Reid chooses Huntsman over Romney

Paul Conner Executive Editor
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New presidential candidate Jon Huntsman picked up a key Senate endorsement — from the opposite party.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said that if he had to pick a Republican candidate, he would back Huntsman, the former Utah governor.

“If I had a choice, I would favor Huntsman over Romney,” Reid told a pool of reporters Tuesday. “But I don’t have a choice in that race.”

Reid’s comments were reported by CNN’s Gabriella Schwarz.

Reid criticized Romney for changing his positions on abortion, gay marriage and health care.

“I think the frontrunner in the Republican stakes now, here is a man who doesn’t know who he is,” Reid said. (Huntsman announces big for GOP nomination)

“We modeled our bill to a large degree about what he did in Massachusetts,” Reid said of the Affordable Care Act. “Now he is trying to run from that. If someone doesn’t know who they are they shouldn’t be president of the United States.”

Reid demurred on a question about whether or not the United States is ready for a Mormon president, saying that the country is not ready for Romney.