WASHINGTON -- Republican presidential contender Jon Huntsman questioned the electability of the two front-runners for his party's nomination, saying some of Rick Perry's views are out of the mainstream and Mitt Romney lacks foreign policy experience.
"Some people have been at zero today and they've gone on to win the New Hampshire primary," he said in an interview on Bloomberg Television's "Political Capital With Al Hunt," airing this weekend.
Romney doesn't have the "hands-on foreign policy experience" that's essential to being president, said Huntsman, who was ambassador to China for President Barack Obama until resigning this year to seek the nomination.
"I prefer having a governor who is No. 1 in job creation as opposed to No. 47, someone who didn't raise taxes to the tune of $750 million a year," he said, in a comparison of his record as governor with Romney's.
Perry, the Texas governor who leads in early polling, has taken positions on climate science and evolution that will be rejected by independent and moderate voters, Huntsman said. "On science, he's out of the mainstream," he said.
Perry was the top choice of 26 percent of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents in a Bloomberg National Poll conducted Sept. 9-12, followed by Romney at 22 percent.