From the fiscal cliff negotiations to the controversy over UN Ambassador Susan Rice's potential Secretary of State nomination, it appears that the partisan gridlock on the Hill that frustrated Americans before the election has endured.
Former U.S. Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman joins the Starting Point team this morning to weigh in on these various points of contention and to explain how he thinks the Republican Party should proceed following their election defeat.
"I think we have some structural issues. If at the end of this conversation we don't end up with a one sentence mission statement, we're toast," Huntsman says. "That one statement ought to be 'balance the budget and get out of people's lives.'"
The former GOP presidential candidate also draws attention to the unwillingness of many Republicans to run for presidential office.
"Where are the people that really bring something to the table that ought to be stepping up and running for office?" Huntsman asks. "Nobody anymore is willing to step in the arena and it's left to people who do it in part because it's a way to make money perhaps, there's a little entertainment value, or there may not be much else to do."
Regarding the contentious fiscal cliff negotiations, Amb. Huntsman says that he's confident a deal will be reached before the December 31st deadline.
"It always [gets ugly] right before a breakthrough. I’m an optimist – I think we’re going to have a breakthrough because the stakes are so high," Huntsman says. "I’m guessing most members of Congress are going to have a moment of clarity over the next few weeks."