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The Manchurian Candidate (Jon Huntsman hints about 2012 run)
Newsweek ^ | January 1, 2011 | McKay Coppins

Posted on 01/01/2011 8:47:52 AM PST by Hawk720

...The moderate Republican had once been considered a rising star in the GOP and a likely 2012 contender, with David Plouffe, Barack Obama’s campaign mastermind, even identifying Huntsman as the only Republican who made him “a wee bit queasy” about the next race. But speculation ended abruptly in 2009 when Obama tapped Huntsman for the ambassadorship. National pundits called the appointment a shrewd move by the White House to sideline a potential rival, and then promptly forgot about him—which is probably why last fall’s Beehive State buzz was drowned out on the national stage by the noise of the midterms.

Now, it appears, the ambassador is ready to make some noise of his own. Sitting in the echo-y living room of his new Washington home, Huntsman, a tall, lean man with silver hair and impeccable posture, pauses only briefly when faced with the question of presidential aspirations. “You know, I’m really focused on what we’re doing in our current position,” he says. “But we won’t do this forever, and I think we may have one final run left in our bones.” Asked whether he is prepared to rule out a run in 2012 (since it would require him to campaign against his current boss), he declines to comment.

The winking response—about as close to a hat-in-ring announcement as you’ll get from a sitting member of the incumbent’s administration—could just be a hollow cry for attention. But sources close to Huntsman (who requested anonymity to speak freely without his permission) say that during his December trip to the U.S., he met with several former political advisers in Washington and Salt Lake City to discuss a potential campaign.

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KEYWORDS: bennett; hatch; hellno; huntsman
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1 posted on 01/01/2011 8:47:55 AM PST by Hawk720
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To: Hawk720

Another epic-level RINO turdpile.


2 posted on 01/01/2011 8:49:21 AM PST by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Amber Lamps !"~~)
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To: Hawk720

Who the heck is Huntsman? The only lever, well now “ballot I must mark here in NY) I’m pulling for is Sarah.


3 posted on 01/01/2011 8:50:02 AM PST by NoGrayZone (What we conservatives call the privates, the liberals call public access! (thnx Balding_Eagle)
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To: Hawk720

I don’t recall ever seeing the phrase, “moderate DemocRAT” being used by the state run “media”. I guess they don’t have any of those.


4 posted on 01/01/2011 8:51:20 AM PST by FlingWingFlyer ("The Dems have a 'war room' for everything but war..." - Dennis Miller)
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To: NoGrayZone
Who the heck is Huntsman?

I assume this is the same Huntsman as Glenn Beck's hero, the billionaire plastics manufacturer turned philanthropist and cancer-center owner.

5 posted on 01/01/2011 8:52:09 AM PST by backwoods-engineer (Imagine Cass Sunstein's boot stamping on Lincoln's beard, forever.)
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To: Hawk720

Mr. Open Borders


6 posted on 01/01/2011 8:52:12 AM PST by 9YearLurker
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To: Hawk720

Who?


7 posted on 01/01/2011 8:52:30 AM PST by PaleoBob
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To: NoGrayZone

A son of a favorite guy of Glenn Beck’s.


8 posted on 01/01/2011 8:53:08 AM PST by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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To: backwoods-engineer

The son.


9 posted on 01/01/2011 8:53:44 AM PST by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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To: Hawk720

Yeah, an unknown Republican billionaire moderate; thats the ticket. I’m sure he’ll develop a huge following.


10 posted on 01/01/2011 8:54:49 AM PST by Nonstatist
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To: Hawk720

Dems propping up people the can beat easily...


11 posted on 01/01/2011 8:56:53 AM PST by Kent C
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To: Hawk720
a tall, lean man with silver hair and impeccable posture

Well, obviously this qualifies him to run for the highest office imaginable. In the eyes of Newsweak.

I, too, never heard of this guy. But obviously "moderate Republican" is duckspeak for "screaming leftist." Why would Glenn Beck support a jerk like that? Or does he owe him from past favors?

12 posted on 01/01/2011 8:57:23 AM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: backwoods-engineer

From Wikkipeda: “Huntsman is the son of billionaire businessman and philanthropist Jon Huntsman of Huntsman Corporation.”


13 posted on 01/01/2011 8:58:13 AM PST by GBA (Not on our watch!)
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To: JRochelle; greyfoxx39; Colofornian; Elsie; FastCoyote; svcw; Zakeet; SkyPilot; rightazrain; ...

Here we go again ping.

Speaks Mandarin as well.


14 posted on 01/01/2011 8:59:01 AM PST by Utah Binger (Finally home to a foot of snow and -11 degrees on New Years Day)
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To: Hawk720

Hell NO!!!


15 posted on 01/01/2011 8:59:49 AM PST by Reagan Man ("In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.")
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To: Hawk720

This is Newsweak folks. A propaganda “pamphlet” that masquerades as a “News Magazine”. Really nothing to see here folks don’t waste you time truly “move on”.


16 posted on 01/01/2011 9:00:39 AM PST by US Navy Vet
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To: GBA
More from Wikkipedia:

In November 2004, Huntsman was elected Governor of Utah with 57% of the vote, defeating Democratic Party nominee Scott Matheson, Jr.[5] He was re-elected in November 2008 with 77.7% of the vote, defeating Democratic Party nominee Bob Springmeyer.

During his tenure as governor, Utah was named the best managed state by the Pew Center on the States.

Huntsman is also a self-proclaimed fan of the progressive rock genre and on July 30, 2007, attended a concert by progressive metal band Dream Theater. Later that day, Huntsman signed a proclamation creating "Dream Theater Day" on that date for the state of Utah. According to Dream Theater's website, Huntsman is a keyboard player. Huntsman also joined REO Speedwagon on the piano for two songs during their concert at the Utah State Fair on September 16, 2005.

Huntsman has been awarded six honorary doctorate degrees.

17 posted on 01/01/2011 9:01:48 AM PST by GBA (Not on our watch!)
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To: Hawk720

This guy has that Presidential look.....Therefor he could whip the Kenyan without breaking a sweat. Huntsman looks like an illegal alien amnesty kind of guy.


18 posted on 01/01/2011 9:02:32 AM PST by dennisw (- - - -He who does not economize will have to agonize - - - - - Confucius)
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To: backwoods-engineer; the OlLine Rebel

As of now, Sarah is my only choice. We still have some time to see who comes forward, but I know nothing about this Huntsman and have no desire to look him up.


19 posted on 01/01/2011 9:02:40 AM PST by NoGrayZone (What we conservatives call the privates, the liberals call public access! (thnx Balding_Eagle)
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To: Hawk720

The son of a Utah billionaire.

Governor of Utah, and then appointed by Obama to be ambassador to China.

RINO. Won’t get a sniff from the conservative base.


20 posted on 01/01/2011 9:03:03 AM PST by lurk
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To: Nonstatist

Funny, I’ve just never heard of this guy. Is he one of Harold Stassen’s relatives or what?


21 posted on 01/01/2011 9:03:12 AM PST by muawiyah
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To: GBA

Oh, god a silver spoon in the mouth busbies type. You cannot make up crap like this.


22 posted on 01/01/2011 9:03:18 AM PST by org.whodat
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To: Cicero

He supports the father who has vowed to die broke and gives away his money. Tons of it.


23 posted on 01/01/2011 9:03:21 AM PST by netmilsmom (Happiness is a choice.)
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To: backwoods-engineer

Nope, different Huntsman. John Huntsman Sr. is Beck’s hero, this is Jr.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jon_Huntsman,_Jr.


24 posted on 01/01/2011 9:04:06 AM PST by mnehring
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To: Cicero

Beck supports his old man. This guy is just another trust fundee Nelson Rockefeller wannabee, with ZERO chance of being elected to President. Perfect for Newsweeks support in the Republican primaries.


25 posted on 01/01/2011 9:04:50 AM PST by Nonstatist
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To: fieldmarshaldj
I'm not sure RINO is the right term for these guys. They are actual Republicans, but it's the party's long-standing governing philosophy of maintaining the status quo at all costs that is the problem.

The status quo was once conservative, but it keeps shifting Left now due to the work of activist Democrats in government. Republicans don't seem to know how to shift it back Right again - only to slow or stop the shift for a time.

26 posted on 01/01/2011 9:04:50 AM PST by Mr. Jeeves ( "The right to offend is far more important than any right not to be offended." - Rowan Atkinson)
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To: Cicero

“Why would Glenn Beck support a jerk like that?”

Beck has had his father on. And it sounds like he’s different than his father. Perhaps like Christopher Buckley?? Just a guess.


27 posted on 01/01/2011 9:04:57 AM PST by Kent C
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To: GBA

Six, with all that money he should have at least bought an even dozen.


28 posted on 01/01/2011 9:05:38 AM PST by org.whodat
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To: Mr. Jeeves
Unless this guy ever ran for public office as a Democrat he cannot be a RINO. On the other hand he could be a total Leftwingtard ~ which makes him no different than Joe Biden, or Obama, or any otherwise unknown potential death camp operator.

I'd stay away from him just on that basis.

And again, I don't know the guy, never heard of him, and I'm pretty sure he is not involved in anything Conservative.

29 posted on 01/01/2011 9:09:05 AM PST by muawiyah
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To: Hawk720
From the article:
But an increasingly vocal segment of the GOP is worried that the conservative populism of 2010 is distracting the party from its more pressing priorities. “We may be confusing a clearing in the forest for being out of the woods,” says Republican strategist John Weaver, who notes young voters’ disapproval of some of the party’s social agenda. “There is a ticking demographic time bomb working against us, and if we don’t correct that problem very soon, we could wind up back where we were four years ago.” What the party needs now, argue supporters like Weaver, is a leader who can negotiate a treaty of sorts between the right-wing base and forward-thinking moderates. The GOP, in other words, needs an ambassador.
The establishment still doesn't get it. They think that the TEA Parties are a fad and that we'll go back to sleep now that we've "won" this round.

What the party needs now is to realize that the reason they lost in 2006 and 2008 is because they spent 6 years trying to be liberals. They spent like drunken sailors. Actually, they spent like Democrats. Drunken sailors only waste their own money. They couldn't find enough fiscal restraint to make permanent changes to the tax code.

The Bush tax hikes that we just narrowly averted (by delaying them for the next lame duck Congress) were the result of Progressive Republican spending started under George W. Bush. Spending that most of the "leadership" in the Republican party voted for, supported and will likely continue in spite of the TEA party victories this year.

TEA Parties need to get into the Republican party structure and drag the party back to some strong conservative principles. If that doesn't work, there's always the possibility of a third party forming. I don't think that would be a good thing, but these "Republican Strategists" need to realize, if they push the TEA Partiers into a third party, it's the Republicans that will lose big.

People like this "Strategist," John Weaver will destroy the Republican party and quicken the fall of these United States.

30 posted on 01/01/2011 9:10:08 AM PST by cc2k
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To: Hawk720

“... impeccable posture...”

And how was the crease in his pants, McKay?


31 posted on 01/01/2011 9:12:05 AM PST by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: cc2k
Nonsense. The only hope the TEA Party has for a "third party" is by busting up the Democrats.

I strongly recommend any "third party" type TEA Partiers GO THERE FIRST.

32 posted on 01/01/2011 9:13:47 AM PST by muawiyah
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To: Hawk720

Here’s an old thread on Huntsman.

Huntsman strategist: If Palin and Limbaugh dominate, GOP ‘headed for a blowout’ in 2012
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2253176/posts


33 posted on 01/01/2011 9:15:45 AM PST by Hawk720
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To: Hawk720

Is this guy any relation to the billionaire John Huntsman who is a frequent guest on the Glenn Beck show?


34 posted on 01/01/2011 9:16:01 AM PST by thethirddegree
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To: Kent C

“Dems propping up people the can beat easily...”

Dems were successful in doing this in 2008, so expect them to try again in 2012.

In 2008 Republicans failed to coalesce behind an electable candidate, so the Dems and mainstream media made sure we got stuck with McCain. Even McCain should have been able to beat Zero, but he ran his campaign about as well as he flew his plane over North Vietnam on the day he got shot down.


35 posted on 01/01/2011 9:16:34 AM PST by skookum55 ("We can give up on America or we can give up on this president ...." D. D'Souza)
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To: Hawk720
"...what we’re doing in our current position,” he says. “But we won’t do this forever, and I think we may have one final run left in our bones.”"

The guy is royally "we-wee-weeeed up"...

36 posted on 01/01/2011 9:17:17 AM PST by TXnMA (Remember the Alamo! Remember Goliad! REPEAT San Jacinto!!!)
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To: Hawk720
“We may be confusing a clearing in the forest for being out of the woods,” says Republican strategist John Weaver, who

notes young voters’ disapproval of some of the party’s social agenda. “There is a ticking demographic time bomb working against us, and if we don’t correct that problem very soon, we could wind up back where we were four years ago.” What the party needs now, argue supporters like Weaver, is a leader who can negotiate a treaty of sorts between the right-wing base and forward-thinking moderates. The GOP, in other words, needs an ambassador.

I just love that phrase "ticking demographic time bomb". I'm old enough to remember that was the thinking back there in 1964.

37 posted on 01/01/2011 9:18:28 AM PST by norge (The amiable dunce is back, wearing a skirt and high heels.)
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To: org.whodat

He could be good, bad or something else, but if Newsweek is saying nice things about him?


38 posted on 01/01/2011 9:19:52 AM PST by GBA (Not on our watch!)
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To: cc2k

Glad someone else picked up on that, and read the whole article.


39 posted on 01/01/2011 9:20:59 AM PST by norge (The amiable dunce is back, wearing a skirt and high heels.)
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To: GBA

Then with newsweeks vote and his own he will have two. LOL


40 posted on 01/01/2011 9:21:52 AM PST by org.whodat
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To: Hawk720

Designated loser for the Republican Party.


41 posted on 01/01/2011 9:23:19 AM PST by DaxtonBrown (HARRY: Money Mob & Influence (See my Expose on Reid on amazon.com written by me!))
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To: FlingWingFlyer

I think they should just start saying that “Moderate Republicans” and Democrats share one main characteristic....that being they both support/celebrate infanticide


42 posted on 01/01/2011 9:23:28 AM PST by Friendofgeorge (SARAH 2012 OR BUST)
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To: org.whodat
I've listened to his Dad and can honestly say that I like his father better than I like obama’s father (whomever obama’s daddy actually is).
43 posted on 01/01/2011 9:26:10 AM PST by GBA (Not on our watch!)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

“I don’t recall ever seeing the phrase, “moderate DemocRAT” being used by the state run “media”.

You’re correct! For the MSM, Republicans come in two varieties: “moderate “ and “rabid”;)


44 posted on 01/01/2011 9:26:31 AM PST by Frank_2001
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To: Hawk720

Great, another worthless RINO.


45 posted on 01/01/2011 9:36:36 AM PST by wjcsux ("In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act." - George Orwell)
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To: Hawk720

WHy not. One more RINO into the already crowded RINO field can’t hurt.


46 posted on 01/01/2011 9:36:59 AM PST by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: Hawk720

So, what’s the problem with him? A “moderate” on some issues? Hard right, or hard left, candidates aren’t going to win the Pres in ‘12. He seems fine to me, and I’m hard right.


47 posted on 01/01/2011 9:37:30 AM PST by uscabjd
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To: DaxtonBrown
Designated loser for the Republican Party.

Mitt Romney redux.

Biography


Photo of Jon Huntsman
Jon Huntsman
Ambassador
China
Term of Appointment: 08/11/2009 to present

Jon Huntsman was tapped by President Barack Obama to serve as United States Ambassador to China in May 2009 and his nomination was unanimously confirmed by the United States Senate. Huntsman was sworn in as Ambassador immediately following his resignation as the Governor of Utah on Tuesday, August 11, 2009 at 11:30 a.m.

Huntsman was elected twice as Governor of Utah, including in 2008 with a record percent of the vote, including the majority in all 29 counties. As Governor, Huntsman governed with his eye toward maintaining Utah’s unparalleled quality of life, continually increasing the state’s economic competitiveness and maximizing funding to Utah’s public education system.

Huntsman’s breadth of experience in Asia has been developed over a lifetime of interest and involvement. He has previously lived in Asia three times and speaks fluent Mandarin Chinese.

Huntsman’s public service career began as a White House staff assistant to President Ronald Reagan and has since included appointments as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Asia, U.S. Ambassador to Singapore and Deputy U.S. Trade Representative. As a U.S. Trade Ambassador, Huntsman negotiated dozens of free trade agreements, trade and investment framework agreements and brokered other bi-lateral and multi-lateral trade agreements for the United States with China, Taiwan, Singapore, Australia, India, Vietnam, West Africa, South Africa and other Asian and African nations. He played a critical role in launching global trade negotiations in Doha, Qatar in November of 2001, guiding the simultaneous accession of China and Taiwan into the World Trade Organization.

He is a founding director of the Pacific Council on International Policy

The Pacific Council on International Policy is a non-partisan organization headquartered in Los Angeles with members and activities throughout the West Coast of the United States and internationally.  The Council is governed by a Board of Directors co-chaired by John E. Bryson, former Chairman and CEO of Edison International and Ambassador Robert H. Tuttle, former U.S. Ambassador to the U.K.  Former Secretary of State Warren Christopher is Chairman Emeritus, and Jerrold D. Green is the President and CEO of the Pacific Council.  Founded in 1995 in partnership with the Council on Foreign Relations, the Pacific Council is a 501c(3) not-profit organization whose work is made possible by financial contributions and in-kind support from individuals, corporations, foundations, and other organizations.  http://www.pacificcouncil.org/page.aspx?pid=373

and has served on various boards such as the Brookings Institute Asia Policy Board, the Center for Strategic and International Studies Pacific Forum, the Asia Society in New York and the National Bureau of Asian Research.

During his tenure as Governor, Utah was repeatedly recognized by many prestigious organizations for its dynamism, business climate and quality of life. Perhaps most importantly, Utah was named by the Pew Center as the Best Managed State in America. Even in times of economic hardship, Huntsman worked collaboratively with stakeholders to minimize impacts to critical human services while maintaining job-stimulating construction projects and keeping the State's Rainy Day Fund intact as a tool for any future fiscal distress.

Recognized nationally for his leadership, Huntsman served as chairman of the Western Governors Association and on the Executive Committee of the National Governors Association.

As a dedicated public servant, Huntsman is committed to serving in this critical post as Ambassador to one of the most important international relationships for the United States of America. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and has four honorary doctorate degrees.

Huntsman supports civil unions

By McKay Coppins - 11 Feb 2009
http://newsnet.byu.edu/story.cfm/71135

Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman revealed Tuesday that he supports civil unions for gay couples, baffling many political pundits and prompting some to speculate he is planning a presidential run in 2012.

“He could have some kind of aspirations for higher office,” said Quin Monson, a professor of political science who closely follows state politics. “But as a Republican I’m not sure that’s a wise position to take.”

While campaigning for governor in 2004, Huntsman said he supported an amendment to the state constitution banning gay marriage and civil unions.

But on Tuesday, Lisa Roskelley, spokeswoman for the governor, said he is in favor of state legislation that would extend additional rights to gays, adding that “he supports civil unions.”

According to a recent Salt Lake Tribune poll, 70 percent of Utahns oppose civil unions, which would give gay and transgender couples many of the same legal rights as married couples. With such a strong majority of the electorate disagreeing with Huntsman’s newly-revealed position, Monson said the news was unexpected.

“It’s quite surprising, not only because it runs counter to public opinion in this state but also because it seems quite unlikely that he’s going to change anything within the legislature in terms of civil unions,” Monson said.


48 posted on 01/01/2011 9:41:05 AM PST by greyfoxx39 ("A Leftist assumption: Making money doesn't entitle you to it, but wanting money does.")
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To: Hawk720

Sarah, PAWLEEZE don’t consider this RINO for ANY cabinet posts!


49 posted on 01/01/2011 9:42:58 AM PST by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: uscabjd

Careful there. You sound like a voice of reason, and that’s generally not tolerated in discussions such as this.

My mind is wide open. I want to see who is willing to run, what they have to say, whether they have the strength to stand against our considerable challenges, and whether they can rid Washington of the current plague.

It’s absurd and unwise to discount or reject anyone this early in the game.


50 posted on 01/01/2011 9:44:11 AM PST by Jedidah
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