several of its obligations had the limit not been increased.)
“I have to say that there was zero leadership on display in terms of my opponents, zero leadership on display in terms of the president, who should have used the bully pulpit well ahead of time,” Huntsman said. “The people want you to speak from your heart and soul. Tell us where you want us to go. Tell us what you expect from Congress. … And then we had some of my Republican opponents who basically, I think, recommended something that would have been catastrophic for this economy.”
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