STATE — Former New Jersey Gov. Christie Todd Whitman is saying presidential candidate Mitt Romney has not shown the character to stand up to extremist elements in his own party.
During an appearance on CNN, Whitman was critical of Romney for failing to speak out when an audience jeered a gay soldier during a September debate.
Romney has repeatedly refused to criticize the right-wing, ducking opportunities to condemn Rep. Michele Bachmann’s (R-MN) Islamophobic witch hunt against a Hillary Clinton aide and refusing to directly repudiate Donald Trump’s claims that President Obama was born in Kenya.
He also wouldn’t decry Rush Limbaugh for calling Sandra Fluke a “slut” or speak out against social conservatives who opposed his decision to hire an openly-gay national security spokesperson.
Romney also failed to speak out when another Republican debate audience cheered when candidates said they would let an uninsured America die.
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