Thursday, February 23, 2012

Huntsman pushes for 3rd party, is "nobody's surrogate"

With a quiet but real explosion on Morning Joe today, Jon Huntsman made the case for a third party and despite his endorsement of Mitt Romney, vowed that he's "nobody's surrogate."

"I think we're going to have problems politically until we get some sort of third party movement or some alternative voice out there that can put forward new ideas."

He then anticipated speculation that he'd lead the effort.

"That ain't gonna be me, by the way, I know the next question. I'm not interested in that."

Later, John Heilemann asked if that meant he would prefer a third party candidate to Mitt Romney, whom Huntsman' has endorsed.

Huntsman answered:

"I'm not a surrogate for anybody. You've got someone coming up who's a surrogate. [Chris Christie]"


Everyone knew Huntsman wasn't fond of Romney, but this is a remarkable lack of faith in someone he's ostensibly supporting.