As the Republican candidates running for president attempt to one-up each other’s conservative credentials, Jhn Huntsman (R-Utah) is trying to stake out some territory on the moderate side of the right wing political spectrum.
Huntsman took to Twitter to take what many perceive as a jab at Republican candidate Gov. Rick Perry (R-Texas). “To be clear. I believe in evolution and trust scientists on global warming. Call me crazy.”
The tweet came shortly after Perry was caught on tape telling a boy in Bedford, New Hampshire that evolution was a “theory that’s out there.” Before making the evolution comment Perry had embarked on an assault on science that involved both his questioning of global warming and the age of the planet.
Perry said on Wednesday that climate change was a “hoax.” A day later when a young boy in Portsmouth, New Hampshire asked Perry how old the Earth is and Perry replied, “You know what, I don’t have any idea,” Perry replied. “I know it's pretty old. So it goes back a long, long ways. I'm not sure anybody actually knows completely and absolutely how old the Earth is.”
It seems that Huntsman, who continues to struggle to gain traction in Republican polls, may see Perry’s comments as a chance to gain in New Hampshire. The Granite State, which hosts the first in the nation primary in early 2012 is known for having a more moderate flavor of Republicans. The state chose John McCain as its Republican candidate in both 2000 and 2008. A strong showing from Huntsman in New Hampshire could change the dynamics of the GOP race, though Mitt Romney (R-Mass.) remains the front-runner there.
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