The Washington Times - June 21, 2011, 04:16PM

He may not have wanted it, but Jon Huntsman apparently has an unlikely ally in Sen. Harry Reid, the top Democrat in the Senate.

Both Mr. Huntsman and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney are Mormon, as is Mr. Reid.


So on Tuesday, as Mr. Huntsman announced his candidacy for the GOP’s 2012 nomination, a reporter asked the senator how he felt about having two co-religionists in the Republican presidential contest and whether the country was ready to elect one of them president.

Mr. Reid ignored the gist of the question and went straight for his evaluation of the two men, head-to-head.

“I feel very comfortable that they’re not ready for — certainly, they’re not ready for the former governor of Massachusetts,” he said. “Which says in that race, if I had a choice, I would favor Huntsman over Romney.”