Huntsman hits Perry on foreign policy
GOP presidential candidate Jon Huntsman is going after Gov. Rick Perry for his flub of a foreign policy question during last week’s debate. In a new video titled, "Foreign Policy Experience: It shows," the Huntsman campaign juxtaposed Perry’s rambling answer at last week’s debate to the question of what he would do if told the ...
GOP presidential candidate Jon Huntsman is going after Gov. Rick Perry for his flub of a foreign policy question during last week's debate.
GOP presidential candidate Jon Huntsman is going after Gov. Rick Perry for his flub of a foreign policy question during last week’s debate.
In a new video titled, "Foreign Policy Experience: It shows," the Huntsman campaign juxtaposed Perry’s rambling answer at last week’s debate to the question of what he would do if told the Taliban had gained control of Pakistan’s nuclear weapons with Huntsman’s answer to the same questions on Michael Smerconish‘s radio show today.
"Well obviously, before you ever get to that point you have to build a relationship in that region. That’s one of the things that this administration has not done. Yesterday, we found out through Admiral Mullen that Haqqani has been involved with — and that’s the terrorist group directly associated with the Pakistani country. So to have a relationship with India, to make sure that India knows that they are an ally of the United States," Perry said in a rambling answer that did not even mention nukes. "For instance, when we had the opportunity to sell India the upgraded F-16’s, we chose not to do that. We did the same with Taiwan. The point is, our allies need to understand clearly that we are their friends, we will be standing by there with them.
In fact, India chose not to buy American fighter planes and the United States sells F-16s to Pakistan.
In his answer, Huntsman suggested he would use U.S. forces to infiltrate Pakistan and attack the Taliban almost immediately.
"You convene the National Security Council staff immediately, you look at the intelligence, you call your closest friends and allies in the region, and you say ‘we’ve got to take after it and we’re going to deploy every means we have at our disposal to track down that material, to track down those weapons, and to do those people in,’" said Huntsman. "That’s the only option you have. You sit around and you consider your options for too long, and the proliferation concerns are going to mount."
Huntsman spokesman Tim Miller sent out the video to reporters and wrote a note that said, "Unlike Mitt Romney and Rick Perry, Governor Huntsman has real, hands-on foreign policy experience. It showed. Compare the two responses in the video below, and then ask yourself: who would you want as Commander-in-Chief?"
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