The Last Word | April 05, 2012
>>> well, it looks increasingly like we have a nominee in the republican party . i think that's becoming increasingly evident.
>> what is not evident when you hear that guy say that is that he actually endorsed that republican nominee months ago. that was jon huntsman speaking yesterday after pretty much the whole world became convinced that mitt romney has the republican presidential nomination wrapped up. that's when endorsers of romney , supporters of romney are supposed to jump up and down in front of tv cameras chanting all the way with mitt, stuff like that, something jubilant, triumphant. jon huntsman had more to say yesterday. let's see just how triumphant he could get himself to be.
>> and now the challenge, of course, will be how do you reach out and draw in the independents. i think that's ultimately where the election is going to be won or lost.
>> you think romney will be able to reach out to those independents?
>> he certainly shows evidence of being able to do that. now the work begins.
>> and then came the breaking news today from jon huntsman 's daughter that jon huntsman will not be a surrogate for the romney campaign and will not be campaigning for him and quote, will not be out stumping for him in the general. and that's why abby huntsman, jon huntsman 's daughter is very welcome here tonight.
>> you're going to get me in a lot of trouble tonight. i'm going to set the record straight . that's why i'm here.
>> set the record straight . your father hates romney --
>> absolutely not.
>> i believe i heard him say --
>> my dad endorsed romney . and he still stands to that. and he would be happy to go out and help. as far as i know he's not been asked to. i think once they realized they need to get the independents they'll be calling him. but he would be happy to help and always does he feels is better for the country overall.
>> let's listen to something he said on msnbc that might have something to do with why no one's called him.
>> i already know what you're going to show.
>> let's see.
>> gone are the days when the republican party used to put forward big bold visionary stuff. i think we're going to have problems politically until we get some sort of third party movement or some alternative voice out there that can put forward new ideas.
>> okay. so it's not traditional for you to ask your surrogate to go out and campaign for you after he's called for a third party.
>> well, i think what my dad talks about is something mitt romney should take seriously. he now has an opening to demonstrate a narrative that attracts american people beyond the base. it's talking about the economy. he's spending his time attacking the president, i think that's --
>> he's not spinning anymore. huntsmans don't have to spin anymore. you can relax --
>> that's right, but --
>> go ahead, say it.
>> the party should embrace my dad and say we need all ideas here. if we want to win in 2012 , we need all people to come together and unite. that's the only way we're going to beat obama. they should bring my dad in.
>> huntsman in 2016 on a third party?
>> he said he will serve.
>> no one is saying no to the third party --
>> you know what? he will serve in whatever capacity he can. that's all i can say.
>> okay. well, you've said enough and your father has said enough. i think we get it. i think we get it. abby huntsman gets the last word tonight. thank you very much, abby .