Jon Huntsman’s presidential campaign released an ad Friday criticising GOP front-runner Mitt Romney’s many flip-flops, using a back-flipping toy monkey to drive the point home.
The ad mentions Romney’s reversal on union-busting legislation in Ohio, as well as his shifting position on abortion.
Romney’s flip-flops were a major issue in his 2008 bid for the Republican nomination, as positions he took as governor of liberal-leaning Massachusetts were — and remain — out of sync with GOP primary voters.
Earlier Friday, Huntsman called Romney a “perfectly lubricated weather vane,” on the issues that matter to voters.
Huntsman spokesman Tim Miller summed-up the campaign’s attack, saying “Back flipping is for toys and gymnasts, not presidents.”
Watch the video below:
The ad’s script is below:
JHFP Web Video – “Backflip”
Released – 10/28/2011
TRT: 60 Seconds
Public YouTube Link: http://www.youtube.com/user/Jon2012HQ#p/a/u/0/EhyMplwY6HY
JOE JOHNS: If Republicans didn’t like Mitt Romney’s position on the so-called “union-busting” proposal in Ohio, all they had to do is wait one day before he changed it.
DONNY DEUTSCH: History has showed us after the last few decades, in this 24/7 media world, the flip-flopping candidate cannot get elected.
MITT ROMNEY: I believe that abortion should be safe and legal in this country.
MITT ROMNEY: That I have consistently been pro-life.
MITT ROMNEY: When he took office, the economy was in recession, and he made it worse.
MITT ROMNEY: I didn’t say that things are worse.
MITT ROMNEY: Look, I was an Independent during the time of Reagan-Bush, I am not trying to return to Reagan-Bush.
MITT ROMNEY: Is to pursue the strategy which Ronald Reagan pursued.
MITT ROMNEY: We do have tough gun laws in Massachusetts. I support them.
MITT ROMNEY: And I would protect our Second Amendment rights to bear arms.
MARY MATALIN: And the core of their concern is what you just raised, what is his core?
JON HUNTSMAN: It smacks a little bit of leading from behind.
CHYRON – “Leadership You Can Depend On”
JON HUNTSMAN: This is a time when if you are going to be President of the United States, you show a little presidential leadership. That’s by taking a position and leading out. Sometimes there is a risk associated with taking a position, but that’s all part of leadership.
CHYRON – “Jon Huntsman – President 2012”
CHYRON – “Jon Huntsman.com – Paid for by Jon Huntsman for President”
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