Huntsman was harsh critic of Romney's health record

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The Democratic National Committee lost no time sending around news articles and video clips of Huntsman's words Sunday evening. The strategy aims to portray Romney as a flip-flopper whose promises can't be trusted.

"Tonight, Jon Huntsman announced he is ending his candidacy for president and on Monday, he will endorse Mitt Romney — the same Mitt Romney that Huntsman said lacked a core, couldn't be trusted, was a 'weathervane' and was making himself 'unelectable,' " the DNC said.

To mitigate the damage its own words might do, Huntsman's campaign quickly removed attacks against Romney from its website.