Utah governor faced few questions during hearing
Looks like Obama threw rival Huntsman into the Briar Patch~ We wish Jon well.
There is a really good chance Huntsman could become president in 2016, if he
wants to. Whatever complaints Utahn have against him, there is still no doubt
he would carry the state easilly.
A mormon cannot win the republican primary in the bible belt.
I most certainly hope that Governor Huntsman serves successfully as ambassador
to Beijing and later as the president of the USA
Huntsman absolutely could win the primary, when he changes to his real party the
Who cares what 'party' he aligns himself with. The point is he is the best
candidate for this position and party lines shouldn't matter. He has served Utah
very well as Governor and will be leaving with almost unheard of approval
ratings. Gary Herbert has some very large shoes to fill.Party
affiliation is lame as most people are so narrow minded they can't see past
party lines. I'm tired of do-nothings being elected over and over just because
they coincidentally join the popular party of their area.
To Sam: I'm no so sure. With all the prominent republicans knocking themselves
out with sex scandals, Mitt might be the only viable candidate left standing in
We won't miss you.
No comment on the politics of it, but how about the suit Gov. Huntsman is
wearing in the accompanying photo? Not very often that you see politicians
wearing bold power stripes. (They look too wide to call "pinstripes.") Does he
need to look taller? Anyway, it's just a look I found unusual, but not
Huntsman is an excellent choice for Ambassador to China, and will serve well
there.Utah is better off with him out of the way with his "moderate"
McCain-like views. Gary Herbert will be a better governor.Obama
made a brilliant choice, not just selecting a qualified individual (who,
surprisingly, was NOT a campaign contributor...) and at the same time making him
part of the OBAMA team. Thus Huntsman is pretty well precluded from criticizing
his boss. What better way to co-opt a potential challenger for the
Presidency?While I would strongly oppose Huntsman for President (in
favor of a real conservative), this is a most clever and devious scheme to knock
out one of the most likely challengers.Best wishes to Huntsman in
China. After that, not so much.
Contrary to what you say, Governor Huntsman IS a real conservative. He's just
not a far-right whackjob who hijacked the conservative label. We need a lot
more like him if the Republican Party is ever to return to what it should be.
Good Bye King Jon and good luck this is the best thing that has happen since you
took office and that is you are leaving.
Conservatism, contrary to the false conservative RINO belief, is by definition
right. The closer you get to the right edge, the truer you are to conservative
principles. Anything left of right is liberalism to one degree or another. Any
movement to the left of white is on the road to black with different shades of
gray along the way. To promote moderate conservatism is like arguing
for lukewarm ice, a moderate amount of adultery, a reasonable amount of theft,
or a moderate sized government monstrosity. Every gain towards the
left becomes the newly redefined starting point of conservatism until it becomes
difficult to tell the difference anymore between the newly defined moderate
conservative republican and the liberal democrat. Neither have or
are guided by any foundational principles. Neither have allegiance to this
countries constitution or it's people as indicated by Mr. Huntsman's desire to
fix the world economy. Clueless as to the power limitations of government.The whole purpose in establishing a foundation of correct principles is
to keep us from suffering the consequences of the violation of those principles.
The logic behind moderate conservatism is lunacy and a symptom of
liberalitis which is a mental disorder.
So if I understand you correctly, real conservatives believe in global warming,
are for corporate welfare (funding the soccer stadium), and are for civil
So he QUIT being Utah's Governor? Interesting. I guess all sorts of people
quit for VARIOUS reasons!
What would that make you?
Maybe Jon can get rid of that stupid soccer stadium's debt before he goes!
Maybe Huntsman can convince Chine to let the LDS missionaries in.
The posting of liberals on here really really funny.We have a bunch
of wacked-out extremist liberals calling those on the right crazy and wacked,What credibilty do those liberals extremists have?Huntsman
is what he is a very liberal republican,so much so he probably
really is more a democrat than republican,However is much easier to
win office, currently, in Utah, as a Republican than a democrat.moreover,he professes support for conservative issues, but will
NOT fight for any of them,he then gives lip service in support of
liberal issues.Seems like he is trying to please everyone,and NOT stand for anything, a clintonian politician.
Jon Huntsman is well-educated, well-traveled, and experienced -- in short, very
cosmopolitan —- which is what is required in a world leader today.
i would like everyone who supports huntsman for president to answer this
question for themselves: was he ever considered good for the white house before
he supported gay civil unions? be honest with yourselves. had you ever heard
mention of that as a possibility before of his pro gay stance? no, and that is
the point. he changes his veiws whenever it suits him. i didn't vote for obama,
and i think he stands for all the wrong things, and could only support him as
president, never agree with his veiws, but at least we can say he is consitant.
Actually, I don't think Huntsman has ever changed his views about civil unions
for homosexual couples. Before being Governor I don't think he had ever made an
official statement about the issue. I could be wrong because I haven't read
everything about Huntsman but I really don't think his stance on moral issues is
as pliable as you claim.He has always stood firm in his opposition
to gay marriage since as a religious man he consideres marriage to be a sacred
religious ceremony reserved only for heterosexual couples. This however, is not
the same as legal recognition of a household which is basically what a civil
union is.In fact, one could argue that as a religious ceremony, no
state or government has the jurisdiction to recognize any marriage because of
its religious nature. Once could argue that a state or government only has
jurisdiction to recognize civil unions of households under common law.Huntsman may not be as extreme right or 'true conservative' as some neocons
like but he has greatly improved our State's image during his tenure as Governor
and in my opinion served the state well the majority of the time.
thats great for jon... congrats... he should have stayed in utah and completed
his comitment before embarking on a career abroad... "no happy ending"
I think a Mormon can win the Republian nomination. I just don't think a Mormon
from Utah can win. I think Mitt has an excellent chance next time.
Barry Goldwater was pro-choice and pro-gay rights. Was he a liberal? Are those
the only issues that count?
Wow, nice pinstripes!!As for a Mormon not being able to win in the
Bible Belt, I think it's ridiculous that people in that region of the country
rule out a perfectly fit person for the presidency based solely on his
membership in the LDS church.How ridiculous would it be for me to go
around saying I would never vote for Huckabee simply because of his evangelical
ties? While I disagree with him on some spiritual or religious issues, he is
still a good man. People down south need to grow up!!
Congrats to the new Ambassador. He will help this country as we navigate the
tricky relationship with China. He will be much better than our last ambassador
who spoke no Chinese and was only appointed because he was the previous
President's roommate in college. Look it up.
I'm sure Bennett and Hatch relished being in the general vicinity and associated
with such a popular politician.
I certainly hope Huntsman's focus is on working with the Chinese in improving
human rights and international relations and not in opening up China for the
missionaries. His job is to represent government and not the LDS church. It
would be very disingenuous to think that he would have that goal in mind with
his new appointment.
In response to the person who posted this: As for a Mormon not being able to
win in the Bible Belt, I think it's ridiculous that people in that region of the
country rule out a perfectly fit person for the presidency based solely on his
membership in the LDS church.My comment:It isn't that "PEOPLE" in
the Bible Belt wouldn't vote for a Mormon...It is because the leaders in their
churches preach false doctrine and hate about the Mormons. The preachers are
afraid of us and think we are stealing their members. Then they try to
discredit the Mormon faith and people with false information. In my town
(Austin TX) the ministers and preachers have classes in their churches on how
the Mormons are not true believers in Christ. How funny is that...our church
would never hold classes on to discredit other faiths. My children have many
friends that aren't LDS. They admire the standards that we uphold. They are
confused when their ministers say these things about Mormons they know are good
and have good values. Just my 2 cents.
If opening up China to LDS missionaries is accomplished as merely an incidental
part of his job, fine. But his role there is to represent the current
administration, not the LDS church. Huntsman's intended focus on fixing the
climate is quixotic, nutty, and pointless--particularly given the extreme
unlikelihood of persuading a developing nation like China to replace cheap
sources of energy (and hence prosperity), like coal, with more expensive
sources. That said, I wish him well in his assignment.
sad that so many people in utah can't recognize the great contributions of Jon
Huntsman. So many conservative Utahns forget all the great things he's brought
to and done for the state of Utah and remember his support for gay civil unions.
It is sad that he is so disparaged after having done many great things for
Utah. Utah's ungrateful loss is everyone's tremendous gain in a qualified
ambassador to China.
Missionaries will soon be allowed in the largest country in the world, China.
We need to be prepared to serve missions there. As 1/4 of the world's population
is in China, a doubling of our missionary force will be required. How are we
going to get there? Need more sister missionaries, need more couples serving.
Jon Huntsman is an educated, informed, polished, well-prepared leader who will
represent the U.S. in China extremely well. What he may do in the future is
irrelevant...just like the far right wing of the Republican party. But should he
decide to run for office again he will have my full support.
Really people, there is a lot of spouting off at the mouth here. Think deep and
hard, why would a man who is hell bent on destroying this country and everything
it stands for choose a Latter Day Saint to go to China. Seriously, think about
it, I do agree with some of you, I think that he is trying to eliminate the
potential competition, do you think that he would do the same thing if Huntsman
was an atheist and still good at what he does? I do, I also think that the
global warming thing is a crock, anybody in their right mind knows that the
earth goes through cooling and heating phases and that as much as we would like
to think differently, we are not the end all of influences on this planet
towards global warming. Just my thoughts looks like I spouted a little to.