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Huntsman expects success in New Hampshire; calls Romney a 'well-lubricated weather vane'
Deseret News ^ | October 28, 2011 | Lisa Riley Roche

Posted on 11/17/2011 12:25:27 PM PST by Antoninus

SALT LAKE CITY — GOP presidential candidate Jon Huntsman Jr. predicted Friday that New Hampshire voters will rally around him in the nation's first primary.

Huntsman stopped short of saying he would win in New Hampshire but said he is moving up in the polls there, sparking what he said was a 240 percent boost in fundraising....

And he took a swipe at the other Mormon in the race, former Utah Olympic leader Mitt Romney. Romney, who has the support of most Utah GOP leaders in both his 2008 and 2012 bids, has been a frontrunner....

"You can't be a perfectly lubricated weather vane on the important issues of the day, whether it's Libya, whether it's the debt ceiling, whether it's the discussion around the Kasich bill in Ohio, where Gov. Romney has been missing in action in terms of showing any kind of leadership," Huntsman told Blitzer, according to a transcript of the interview....

"There's only one ticket out of New Hampshire for a moderate, center right candidate. It's either Romney or Huntsman. It's not going to be both," Scala said. "It's win or go home, I think, for Huntsman."

(Excerpt) Read more at deseretnews.com ...


TOPICS: Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: election2012; huntsman; rino; robomney
This is an older article that was already posted--but with the title truncated to leave out the Romney slam and the most important part cut out. I have left the important part IN.

I don't like Huntsman particularly, but he could play a major role in defeating Romney. He could seriously cut the legs out from under Romney in NH.

1 posted on 11/17/2011 12:25:31 PM PST by Antoninus
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2 posted on 11/17/2011 12:26:53 PM PST by Antoninus (Take the pledge: I will not vote for Mitt Romney under any circumstances. EVER.)
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To: Antoninus
He could seriously cut the legs out from under Romney in NH.

At least he's good for something.

3 posted on 11/17/2011 12:27:15 PM PST by Rudder (The Main Stream Media is Our Enemy---get used to it.)
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To: Antoninus
"...a perfectly lubricated weather vane..."

Now that there's funny.

4 posted on 11/17/2011 12:28:57 PM PST by Bloody Sam Roberts (Attacking Wall Street because you're jobless is like burning down Whole Foods because you're hungry.)
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To: Antoninus

My daddy is richer than your daddy. pppphhhhhtt


5 posted on 11/17/2011 12:29:00 PM PST by cripplecreek (Stand with courage or shut up and do as you're told.)
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To: Antoninus

Hey! Huntsman finally says something I agree with! (The part about Mittens being a weather vane, not about Huntsman doing well in NH). Of course since Huntsman is the only candidate to the left of Mittens, that’s sort of like the pot calling the kettle black.


6 posted on 11/17/2011 12:29:14 PM PST by apillar
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To: Antoninus

Actually, I think there are 3 who should drop out: Huntsman, Bachmann and Santorum. They’re clogging things up. Each one may have some strengths - Bachmann is very good with numbers, for example - but they’re not going to make it nationally.

Ron Paul is a libertarian nutcase who shares virtually no GOP positions. But his supporters are so devoted to him that they wouldn’t vote for anybody else anyway, so he doesn’t matter.


7 posted on 11/17/2011 12:30:49 PM PST by livius
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To: Antoninus

Oh la! Anyone who doesn’t read “Can Mitt Romney Serve Two Masters”, will only have themselves to blame if either Romney and his side kick Huntsman get in. And believe me if Romney gets inn he’ll find a place for Huntsman.


8 posted on 11/17/2011 12:32:45 PM PST by Paperdoll (On the cutting edge)
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To: Antoninus

I agree completely, Huntsman catching on would doom Romney.


9 posted on 11/17/2011 12:34:36 PM PST by TexasFreeper2009 (Cain 2012!)
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To: Antoninus

Wait!

Is this guy reading FR?

I have been calling him an Oklahoma Weather Vane for months!


10 posted on 11/17/2011 12:34:54 PM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: Antoninus
Romney's problem: You can't be a perfectly lubricated weather vane on the important issues of the day

Huntsman's problem: I know right where he stands.

11 posted on 11/17/2011 12:35:34 PM PST by colorado tanker
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To: Paperdoll; Antoninus

You are correct.

This is just political posturing but, Romney and Huntsman are cousins...1st cousins and that’s a fact.

Romney will absolutely find a place for his cousin.


12 posted on 11/17/2011 12:37:02 PM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: Vendome
"I have been calling him an Oklahoma Weather Vane for months!

Sue him! That is too good of a line to give away.

13 posted on 11/17/2011 12:40:02 PM PST by jpsb
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To: Vendome
Romney and Huntsman are cousins

Do they both wear magical underwear?

14 posted on 11/17/2011 12:40:54 PM PST by stars & stripes forever (c)
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To: jpsb
calls Romney a 'well-lubricated weather vane'

I thought that was Fred Karger.

15 posted on 11/17/2011 12:41:13 PM PST by dfwgator (I stand with Herman Cain.)
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts

“...a perfectly lubricated weather vane...”

That’s something’s that’s gonna stick.


16 posted on 11/17/2011 12:45:37 PM PST by cotton1706
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To: Antoninus

The taxpayers need to well lubricated if Mitt gets the nod. Between him and Hussein, it ain’t gonna be pretty.


17 posted on 11/17/2011 12:48:39 PM PST by bgill (The Obama administration is staging a coup. Wake up, America, before it's too late.)
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To: Antoninus

If he catches on, he might poll 3% instead of 2%.


18 posted on 11/17/2011 1:01:12 PM PST by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: Antoninus

Huntsman does have a knack for a crafted phrase. “A well-lubricated weather vane” is PERFECT for Romney! Don’t like his opinion now? Just wait 5 minutes!


19 posted on 11/17/2011 1:03:10 PM PST by Yaelle (Still helping the Cain train wheels go round.)
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To: TexasFreeper2009
I agree completely, Huntsman catching on would doom Romney.

Which explains why the MSM and conservative media have been ignoring Huntsman. As a matter of strategy, we should be plugging him--at least in the NE blue states where Romney is strongest. If he can knock 20%-40% off of Romney's vote totals in those states, he's toast.
20 posted on 11/17/2011 1:11:36 PM PST by Antoninus (Take the pledge: I will not vote for Mitt Romney under any circumstances. EVER.)
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To: Vigilanteman
If he catches on, he might poll 3% instead of 2%.

Actually, he's polling between 6-10% in NH and is advertising aggressively there.

If Romney can't win convincingly in NH, he's done for.
21 posted on 11/17/2011 1:13:31 PM PST by Antoninus (Take the pledge: I will not vote for Mitt Romney under any circumstances. EVER.)
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To: Antoninus

Huntsman is in NH every week. It is the only state he is competing in as he is skipping IA and SC.

Last poll shows him at 7%. If he finishes third, maybe he lives for another week. I guess his strategy is that if Milt melts completely, he will continue on vs. Newt ... but even then, Newt, Cain, Paul will have 3 candidates going the distance ... so I cannot see the Huntsmen getting any traction even if he is successful.

He has run an interesting campaign in rural NH. The problem is that candidate is dull. And a “moderate-liberal” who won’t call himself a conservative.


22 posted on 11/17/2011 1:16:22 PM PST by campaignPete R-CT (I will go back to New Hampshire to campaign.)
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To: campaignPete R-CT
Last poll shows him at 7%. If he finishes third, maybe he lives for another week. I guess his strategy is that if Milt melts completely, he will continue on vs. Newt ... but even then, Newt, Cain, Paul will have 3 candidates going the distance ... so I cannot see the Huntsmen getting any traction even if he is successful.

Well, I only want him to be successful to the extent that he can pull the rug out from under Romney. Beyond that, he can crash and burn. I certainly don't want him as the nominee.

I hear his PAC is running an anti-Romney ad. I'd love to see it if you have a link. Haven't been able to find it yet.
23 posted on 11/17/2011 1:36:35 PM PST by Antoninus (Take the pledge: I will not vote for Mitt Romney under any circumstances. EVER.)
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To: Yaelle

Huntsman does have a knack for a crafted phrase.

But his delivery is awful. Whenever he slams someone with a clever insult, he has a look on his face that says, “Look, I just said a funny.” Reminds me of a dopey, unpopular 11-year-old who just wants to fit in with the other kids and, so, tries to say something that will make the other kids laugh.

That and he is so unmanly.


26 posted on 11/17/2011 1:52:42 PM PST by Bigg Red (Maryland girl on the Cain Train)
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To: Antoninus
...calls Romney a 'well-lubricated weather vane'

LOL 'Weather vane' isn't the word I would use but nice illiteration.

27 posted on 11/17/2011 3:38:03 PM PST by TigersEye (Life is about choices. Your choices. Make good ones.)
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To: Antoninus

Huntsman is too boring and too ineffective to accomplish much of anything.


28 posted on 11/17/2011 3:46:21 PM PST by apocalypto
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To: Antoninus

Huntsman ...calls Romney a ‘well-lubricated weather vane’
____________________________________________

Oh noez...

You dissed the fair haired boy...

No temple recommend for you...


29 posted on 11/17/2011 9:38:55 PM PST by Tennessee Nana
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To: Vendome

They are NOT 1st cousins. They are 3rd cousins, once removed. Not a lot of love lost between the two at the moment, it seems.


30 posted on 11/18/2011 2:40:43 AM PST by Tredegar
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To: campaignPete R-CT

Not strictly true that. Huntsman has, as you point out, worked New Hampshire harder than any other candidate. The numbers attending his Town Hall meetings are on the rise, his Super PAC only started airing the first pro-Huntsman ad a couple of days ago. The ad trumpets his conservatism. It’s all about his conservatism.


31 posted on 11/18/2011 2:44:08 AM PST by Tredegar
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To: campaignPete R-CT

His positions are conservative, sans his belief in global warming, but then again his energy position negates that.


32 posted on 11/18/2011 3:06:59 AM PST by Tea Party Terrorist (Yes)
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To: Tredegar

They’re still robotic D**ks...


33 posted on 11/18/2011 4:27:10 AM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: apillar

Huntsman is not left of Mitt. Actually, you could make a strong case that he is to the RIGHT of Perry and Newt.

Look at his record as governor and his positions on issues now. Don’t get caught up in his rhetoric - that is nothing more than posturing. Personally, I’d rather have a true conservative who speaks like a moderate, rather than a moderate who speaks like a conservative....which is what we have in the GOP primary to a large degree.


34 posted on 11/23/2011 12:24:44 PM PST by St. Louis Conservative
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