September 14th, 2012
03:59 PM ET

Huntsman: Protests are an opportunity for Romney to step it up

Former Republican presidential candidate and U.S. Ambassador to China, Jon Huntsman, weighed in on Mitt Romney’s response to the turmoil in the Arab Spring on Friday.

“I don’t know what Gov. Romney is proposing at this point,” said Huntsman on MSNBC’S Morning Joe, when asked to comment how President Barack Obama will handle the uprisings, compared to Mitt Romney’s proposals.

Romney adviser blames Obama for Libya, Egypt attacks

The wave of anti-American protests against an amateur movie that mocked the Islamic prophet Muhammad continues to spread through the Middle East; with angry dissidents demonstrating from Tunisia to Jerusalem.

Romney released a statement on Tuesday calling Obama’s handling of the Libya and Egypt attacks as “disgraceful.” He accused the administration of appearing to be sympathetic to the perpetrators of the attacks against U.S. compounds in Cairo and Benghazi, where 4 Americans were killed, including U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens.

Remembering Ambassador Stevens

Huntsman believes Romney should have taken more of an initiative to show voters his agenda for the Middle East.

“I thought this was a perfect opportunity for the Romney campaign to step up, and begin, not through immediate criticism, but begin to articulate their vision for the Middle East, in terms of how we begin putting some of these pieces back together again. That’s what the American people want to hear. I think they’ve heard enough of the finger-pointing, the criticisms, the anger,” said Huntsman..

Watch Erin Burnett OutFront at 7p/ 11 p ET on CNN for the complete interview with Fmr. Presidential Candidate, Jon Huntsman.

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