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Huntsman: Romney is 'unelectable'

Republican presidential candidate Jon Huntsman said Mitt Romney's inconsistency on issues such as abortion, gun rights and healthcare would make him "unelectable" in a matchup with President Obama.

"I think that what the American people want today, more than anything else, is a level of consistency,” Huntsman said on NBC's "Meet the Press" on Sunday. “They want trust. They want a level of trust in their elected officials.”

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 "There is an issue on the flip-flops as it relates to trust. I don’t know that he can go on to beat President Obama given his record,” he added. “I mean, when there is a question about whether you're running for the White House or running for the Waffle House, you've got a real problem with the American people.”

Huntsman though said that he would support Romney if he is the Republican nominee.

He also said that businessman Herman Cain has more questions to answer about allegations that he sexually harassed employees as head of the National Restaurant Association.


“It’s up to Herman Cain to get the information out and get it out in total,” Huntsman said. "Legitimate questions have been raised."

He called Cain a "decent, decent man," and said the controversy is taking "all the bandwidth out of the discussion" about jobs and the economy.

David Gregory, host of "Meet the Press," asked Huntsman about Cain's recent comment that incorrectly suggested that China does not have nuclear weapons. Huntsman, who served as ambassador to China, did not directly attack Cain over the comment, but he said, “I think there needs to be a baseline level of knowledge from a foreign policy standpoint” for a presidential candidate.