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Major SC newspaper endorses Huntsman
The Hill ^ | 01/15/12 | Daniel Strauss

Posted on 01/15/2012 10:24:35 AM PST by Qbert

Jon Huntsman was endorsed by Columbia, S.C.'s The State newspaper on Sunday.

The endorsement comes less than a week before the South Carolina primary and comes as Huntsman quickly tries to gain traction in the Palmetto state. The State's endorsement is actually similar to what happened just before the New Hampshire primary: Mitt Romney's hometown paper, The Boston Globe, backed Huntsman in a long editorial in which it compared Romney with the former Utah governor. Like the Globe endorsement, The State praised both Romney and Huntsman but said Huntsman was the better candidate.

"There are actually two sensible, experienced grownups," The State editorial reads. "And while Mr. Romney is far more appealing than any of the other choices, former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman is more principled, has a far more impressive resume and offers a significantly more important message."

The editorial highlighted Huntsman's time as governor of Utah and also highlighted his foreign policy credentials, reiterating Huntsman's explanation for serving as an ambassador in the Obama administration.

"He served as President George H.W. Bush’s U.S. ambassador to Singapore and President George W. Bush’s deputy U.S. trade representative and U.S. trade ambassador, and the next entry on that resume is even more impressive: He was a popular and successful governor in an extremely conservative state, well positioned to become a leading 2012 presidential contender, when Mr. Obama asked him to serve in arguably our nation’s most important diplomatic post, U.S. ambassador to China," the editorial continued. "It could be political suicide, but he didn’t hesitate. As he told our editorial board: “When the president asks you to serve, you serve."

Also similar to the Globe editorial, The State editorial concludes while Romney could be a candidate who unites, isn't trying to just score political "points" and has the necessary background, "temperament and judgement" to be president, Huntsman already has all those attributes.

"We think Mr. Romney could demonstrate those characteristics," the endorsement ends. "Mr. Huntsman already does. And we are proud to endorse him for the Republican nomination for president of the United States."

Huntsman is likely to mention the editorials often alongside two other South Carolina endorsements: that of the state's former and current attorneys general, who endorsed him well before the South Carolina primary. He's also regularly touted The Wall Street Journal editorial page's praise of his tax plan.

The most recent Public Policy Polling survey of South Carolina found Huntsman with 5 percent support of Republican voters, behind Romney (29 percent), Newt Gingrich (24 percent), Ron Paul (15 percent), Rick Santorum (14 percent) and Rick Perry (6 percent).


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Georgia; US: Massachusetts; US: Pennsylvania; US: South Carolina; US: Texas; US: Utah
KEYWORDS: china; georgia; huntsman; jonhuntsman; massachusetts; mittromney; newtgingrich; pennsylvania; rickperry; ricksantorum; romney; ronpaul; singapore; southcarolina; texas; utah
They were thinking of endorsing Buddy Roemer, but they decided they wanted somebody even more irrelevant...
1 posted on 01/15/2012 10:24:39 AM PST by Qbert
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To: Qbert

So these guys think a guy who worked for Hussein is the best choice, eh?


2 posted on 01/15/2012 10:27:43 AM PST by Recovering_Democrat
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To: Recovering_Democrat

LOL FOTFLMAO

Is that paper even of fish wrapper quality?


3 posted on 01/15/2012 10:29:40 AM PST by don-o (He will not share His glory and He will NOT be mocked! Blessed be the name of the Lord forever.)
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To: Qbert

Could be a good thing. Probably pulls from likely Romney supporters more than anyone else.


4 posted on 01/15/2012 10:31:44 AM PST by Utmost Certainty (Our Enemy, the State | Gingrich 2012)
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To: Qbert

So these guys think a guy who worked for Hussein is the best choice, eh?


5 posted on 01/15/2012 10:34:00 AM PST by Recovering_Democrat
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To: Qbert
"Huntsman: 因為他對中國的工作好。"
6 posted on 01/15/2012 10:34:35 AM PST by Cringing Negativism Network (ROMNEY / ALINSKY 2012 (sarcasm))
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To: Qbert; justiceseeker93

This is most likely to affect the country club voters, which tends to support Mittens. Hopefully Huntsman will siphon votes away from Romney.


7 posted on 01/15/2012 10:34:50 AM PST by Clintonfatigued (Illegal aliens collect welfare checks that Americans won't collect)
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To: Cringing Negativism Network
"Huntsman: 因為他對中國的工作好。"

("Huntsman: Because he's good for Chinese jobs")

8 posted on 01/15/2012 10:37:16 AM PST by Cringing Negativism Network (ROMNEY / ALINSKY 2012 (sarcasm))
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To: Utmost Certainty

"Could be a good thing. Probably pulls from likely Romney supporters more than anyone else."

Yep. ;-) ;-)

9 posted on 01/15/2012 10:42:45 AM PST by Qbert ("The best defense against usurpatory government is an assertive citizenry" - William F. Buckley, Jr.)
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To: Qbert
Exactly. The Statist is in the bag for the democrat party.

Here, I fixed it for them:
"There are actually two sensible, experienced grownups," The State editorial reads. "We are going to endorse the one that has no chance of winning to muddy the waters in the GOP primary and hopefully extend the internecine fighting."

10 posted on 01/15/2012 11:20:43 AM PST by SC Swamp Fox (Aim small, miss small.)
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To: Qbert

Makes sense since Gary Johnson dropped out.

Pray for America


11 posted on 01/15/2012 11:29:10 AM PST by bray (Ride Santorum back to Sanity)
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To: bray

What are those people in South Carolina smoking?? Huntsman? Really?


12 posted on 01/15/2012 11:47:12 AM PST by beckybea (("Courage is being scared to death and saddling up anyway." John Wayne)
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To: Qbert
It's too many egos trying to play. Fox is reporting this election cycle there is enough conservatives to get Romney in the WH even with a huge block of us conservatives not voting. It seems Hume's making us out to be just a small block of the base now. I quess Romney picks up more moderate and light weight left wingers/ democrats. Pretty soon, they will have to change the platform of the GOP after seeing Rove going on and on how wonderful it is to see so many democrats coming into the GOP. They have destroyed (just about) the GOP. This may be the election in which this party goes down in flames. I have seen this cycle as an injustice. They pushed Obama on the nation and now the same media tells us that Romney can stop this regime. Romney caves and changes his mind. How can he stop Obamacare when his RomneyCare for the blueprint. Geez, no wonder voters are upset. Newt is right, this election will be the fate of America in more ways than one. It's a sad shame we were given this glorious nation, with liberty and the human race is destroying America's future. It is our own doings. There is no way this should be this messed up. The people in charge should be fired and not replaced with more of the same. Investigations should begin on Week 1 with the new president. if we don't get the government changed, with the right person, our God given rights will be changed forever.
13 posted on 01/15/2012 12:21:22 PM PST by Christie at the beach
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To: Qbert
HUNTSMANSHORSE
14 posted on 01/15/2012 12:44:10 PM PST by FrankR (What you resist...PERSISTS!)
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To: Qbert

You know it’s a leftist editorial board when they pick the only GOP candidate to call the GOP as needing, these days, to return to “sanity.” Riiiight, because jacking up spending to the moon is “sane” and wanting to return to lower spending is “insane.”


15 posted on 01/15/2012 1:33:18 PM PST by pogo101
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To: beckybea

It, like most newspapers, is a democrat rag.


16 posted on 01/15/2012 5:29:28 PM PST by snippy_about_it (Looking for our Sam Adams)
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To: Qbert; upchuck; AuH2ORepublican; campaignPete R-CT; fieldmarshaldj; BillyBoy; Clintonfatigued; ...

Obviously this publication is clueless but as any Huntsman vote are likely to come directly out of Romney’s hide this could be a good thing.


17 posted on 01/15/2012 5:34:42 PM PST by Impy (Don't call me red.)
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To: Impy; l8pilot; 2A Patriot; 2nd amendment mama; 4everontheRight; 77Jimmy; ...
Thanks for the ping Impy. Everyone from SC knows The State is in the dumper for the RATS.

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18 posted on 01/15/2012 5:53:18 PM PST by upchuck (Let's have the Revolution NOW before we get dumbed down to the point that we can't.)
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To: Qbert

Hey I hope it works this way: 10% peel off Romney and move to Huntsman. LOL.


19 posted on 01/15/2012 6:02:04 PM PST by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: beckybea

It’s a frigging newspaper. What do you expect. They transcend state lines.


20 posted on 01/15/2012 6:35:49 PM PST by Scotsman will be Free (11C - Indirect fire, infantry - High angle hell - We will bring you, FIRE)
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To: Qbert

They’re a little late, maybe — KFI in Los Angeles is reporting that Huntsman has dropped out of the race.


21 posted on 01/15/2012 6:56:16 PM PST by Fast Moving Angel (Proud Right-Wing Trash -- stick it, Alec.)
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To: Impy; Perdogg; AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; ...

Good point, thanks impy.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2833285/posts?page=17#17


22 posted on 01/15/2012 7:30:23 PM PST by SunkenCiv (FReep this FReepathon!)
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To: Qbert

Didn’t huntsman just drop out? Lol


23 posted on 01/15/2012 7:59:21 PM PST by traviskicks (http://www.neoperspectives.com/Ron_Paul_2008.htm)
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To: greeneyes; Qbert; upchuck; AuH2ORepublican; campaignPete R-CT; fieldmarshaldj; BillyBoy; ...

And naturally a couple hours after I ping to this thread Huntsman quits and is expected to endorse Mitt. Wasn’t Hunstman on that Huckabee town hall just the other night?

I guess Bolton has competition to be Mitt’s Sec of State.


24 posted on 01/15/2012 9:24:07 PM PST by Impy (Don't call me red.)
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To: Impy

That’s the way the wack a mole game goes!


25 posted on 01/15/2012 10:42:31 PM PST by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: Qbert
Such excellent timing!

Newspaper, you don't say? Paper is obsolete! (except for the obvious bodily need)

26 posted on 01/15/2012 10:50:42 PM PST by cynwoody
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