Monday, December 19, 2011

Huntsman Super PAC stresses conservatism

Via Jo Ling Kent, check out this ad in today's New Hampshire Union-Leader from Our Destiny -- a Super PAC supporting Jon Huntsman.

He's called "conservative" six times.

And remember, this is about a guy who was reluctant* to call himself a conservative when he entered the race and in a state where he's making a big play for indies.

Here's a good example of Huntsman's discomfort with the label, "conservative", when he started his run.

After Hannity asked point-blank in June if Huntsman were a conservative, H replied:

"You know, everybody has labels and tags that they want to throw your way, and all I say is 'Look, at my record. I'm running on my record.'

A lot of people run away from their records. I'm very proud of my record. Some people will like it, others will find elements of it that they don't like.

But I would term myself as a conservative, problem-solver. When all is said and done, I'm a conservative problem-solver."

Or check out NRO's Katrina Trinko, who wrote also in June (ea).

Jon Huntsman, who is described in his new campaign video as the “ultimate conservative,” refuses to say he is any more or less conservative than any of the other GOP contenders. Huntsman told National Review Online, “I don’t measure it by litmus tests like that. People can look at my record and draw their own conclusions.”

He said that his record of working for Republican presidents Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush, and George W. Bush, along with his tax-reform and pro-life record, has established his conservative credentials.

Interestingly, Huntsman corrected me when I referred to the video: He says he is a “traditional conservative,” not the “ultimate conservative” — the label that the narrator of his video clearly enunciates and attaches to him.

But over the past few weeks, Huntsman's campaign has played up the conservative thing big, as disaffected conservatives look for a Romney and Gingrich-alternative.