Huntsman: Romney’s Tough Talk On China ‘Typical’ Campaign Rhetoric

In an appearance on CNN Thursday, former Republican presidential candidate Jon Huntsman dismissed Mitt Romney’s tough talk on China as “typical” campaign rhetoric.

Romney’s campaign claimed that the presumptive Republican nominee would “stand up to China on trade” in a new ad released this week.  Huntsman, the former U.S. ambassador to China, suggested Romney’s tone would likely change after entering office.

“This is a typical trajectory, where during a campaign season you’re going to talk about China in ways that you’re hearing today,” Huntsman told CNN’s Erin Burnett.  “Then you get in office.”  


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