Skip to comments.Presidential Race Shouldn’t be ‘Trivialized’ by Trump: Jon Huntsman
Posted on 12/05/2011 6:04:44 PM PST by Son House
GOP Presidential Candidate Jon Huntsman dismissed Donald Trump and the debate the real estate mogul and reality TV star will be moderating, and told Larry Kudlow hes the only consistent conservative in the race.
The former Utah Governor and former ambassador to China likened the Newsmax-sponsored presidential debate to a reality show, and said he would not be participating.
Theres some dignity associated with a run for the highest office in the land, and it shouldnt be trivialized and it shouldnt be dumbed down, he said. If Don Trump cares about our nations future, he should have been a candidate for president. He shouldnt be manipulating the process from the sidelines.
His statement was the latest in an ongoing war of words with Trump. Huntsman also denied Trumps claim that he called several times to schedule a meeting in hopes of getting Trumps endorsement.
I called him once after he got out of the race, just like I called Tim Pawlenty, as a courtesy call, Huntsman said. Not looking for a meeting, not looking for support or anything else.
One debate Huntsman said he will be doing is the Lincoln-Douglas debate Newt Gingrich in New Hampshire on December 12. He thinks it will provide an opportunity for an in-depth discussion of the issues.
You can only get so much in 30 second sound bites, he said. People fall back on rehearsed lines and that doesnt serve the purpose of educating the voting public about who you are and what it is you stand for.
Huntsman also touted his conservative credentials, saying Youre not going to find a more committed conservative in the race I am a consistent conservative.
He pointed to his pro-life, pro-second amendment stances. He also said as governor of Utah he delivered the largest tax cut in the history of the state and signed the second school choice voucher bill in the country.
Mitt Romney, on the other hand is a flip-flopper conservative, Huntsman said, adding that he thinks Newt Gingrich is grandiose and a little bombastic.
And while many may not know of his conservative views, Huntsman said hes not going to pander for votes.
Im going to be who I am. Im not going to contort myself into a pretzel, he said. I want a steady, substantive rise and thats exactly what were getting in New Hampshire.
Huntsman (who?) trivializes it every day that he doesn’t bow out.
But it is okay letting it be ‘Trivialized’ by Wolf Blitzer, MSNBCBS and other members of the Obama-Lewinsky gang?
Huntsman has apparently seen his opening and he is going for it.
I will not support anyone who writes love letters to BHO.
A future 2012 campaign trivia question puts his two cents in.
Good point. Who could trivalize the Republican debates more than the vapid fools at ABCNBCCBSCNNMSNBCFOX?
Watching Trump on Hannity right now, he’s belly-aching about the last 4 years and how we can’t go through that again, what part about Obama, Pelosi, and Reid did he not get just 1 year ago? Hannity should be asking him?
The Donald just remarked in FOX that Huntsman is pizzed that Trump did not have an hour for a 1 on 1 with him.
There’s only one “major” candidate to the left of Milt Romney. That man is Jon Huntsman.
The Donald just remarked on FOX that Huntsman is pizzed that Trump did not have an hour for a 1 on 1 with him.
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Huntsman lost me in the very first debate when he told me I should accept “settled science” in the global warming debate. Sorry, dude...science is the search for knowledge, not the blind acceptance of it...that’s called faith. He made his play for the moderates and took the McCain route trying to please the media now he has to live with it.
I care about our nation's future--should I be a candidate for president?
Huntmsan is a daddy's boy--much like JFK-- a classic example of a trust fund baby who was born on third base and acts like he hit a triple. He resents that Trump started out in his father's modest real estate business and developed it into a conglomerate. Huntsman did nothing but spend his father's money while collecting a sinecure paycheck from the family foundations.
Huntsman is a poser and he knows it. Trump is a real dealer--made, lost, and made fortunes again--Huntsman knows it, but can't stand that this upstart has earned more money on his own than he Huntsman will ever earn in his lifetime.
Two large egos, you bet-- but only one has ever delivered the goods. And it ain't daddy's boy.
I believe Huntsman’s claim is he just called to wish him well after he got out of the race like Pawlenty
Yes, I am only supporting Huntsman in the hopes someone puts the Reid question to Trump and makes him answer for being politically bipolar
Huntsman may not be the right guy, but he’s not wrong about Trump— Trump is a complete buffoon. When I heard Trump say that he’ll give “his endorsement after the debates” — like anyone seriously gives a rat’s behind who Donald Trump endorses.
Well, I’ll take “grandiose and a little bombastic” over a backstabbing little weasel any day.
Trump has still not ruled out a run for president. Why is has moderating anything?
Well if Harry Reid changes parties and gets in, Trump could endorse him and stop toying with running as an Independent.
The Ross Perot, I’m in, I’m out...
No Huntsman fan here, but he does have a point. The idea of GOP candidates on pilgrimages to Trump`s throne, showing such fealty to him, grates on me to no end. Trump wants something in exchange for a blessing.. he won`t just grant it for nothing.
I kind of like circumventing the lame stream media.
Who says they’re the only ones that can moderate debates?
You missed the above post. Huntsman did ask Trump for a pilgrimage to his place. Trump turned him down.
Trump trivializes it, but “Mad Jim Cramer” doesn’t?
This will not help Huntsman at all.
Ah.. ok. Thanks!
But it is okay letting it be Trivialized by Wolf Blitzer, MSNBCBS and other members of the Obama-Lewinsky gang?
Exactly! Michael Savage has been railing for weeks and weeks about the idiot Republicans for going to debate after debate hosted by rank Liberals.
And how about the debate that asked the Repub candidates about their favorite music, or some such — as Savage pointed out — that was truly demeaning.
So, now that somebody might ask questions that are a bit more of the hardball nature, Ron Paul and Huntsman bow out — in Paul’s case, at least — after complaining that he is not given enough time in the debates.
That showed me that Paul is at heart a LIBERAL — as is Huntsman.
For the most part I agree with you. However, Trumops daddy died with over 1/2 Billion. He was anything but a small RE conglomerate.
“”Trump embarked on a career as an entrepreneur through real estate development, building, and operating affordable rental housing in New York City, including more than 27,000 low-income multifamily apartments and row houses in the neighborhoods of Coney Island, Bensonhurst, Sheepshead Bay, Flatbush, and Brighton Beach in Brooklyn and Flushing and Jamaica Estates in Queens.
By the time of his death, Trump had amassed a $400 million estate, left largely to his children, contributing a significant amount to Donald Trump’s fortune. Fred Trump suffered from Alzheimer’s disease for six years before his death from pneumonia in June 1999, at Long Island Jewish Medical Center, in New Hyde Park, New York.””
“That’s rich” ping. Thanks Son House.
I’m looking forward to the Huntsman/Gingrich debate. It’ll be good to see Newt against someone who knows what he’s talking about. And of course, Huntsman is correct about Trump.
Huntsman is better than Newt or Romney.
“Huntsman (who?) trivializes it every day that he doesnt bow out”
You got that right. Its a total vanity campaign.
Huntsman is a Progressive RINO and above all a stiff. His interviews are like watching a documentary on origami.
I call him, “Eddie Haskell Huntsman.”
The man is a kissy-face to the moderators and peeps in the audience during debates.
Talk about a vanity run. His qualifies.
Isn’t Huntsman the one whose daughters “trivialize” the presidential race with their silly videos?
I’m not a fan of Trump, but I bet it will be better than Scott Pelley lecuturing the Republican candidates and arguing with at least one of them. Maybe Scott Pelley wants to run for president himself.
Huntsman is pro-life with EXCEPTIONS, which is not good enough. In fact, it shows weakness to make both sides somewhat happy.
The post is wrong. Simple as that. Huntsman did no such thing.
So you prefer Donald Trump, a registered Democrat in 2001, who was all for ‘Universal Healthcare’, who is still seriously threatening to run as an independent in November, over the pro-life, pro-gun, tax-cutting, Republican governor of one of the most conservative states in the union?
“Huntsman is pro-life with EXCEPTIONS, which is not good enough. In fact, it shows weakness to make both sides somewhat happy.”
It may not be good enough for you, but have a look at Romney or Gingrich’s record on life and compare it to Huntsman’s.
You can hit Huntsman on plenty of things, but trying to whack him on his pro-life record? in this race? and against this field?
“Theres only one major candidate to the left of Milt Romney. That man is Jon Huntsman.”
I think you might get some disagreement on that one. In fact, you SHOULD get some disagreement on that one! George Will’s recent column states the case very well.
Have a look at Huntsman’s bold plan to rein banks in using the FREE MARKET. The fact that he has a solid pro-life, and pro-2nd Amendment record. That has was a tax-cutter as Utah governor. That he attempted school vouchers while governor.
There are no doubt many valid reasons why people on this site dislike Jon Huntsman, but simply ignoring such a conservative record, as so many do, is unfair and counter-productive. He is no ‘liberal’. He is no ‘RINO’ (an awful term at the best of times) and he certainly isn’t a man of the ‘Left’.
I’d argue he is to the RIGHT of Gingrich, and he is clearly to the right of Romney. Just look at the record.
But thanks for calling Jon Huntsman a “major” candidate. *friendly tip of the hat*
I support Santorum and Bachmann - no exceptions/no caving to moderates - not one bit.
Then that is completely fair enough. You are obviously a person with principle, who cares passionately about the issue, and I admire you for it.
Had you said you were about to vote for Newt Gingrich, then my head would have exploded!
Jon Huntsman does have a pretty sound pro-life record though.
Actually, on reflection, and to avoid being a hypocrite, I don’t think I’m being fair to Newt here. He IS to the left of Huntsman on several issues, but he has always been pretty solid when it comes to being pro-life.
Beat me to it. In 'Trivial Pursuit ver 2020', Huntsman won't even be a Trivia Question.
I heard this am on F&F that Huntsman's FIL is funding his entire campaign. How sad and pathetic is that.