Former Republican presidential candidate (and former ambassador to China) Jon Huntsman was on "The Colbert Report" last night, and at the end of the interview Stephen Colbert asked him to say what he really thought about Mitt Romney, in Mandarin. You can see the exchange at the end of this video (skip to about 3 minutes in):
|The Colbert Report||Mon – Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c|
|Jon Huntsman Pt. 2|
What did Huntsman say?
A transcription and translation:
Hǎo! Wǒ gēn nǐ zhèyàng shuō. Wǒ xiǎng liǎng gè yuè yǐhòu, zhège Romney zhōuzhǎng huì yǒu hěnduō de chénggōng.
好！ 我跟你这样说。 我想两个月以后， 这个Romney州长会有很多的成功。
"All right! Let me put it this way. I think that two months from now Governor Romney will have a lot of success."
(For further discussion of Huntsman's Mandarin skills, see Ben Zimmer's post from last year, "'Speaks Mandarin Chinese, and Hokkien… whatever that is.'")