Former Republican Governor: Romney Is Afraid To Stand Up To His Right-Wing Base

Former New Jersey Gov. Christie Todd Whitman (R) said Mitt Romney must do a better job of standing up to the radical elements of the Republican party and criticized her party’s nominee for not speaking out when an audience jeered a gay soldier during a September debate.

“Sister Souljah moment, you’re looking for,” Whitman explained Tuesday morning on CNN’s Starting Point. “President [Clinton] had that with Sister Souljah. Mitt Romney needs that.” Watch it:


Indeed, 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.