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  • Lee's Tax Plan Could be a Political Boon for Republicans (Co-author Ted Cruz)

    10/05/2014 9:30:41 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    Utah Policy ^ | October 5, 2014 | Bryan Schott
    The tax reform plan from Sens. Mike Lee and Ted Cruz could turn out to be a big deal for Republicans. Essentially, the plan sets just two rates for income tax - 15% and 35%. It also raises the child tax credit by $2,500 from $1,000 to $3,500. It also reforms corporate imcome taxes. The Week's Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry says the next Republican to win the White House will have a tax plan very similar to this one, which focuses on building the middle class. Here are two Tea Party senators, one of whom is thought to be a strong candidate...
  • The dream of a Jon Huntsman independent run in 2016 is alive and well, my friends

    09/17/2014 6:40:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    Hot Air ^ | September 17, 2014 | Allahpundit
    After trolling my own readers yesterday with rumors of Huckabee and Romney running again, I’d be remiss if I didn’t troll them with a rumor about a guy they dislike more than either of them. No half-measures when trolling. That’s my motto. Former presidential candidate Jon Huntsman has engaged in discussions with supporters in recent months about pursuing another White House bid — this time as an independent, according to three sources close to Huntsman… Other friends and former aides, however, suggested that the 2016 conversations were primarily a function of Huntsman’s willingness to hear out his supporters — not...
  • Jason Chaffetz: Mitt Romney will run —and win

    07/07/2014 8:04:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 89 replies
    The Politico ^ | July 7, 2014 | Nick Gass
    At least one House Republican thinks Mitt Romney will make another run for the White House in 2016 — and this time, he says the 2012 runner-up will emerge victorious. “I think he actually is gonna run for president. He probably doesn’t want me to say that,” Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) told host Chris Matthews on MSNBC’s “Hardball” on Monday. Chaffetz also backed the former Massachusetts governor early in the GOP nomination process for 2012. “A hundred times he says he’s not, but Mitt Romney has always accomplished what he’s set out to do. I think he’s proven right on...
  • Mitt Romney's high-powered gathering

    06/12/2014 5:25:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    CNN's Political Ticker ^ | June 12, 2014 | Paul Steinhauser, political editor
    Mitt Romney can still draw a crowd. Some top supporters and donors from the former Massachusetts governor's two presidential campaigns are gathering starting Thursday for Romney's retreat in Park City, Utah. They'll be joined by a bunch of political leaders who may hope to follow in Romney's footsteps by winning the Republican presidential nomination. This is the third year in a row that Romney has hosted the event, which is being held at the upscale Stein Ericksen Lodge at the Deer Valley Resort. The first came came during the 2012 presidential campaign as the then-GOP nominee was facing off against...
  • How Jon Huntsman can win in 2016: Get your hands dirty this time, Jon

    05/16/2014 6:11:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 47 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 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...
  • Ted Cruz, Rand Paul and Mike Huckabee face off at New Hampshire Freedom Summit

    04/13/2014 7:36:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    MSNBC ^ | April 12, 2014 | Benjy Sarlin
    MANCHESTER, N.H. – The Republican presidential primary is up and running in New Hampshire, where conservative prospects lined up in Manchester Saturday for the first cattle call of the 2016 cycle. Speakers at the New Hampshire Freedom Summit, which was sponsored by Citizens United and Koch-backed Americans For Prosperity, included Senators Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Mike Lee, and former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, all of whom would be top tier presidential contenders should they run. Donald Trump also spoke. Huckabee seemed especially determined to show he could compete for conservative votes against politicians like Paul and Cruz, who have each...
  • 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...
  • Christie’s tea-party problem (Mind-numbingly wrong)

    12/15/2013 2:50:41 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | November 11, 2013 | Richard Cohen
    The day after Chris Christie, the cuddly moderate conservative, won a landslide reelection as the Republican governor of Democratic New Jersey, I took the Internet Express out to Iowa, surveying its various newspapers, blogs and such to see how he might do in the GOP caucuses, won last time by Rick Santorum, neither cuddly nor moderate. Superstorm Sandy put Christie on the map. The winter snows of Iowa could bury him. From a Web site called the Iowa Republican, I learned that part of the problem with John McCain and Mitt Romney, seriatim losers to Barack Obama, “is they were...
  • 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...
  • Peter King: It’s Ted Cruz and Rand Paul who are the real RINOs

    10/12/2013 1:13:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    Hot Air ^ | October 11, 2013 | Allahpundit
    Via RCP. Wait, wait, wait — before you start shaking your first at him, isn’t his point here oddly simpatico with what tea partiers say every day about Beltway squishes like King himself? It all depends on what benchmark you use to define “Republican.” The Republican establishment of the past 10 years has been fiercely interventionist, willing to bend on civil liberties in the name of fighting terrorism, and happy to back new entitlement programs like Medicare Part D so long as their guy’s in the White House. Rand Paul, by contrast, tilts towards isolationism, wants to sue the NSA...
  • GOP hopefuls court donors at Romney event

    06/08/2013 1:26:19 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The Washington Post's Politics ^ | June 7, 2013 | Jason Horowitz
    PARK CITY, Utah — The Republican Party is trying hard to move on from Mitt Romney. His donors are another story. Three potential presidential candidates grasped at the Republican Party’s financial torch Friday by auditioning before an audience of Romney’s most influential fundraisers and GOP officials. After huddling with the former nominee in a dark lodge Thursday night, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, former Romney running mate Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul woke up early to hobnob with donors and deliver their pitches at Romney’s Experts and Enthusiasts conference. All three Republicans had unique challenges...
  • Sen. Lee: Backgound Checks Could Allow Holder to Create Gun Registry Using Regulations

    04/10/2013 5:04:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    CNS News ^ | April 10. 2013 | Joe Schoffstall
    On Wednesday, Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) took to the Senate floor and warned that universal background checks could lead to a national registry system for guns. "Some of the proposals, like for example- universal background checks- would allow the federal government to surveil law-abiding citizens who exercise their Constitutional rights. One of the provisions we expect to see in the bill based on what we saw in the Judiciary Committee- on which I sit- would allow the Attorney General of the United States (Eric Holder) to promulgate regulations that could lead to a national registry system for guns. Something my...
  • Dan Liljenquist: turnaround artist

    06/14/2012 5:59:26 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 6 replies
    The Park Record ^ | June 12, 2012 | Jay Hamburger
    Dan Liljenquist, a Republican challenging Sen. Orrin Hatch for the party's nomination in this year's Senate contest, wants to accomplish in Washington what he has done elsewhere in the private sector. A turnaround artist, Liljenquist said the federal government needs fixing. He said he wants to reform entitlement programs, cut spending and reduce the national debt. "I spent my career turning things around. We all know Washington is broken," he said. Liljenquist proposes federal welfare programs be put under the control of the states with the assistance of grant monies from Washington. Medicaid and food stamps are among the programs...
  • Breaking: Senator Orrin Hatch demands Eric Holder’s Resignation Over Fast and Furious

    06/13/2012 5:52:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    A Time For Choosing ^ | June 13, 2012 | Gary P. Jackson
    From the Daily Caller: Utah Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch has joined his congressional colleagues in demanding Attorney General Eric Holder’s resignation in the wake of Operation Fast and Furious. Hatch made the call during a Wednesday interview on former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee’s radio show. “Well if he doesn’t cooperate with the Congress on this Fast and Furious, where one of our agents was killed because of the stupidity of this administration, then he ought to step own,” Hatch said. “He’s basically a nice man, but by gosh he’s been so partisan in that job that I’m very concerned about...
  • Sarah Palin Was Right to Endorse Orrin Hatch for Many Reasons

    05/24/2012 11:36:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    A Time For Choosing ^ | May 24, 2012 | Gary P. Jackson
    IÂ’m not going to tell readers that IÂ’m Senator Orrin HatchÂ’s biggest fan, but I can tell you, I certainly understand why Sarah Palin has endorsed him, and agree with her 100%. After breaking the news on GretaÂ’s show, Governor Palin eloquently laid out her reasons for backing Senator Hatch on Facebook. Watch the video and read her note here. As Sarah notes, Orrin Hatch has consistently been the strongest, loudest voice, championing Conservative nominees to the Supreme Court. This is a big deal, as the next president will likely appoint two or as many as three new Justices to...
  • Utah: Senate Race Could Be Won or Lost Today

    03/18/2012 10:56:45 AM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 13 replies · 3+ views
    Roll Call ^ | March 14, 2012 | Kyle Trygstad
    Today may be the most important day of Sen. Orrin Hatch’s (R) bid for a seventh term. The Hatch campaign, fending off state GOP convention challenges from conservative opponents, has recruited and trained thousands of people to run as delegates for Hatch in tonight’s local caucuses being held around the state. The 4,000 delegates elected will go on to vote at the April 21 convention, where a nominee can emerge with 60 percent of the vote. If no one cracks that mark, the top two finishers go on to a June 26 primary. “The campaign has been working toward caucus...
  • Utah Primaries: Power to the Precincts

    03/12/2012 3:24:42 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 9 replies · 1+ views
    Rothenberg Political Report ^ | March 9, 2012 | Nathan L. Gonzales
    Utah’s primary isn’t for another three months, but Sen. Orrin Hatch’s electoral fate could be sealed next week. The six-term GOP senator is trying to avoid following in the footsteps of his colleague, Bob Bennett, who not only lost reelection in 2010, but failed to make it out of his party’s convention and onto the primary ballot. When freshman Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R) declined to run, there was a sense that Hatch was out of the woods. But now-former state Sen. Dan Liljenquist is in the race and is regarded as a very formidable threat to the senator. Tuesday’s precinct...
  • Utah: Romney Urges Support for Hatch in Ad

    03/02/2012 3:13:29 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 8 replies
    Roll Call ^ | March 1, 2012 | Kyle Trygstad
    Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) is leaning on one of the most well-known names in the state to help him win a seventh term. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who is heading into the final weekend before Super Tuesday, lent his voice to a radio ad launched today by the Hatch campaign. In the ad Romney, who endorsed Hatch in September, explains the importance of Hatch’s potential chairmanship of the Senate Finance Committee — one of Hatch’s leading arguments for re-election — and encourages voters to attend local precinct caucuses on March 15 to elect delegates to the state convention. “We...
  • Herbert Will Not Endorse Senator Orrin Hatch

    03/01/2012 4:37:51 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 9 replies · 1+ views
    Mid Utah Radio ^ | March 1, 2012 | Duke Dance
    Governor Gary Herbert is not endorsing Senator Orrin Hatch as he’s done in the past. Herbert says he has his “own race to run” and it’s best to stay neutral. The governor’s comments come after Hatch announced his support for the governor in his re-election bid. Hatch says he knows the Senate race is a controversial race and he understands that Herbert doesn’t want to weigh in.
  • Dan Liljenquist Launches Bid to Unseat Orrin Hatch

    01/04/2012 3:19:08 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 6 replies
    Congressional Quarterly ^ | January 4, 2011 | Kyle Trygstad
    Former Utah state Sen. Dan Liljenquist announced today that he is challenging Sen. Orrin Hatch at the state Republican convention in April. “It’s time for a new generation of leaders to step up and take on the new challenges of today,” Liljenquist says in a 43-second announcement video posted to his campaign website. “It’s time for us to live within our means as a country and to balance our budget. It’s time to tackle the entitlement spending that threatens us all. And it’s time to return to the conservative principles that make this country great.” Liljenquist is the first major...
  • 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...
  • Romney's top donor: Goldman Sachs, Ron Paul's top donor: US Army

    01/02/2012 10:06:05 AM PST · by packback · 75 replies
    Milwaukee Story ^ | 1.2.12 | Andy Booker
    Mitt Romney's top ten is made up of Goldman Sachs, followed by Credit Suisse (Switzerland), Morgan Stanley, Barclays (UK), Bank of America and JP Morgan. In contrast Romney's co-frontrunner in Iowa, Ron Paul, has a top three donor list made up of the US Army, US Navy and US Airforce.
  • Club for Growth Endorses Wimmer in New Utah District

    12/05/2011 3:42:25 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 25 replies
    Roll Call ^ | December 1, 2011 | Kyle Trygstad
    The Club for Growth PAC endorsed state Rep. Carl Wimmer on Wednesday in the Republican primary battle for Utah’s new 4th district. Calling him a “free market champion,” Club for Growth President Chris Chocola said, “Wimmer is exactly the type of principled fiscal conservative we need in Washington. Carl will fight against big government and wasteful spending in Washington with as much force as he did in Utah.” Wimmer is expected to face at least two others — state Rep. Stephen Sandstrom and Saratoga Springs Mayor Mia Love — in the competitive open seat primary. Sandstrom officially announced his campaign...
  • Jon Huntsman Calls on Herman Cain to Come Clean About Harassment Allegations

    11/08/2011 2:23:52 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    Black Entertainment Television ^ | November 6, 2011 | Joyce Jones
    Republican White House hopeful Jon Huntsman is calling on rival Herman Cain to disclose all of the details about the allegations of sexual harassment that topped the headlines last week. In an appearance on NBC’s Meet the Press, the former Utah governor said that Cain is “a decent man and a good candidate,” but the allegations are a distraction that has taken the focus away from more important issues. “It’s up to Herman Cain to get the information out and get it out in total,” Huntsman said. “That’s important because we’ve got some real issues to discuss in this campaign...
  • In Iowa, Bachmann, Paul, Palin on the Rise: Romney can't capitalize w/Huckabee, Trump, out of race

    07/13/2011 5:57:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The Sunshine State News ^ | July 13, 2011 | Kevin Derby
    A poll unveiled this week from American Research Group shows that three Republican presidential candidates -- U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota, U.S. Rep. Ron Paul of Texas and former Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska -- are gaining serious momentum in Iowa, site of the first presidential caucus. Bachmann, who declared her candidacy in June and has been surging in polls at both the national and state levels, topped the poll with 21 percent. Former Gov. Mitt Romney of Massachusetts placed second with 18 percent. Paul, who was the Libertarian candidate in 1988 and ran for the Republican nomination in...
  • Could Romney’s Woman Problem Get Even Worse?

    07/03/2011 9:13:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 52 replies
    Conservatives4Palin ^ | July 3, 2011 | Nicole Coulter
    In the past few weeks we’ve seen the media scrambling to promote a cat fight between Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann. As the UK’s Telegraph recently wrote: The first shots have been fired in what could become an ugly battle between Sarah Palin and her potential rival Michele Bachmann for the Republican presidential nomination. [...] A Republican consultant who declined to be named because he is aligned with a rival camp, said: “The claws are out. It’s the cat fight everyone has been waiting for – Queen Sarah being taken on by the Palin mini-me.” This is all obviously designed...
  • McRomney, McHuntsman, and Four More Years of Obama

    06/22/2011 6:04:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    Andrew Breitbart's Big Government ^ | June 22, 2011 | AWR Hawkins
    Looking at the current GOP field, I share what seems to be the ubiquitous feeling of “blah.” Apart from Michele Bachmann, no one in the field appears to be serious about beating Obama, and the two guys getting the most love from the mainstream media, Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman, are destined to lose if they secure the Republican nomination. To be honest, just the fact that the mainstream media keeps them front and center should be warning enough for every lucid Republican. After all, this is the same way the media carried John McCain through the primaries in 2008:...
  • Axelrod 'Surprised' by Huntsman Run

    06/19/2011 11:04:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    President Barack Obama's chief campaign strategist is dismissive of the Republicans who want his boss' job, saying they are eager to criticize the Democratic incumbent without offering substantive ways to help the country. David Axelrod says it's too early to start sizing up the competition, but he took on the emerging field of candidates when asked to assess the GOP' first major debate of the campaign season last Monday in New Hampshire. Republicans at that forum condemned Obama's handling of the economy and pledged to repeal his health care overhaul....
  • Jon Huntsman Could Be Obama's Worst Fear for 2012 [Rudy McRomney 2.0?]

    03/29/2011 1:29:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    US News and World Report ^ | March 29, 2011 | Cameron Lynch, former McCain & Dole aide
    Last weekend, my dinner partner, a self-described "Theodore Roosevelt Republican, very disturbed and discouraged by the Tea Party movement," detailed for me the reasons Jon Huntsman Jr. could not win the 2012 Republican presidential nomination. "He is intelligent, attractive, has proven leadership credentials as a businessman and former governor, and would be best suited to take on Obama in a general election. So, of course, our party won't nominate him." Joking aside, rumors about the current U.S. ambassador to China (he is resigning that post effective April 31) and his future plans have the Washington chattering class buzzing. The entity...
  • Former Sen. Bennett: GOP should be 'careful' before nominating Tea Partier

    02/26/2011 3:12:27 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 52 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 26, 2011 | Michael O'Brien
    Republicans must "be careful" before nominating a presidential candidate identified with the Tea Party movement, a veteran former senator said Friday evening. Former Sen. Robert Bennett (R-Utah) warned his party against nominating a candidate too quickly after the early caucuses and primaries, urging the GOP to instead pursue someone with more national appeal. "If you're going to nominate a national candidate, don't make the mistake of assuming that those who attend the early caucuses and the early primaries speak for the nation as a whole," Bennett said on Fox News. "If you're going to have a national candidate, you'd better...
  • Mitt Romney-Mike Huckabee feud flares up again

    02/22/2011 1:05:02 PM PST · by T Minus Four · 12 replies
    The deseret News (Salt Lake City, UT) ^ | Feb. 22, 2011 | Tad Walch
    Does Mike Huckabee really hate Mitt Romney so much he'd run for president just for the chance to throw haymakers at his old rival? As a new poll shows the two Republicans running neck and neck against President Obama in the 2012 presidential race, the rivalry between Romney and Huckabee that began during the 2008 campaign resurfaced Monday when Politico published a story titled "Huckabee throws a Mitt fit." Click to enlarge Associated Press Mitt Romney and Mike Huckabee From the archive News analysis: Analysis: Why Jon Huntsman Jr. may be running for president – Jan. 31, 2011 Huckabee: Israel...
  • Mormons & Media: 2012 forecast includes White House, NYT best-seller [Real Mormon/LDS]

    02/10/2011 2:00:24 PM PST · by T Minus Four · 9 replies
    The Mormon Times ^ | 10 February 2011 | Scott Taylor
    Today's highlighted links of the LDS Church and its members in news coverage include Huffington Post-published predictions of a Mormon in the White House and the Book of Mormon on the New York Times' best-seller list within the next two years as well as a look at Utah Catholics anxious to share Temple Square with their out-of-state peers. HuffPo's "What Will Be The Top Religion Stories of 2012" offering leads off with two bold predictions regarding The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. "1. "2. The Book of Mormon will be on the New York Times Bestsellers list throughout...
  • Rove: Why couldn't U.S. president be LDS?

    02/04/2011 2:49:27 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    The Ogden Standard-Examiner ^ | February 3, 2011 | Bryon Saxton
    LAYTON -- A member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints can become president of the United States of America, says Karl Rove, former senior adviser to President George W. Bush. "Absolutely," said Rove, who was in Layton on Thursday night for a stop-over to address a room full of fellow Republicans at the Davis Conference Center. While he was at it, Rove, who served as the keynote speaker for the Davis County Republican Party Lincoln Day Dinner, autographed copies of his book. More than 400 people attended the event at a cost of $50 per person, which...
  • Bloggers doubt Huntsman's chances in 2012 [presidential] election

    02/03/2011 10:58:55 AM PST · by T Minus Four · 9 replies ^ | February 3rd, 2011 | By
    SALT LAKE CITY -- We're a few days past the official announcement that Jon Huntsman Jr. will resign the U.S. ambassadorship to China, presumably to run for the White House in 2012. At this point, prominent political commentators seem to be generally taking one of two positions: either that Huntsman made a very bad decision to run now, or that this is what he needs to do to set himself up to be a Republican frontrunner in 2016. Almost nobody in the blogosphere who isn't associated with Newsweek believes Huntsman has a legitimate shot at winning the 2012 presidential election....
  • Huntsman: A star is born (Large bucket required)

    01/24/2011 4:01:51 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 24, 2011 | Brent Budowsky
    Put Jon Huntsman Jr., the U.S. ambassador to China and former governor of Utah, on the shortlist of potentially strong GOP candidates for president or vice president in 2012. It is time for the Great Mentioner in American politics to mention Huntsman as a major rising star with a great political future. He is the kind of political leader most Americans seek, long on experience and achievement and far removed from the vicious attack politics most voters abhor. As the president speaks tonight, the state of the union is simple. Americans want more jobs in an economy that lifts all...
  • Ambassador Jon Huntsman Hints At 2012 Presidential Bid [Obama appointee, (R-UT)]

    01/01/2011 7:06:51 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    Neon Tommy / Newsweek ^ | January 1, 2011 | Staff
    Jon Huntsman, the U.S. Ambassador to China and a former Republican Governor of Utah, has hinted he might run for President, Newsweek reported on Saturday. President Obama convinced Huntsman to resign his post as Utah Governor in 2009 to become the ambassador to China. At the time, there was some speculation that Huntsman, a moderate, could challenge Obama in the 2012 presidential race. David Plouffe, Obama's chief campaign manager in 2008, had even said Huntsman was the only candidate who made him "a wee bit queasy" in the 2012 election. According to The Huffington Post, "when Obama selected Huntsman for...
  • Where to find Election Returns Tonight- SC, NC, Utah

    06/22/2010 4:16:58 PM PDT · by Amish · 104 replies
    State Returns from SC (polls close at 7pm EST): From NC (polls close at 730 EST) For Utah (Polls Close 10pmEST) If anyone has better links, please share them. GO Haley, Scott, and Lee!
  • Sen. Bob Bennett will endorse Tim Bridgewater in GOP primary race to replace him

    06/10/2010 3:52:26 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 3 replies · 209+ views
    The Desert News ^ | June 10, 2010 | Lisa Riley Roche
    Sen. Bob Bennett, R-Utah, will endorse Tim Bridgewater, one of the candidates who ended his bid for a fourth term in the U.S. Senate. Bridgewater and Mike Lee defeated Bennett at the state Republican Party Convention last month and will face each other in the party's primary June 22. Bennett was originally expected to be in Utah Friday to make the announcement, but it has been rescheduled until Monday, sources told the Deseret News. Bridgewater, who was in Washington, D.C., earlier this week, stopped short Thursday of confirming he had secured Bennett's support. "I hope by Monday we have a...
  • Utah Convention Live Feed

    05/08/2010 10:00:10 AM PDT · by Amish · 13 replies · 381+ views
    To watch the live feed from the Utah Republican Convention, go to the url above. Senate Candidates are giving their statements now.
  • Poll stunner: Bennett on brink of defeat

    04/27/2010 8:17:47 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 25 replies · 1,025+ views
    The Salt Lake Tribune ^ | April 27, 2010 | Robert Gehrke
    Unless Sen. Bob Bennett's political fortunes change dramatically in the next two weeks, he could become Utah's first incumbent U.S. senator to lose his party's nomination in seven decades. A new Salt Lake Tribune poll of Republican delegates shows Bennett running in third, behind GOP challengers Mike Lee and Tim Bridgewater. Lee logged 37 percent support in the survey, while Bridgewater came in at 20 percent, and Bennett lagged at 16 percent. The survey of 400 Republican delegates, with a 4.4 percent margin of error, was conducted April 22-25 by Mason-Dixon Polling & Research Inc. of Washington, D.C. It comes...
  • Anybody but Bob? Bennett may be in big trouble

    03/25/2010 7:11:55 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 14 replies · 763+ views
    The Salt Lake Tribune ^ | March 25, 2010 | Robert Gehrke
    Sen. Bob Bennett's re-election bid could be in serious trouble, based on reports of widespread opposition to the incumbent at Tuesday's Republican caucuses. While not definitive, interviews with a dozen caucus-goers around the state reflected a familiar theme: Support was not coalescing behind any Bennett challenger, but there was a strong "anybody-but-Bennett" sentiment.
  • Defeating Bennett (Utah)

    11/15/2009 12:49:40 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 17 replies · 1,042+ views
    Red State ^ | November 14, 2009
    While we’re all focusing on picking Charlie Crist off in the Florida Senate Primary, I think if conservatives really want to send the GOP establishment a message, target number one a high priority should actually be Bob Bennett of Utah. Just to clarify for those of you freaking out that I said target number one should be Bennett: the Bennett race happens before the Florida race. That said, we should be targeting more than just Florida. Bennett is worth picking off because he is an incumbent troublemaker. Granted, it was a poor choice of words on my part, but I...
  • It's official: Shurtleff running for Senate

    05/20/2009 2:35:33 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 15 replies · 902+ views
    The Salt Lake Tribune ^ | May 20, 2009 | Cathy Mckitrick
    On the state Capitol steps, Attorney General Mark Shurtleff today announced that he will run for the U.S. Senate to help salvage our "blessed but troubled nation" from the slide toward "socialism." "The winds of change, they are a-blowing," Shurtleff said in prepared remark. "Not the bigger government, corporate welfare, radical liberal nannyism type of change promised and now being implemented by [President Barack] Obama. But, starting today, we the people of Utah, we the people of the United States, are taking back America!" In a fiery speech filled with red-meat rhetoric used by talk-show hosts like Glenn Beck, whom...
  • Jon Huntsman: The Dems GOP Choice for 2012?

    05/19/2009 11:50:43 AM PDT · by Scott Martin · 12 replies · 835+ views
    Patriot Room ^ | 5-19-09 | London Locke
    President Obama’s campaign manager, David Plouffe, said that Governor Huntsman makes him a "wee bit queasy.” He is referring to Huntsman supposedly being a legitimate challenger to President Obama in 2012/2016. After Plouffe’s comment Huntsman got a lot of media play, which has intensified with him being picked as the new ambassador to China. The Democrats know exactly what they are doing placing a moderate-squishy Republican in the limelight. I guess the Dems apparent fear is supposed to make us start screaming to have Huntsman as the Republican nominee in 2012. They media think the message from his ambassadorship is...
  • Shurtleff to Announce Senate Decision in Utah Soon

    05/09/2009 7:10:01 AM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 4 replies · 474+ views
    Roll Call ^ | May 8, 2009 | John McArdle
    Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff, who has been open about his interest in challenging Sen. Bob Bennett in the GOP primary next year, said Thursday afternoon that an announcement about his 2010 plans will come on May 20 at a press conference in Salt Lake City. Shurtleff told a local Utah television station last week that he wants to run for Senate, but that his wife has asked him for time to talk him out of making the race. On Thursday, as he was preparing to leave on a trade mission to Israel with Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr., Shurtleff said...
  • Mark Shutleff to decide on run for U.S. Senate next week

    05/02/2009 9:03:29 AM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 10 replies · 793+ views
    ABC Channel 4 News ^ | April 30, 2009 | Chris Vanocur
    - As he nears a final decision, Attorney General Mark Shurtleff is giving "prayerful consideration" to running for the U.S. Senate. In an exclusive interview with ABC 4, Shurtleff says he will make a decision about challenging Bob Bennett by the end of next week. In a very candid interview Wednesday, Attorney General Mark Shurtleff told us he wants to run for senator. But his wife is a different story. Mark Shurtleff told us, "She asked for a month to talk me out of it." Shurtleff's wife, according to the attorney general, has concerns about things like: “...having to commute,...
  • What is this world coming to?

    04/02/2009 3:43:21 PM PDT · by freedom 4uand me · 14 replies · 962+ views
    Illegal dishsoap and detergent, Legalized recreational marijuana. IN GOD WE TRUST no longer on the quarters. Things that are happening now, like taxes NOT EQUAL. This is why our founding fathers left, and came and created the UNITED STATES, and the bill of rights, and the constitution. So we ARE FREE, TO live and worship accordingly. Our Government is in WAY more than they should be. They want in even more, to tell us how to live, what to drive. We are not under a ruler or a GOD (the Government)We have a God and we will continue to worship...
  • Utah's Bennett (probably) faces primary fight

    03/23/2009 6:11:32 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 10 replies · 660+ views
    The Politicio ^ | March 23, 2009 | Alex Isenstadt
    Sen. Bob Bennett (R-Utah) is not entangled in scandal, he’s never shown a hint of vulnerability and there’s no Democrat on the horizon who’s poised to knock him out of his Senate seat. Nevertheless, he could be in jeopardy in 2010. Bennett’s problem is the Republican primary. State Attorney General Mark Shurtleff, who won election to a third term in November with 70 percent of the vote, told POLITICO in an interview that he’s leaning toward challenging Bennett and may make an announcement as soon as this week. Many Utah Republican insiders say they expect Shurtleff to take the plunge...
  • Will Shurtleff challenge Bennett (UT Senate race)? Probably not

    03/21/2009 2:49:19 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 7 replies · 493+ views
    The Desert News ^ | March 19, 2009 | Bob Bernick Jr.
    Believe it or not, some Utahns are already looking at races for 2010. Perhaps the most prominent is GOP Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff, who says he's considering running against Sen. Bob Bennett, R-Utah, next year. This would be a "free" race for Shurtleff, since he won re-election last November to a third four-year term. Shurtleff could run against Bennett, and if the attorney general lost that Republican Party challenge, he would still be in office for two more years. Shurtleff says he'll decide soon whether or not to challenge Bennett — who has already announced he's running again. I'm...