No, no, a thousand times no!Huntsman is a nice guy, with good hair,
and while a great ambassador, he is not presidential material. He would be great
as Secretary of Commerce, or some similar position but not as leader of our
nation! The beltway elites and country club crowd may like Huntsman,
but he proved in Utah he is not a conservative, and just another big spending,
big government "moderate."The squishy RINO wing of the Republican
party learned nothing from 2008. The Republican base will never again suffer
through a Presidential campaign trying to pretend they have any enthusiasm for
"moderates."McCain lost in a landslide and would have fared far
worse if the base had not turned out to vote for the conservative part of the
ticket, instead of just staying home.Watch the election results on
Tuesday, and then tell us that we "must pick a 'moderate' in order to win
elections. That is just not true, except in the minds of the moderates who are
complicit in many of the problems we face today!Nominating Huntsman
would ensure the reelection of Obama.
I agree with DN Subscriber's opinion of Huntsman as a presidential candidate,
however it should be noted that if Huntsman chooses to run it will be in 2016.
Even if nominated he would not face Obama, who will be running for reelection in
This is great, awesome, excellent. Because what we really need is a president
who shares all the worst, unconservative beliefs of that great GOP success
story, George W. Bush (another go at amnesty, anyone?) and who is exactly like
Mitt Romney in most respects - Mormon, the son of a prominent businessman, etc.
- except for the part about having any real accomplishments of his own.Go get 'em, Jonny.Realistically, my guess is that Jon Jr. is
trying to set himself up to be the next Secretary of State. Surely he
understands he has no shot at the presidency?
No way!!! I would never support this man and I am a member of his same faith!!
No if his father would run that would be a different story!
William A hit this on the head. He shares the worst possible traits of both "W"
Bush and Obama. He supports debt spending, he STRONGLY supports cap and trade,
in fact he supported the Kyoto Protocols when 95 Senators voted No, to include
the most liberal, "Green" Senators in the country like Boxer, Schumer, Clinton,
etc. He is further to the Left than these zany leftists. How can you be further
to the left of them???The good thing, if he does run, it gives me an
excuse to take a year off of work and do everything I can to see that he loses.
I would rather have Obama in for three terms than Huntsman in for one. Holy cow does this make me sick! And his sun tan is worse than John Boehner's
if that was even possible. What the heck is he doing that he gets a sun tan like
He'd have my vote! I thought Governor Huntsman was just excellent. He governed
moderately and has good common sense. The nut job extremists in the far right
wing don't like him and neither do the crazy extremists in the far left wing.
Never! This guy is just too out of touch with our Founders' principles. I'd
never consider voting for him for any political position again. Like Romney,
he's too much for big government, which has always been the problem, not the
solution to this countries sinking ship. I'd rather die fighting against what
these progressive promote than to live under their oppressive agenda.
He's not even on the long list. Mitt's resume would win every time, but people
can't get past the LDS part. And there is absolutely nothing Romney can do to
remedy the situation.Huntsman is a lesser talent and lesser known.Plus, he has gone over to the dark side by working for Obama/Clinton.He
might appeal to the young voter with his rock group/dropout resume.In
short, he's got strength in all the wrong places.
Put me down in the pro-Huntsman camp as well. I have had enough political
extremism, enough of people thinking their political wing is fighting some kind
of holy war, enough belligerent devotion to party line.John McCain
was a reasonable conservative before the 2008 election. But as a presidential
candidate he became more extreme to appeal to the fringe elements of the right
wing. Everything reasonable and appealing about the man disappeared. The
addition of Sarah Palin to the ticket pretty much nailed that coffin, and
Obama was brillant by sending this candidate to the far side of the planet.
Thus effectively guaranteeing himself another 4 years in 2012. Our
party has no other alternative that will beat Obama. Sarah is busy stirring up
mud and being a tea party supporter one day and a GOP the next. Have we ever
had a female Dan Quayle before?Romney is a proven failure and
Huckaby is waiting in the wings to again spoil his shot. Had
Huntsman been here he could have been groomed for his shot in 2012 but now he
willhave to wait til 2016.
Huntsman is the way wrong kind of person we need as president. He is a liberal,
establishment, keep doing things the same way, kind of politician. I would not
support him. What is needed is a strong constitutional, anti-establishment,
non-career politician who will oppose all the secret combinations who now run
William A:Mitt Romney worked his way up to CEO in Bain and Company
consulting (a meritocracy if I've ever seen one). He then founded Bain
Capital... I think he has accomplished a lot without his father's help.
Huntsman would certainly be better than any of the other Republicans being
considered at this point. Winglish (6:33 a.m.) is absolutely correct in his
comments and assessment. Huntsman is the ONLY Republican potential candidate
that I could support.
The good news is that the ultra conservative base in Utah doesn't impact
national politics. The better news is we need people who can govern from the
center and poll after poll shows that is what the majority of people want in
this country. Obama's problem is he went left, far too left of center and now he
and his party are going to pay for it. We'll see how the next group governs as
well. Huntsman did a fine job during his time here but part of that is we had
record income. He bailed before the truly hard times hit. So in a way, he is
unproven. Yet by 2016 this recession will be over and we should be back on an
even keel so Hunstman will look even better then. Yes, I could see it
Here is my ideal candidate and I'm not sure one is out there who fits the
bill:1. Balanced budget - even if it includes some strategic short
term tax increases along with serious budget cuts. Willing to endure balanced
pain to get our financial future back on track for our children.2.
Absolute transparency in political donations of both individuals and
organizations. No dollar donated without public identification of the source.3. Social moderation. Allow states to decide issues like gay rights and
legalization of pot without federal intervention regardless of outcome.4. Moderate, reasonable, thoughtful, collaborative and able to actually solve
problems without extremist rhetoric and behavior - a little like both Reagan and
Clinton were able to do.Is there any politician out there that fits
The fact (simultaneously sad and hopeful) is this:"The Government
that is ahead of the peple will inevitably be dragged down to their level as the
Government that is behind them will in the long run be dragged up.... The noble
people will be nobly ruled, and the ignorant and corrupt ignobly."Samuel Smiles: Self Help: 1859 (Chapter One)Of course a struggle
is always involved between the corrupt and the noble. The solution for now is,
I think, States' rights over federal intervention. If we could only accomplish
that, the feds would be greatly restricted in the harm they can thrust upon
Jon Hunstman Jr. would be the first Republican I could vote for since Ronald
Reagan - which would be 32 years ago.He would be running for the
President of the United States of AMERICA -- not the President of the LDS church
.... for crying out loud, get over it!!!You ultra-puritan
Conservatives need to wake up and deal with reality and the rest of America, ALL of America. Ambassador Huntsman is moderate RIGHT - just where
he needs to be to BEST represent all 307 million of us.I'm sorry if
he doesn't reflect your little imaginary bubble world of quilting and Home
Teaching, were drinking a Diet Coke or having 2 piercings per ear are considered
a criminal offense. That is called extremeism, and the Prophets have
warned over and over again that extremeism is the worst possible offense in
Jr. is just another Harry Reid without the beady eyes, pinched face, and D after
his name. Jr. is not a Conservative, he is a Progressive!!! This PAC could ONLY
be supported by Washington beltway elites. They are totally out of touch with
the vast majority of the American people! We need to start developing a strong
and organized oposition to Jr.'s future candidacy!!!
@Emajor - McCain was never a strong conservative. He tried to leave his own
party!I think Huntsman would do an adequate job as Secretary of
State, possibly Commerce. But, I think Romney is slightly more qualified at
playing the politics game. He was a republican governor in the most liberal
state in the country, so he obviously knows how to work both sides. Frankly though, I'm not impressed with either one of them. I always thought
Mike Leavitt would have made a good president.
I agree with those who essentially are saying they feel this Huntsman is not the
one we would vote for...though I suspect non-LDS moderates, even some
conservatives would see him as more electable than Mitt...this Jon is just too
ambitious, claiming the right motives, but at core, just wanting to be
No! Never! We need patriotic, freedom loving candidates, who support the
Constitution! This PAC will be comprized soley of Washington beltway elitists.
Even tho Jr. aligns himself with the Republican party, he is actually a
Progessive. We need to start now to organize and develope oposition to any
campaign Jr. is a part of! I guarentee Jr. will start making conservative
promises and speech! At least Harry Reid is open about his Liberal/Progressive
I really liked Huntsman as governor; anyone who makes the extremists on left and
right (i.e., half the posters here) so mad is a great guy in my book.I just hope that if he runs, he stays who he is. Seeing successful moderate
Republicans like McCain and Romney pander to the ultra-right makes them look
like hypocritical politicians. Of course, so does Obama trying to pretend to be
a moderate.Republican party politics being what they are, however,
Huntsman's moderation & Mormonism will still prevent him from being nominated.
How about an independent VP? Bloomberg/Huntsman 2016!
Hey Zebedie (and others), if Huntsman's moderate politics are so out of touch
with the vast majority of Americans, then how did he win re-election so easily
in supposedly the most conservative state in the nation? Why couldn't the
ultra-right figure out how to silence him? Face it, tea party (the right's
equivalent to Michael Moore); being really loud doesn't prove you're correct or
in the majority.
Definitely is not my top choice, or even near it, but he would be leaps and
bounds better than Obama, or any candidate with a "D" after his or her name for
This is very interesting. I would like to know the State of Utah's financial
statistics after going to a four day work week for federal employees. Did it
help? I think that Mitt lost his chance with what happened in MA.
Given the fact that Mr. Obama's popularity is so low, and with another year to
further erode the Democrats willingness to follow him for a second term, I think
Mr. Huntsman will have a great chance as a democrat challenger to him in the
primaries. He is running as a Democrat isn't he?
I think we really need a leader with "True Grit" right now. Things like
religion, color, gender,and a long line of etc, do not matter. Mitt is a
business man. Unless John Wayne comes back to life I am all for Mitt.
Junior is just another John McCain/RINO! He had a better chance 2 years ago
than he does today! The conservatives are throwing out the
RINO/Types....Huntsman would do better running as a Democrat!If John
Sr ran he would get my vote, but John, JR is not a chip off the ol block!
I say keep him in China. We don't need anymore RINOs but maybe by then he could
run as his true party, Democrat.
If Huntsman aspire to be president of the US then why is he buying a house in
DC? Doesn't a residence come with the job?
While I can understand why he would be a good and electable candidate, I still
believe Huntsman's faith will be an issue down the road if he chooses to run.
Regardless, he is likable and looks presidential--and he is
conservative enough to get elected in Utah, yet moderate enough to be accepted
nationally. His experience in China gives him a significant
background in that part of the world, and his knowledge there will be
advantageous for him should he decide to run. He will not need an
advisor to speak Mandarin for him--he speaks it himself. It will be
interesting to see how his political career evolves over time in 2012 and 2016.
I feel he will have a significant part to play.
LDS liberal, I truly don't know why you continue to pretend to be LDS or to
continue to be so critical and hateful towards the church.Saying he's
running for President of the USA not president of the church.? What does that
even mean?If leaving the church was such a great move on your part, then I
must say that your new "religion" has not made you a better person.
Love his dad, but this son is misguided. When he bought into the global warming
scam, I was done with him!
I think he noticed early on that you are required to be a Republican in Utah to
get elected to much of anything so thats why he ran Republican.Tell
me something he did that was "republicanish". And having bags of
money doesn't help!The new Republican party probably WILL NOT
include all the RINO's.
I'd really like to see a politician who ISN'T on the Council of Foreign
Relations run for President.
Based on comments here, I think two things are readily clear.1. He'd be a
great candidate for everyone who wants a moderate. Heck, this democrat would
have a hard time voting against him (assuming he doesn't take that hard right
turn Romney did out of convenience). 2. I thought this state loved
him? Whatever happened to that? Seems the far-right has taken hold of the party.
No Way Junior!I would vote for Senior in a minute but Jr. in not the
same type of man.I think he is best suited for where he is
Only one benefit for him as president. He can communicate with the new owners
of our country already.
The global elites probably like Huntsman because of his former membership in the
CFR, his blind adherence to "free trade" politices, and his willingness to be a
puppet for Obama.
He'd have my vote though I'd prefer that he come back to Utah and unseat Mike
Lee who will, by then, have proved that his only accomplishment is to have voted
no about 600 times.
Sorry but Jowers and crowd just can't get it through their minds that
Conservatives are the answer to the problems.As has been said
before, Huntsman is no different from McCain and I plugged my nose while voting
for that RINO.@History nut: can you explain why anyone should vote
yes for policies that they believe will be destructive to our state and
nation?But you have it backwards, it will be the Dems who are voting
No, because the Repubs in the House will be sending bills over to repeal all the
unconstitutional legislation passed by Pelosi/Reid and signed by Obama.The House will send over bill after bill that Obama will have to veto which
will make his agenda on the record and show Americans that Obama truly wants to
destroy the country.No on Huntsman. No on Obama. No on Pelosi. No on
Reid.Yes on Freedom. Yes on Liberty. Yes on personal responsibility.
Yes on the Constitution. Yes for America.
I'm interested to know who all of these "true Republican" commentors would like
to see as the chief executive. I can't think of someone more qualified than
Romney. Could it be Sarah Palin? I don't think I could watch her in
her first debate for fear of embarrasment.
@history nutThe only thing thats going to be history this next tuesday is
the progressive democrats that have spent all of their rich dads inheritance.
Now they will have to pay the death tax.ps. if someone voted no 20 to 600
times to stop this insane congress and president, then he has my support.
Some one asked who should be Republican leader and Presidential candidate. I
think there are now a few good choices: Ron Paul, Rand Paul,Scott Bradley,
Bauchman, maybe Alan Keyes, Steve Forbes, or one or two others. McCain - No;
Romney No; Huntsman No. Palin No.
If Jon Huntsman JR Could do for The United States what he did for Utah, the
country would be a much better place. I really like Mr Huntsman he gets things
done, not just empty words. He is very smart an excellent leader in so many
ways. If he ran for President I would not only vote for him I would love to help
him in any way I could.
I’ve never wanted an LDS President, mainly because some people already
blame us for everything in Utah, imagine if they blamed us for all the ills in
the world. But, Huntsman just might be the person to turn the world around. If Obama can overlook Huntsman’s Conservative thinking then non-LDS
Christians can overlook their misunderstanding of LDS and vote for the best
person.Hopefully, if religion becomes an issue, he’s prepared to
help foster understanding. Almost every peculiar LDS belief was
early Christian, temples etc. It’s basic Biblical belief that God
was once a "man" and is exalted. As LDS I want to shout that God the Son was
born of Mary, suffered and died only once for sins (didn’t lay His body
down again). None are ever equal to God and Christ, but we agree
with Jesus that those receiving the word are called “gods” (John
10), and through grace we’re joint heirs with Him to the throne. Jesus created all things, in sky, earth, etc, all are of and by the Light of
Christ (DC88) and angels etc are God’s children and Satan fell, but was
among "sons" (Job1etc) : )
Another thing Obama taught us is that religion, even a questionable pastor,
doesn’t play a major role in American voting.I’ve never
believed the “hanging by a thread” comment meant an LDS President,
but I’m starting to think that Huntsman would be a great influence for
good in the world, and having that might be worth being blamed even more (see
above comment).Additionally, it’s good to pray for guidance,
as Palin etc do, and God still speaks to His children, but Apostles etc are
called to lead the Church, not the Country. Presidential callings come by vote.
LDS generally feel God inspires all leaders who seek, regardless of affiliation,
but God won’t go against logic or inspired Constitution, and we are to
reason before and after prayer. Hopefully someone will explain to
misunderstanding Christians that, while LDS imitate original Biblical
Christianity, we still accept those who don’t as Christians. We do feel
philosophers creeds caused a lot of torture and stumbling, but we believe ALL
good people are inspired by God, all “rewarded for works” and can be
saved by grace regardless of affiliation. For specifics search
official LDS sites, or FAIR etc
Wasn't it Armand Hammar that John Huntsman said was his "mentor?" Yes it was.
It was quoted in the Church News several years ago.This makes me
have questions about John Huntsman. Hammer knew the Soviet leaders and did
business with them, his Occidental Petroleum Corp., rand the most dangerous oil
rigs in the North Sea and one of his largest platforms was the worst in history
as far as deaths (known safety problems cused accidents} and he had unlimited
access to the Kremlin. Hammer taught John how to work with the communists. Glenn
Beck says he is a great man, but what about Hammer?
Mitt Romney is my choice. I didn't like Huntsman as Govenor.....He is too tight
with Obama and I won't support him even if Romney doesn't make a bid for the
White House. Romney has a good track record, and I believe Steve Covey could
help with his organizational skills to get this Country back on track from it's
race to Socialism! Both men are respected in the Corporate world, and they show
confidence in being able to get the job done right!!
He would do well in a party that is not oriented to religion and right wing