Looking to breathe life into his lagging presidential campaign, former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman released a new web video Friday that rips Mitt Romney’s evolving positions on abortion, guns and former President Reagan — adding to the mounting criticism from the former Massachusetts governor’s GOP rivals that he lacks core convictions on issues that are most important to Republican voters.
The minute-long spot features a split screen. On one side, it shows clips of the former Massachusetts governor staking out what appear to be opposing positions on issues. On the other side, a wind-up monkey doing backflips — and at times crashing over onto its side.
“I believe that abortion should be safe and legal in this country,” Mr. Romney says in one clip from his 1994 Senate campaign. The screen then jumps to a more recent clip in which Mr. Romney says, “I have consistently been pro-life.”
Meanwhile, the monkey rips off backflips.
Speaking on gun laws, he says in one clip: “We do have tough guns laws in Massachusetts, I support them.” In another: “I would protect our Second Amendment rights to bear arms.”
The spot closes with Mr. Huntsman, who is trailing Mr. Romney significantly in the polls and racked up a lot of campaign debt, saying that, “it smacks a little bit of leading from behind.”
“This is a time when if you are going to be President of the United States you show a little presidential leadership,” he says in a clip from an interview. “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.”