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Democratic National Committee's new surrogate: Jon Huntsman
POLITICO ^ | 8/21/11 | ALEXANDER BURNS

Posted on 08/22/2011 6:58:28 AM PDT by markomalley

Jon Huntsman's appearance on ABC's "This Week," is winning applause from one of the two major political parties. It's not the one Huntsman's hoping to represent as its nominee for president.

The Democratic National Committee just blasted out a greatest-hits reel from Huntsman's Sunday show appearance, wherein the former Utah governor criticized Rick Perry for being anti-science, Michele Bachmann for being unserious about the economy and Mitt Romney for being a flip-flopper.

The DNC subject line: "Don't take our word for it ..." A sample of the offerings:

JON HUNTSMAN ON HIS REPUBLICAN RIVALS

Huntsman Said The Rest Of The GOP Field Had “Zero Substance” And Were “Too Far To The Right.” Huntsman on ABC’s This Week: “We have people on the Republican side too far to the right. We have zero substance. We have no good ideas that are being circulated or talking about that allow the country to get back on its feet economically so we begin creating jobs.” [ABC News – This Week, 8/21/11]

Huntsman Said He Would Not Trust His Opponents With The Economy Because They Would Have Allowed The Country To Default. When asked by Jake Tapper, “Would you trust a President Bachmann to do the right thing with the economy?” Huntsman replied, “I wouldn't necessarily trust any of my opponents who are on the recent debate stage with me when every single one of them would have allowed this country to default.” [ABC News – This Week, 8/21/11]

Huntsman Said The Republican Party Has “A Serious Problem” In Becoming “The Anti-Science Party.” On ABC’s This Week, Huntsman said: “I think there's a serious problem. The minute the Republican Party becomes the party, the anti-science party, we have a huge problem. We lose a whole lot of people, who would otherwise allow us to win the election in 2012 when we take a position that isn't willing to embrace evolution, we take a position that basically runs counter to what 100 to 900 climate scientists have said with what the national academy of science has said. What is causing climate change and man's contribution to it. We find ourselves on the wrong side of science and therefore in a losing position.” [ABC News - This Week, 8/21/11]

Huntsman Said “We’d Be Here All Afternoon” To Talk About Romney’s Flip-Flops. On ABC’s This Week, Huntsman said, “If we talk about inconsistencies and change on various issues, we'd be here all afternoon.” [ABC News - This Week, 8/21/11]

Huntsman has worked his way back into the 2012 conversation over the last week by attacking the right wing of his own party. What he hasn't done is show there's actually a Republican constituency that wants that kind of candidate, and with Huntsman spinning his wheels in the polls, there's very little down side for Democrats in embracing his rhetoric.


TOPICS: Front Page News; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: huntsman; jonhuntsman; lds; liberalmormon; toast
The new McLame?
1 posted on 08/22/2011 6:58:32 AM PDT by markomalley
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To: markomalley

http://www.numbersusa.com/content/action/2012-presidential-hopefuls-immigration-stances.html


2 posted on 08/22/2011 6:59:31 AM PDT by biggredd1
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To: markomalley
The new McLame?

Yes, but even more dull, more insipid, and more leftist.

3 posted on 08/22/2011 7:03:14 AM PDT by PGR88 (I'm so open-minded my brains fell out)
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To: markomalley

Evan Thomas’s favorite republican!


4 posted on 08/22/2011 7:03:40 AM PDT by cotton1706
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To: markomalley

Evry time I see him my gaydar goes off...


5 posted on 08/22/2011 7:04:33 AM PDT by achilles2000 ("I'll agree to save the whales as long as we can deport the liberals")
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To: markomalley

Any chance a desperate Barry would dump Joe for Jon when, as they say, push comes to shove?


6 posted on 08/22/2011 7:04:39 AM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: markomalley
Huntsman is sitting around 2% in the polls, I guess he is in a race to reach Asterisk territory, no wonder most of his campaign staff has abandoned him. Heck, even the abysmal Newt Gingrich campaign has 6% in most polls.
7 posted on 08/22/2011 7:05:49 AM PDT by apillar
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To: markomalley

Joe Biden is probably feeling a bit threatened after this performance by Huntsman.


8 posted on 08/22/2011 7:06:34 AM PDT by ReleaseTheHounds ("The problem with Socialism is that eventually you run out of other people's money." M. Thatcher)
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To: 9YearLurker

“Any chance a desperate Barry would dump Joe for Jon when, as they say, push comes to shove?”

Awesome political observation.


9 posted on 08/22/2011 7:06:45 AM PDT by ngat
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To: ngat

I don’t think so, I doubt Barry would want someone in his cabinet that would make him look wierd. Combine that with the fact that leftists don’t like the Mormon faith for not being pro-homosexual enough, and the chances of Obama placing anyone in that creed, including Huntsman or Romney are shot down like skeet by a 12-gauge.


10 posted on 08/22/2011 7:11:31 AM PDT by Morpheus2009
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To: markomalley

He really needs to challenge obama.

He’s in the wrong party.


11 posted on 08/22/2011 7:11:49 AM PDT by onyx (If you enjoy FR, support it! If you support Sarah Palin & want on her Busy Ping List, let me know.)
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To: markomalley
The new McLame?

No, I'd say the new Charlie Crist.

12 posted on 08/22/2011 7:13:02 AM PDT by tbpiper (Sarah Palin is the antivenin for the Obama poison)
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To: onyx
He’s in the wrong party.

Yes. Jon is a Democrat. He just couldn't get elected in Utah as a Democrat despite his name and money.

13 posted on 08/22/2011 7:13:41 AM PDT by NeoCaveman (All your gold are belong to Beck)
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To: markomalley
Sarah Palin is a ‘broken glass’ candidate, meaning her supporters would crawl over broken glass to vote for her. Huntsman is also a ‘broken glass’ candidate. Many would rather swallow broken glass than vote for him.
14 posted on 08/22/2011 7:15:43 AM PDT by JPG (Barry says he'll promise to save more later if he can spend more now. Black bus economics.)
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To: markomalley
Huntsman has worked his way back into the 2012 conversation over the last week by attacking the right wing of his own party.

I guess I don't need to tell you this from the look of your poll numbers Jon, but the "Right Wing" is the majority of the party. Your brand of Progressive Republican values died with Nixon and Ford. Go away Jon or just change parties, you Commie Pinko loser.


15 posted on 08/22/2011 7:17:38 AM PDT by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: NeoCaveman

Ah, I’m certain you’re right!


16 posted on 08/22/2011 7:18:48 AM PDT by onyx (If you enjoy FR, support it! If you support Sarah Palin & want on her Busy Ping List, let me know.)
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To: JPG; Windflier; Al B.; Lakeshark
LOL and....

^5


17 posted on 08/22/2011 7:20:27 AM PDT by onyx (If you enjoy FR, support it! If you support Sarah Palin & want on her Busy Ping List, let me know.)
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To: achilles2000
Evry time I see him my gaydar goes off...

Yup. Same here. It hits the Lindsay Graham mark.
18 posted on 08/22/2011 7:21:47 AM PDT by crosshairs (If Sharia Law becomes the law of the land, heads are gonna roll.)
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To: markomalley
What he hasn't done is show there's actually a Republican constituency that wants that kind of candidate

He does have that going for him, I would definitely be motivated to vote against him.

19 posted on 08/22/2011 7:21:53 AM PDT by Brett66 (Where government advances, and it advances relentlessly , freedom is imperiled -Janice Rogers Brown)
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To: Morpheus2009

Well, instead of an “A” for Awesome, shouldn’t it at least get a “C” for Creative?


20 posted on 08/22/2011 7:26:07 AM PDT by ngat
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To: markomalley

People here are doing worse. I’m sure the DNC comes here to get trash on every candidate that’s announced.


21 posted on 08/22/2011 7:26:56 AM PDT by Joann37
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To: markomalley

This guy is worse than mclame. Why is he even a republican? He was in Obama’s admin, he should have his republican card yanked.

He looks like a queer funeral director to me. What a tool.


22 posted on 08/22/2011 7:29:00 AM PDT by rokkitapps ( Hearings on healthcare waivers NOW! (If you agree make this your tagline))
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To: markomalley

Huntsman is from the Obama administration and in sinc with the Obama administration.

He is there solely to provide an Obama-supporting democrat voice in all REPUB campaign and primary events.


23 posted on 08/22/2011 7:33:37 AM PDT by rod1
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To: markomalley

Obama plant. Stick a fork in him. He’s done.


24 posted on 08/22/2011 7:46:37 AM PDT by kabar
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To: markomalley

After listening to him on “This Week” I suggested to Mrs Redangus that he would be better suited to run against the Bambster in the Democrat primary, as he seemed to be the perfect moderate Democrat.


25 posted on 08/22/2011 7:49:20 AM PDT by redangus
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To: 9YearLurker

I did not think of that. After watching how fast Pawlenty lost support after he attacked the other candidates, Huntsman’s actions don’t make any sense. I’ve never talked to a Republican that supports Huntsman. I HAVE seen Democrats saying at least he’s “sane” ... but none of them are going to abandon Obama.


26 posted on 08/22/2011 7:56:09 AM PDT by Winstons Julia (when liberals rant, it's called free speech; when conservatives vent, it's called hate speech.)
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To: Winstons Julia

Huntsman is the ultimate RINO. He makes McCain look like a crazed right-wing nut.


27 posted on 08/22/2011 8:44:16 AM PDT by baiamonte
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To: Winstons Julia

Yes, though TPaw really had very little support before he lost what he had in not attacking Romney face to face. After attacking Bachmann he simply failed to gain any support.

Still, point taken. Huntsman’s playing some sort of game—and he’s on the other team.


28 posted on 08/22/2011 8:45:21 AM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: markomalley

Huntsman has to be on Obama’s short list to replace Joe Biden.


29 posted on 08/22/2011 8:51:03 AM PDT by proudpapa (Palin-West - 2012)
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To: markomalley

I guess this explains why my “moderate”,”centrist” friends support him.

That and Hillary’s not running.


30 posted on 08/22/2011 8:53:29 AM PDT by WOBBLY BOB (My mind is like a steel trap: rusty and illegal in 37 states.)
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To: markomalley

Idiot looking for relevancy.

Go home...


31 posted on 08/22/2011 9:04:46 AM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: markomalley

I see (gazing into crystal ball)... a future MSNBC regular spot in Huntsman’s future.


32 posted on 08/22/2011 9:07:22 AM PDT by BookmanTheJanitor
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To: 9YearLurker

T Paw’s attacks were on specific candidates and they failed.

Huntsman’s attacks seem to be on conservatives in general.


33 posted on 08/22/2011 9:12:00 AM PDT by Winstons Julia (when liberals rant, it's called free speech; when conservatives vent, it's called hate speech.)
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To: 9YearLurker

T Paw’s attacks were on specific candidates and they failed.

Huntsman’s attacks seem to be on conservatives in general.


34 posted on 08/22/2011 9:12:45 AM PDT by Winstons Julia (when liberals rant, it's called free speech; when conservatives vent, it's called hate speech.)
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To: markomalley

For Huntsman, it’s all about getting out the Dem vote in open primaries. The more he attacks actual Republicans, the more Dem votes he gets in open primaries, and the bigger contract he gets from MSNBC after the Republican convention.

Just speculating.


35 posted on 08/22/2011 9:18:46 AM PDT by sforkjoe57 (How much longer must Americans be slaves to the stupidity of John Maynard Keynes?)
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To: markomalley

“We have people on the Republican side too far to the right. We have zero substance. We have no good ideas that are being circulated or talking about that allow the country to get back on its feet economically so we begin creating jobs.”

If we had an RNC that actually cared about winning, or if the rest of the GOP pack of POTUS contenders wanted to jointly fund something useful, they’d have a national ad that (1) simply quoted the above statement from Huntsman and then (2) followed with: I guess Huntsman was talking about himself.


36 posted on 08/22/2011 9:46:20 AM PDT by Wuli
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To: Winstons Julia

You’re right.


37 posted on 08/22/2011 9:52:49 AM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: markomalley

Sounds like Huntsman turns into Ron Paul in front of the liberal media.


38 posted on 08/22/2011 10:27:17 AM PDT by Chi-townChief
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To: markomalley

What constituency is there for a candidate who will implement Obama’s policies but do it as a Republican?

“We have no good ideas that are being circulated or talking about that allow the country to get back on its feet economically so we begin creating jobs.”

If Huntsman actually had any good ideas to create jobs he would be talking about those instead of attacking his fellow Republicans for not having “good ideas.” Of course, Huntsman knows that by bashing conservatives he will get lots of press from the Republican-hating liberal media. That is the reason he is saying what he is saying. (Of course, he also shares the basic worldview of the liberal establishment.)


39 posted on 08/22/2011 2:44:00 PM PDT by feralcat
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