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  • How Jon Huntsman can win in 2016: Get your hands dirty this time, Jon

    05/16/2014 6:11:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    The Week ^ | May 16, 2014 | Michael Brendan Dougherty, senior correspondent
    Last week Jon Huntsman encouraged a little speculation when he said he was "open" to running for the presidency again. After his last showing — in which he didn't even come close to winning a single state in the Republican primary — this announcement did not come with the same breathless fanfare as his last one. Still, I think he should go for it. My advice: Get petty and vindictive. In the last election cycle I was assigned to profile Huntsman, and I thought I would stick a few pins in him. I wanted to dislike him, in some way....
  • Huntsman Says He’s Open To Another Presidential Run

    05/07/2014 7:03:40 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | May 6, 2014 | Jamie Weinstein, senior editor
    Jon Huntsman thinks Hillary Clinton is just the cat’s meow, but that doesn’t mean the failed 2012 presidential contender isn’t leaving open the option of launching another disaster of a campaign in 2016. “Well, at the risk of totally destroying my future of politics, I have to say [Hillary Clinton] is a very impressive public servant,” the former Republican Utah governor told Larry King during an appearance on ”PoliticKING” on something called Ora.tv that will air Thursday. ”You know, as a young Republican you are trained to go after the Clintons and Hillary Clinton of course was the nemesis during...
  • Huntsman a 2016 wild card vs. Hillary?

    04/13/2014 6:55:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    All Voices ^ | April 7, 2014 | Bob Brennan, Anchor/Reporter
    The 2,500-seat Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts sold out March 31 for an appearance by Jon Huntsman as part of the Philadelphia Speaker Series. Two days later, Huntsman filled Boston Symphony Hall. Another Huntsman appearance at UCLA later this month is sold out. Without the benefit of incessant media attention some early 2016 prospects have been receiving, Huntsman’s visions and his authentic, inspiring way of conveying them has been attracting, and resonating with, capacity audiences. At the Kimmel Center, Huntsman drew laughs in lowering his hand slowly to the floor, a metaphor for the impact on his 2012 primary...
  • Jeb Bush Praises Illegal Immigrants As 'Risk Takers,' Defends Common Core

    03/21/2014 2:04:50 PM PDT · by bkopto · 76 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Mar 21, 2014 | Tony Lee
    In a speech Friday, Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush praised illegal immigrants as "risk takers" who embody the entrepreneurial spirit of America and doubled down on his defense of Common Core. According to the Miami-Herald, Bush made his remarks in front of business leaders in Florida. “People who come here legally and illegally are the risk takers,” Bush reportedly said. “If you’re living in a rural area of Guatemala and you come, you’re a bigger risk taker than those who stay,” he added. Of course, the first action of those who come to the country illegally is breaking the law....
  • Kristol Predicts Scarborough Will Seek 2016 Nomination as 'Huntsman' Republican

    02/06/2014 6:35:04 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 16 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Was Bill Kristol kidding—just throwing a sop to the not-inconsiderable ego of his host—or could he have been serious? On today's Morning Joe, unveiling his line-up of the nine Republicans he sees running for president in 2016, Kristol included none other than Joe Scarborough himself. But in an unkind cut to someone prospectively facing the famously conservative GOP primary electorate, Kristol described Scarborough as "filling the Huntsman lane" and representing a "Morning Joe conservatism." Ouch! As interesting as were Kristol's nine [which included Sarah Palin] were the names he left off his list, including Paul Ryan and Marco Rubio. View...
  • Huntsman leaves door open for another presidential run

    12/03/2013 6:20:41 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 46 replies
    UPI ^ | 11/26/13
    Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, who ran for the Republican U.S. presidential nomination in 2012, suggested he might run again but said he is not a candidate yet....
  • Report: Campaign that pushed dirt to reporters on Herman Cain and Mitch Daniels...was...Huntsman?

    11/05/2013 6:22:28 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 23 replies
    HotAir ^ | November 4, 2013 | Allahpundit
    To think, we’ve spent two years believing it was Romney that had the nastiest, most relentless seek-and-destroy oppo operation on the GOP side. Now I feel like Frank Drebin discovering the missing evidence in the Kelner case. My god — he was innocent. If you believe the sources in “Double Down,” Team Huntsman feeding a mega-smear of Romney to Harry Reid was the tip of the iceberg. 1994, his wife Cheri left [Mitch] Daniels for a married man, but then the couple reconciled and remarried. “In the years since, she had never spoken publicly about the turmoil, and Mitch had...
  • Orrin Hatch vs. the Heritage Foundation (In case you were in any doubt)

    10/19/2013 6:29:00 PM PDT · by Viennacon · 30 replies
    Washington Compost ^ | 10/18/2013 | Chris Cillizza
    After calling Obamacare a “dog bill” and insisting that some good did come out of the shutdown showdown, Hatch was blunt when asked about the influence of outside conservative groups and the Heritage Foundation in particular. “Heritage used to be the conservative organization helping Republicans and helping conservatives and helping us to be able to have the best intellectual conservative ideas,” Hatch said. “There’s some real question in the minds of many Republicans now … is Heritage going to go so political that it really doesn’t amount to anything anymore…. Right now I think it’s in danger of losing its...
  • Can’t Mike Lee do better? (Jennifer RUBE salivates over a RINO challenge to Lee)

    10/19/2013 6:59:50 PM PDT · by Viennacon · 16 replies
    The Washington Compost ^ | 10/18/2013 | Jennifer Rubin (AKA - The Rube, or Jennifer Durbin)
    It is hard not to be cynical about the right-wingers’ racket. They promote confrontation in which there is no hope of victory, assail other Republicans when it fails and, along the way, raise a great deal of money and get a whole lot of media attention. There are two things going on here. First, the short-term incentives for Lee to engage in this stunt are obvious. He’s not ever going to be president of the United States and will forever be in the shadow of people like Jim DeMint, president of the Heritage Foundation, and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.). (Lee...
  • GOP Establishment Signals Primary Fight Against Tea Party Favorite Mike Lee

    10/26/2013 9:26:57 AM PDT · by Viennacon · 81 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 10/25/2013 | Michael Patrick Leahy
    Tuesday, 79-year old Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT), now serving his seventh term in the Senate, signaled that he and other members of the Republican establishment are likely to encourage a primary challenge to first term Senator Mike Lee (R-UT). Lee upset former Senator Robert Bennett (R-UT) in the 2010 Utah Republican primary convention in the Tea Party's first major primary win over a Republican establishment politician. Hatch told the Deseret News and KSL NewsRadio that "[i]t's time now... for Lee and other tea party Republicans to be 'rehabilitated' for refusing to pass a budget bill needed to keep the government...
  • Is The Establishment GOP Preparing For War With The Tea Party?

    10/23/2013 8:12:14 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 45 replies
    Noodle Pundit ^ | October 23, 2013 | Matt Vespa
    Hot Air’s Allahpundit and Erika Johnsen have both documented a growing movement to boot Tea Party members of Congress over the next two election cycles. It seems that the business community is behind this conspiracy; horrified over the fact that a rather significant proportion of Republicans in Washington were willing to roll the dice on default. In the aftermath of the government shutdown, which was highly enjoyable, the Republican establishment is striking back – and one of their targets in the Senate is Mike Lee. [In Utah,] prominent Republicans and local business executives are openly discussing the possibility of mounting...
  • MSNBC: Must-agree TV

    08/27/2013 1:05:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | August 26, 2013 | Erik Wemple
    <p>Virtually every other show [aside from "Morning Joe"] belongs to hosts who unstintingly support Obama and the Democrats, with only minor points of disagreement. ([Host Chris] Hayes criticizes Obama for his drone killings and surveillance programs, and often conducts friendly interviews with Glenn Greenwald, the journalist who collaborated with Edward Snowden. Melissa Harris-Perry, who appears on weekends at 10 a.m., nearly always defends Obama, and called Glenn Greenwald a “jerk.”) Conservatives are far less visible on MSNBC than liberals are on Fox News, and the right-leaning guests who do appear are typically critics of the conservative movement: Steve Schmidt, the Republican strategist, who says the party is too tolerant of “nuts” and “kooks”; Josh Barro, an advocate for Republican reform who describes himself as “neoliberal”; Abby Huntsman, the daughter of failed presidential candidate Jon, who has described the G.O.P. as a party of “non-inclusion.” The over-all impression is that your average Republican or conservative is simply too fanatical to be part of polite discourse.</p>
  • Ex-Presidential Wannabe Jon Huntsman Says GOP Is 'Devoid Of A Soul'

    01/01/2013 12:36:12 PM PST · by zeestephen · 29 replies
    msnNOW ^ | 01 January 2013
    [RINO ALERT] Typically, when a politician says that a party is soulless, he's talking about the other guys.
  • Romney at the Bat

    12/29/2012 10:48:26 PM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 30, 2012 | Debra J. Saunders
    With humble apologies to Ernest Lawrence Thayer, who wrote "Casey at the Bat," which was published in The San Francisco Examiner in 1888.The outlook wasn't brilliant for the GOP this year: The economy had tanked; hope and change had morphed to fear. The strong and swift refused to join the presidential race. So the weak and doubtful rose -- and tried to take their place. Our Herman Cain, for instance, flogged his taxing 9-9-9. To 10 parts cuts but 1 part tax, all said that they'd decline. Newt brought his wife, who wore her hair as if it were a...
  • Huntsman: Romney's Reaction to Arab Protests a 'Problem'

    09/14/2012 6:29:40 PM PDT · by robowombat · 45 replies
    National Journal ^ | Sept 13, 2012 | Matt Vasilogambros
    Former U.S. Ambassador to China and presidential candidate Jon Huntsman said on Friday that Mitt Romney’s response to the violent protests in the Middle East and North Africa posed a “problem” for the man he endorsed several months ago. Romney’s decision to criticize the Obama administration was ill-advised and was a lost opportunity, Huntsman said on MSNBC’s Morning Joe. “This was an opportunity to instruct, to elucidate, to educate, to talk about how you put the pieces back together again in North Africa and the Middle East,” he said. “Not to condemn, not to criticize, not to turn it into...
  • Huntsman Plays The Useful Idiot For Andrea Mitchell's Romney-Bashing

    s Jon Huntsman headed the way of Charlie Crist? When the 2016 Dem convention rolls around, will we see the also-ran GOP presidential nomination-seeker on the podium, seconding Hillary's nomination? You've got to wonder after Huntsman's toadying performance today as he made the MSNBC rounds. After appearing on Morning Joe earlier, Huntsman turned up on Andrea Mitchell's show. Mitchell posed a laughably-loaded question, bashing Mitt Romney's response to the Obama administration's handling of the embassy attacks. The haughty Huntsman was only too happy to play the useful idiot, concurring that there was "a lot to the criticism" and ripping Romney...
  • Why Huntsman Reached The End Of The Road

    01/17/2012 9:50:39 AM PST · by truthkeeper · 17 replies
    RealClearPolitics.com ^ | January 16, 2012 | Sean Trende
    Former Utah governor Jon Huntsman has become the second Republican voted off the island in the 2012 Republican primary campaign (we don't count Tim Pawlenty or Herman Cain, both of whom dropped out before voting began). His decision late Sunday to suspend his campaign is a bit jarring, given that he had insisted after a disappointing third place finish in New Hampshire that he was staying in through South Carolina. I suspect that what happened is a combination of two things. First, financial reality set in. If you don’t think a candidate is going to win, you’re hard pressed to...
  • Huntsman out. Gee, that should change things a lot, hm?

    01/16/2012 3:51:04 PM PST · by Mark Landsbaum · 10 replies
    Orange Punch Orange County Register blog ^ | 1-16-2012 | Mark Landsbaum
    Jon Huntsman has dropped out of the race for the GOP nomination for president. That silence you hear is the combined sighs of relief of all the candidates who were threatened by his candidacy. Will we miss Huntsman? Yeah. No one’s much bothered one way or the other. Now the 1 percent or so of the GOP’s loyal Huntsman backers are free to fall in behind one of the other candidates. Yeah, again.
  • Utah’s Honorable Politicians: Mitt Romney, Jon Huntsman, and Jason Chaffetz

    10/27/2011 11:54:09 AM PDT · by JoeA · 1 replies
    Word Press ^ | 10/26/2011 | Adam Baker
    I met Utah’s Governor Jon Huntsman and his wife Mary Kaye at an event in Las Vegas. My wife Sandie Tillotson had arranged for us to sit in the VIP section with them. Huntsman was a good friend of NuSkin, and helped open the lucrative Chinese market when he was a Trade Representative ... for the Bush Administration. MLM companies had tried to get into China for years, but NuSkin was the first, and Sandie said it was because of Hunstman. Of course it went both ways, and NuSkin was a good friend to Hunstman, and Sandie said she sent...
  • Morning Joe: In Rejecting Huntsman, Republicans 'Turned Their Back' On Reagan

    01/16/2012 4:43:31 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 35 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Tuning in Morning Joe today, I half expected to discover on the set some professional mourners imported from North Korea, keening and crying over the political demise of Jon Huntsman. Huntsman had had the Morning Joe crowd from hello. The overwhelming winner of the bien-pensant MSM primary was amazingly popular—except with actual Republican voters, who didn't dig his moderate positioning and a tone that some found . . . well, how do you say "supercilious" in Mandarin? Taking today's cake was Joe Scarborough finding Huntsman's "moderate temperament" Reaganesque, and claiming that in rejecting Huntsman, Republicans have "turned their backs" on...
  • Major SC newspaper endorses Huntsman

    01/15/2012 10:24:35 AM PST · by Qbert · 25 replies
    The Hill ^ | 01/15/12 | Daniel Strauss
    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...
  • GOP candidates fail to get on some primary ballots

    01/13/2012 2:58:33 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 11 replies
    GOPUSA ^ | January 13, 2012 | Stephen Ohlemacher (Associated Press)
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Many of Mitt Romney's presidential challengers are having trouble fulfilling a fundamental requirement of running for public office: getting on the ballot. Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich, Rick Perry and Jon Huntsman have all failed to qualify for the ballot in at least one upcoming GOP primary. In other states, they have failed to file full slates of delegates with state or party officials, raising questions about whether these candidates have the resources to wage effective national campaigns.
  • GOP Presidential Candidates on Agenda 21 ‘Sustainable Development’

    01/13/2012 7:37:34 AM PST · by unspun · 10 replies
    Gulag Bound ^ | January 12, 2012 | Arlen Williams
    Even those who believe themselves devoted patriots (including devout Christians) may foolishly be enticed by the powers that be, into violating Americans' sacred and essential Popular and national Sovereignties. It has been happening for a long time, now. People who believe in a Sovereign nation called the United States of America are being duped into not only violating the mandates of our Constitution, but even worse, into nullifying our own Declaration of Independence from the control of foreign, kleptocratic power. This is the tragedy for all, of those who foolishly follow the stratagems of those seeking hegemony over us via...
  • Fellow Perry Supporters: It is time to pick a new candidate (Perry supporter drops endorsement)

    01/11/2012 1:23:47 PM PST · by Qbert · 144 replies
    Redstate ^ | January 11, 2012 | Tim Griffin
    Following much thoughtful consternation, I have decided to pull my support and endorsement of Texas Governor Rick Perry for the GOP presidential nomination.  I realize the redstate diary commenters, won’t be kind but this needs to be said.  This decision wasn’t easy but a serious evaluation of the field should inform us that Rick Perry has no realistic path to victory in South Carolina, Florida and beyond. I realize that redstate.com’s Erick Erickson continues to stick by him, that South Carolina is Perry’s state and that he has re-tooled his staff.  But it is too little too late and at...
  • You Stay Classy, Ron Paul Supporters

    01/05/2012 9:14:20 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 15 replies
    RedState.com ^ | January 5, 2012 | Leon H. Wolf (Diary)
    So Jon Huntsman can speak Mandarin and also he adopted a little Chinese girl who was abandoned in a market. Providing us with yet more evidence that they are mostly liberal Democrats who are mad that Obama has governed too far to the right, Ron Paul supporters decided this was a good reason to produce a video putting Huntsman in a Mao hat and jacket, complete with what is I guess supposed to be a Chinese version of blackface: [video] Clearly Paul’s supporters are smarting a bit from finishing well behind a guy with no money and no campaign organization...
  • Moderate road won’t beat Obama

    01/02/2012 7:19:06 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 64 replies · 1+ views
    The Boston Herald ^ | January 2, 2012 | Holly Robichaud
    Tomorrow less than 20 percent of registered Republicans in Iowa are going to tell us who they believe should take on President Obama. Presidential candidate Jon Huntsman, who has bypassed the caucuses, said last week that Iowa picks corn, not presidents. Is he correct? Well, if you ask Mike Huckabee, he would say yes. But on the other hand, Obama did win the state. Iowa’s importance will be in whittling down the field of contenders. It is most likely going to claim several conservatives, which means that their voters could flock to another right-wing candidate — not necessarily the frontrunner....
  • The Republican's best bet may not be whom you expect (Says Huntsman is a new McCain)

    01/02/2012 4:23:51 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    The Lebanon Daily Star ^ | January 3, 2012 | Professor Chibli Mallat
    I have grown cynical of party politics in mature democracies, including the most exciting democracy of all, the United States. In the middle of a spectrum exclusively defined by Republicans and Democrats, personality and style must be favored over platforms that few candidates are ever able to implement. So many people are bored by politics in the U.S. that half of the voters don’t bother to vote. This is not necessarily a bad thing. If politics does not affect the daily life of citizens, to the extent that most can choose to ignore it, then some wisdom has been found...
  • She the People: our predictions for Iowa

    01/02/2012 1:00:21 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    The Washington Post's She the People Blog ^ | January 2, 2012 | Melinda Henneberger
    Welcome to the Post’s new politics and culture blog, “She the People: The World as Women See It.” Though dedicated to the proposition that politics properly understood encompasses just about everything, I thought we’d start with some predictions about Tuesday’s caucuses in Iowa, where a bunch of our writers rang in the new year with Republicans. My own bet is that Rick Santorum will indeed score the surprise of the night, just as he told me he would . Yet even if he wins outright, four years from now in Iowa, I further predict that we in the media will...
  • BREAKING: Perry disqualified from Va. primary ballot

    12/23/2011 3:44:52 PM PST · by TBBT · 386 replies · 33+ views
    washingtonpost.com ^ | 12/23/2011 | Anita Kumar
    Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry failed to submit enough valid signatures to qualify for the Virginia primary ballot, state GOP officials said Friday evening. Perry’s campaign told state election officials it had submitted 11,911 signatures, but a Virginia Republican familiar with the situation said that the Texas governor did not submit the required 10,000. Earlier Friday, the Republican Party of Virginia certified former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney and Rep. Ron Paul (Tex.) to appear in the March ballot. Four candidates — Romney, Perry, Paul and former House speaker Newt Gingrich — turned in thousands of signatures by the deadline. State...
  • Can we vote it out here Freepers? Newt/Mitt/Rick/Michele?

    12/19/2011 7:10:04 AM PST · by Milagros · 135 replies
    I vote for Newt! --- * Newt Gingrich? * Mitt Romney? * Rick Perry? * Michele Bachmann? * Rick Santorum? * Jon Huntsman?
  • Gallup: Newt 28%, Mitt 24%, Paul 10%, all others in single digits (Everyone steady for last week)

    12/17/2011 11:35:09 AM PST · by TitansAFC · 34 replies
    The Gallup Poll ^ | 12-17-2011 | Gallup
    Gingrich 28% Romney 24% Paul 10% Bachmann 8% Perry 6% Santorum 4% Huntsman 2%
  • Jon Huntsman jumps into 3d in New Hampshire; Gingrich gains some on Romney

    12/15/2011 4:43:57 PM PST · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    IBD Editorial ^ | December 15, 2011 | Andrew Malcom
    These days if you don't like the polls, wait a few minutes. Another will be along shortly. Speaking of which, here's a new one this morning that could presage the start of a significant move by one candidate (or not), as well as some fresh insights into the thinking of those New Hampshire voters who'll hold the nation's first Republican primary early next month. Suffolk University is out with a new survey showing Newt Gingrich gaining and Mitt Romney slipping there, which we already knew. What it also shows though is Jon Huntsman making a push into third place with...
  • The Huck Litmus Test Tonight in Iowa? (no Mitt, Paul, Huntsman)

    12/14/2011 7:14:59 PM PST · by STARWISE · 8 replies
    National Review ^ | 12-14-11 | Kathryn Jean Lopez
    Mitt Romney will be missing in The Gift of Life premiere audience, as well as Ron Paul, a pro-life doctor, and as Jon Huntsman. When I asked Governor Huckabee if tonight amounts to an endorsement application test, Huckabee gives them all a pass. “More than anyone” he tells me, “I recognize that candidates have frantic schedules and all can’t come to every event. Those who don’t come aren’t snubbing the pro-life issue, but those who do are showing that they believe it to be a priority and that is significant.” Interestingly, Nancy Keenan from NARAL takes the premiere as an...
  • Rick Santorum Embraces Trump Debate

    12/10/2011 6:14:49 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    National Review ^ | 12/10/2011 | Katrina Trinko
    Rick Santorum isn’t just attending the debate moderated by Donald Trump. He’s also emerging as one of the debate’s strongest defenders. “Many of my opponents jockeyed to be the first to fly up to New York and use Donald Trump for a photo op and no doubt try and secure an endorsement. But when Donald wants to moderate a debate — they refuse to attend. That’s what’s so wrong with politics today — hypocrisy,” Santorum said in a strongly worded statement issued last night. Mitt Romney, Ron Paul, Rick Perry, Michele Bachmann, and Jon Huntsman have all announced they will...
  • Ron Paul gears up for long primary slog (admits his goal is a brokered convention)

    12/09/2011 11:50:40 AM PST · by St. Louis Conservative · 28 replies
    The Politico ^ | December 9, 2011 | Staff
    According to recent polls, Paul ranks among the top three candidates in Iowa and New Hampshire. But unlike most candidates, given the war chest Paul has amassed and his ability to raise money, there’s no pressing reason for him to drop out quickly even if he begins with a string of disappointing early state performances. As of the fundraising quarter that ended Sept. 30, Paul had raised more than $12 million, the bulk of in small donations. Few others in the field can claim an ongoing donor base to raise money from once voting starts winnowing out the candidates. Paul...
  • Another Look for Huntsman (Conservative-Libertarian CATO is on board now)

    12/07/2011 9:24:46 AM PST · by St. Louis Conservative · 48 replies
    Cato Institute ^ | December 7, 2011 | Michael D, Tanner
    One wonders, therefore, if a conservative case could be made for former Utah governor Jon Huntsman, as has been suggested by several conservative columnists recently, including George Will, Jim Pethokoukis, and Joe Scarborough. Indeed, it is interesting that Huntsman was so quickly dismissed as a RINO, when many of his positions actually appear to be to the right of both Romney and Gingrich. On health care, for example, Huntsman flirted with an individual mandate — unfortunately, a lot of conservatives did when the idea was being pushed by the Heritage Foundation — but, unlike Romneycare, the plan he ultimately developed...
  • Even Jon Huntsman does better against Obama than Rick Perry, the least liked GOP candidate

    12/06/2011 10:40:19 PM PST · by trumandogz · 36 replies
    Houston chronicle ^ | 12.7.11 | Alexandra Jaffe
    Jon Huntsman would do better in an election against President Obama than Rick Perry would. That’s the latest news from a Rasmussen poll released today and taken over Dec. 4-5, which shows Obama earning 46 percent support among Republicans nationwide to Perry’s 34 percent. That’s the first Rasmussen matchup that gives the president a double-digit lead over Perry. In November, Obama’s lead was nine points–but before the GOP debates, Perry held a three-point advantage over the president, with 44 percent support to Obama’s 41 percent.
  • Jon Huntsman reaches out to conservative online community at Heritage Fndtn

    12/06/2011 12:27:05 PM PST · by St. Louis Conservative · 37 replies
    Washington Post ^ | December 6, 2011 | Allen McDuffee
    “The best ideas are going to come out of the states,” said Republican presidential hopeful Jon Huntsman, speaking to a group of bloggers, online journalists and digital strategists at the Heritage Foundation. Huntsman, who has seen an uptick in interest in his candidacy since the last two Republican debates that showcased his foreign policy strengths, used the event to draw on his experience as Utah’s governor as a way to reinforce his domestic bonafides. Huntsman served as Utah’s governor from 2004 until 2009, when he was appointed by President Barack Obama to be U.S. ambassador to China. In a wide-ranging...
  • Presidential Race Shouldn’t be ‘Trivialized’ by Trump: Jon Huntsman

    12/05/2011 6:04:44 PM PST · by Son House · 61 replies
    CNBC ^ | 5 Dec 2011 | Michelle Fox
    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 he’s 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. “There’s some dignity associated with a run for the highest office in the land, and it shouldn’t be trivialized and it shouldn’t be dumbed down,” he said. “If Don Trump cares about our nation’s future, he should have been a candidate...
  • Trying To Hold The GOP Hostage

    12/05/2011 9:18:19 AM PST · by CaroleL · 7 replies
    TalkingSides.com ^ | 12/05/11 | CaroleL
    When asked about the possibility of an independent bid for the White House, real estate mogul Donald Trump said, "If the economy continues to be bad and if the Republicans choose the wrong person, I would do it." Congressman Ron Paul (R-Texas) refused to rule out a third-party run for president if he did not get the Republican nomination he's currently pursuing. Former New Jersey Governor Christie Todd Whitman's Americans Elect is encouraging current GOP contender Jon Huntsman to run as a third party candidate since it's doubtful he would be the Republicans' choice (Mr. Huntsman has refused to rule...
  • The case for Jon Huntsman’s conservatism

    12/05/2011 6:21:33 AM PST · by St. Louis Conservative · 51 replies
    American Enterprise Institute ^ | December 4, 2011 | Jim Pethokoukis
    Tax cutter. Those lifetime lessons have made a big impact. Huntsman, like Thatcher, seems to be a conservative of intuition derived from personal experience. Huntsman a conservative? As governor, he massively cut income and sales taxes — instituting a 5 percent flat income tax — while expanding the state’s “rainy day” reserve fund. His approach to healthcare reform relied on markets rather than mandates. As the Club for Growth describes it, “Utah’s main health reform contained no individual mandate, no employer mandate, and has very limited regulatory authority. … It empowers individuals to take ownership of their own health insurance...
  • Rick Santorum: I'm Next

    12/04/2011 6:00:55 PM PST · by presidio9 · 176 replies
    ThirdAge ^ | December 4, 2011 | Mark DeLucas
    Former Pennsylvania senator and Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum told ABC News' “This Week” that he expects to soon supplant surging rival Newt Gingrich and become the Republican favorite. “So if you look at all of these little boomlets, they last about four to six weeks. Newt is in about week three,” Santorum said. “So we feel pretty good that, you know, come the middle of December and toward the end of December, as candidates are looking for a candidate they can trust, someone that is authentic, someone who knows what they believe in and why they believe it, and...
  • The GOP's front runners: Bad and worse (George Will pegs Huntsman as most principled conservative).

    12/02/2011 9:53:00 PM PST · by St. Louis Conservative · 81 replies
    Washington Post ^ | December 2, 2011 | George Will
    (snip) Jon Huntsman inexplicably chose to debut as the Republican for people who rather dislike Republicans, but his program is the most conservative. He endorses Paul Ryan’s budget and entitlement reforms. (Gingrich denounced Ryan’s Medicare reform as “right-wing social engineering.”) Huntsman would privatize Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (Gingrich’s benefactor). Huntsman would end double taxation on investment by eliminating taxes on capital gains and dividends. (Romney would eliminate them only for people earning less than $200,000, who currently pay just 9.3 percent of them.) Huntsman’s thorough opposition to corporate welfare includes farm subsidies. (Romney has justified them as national security...
  • Finally! The Trump/Newsmax presidential debate; Update: Trump to endorse immediately after debate?

    12/02/2011 6:10:04 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Hot Air ^ | December 2, 2011 | Jazz Shaw
    We talk to a lot of people here who are keenly interested in politics, both in the comments, on other blogs and on Twitter. And if there’s one common complaint that we hear time after time it’s, “You know what we really need? More debates.” Well, put your minds at ease. Not only will we finally get another debate added to the schedule, but we can finally get away from the horrible moderation of all these journalists and turn the controls over to the one person everyone wants to hear from. The Donald. It’s officially a reality television Republican primary...
  • Huntsman Gaining Traction in New Hampshire

    12/02/2011 8:11:34 AM PST · by St. Louis Conservative · 47 replies
    WBUR ^ | December 2, 2011 | Fred Thys
    MERRIMACK, N.H. — Jon Huntsman has staked his presidential bid on doing well in New Hampshire. With few exceptions, the former two-term governor of Utah has campaigned exclusively in the Granite State. Two months ago, he moved his national campaign headquarters to Manchester, and he’s beginning to make some inroads there. Huntsman explained his strategy this way: He wants to avoid the meteoric rises and flameouts of Michele Bachmann, Rick Perry and Herman Cain. “I don’t want 15 minutes of fame,” Huntsman told reporters at the Merrimack Town Hall. “I want a sustained rise that isn’t fickle and isn’t short-lived,...
  • Huntsman to skip Iowa debate, plans NH town hall (will do a Lincoln-Douglas debate with Gingrich)

    12/02/2011 1:15:05 PM PST · by TBBT · 51 replies
    sfgate ^ | 12/2/2011 | AP
    Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman is skipping next week's presidential primary debate in Iowa. ABC is to televise the event nationally. Huntsman on Friday says he'll instead have a town hall-style meeting on Dec. 10 in New Hampshire, a state that is central to his political strategy. Huntsman has written-off Iowa and has spent neither time nor money there. Huntsman also has accepted an invitation to do a one-on-one debate with former House Speaker Newt Gingrich in New Hampshire. The two will meet in Windham for a Lincoln-Douglas-style debate with tea party activists on Dec. 12. Gingrich has invited each...
  • Libertarian Case For Jon Huntsman[and conservative case for zotting the retread morons who like him]

    12/02/2011 10:07:47 AM PST · by Retro Llama · 50 replies
    Portsmouth Herald ^ | 12/2/11 | Eduardo J. Lopez-Reyes
    Last May, when Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels was pondering a White House bid, Jason Sorens of the University of Buffalo wrote a commentary that went largely unnoticed. Wanting to "take a look at Jon Huntsman," who has been "widely viewed as a 'moderate' Republican, but whose" policies "stake out a position that may be more libertarian than Daniels'," Sorens concluded that after former Gov. Gary Johnson and Texas Congressman Ron Paul, Huntsman offered the most libertarian credentials — besting even Daniels. Sorens's views deserve recognition in New Hampshire, a generally conservative state with decisively libertarian leanings, as our first-in-the-nation presidential...
  • New Huntsman Ad Hammers Mitt Romney for Changing Positions on Issues: Mittstant Replay

    12/01/2011 10:05:07 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 6 replies
    There certainly appears to be a blood-feud between Jon Huntsman and Mitt Romney. Huntsman continues his attacks focused almost exclusively on Romney with this new ad that takes from Romney’s recent interview with Fox News’ Bret Baier in which Romney claimed Baier’s list of past “flip-flops” was “just not accurate.” The web ad then goes on to show clips of Romney from the past on that list of issues juxtaposed with his current views. This ad makes you think Huntsman’s Campaign is far more about keeping Mitt Romney from being President than it is about Jon Huntsman wanting to be...
  • Simon Johnson: The Huntsman Alternative (JH will end TBTF & foreign/domestic bailouts)

    12/01/2011 6:39:45 AM PST · by St. Louis Conservative · 7 replies
    New York Times (Economix Blog) ^ | December 1, 2011 | Simon Johnson
    This week we also learned more about the underhanded and undemocratic ways in which the Federal Reserve saved big banks last time around. (You should read Ron Suskind’s book, “Confidence Men: Wall Street, Washington, and the Education of a President.” To understand Mr. Geithner’s philosophy of unconditional bailouts, remember that he was president of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York before becoming Treasury secretary.) Is there really no alternative to pouring good money after bad? (snip) The goal is simple, as Mr. Huntsman said in his recent Wall Street Journal opinion piece: make the banks small enough and simple...
  • Jon Huntsman: Defining "Conservative"

    11/30/2011 8:28:51 PM PST · by St. Louis Conservative · 50 replies
    The Politico ^ | November 30, 2011 | Daniel Allot
    What do you call a family-oriented former governor who supported and signed every pro-life bill sent his way, passed the largest tax cut in his state’s history, enacted the most expansive school voucher program in the nation and presided over what was cited as one of the most business-friendly states? Many Republicans, and much of the media, call this a “moderate.” That is how they are labeling former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, who officially entered the GOP presidential fray on Tuesday. Whenever Huntsman’s name is mentioned, it is usually accompanied by that most unhelpful of primary season adjectives. But while...