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Huntsman Wins Key SC Newspaper Endorsement [And Their Second Choice Is?]
MSNBC ^ | January 15, 2012

Posted on 01/15/2012 8:19:05 PM PST by Steelfish

Huntsman Wins Key SC Newspaper Endorsement By Jo Ling Kent, NBC News

CHARLESTON, SC -- Former Utah governor Jon Huntsman won the endorsement of South Carolina's largest newspaper, The State, on Sunday morning. The announcement comes six days before the Palmetto State primary as Huntsman attempts to quickly gain last- minute traction after spending very little time in the state. Huntsman finished a distant third in the New Hampshire primary after campaigning there for nearly six months straight.

This is the second time Huntsman has been endorsed by a major newspaper with just days to go before an early state primary this cycle. Shortly before the New Hampshire primary, the Boston Globe also backed the former ambassador to China. Like the Globe, The State praises both Huntsman and former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney but stops short of endorsing the front-runner. advertisement

"There are actually two sensible, experienced grownups," The State editorial said, giving a nod to front-runner Romney. "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 State, which endorsed Barack Obama and John McCain in the 2008 primary and McCain in that year's general election, said Huntsman stands "heads and shoulders above the field on foreign policy," praised his economic recovery plan and called his terms as Utah governor demonstrative of a "true conservative" record.

(Excerpt) Read more at firstread.msnbc.msn.com ...


TOPICS: Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: huntsman; romney

1 posted on 01/15/2012 8:19:09 PM PST by Steelfish
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To: Steelfish

Timing is everythi.......


2 posted on 01/15/2012 8:22:26 PM PST by MindBender26 (Don't bother me with the small stuff. I'm too busy trying to save the Republic from Obamaism)
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To: Steelfish

Just in time for him dropping out.


3 posted on 01/15/2012 8:22:38 PM PST by Proud2BeRight
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To: Steelfish

And I know up till now that I was having orgasms in the thought of pulling the lever for Huntsman. And it would’ve happened if it hadn’t have been for those pesky conservatives. /sarcasm. :-)


4 posted on 01/15/2012 8:22:44 PM PST by writer33 (Mark Levin Is The Constitutional Engine Of Conservatism)
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To: Steelfish

Huntsman is an ego looking for applause. He sold out to Red China a long time ago (ask Falun Gong), so now he’s out of the race, ‘he’s gone’.


5 posted on 01/15/2012 8:24:31 PM PST by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: writer33

Well put.


6 posted on 01/15/2012 8:24:38 PM PST by Jet Jaguar (Romney=Gun Grabber)
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To: Steelfish

So now their choise is Romney?


7 posted on 01/15/2012 8:24:59 PM PST by MindBender26 (New Army SF amd Ranger Slogan: Vengence is Mine, sayeth the Lord.... but He subcontracts!)
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To: Steelfish

I like Huntsman but apparently most Republican voters don’t. They seem to like Romney. We at FR can scream all we want, but Romney appears to be the man. Despite our efforts they didn’t like our candidates. That’s the way it is. Romney will get the prize. It was never really in doubt.


8 posted on 01/15/2012 8:28:11 PM PST by ExtremeUnction
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To: Jet Jaguar

:-)


9 posted on 01/15/2012 8:29:16 PM PST by writer33 (Mark Levin Is The Constitutional Engine Of Conservatism)
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To: ExtremeUnction

I doubt it.


10 posted on 01/15/2012 8:29:28 PM PST by CainConservative (Newt/Santorum 2012 with Cain, Huck, Petraeus, Parker, Watts, Duncan, & Bachmann in Newt's Cabinet)
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To: MadMax, the Grinning Reaper

Clips of Huntsman on CNN tonight; banner says Huntsman: Country First.
Sound familiar? McCain-Palin 08 slogan


11 posted on 01/15/2012 8:34:11 PM PST by raccoonradio
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To: Steelfish

Huntsman aides have been feverishly scrubbing his anti-Mitt ads and websites of potentially embarrassing material now that he’s endorsed Mitt.

Trouble is, stuff like that rarely completely disappears from the web. Huntsman’s anti-Mitt stuff will be making a repeat appearance REAL soon...


12 posted on 01/15/2012 8:35:49 PM PST by Josh Painter ("The only thing these 'investments' will get us is a bullet train to bankruptcy." - Palin)
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To: ExtremeUnction

Appearances can be deceiving...


13 posted on 01/15/2012 8:37:11 PM PST by Josh Painter ("The only thing these 'investments' will get us is a bullet train to bankruptcy." - Palin)
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To: ExtremeUnction

What a helpful remark, full of moderation, resignation and willingness to settle, entirely void of fight, or energy to wage one.

Please, for your own sake, stay off the field. One could get run over around here.


14 posted on 01/15/2012 8:45:51 PM PST by RitaOK (LET 'ER RIP, NEWT. NEWT 2012/ Ron Paul is already Third Party, inside OUR Party.)
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To: Steelfish

I was going to vote for him because he had the hottest wife.


15 posted on 01/15/2012 9:08:51 PM PST by CMailBag
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To: MindBender26

Wow. Bet that hurts their circulation.


16 posted on 01/15/2012 9:27:44 PM PST by CT
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To: CT

Hunstman to endorse his cousin (seriously), Willard.


17 posted on 01/15/2012 9:29:25 PM PST by CT
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To: Steelfish

After Obama I have to say I’m receptive to the idea of having an adult in the office.


18 posted on 01/15/2012 9:43:42 PM PST by byteback
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To: Steelfish
When newspaper endorsements were considered important a popular theory of public opinion formation was the "opinion leader" model, in which newspapers played an important part.

I think we all know that day is long gone. We also know that things like the GOP presidential candidate debates have provided convincing evidence that the media moderator/interrogators are really incredibly biased and simply incompetent as questioners (I offer George Stephanopolous and Diane Sawyer as proof, and immediately rest my case.)

19 posted on 01/15/2012 10:08:36 PM PST by Wally_Kalbacken
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To: Steelfish

Do people really vote for a candidate just because some person, business or organization endorsed him?


20 posted on 01/15/2012 10:10:20 PM PST by eccentric (a.k.a. baldwidow)
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To: Wally_Kalbacken

How embarrassing to have just endorsed a candidate that two seconds later drops out of contention. LOL, now what will they do? Endorse again? They better be right in their choice if they do it again. Otherwise, their reputation is mud.


21 posted on 01/16/2012 1:07:32 AM PST by flaglady47 (When the gov't fears the people, liberty; When the people fear the gov't, tyranny.)
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To: Steelfish

Simple. Huntsman has been offered the VP slot.


22 posted on 01/16/2012 8:40:08 AM PST by ace2u_in_MD (You missed something...)
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