By Keith Laing - 08/21/11 02:30 PM EDT
Continuing to try to cast himself as the hard truth-teller in the 2012 Republican presidential race, former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman said Sunday that Rep. Michele Bachmann's (R-Minn.) comments about lowering gas prices if she was elected president were unrealistic.
Appearing on ABC News' "This Week," Huntsman said that Bachmann's promise last week to lower gas prices to $2 per gallon were not from "the real world.
"I just don't know what -- what world that comment would come from, you know?," Huntsman said. "We live in the real world. It's grounded in reality. And gas prices just aren't going to rebound like that.
At a town hall meeting in South Carolina last Wednesday, Bachmann said that gas was $1.79 when President Obama took office and promised they would return to those levels if she replaced him in 2013.
“Under President Bachmann you will see gasoline come down below $2 per gallon again,” she said in Greenville. “That will happen.”
Elsewhere in the ABC interview Sunday morning, Huntsman dismissed trailing Bachmann and other leading Republican candidates like Texas Gov. Rick Perry and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney in early polling.
"If, you know, you kind of use our standing and measure it against 2008, Fred Thompson would be president today, or in 2004, Howard Dean," he said. "You know, in New Hampshire, they pick presidents. I know they pick something else in Iowa.
Huntsman said he was "confident' his campaign was beginning to break through, citing his appearance on the Sunday morning show.
"For us, you know, the trajectory and the ground game is pretty clear," he said. "We're going to do well in New Hampshire, and we're going to do well in South Carolina, and then we're going to bring it home in Florida."