The criticism of Mr. Obama marked a shift toward a more partisan message from Mr. Huntsman, who until about six weeks ago served as Mr. Obama’s ambassador to China. In speeches and appearances, the undeclared candidate has generally avoided taking shots at his former boss, or even at his potential rivals in the GOP field.
“You look at unemployment, you look at the environment in which jobs supposedly can be created, when you look at the debt level and you look at all the economic indicators, it would suggest that we’re in bad shape,” he said.
Mr. Huntsman has been campaigning heavily in New Hampshire, but he is skipping Monday’s GOP debate there and declined to officially announce his run during the CNN interview, though he did say he and his family are prepared for a run.
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David Eldridge joined The Washington Times in 1999 and over the next seven years helped lead the paper’s coverage of regional politics and government, Sept. 11, and the sniper attacks of 2002. In 2006, he was named managing editor of the paper’s Web site. He came to The Times from the Telegraph in North Platte, Neb., where he served as ...
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