By Erica Wisniewski - 09/01/11 08:01 PM EDT
On NBC’s “Today” show Thursday, former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman (R) labeled his opponents in the presidential race as being at “extreme ends” of the political spectrum. Over the past few weeks, Huntsman has criticized his fellow Republican presidential contenders for statements made about their personal beliefs on science and abortion.
“People don’t want politics at the extreme ends, and what we’re getting now is politics at the extreme ends, and we can do better than that,” he said.
One day after announcing his jobs agenda, Huntsman continued his attack on corporate tax rates, saying he wants to “clean out the corporate welfare.”
Huntsman also defended his decision to stay in the race for the GOP nomination, despite his low poll numbers. A recent Quinnipiac University poll found him in fourth place behind Texas Gov. Rick Perry, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and Rep. Michele Bachmann (Minn.).