Republican Presidential Candidate Jon Huntsman channeled his inner David Plouffe this Sunday and sharpened his attack on GOP rival Mitt Romney.
"I think when you’re on too many sides of the issues of the day, when you don’t have that core, when there’s that element of trust out there, I think that becomes a problem and I think it makes you unelectable against Barack Obama," Huntsman asserted.
Also, fallout from the Herman Cain's sexual harassment allegations are dominating this news cycle. The former Godfather's Pizza CEO is trying to move the conversation forward and divert attention away from the charges which stem from his time at the helm of the National Restaurant Association in the late 1990’s. Governor Haley Barbour (R-MS) told me this morning that he doesn't think the controversy is fatal to Cain's campaign, however, he believes that in order to move past the issue, Mr. Cain needs to put all the facts out there.
"Bad news is not like fine wine: It doesn't improve with age." Barbour quipped, "I think what he wants to do is get back on message, and the way to do that is get all the facts on the table, get it behind him."
A spirited conversation on our roundtable as well breaking down the Cain allegations and whether or not the issue will hurt his candidacy. The Cain campaign has said that fund raising skyrocketed in the last week and their strategy of demonizing the media could be effective. As GOP strategist Alex Castellanos put it, their plan is to "Make this a choice, not a referendum on Herman Cain. And the other choice is the news media." He added, "Is it working? You bet"
One news organization on the receiving end of the Cain campaign's jabs is Politico. I was joined on our roundtable by Senior Political Reporter for Politico, Maggie Haberman who weighed in on the campaign's strategy.
"I think that it has served them well this week. I think that's how he's gotten around some conflicting answers about what's happened." However, she cautioned, "I don't know that he's going to be able to not answer questions, or at least not get asked them anymore."
Watch our entire broadcast on our website, including a Take Two discussion with host of MSNBC's Hardball and author of the new book Jack Kennedy: Elusive Hero, Chris Matthews.
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