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Letter: President Obama should offer a cabinet level position to both Jon Huntsman Jr. and Mitt Romney

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  • Roland Kayser Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Nov. 15, 2012 12:17 a.m.

    Many Democratic administrations have had Republican Defense and Treasury Secretaries. However, it seems as though Republicans never reciprocate.

  • Screwdriver Casa Grande, AZ
    Nov. 15, 2012 2:34 a.m.

    Jon Huntsman allready accepted the ambasador to China position from Obama and it cost him the nomination.

    Republicans arn't allowed to work with democrats and remain in thier party.

  • JoeBlow Far East USA, SC
    Nov. 15, 2012 6:27 a.m.

    Huntsman? Maybe. Romney - Doubtful.

    Huntsman has shown that he is a thoughtful and reasonable person who has a core belief and will stand on his principles. It is why he finished far back in the pack of GOP contenders.

    Romney will blow with the political winds in order to pander to whoever he needs to. Hardly the kind of person you want in a cabinet position.

    Can you imagine that when asked who would take a 10 to 1 spending cuts to revenue increases, had he stood apart from the rest?

    He could have used that single moment to show the nation that he would use common sense in lieu of partisan politics.

    He may have won.

  • Blue Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 15, 2012 8:30 a.m.

    Suppose that Romney were offered a position in the Secretary of Commerceand he took it.

    Can you imagine the meltdown on FOX?

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    Nov. 15, 2012 9:04 a.m.

    If Mitt Romney REALLY loved America
    and
    REALLY knew how to fix the economy --

    As a true patriot and American -
    like ALL good soldiers -
    he'd be ready, willing and able to serve this great nation
    in anyway or capacity he can and just DO IT - regardless of party politics.

    If I was Pres. Obama, I'd have all cards laid out on the table.
    If I was Mitt Romney, I'd give him my best hand - for the sake of OUR country.

    Jon Huntsman Jr. has already proved he would be excellent in any capacity he would be asked to serve - regardless of party politics.
    He is a TRUE American.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    Nov. 15, 2012 9:05 a.m.

    I could have supported a Romney position in the President's cabinet until I heard his petty petulant whinings yesterday in which he accuses Obama of having purchased the election through "gifts" to special groups.

    Mitt Romney needs to just go away and stay away.

  • The Real Maverick Orem, UT
    Nov. 15, 2012 9:15 a.m.

    Romney will be too busy creating well paying domestic (full-time) jobs with great health benefits to work in the government....

  • Mark B Eureka, CA
    Nov. 15, 2012 9:24 a.m.

    Yes, Romney will be too busy to participate in the Obama administration. Once he finishes with all the bitter post-election comments he'll be back to his full-time job - finding and exploiting tax deductions.

  • Kent C. DeForrest Provo, UT
    Nov. 15, 2012 9:33 a.m.

    . . . and Obama should make George W. Bush secretary of Homeland Security and he should make Mitch McConnell secretary of Labor and he should make Newt Gingrich administrator of NASA and he should make Dick Cheney secretary of Defense and he should make Mitt Romney secretary of Transportation (he's a car guy, you know) and he should make Paul Ryan secretary of Commerce and he should make Rick Santorum secretary of Education and he should make Mitt Romney secretary of Health and Human Services (he created Romneybamacare, you know) and . . . well, you get the idea.

  • Eric Samuelsen Provo, UT
    Nov. 15, 2012 10:43 a.m.

    I actually think Huntsman would make a terrific Secretary of State. But I very much doubt he'd accept the job. I think he wants to be President someday, and serving in Obama's cabinet would make it impossible for him to win the nomination.
    There's zero chance of Mitt Romney being asked to serve in an Obama cabinet. No chance at all. Why would you put someone in Treasury who disagrees with your entire economic program?

  • ugottabkidn Sandy, UT
    Nov. 15, 2012 11:45 a.m.

    You just can't stay off the White Horse, can you? I personally don't want Romney within a 100 miles of Washington. We don't need anymore excuses why they can't govern in that city and the Republicans are already openly attempting a coup d'etat.

  • atl134 Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 15, 2012 11:48 a.m.

    Absolutely not to the Romney idea. I do like the Huntsman idea.

  • Mike in Sandy Sandy, UT
    Nov. 15, 2012 11:58 a.m.

    I would only nominate an honest soul.
    "Go, Mr, Huntsman!"

  • Mike in Sandy Sandy, UT
    Nov. 15, 2012 12:00 p.m.

    Huntsman you could insert anywhere.
    As for Romney, I wasn't aware we had a "Buy a business, get it going, fire the employees, and send the business to China" Department.

  • wrz Ogden, UT
    Nov. 15, 2012 1:02 p.m.

    @Screwdriver:

    "Republicans aren't allowed to work with Democrats and remain in their party."

    That's because alotta Democratic-type dirt and grime will have rubbed off on them. Not a good situation.

    @pragmatistferlife:

    "Romney the great CEO wasn't even executive enough to run a decent campaign."

    Romney was too busy creating jobs as a CEO to learn how to sling political mud and accumulate votes through government sponsored give-away programs (did you get your free Obama cell phone, by the way?). Plus, Obama learned street smarts from his socialist, pot smoking friends while Romney was providing counseling in spiritual needs.

    "...and just in case you weren't paying attention let me be the first to tell you that the President could hardly stand to be in the same room with the man."

    True, Romney's countenance was too bright for him.

    Whenever Barack Hussein Obama comes on the TV screen I reach for the clicker and change channels to Sesame street or something with more intelligent content. Then I get a can of disinfectant to spray my TV screen.

  • Mike in Cedar City Cedar City, Utah
    Nov. 15, 2012 1:03 p.m.

    I don't want a liar in the president's cabinet. And I am not talking about Huntsman.

  • Mad Hatter Provo, UT
    Nov. 15, 2012 1:08 p.m.

    Huh? Did I miss something election night? And Romney is still complaining about the "moochers" in an effort to deflect criticism of his campaign by conservative zealots.

  • RedShirt USS Enterprise, UT
    Nov. 15, 2012 1:25 p.m.

    To "LDS Liberal" and what has Obama given us in the past 4 years? We have higher unemployment now than 4 years ago with a lower labor participation rate.

    Deficits are larger now than under Bush.

    More people are dependent on food stamps than at any other time in history.

    Gas prices are double what they were when Obama was elected.

    Doctors are going to cut back the number of medicare patients they see because of Obamacare.

    Health insurance rates went up faster under Obamacare than before it.

    More people are dependent on the government for some form of assistance than ever before.

    Obama told us that he would be transparent, yet held Obamacare meeting behind closed doors, has not released much info on Benghazi, and used Executive Privelage to protect Eric Holder with the Fast and Furious scandal.

    The nation is more polarized now than before Obama was elected.

    The reasoning behind the Peace Prize Obama won has turned out to be a lie. The world is more confrontational now than before he was elected.

    So tell us, what has Obama done that really has done the nation any good?

  • cleancutmatt Provo, UT
    Nov. 15, 2012 1:43 p.m.

    Seems like a good idea. The vice president was always the man with the second votes in the founding fathers' campaigns.

  • Sal Provo, UT
    Nov. 15, 2012 2:19 p.m.

    Romney wouldn't accept a position on this sinking Democrat ship. Why would he want his name associated with this debacle?

  • The Real Maverick Orem, UT
    Nov. 15, 2012 2:30 p.m.

    Why?

    Mitt lost his election!

    Why should Obama throw him a bone?

  • Dektol Powell, OH
    Nov. 15, 2012 3:29 p.m.

    Huntsman is a possibility. Romney, definitely NO.

  • pragmatistferlife salt lake city, utah
    Nov. 15, 2012 3:41 p.m.

    "Romney wouldn't accept a position on this sinking Democrat ship" Obama 332 Romney 206..Repbulicans haven't crossed the 50% barrier in 5 of the last 6 Presidential debates. Sinking ship..now that is some real spin. Enjoy the next four years.

  • Kent C. DeForrest Provo, UT
    Nov. 15, 2012 3:51 p.m.

    Redshirt,

    Somehow you believe that President Obama is responsible for the trajectory of the economy before he took office, which carried its own momentum for at least two years. Some of the meltdown in 2008 we still haven't recovered from. Sure, Obama has made mistakes. But we would be in a better place right now if the GOP hadn't behaved like a spoiled toddler and simply obstructed any plan to address our problems. If the GOP slips whimperingly into oblivion, it will be more than the Party of No deserves.

  • RedShirt USS Enterprise, UT
    Nov. 15, 2012 4:14 p.m.

    To "Kent C. DeForrest" actually, the GOP has not done anything to obstruct the recovery. In fact, according to some economists, by dividing the government and having a lot of infighting, it is helping the economy. For comparison, compare the 2001 recession to the 2009 recession. Why is it that after the 2001 recession we no longer felt its effects after 2003?

    Obama is responsibile for the trajectory of the economy since he took office. Economists told us the Recession ended in July 2009. If we are now 3 years out of a recession, why is it that we have not recovered jobs or had GDP growth that is greater than the rate of inflation? Obama is repeating FDR's mistakes and prolonging the recession for political ideology.

    Just think about Norman Thomas, a Socialist Party Presidential Canidate, said about the Democrats. He said "I no longer need to run as a Presidential Candidate for the Socialist Party. The Democrat Party has adopted our platform."

    Why would you want to support socialism? Where is it working? Europe is going into another recession, and we are running to catch up with them to fall over the same cliff.

  • JoeBlow Far East USA, SC
    Nov. 15, 2012 6:21 p.m.

    "For comparison, compare the 2001 recession to the 2009 recession"

    Sorry Redshirt. Apples to Oranges. There is no comparison. Not even close

  • KJB1 Eugene, OR
    Nov. 15, 2012 7:54 p.m.

    Redshirt:

    President Obama isn't going to become a socialist if you call him one enough times. Sorry.

    And the European counties that are currently struggling are the ones who are undergoing the austerity measures that Romney and his type want for America. I know that's not convenient for your story, but what can I say? Truth is truth.

  • wrz Ogden, UT
    Nov. 15, 2012 9:42 p.m.

    @Kent C. DeForrest:

    "Somehow you believe that President Obama is responsible for the trajectory of the economy before he took office..."

    If it happened on Obama's watch, he's responsible. Either for good or bad. That's the way the cookie crumbles. And if he hasn't solved the situation he's responsible... And he hasn't.

    "Some of the meltdown in 2008 we still haven't recovered from."

    And we won't be recovered under Obama. He has no plan for recovery. He has but one plan... to raise taxes on the wealthy (i.e., job creators). Won't work. Already, companies are starting to lay people off.

    "Sure, Obama has made mistakes."

    The voters made a mistake... last week and four years ago.

  • RedShirt USS Enterprise, UT
    Nov. 16, 2012 7:46 a.m.

    To "KJB1" Obama doesn't need to become a socialist because he, along with most Democrats, already is one.

    So, you agree that Socialism has failed in Europe. They promised their people too much, and now cannot afford it. That is the reason for the austerity measures. Now look at what happens when those countries are forced to make those cuts.

    In Greece, you have massive protests, and are seeing a rise in the Nazi party. In Spain you have riots and violence because of austerity measures. The more socialist the country's economy, the worse the reaction is to the austerity measures.

    What Romney was proposing could have saved the US from going through the same violence and weeping and wailing.

    The question for you and your ilk, is what are you going to do when the austerity measures hit the US? Will you be one of those violent protestors, or will you just accept the fact that the government cannot provide all to everybody?

  • TopCat772 Patchogue, NY
    Nov. 16, 2012 10:23 a.m.

    Huntsman is also in the running for Secretary of the Treasury. I can't recall anyone else who was ever in the running for both Secretary of the Treasury and Secretary of State and he would be terrific in either post.

    Romney and Obama truly do not like each other. Can't see that happening.

  • Furry1993 Ogden, UT
    Nov. 17, 2012 10:25 a.m.

    Huntsman? Absoutely, in any position in the cabinet. He has already shown that he is an honest man who cares about the country, not partisan politics, and will put the country over the Republican Party any day. He would be a great addition.

    Romney? No way. He has proven that he is NOT an honest man, and will do whatever he thinks will benefit his own wants (and to heck with the country in the process). I wouldn't trust him as far as I could throw him. He should go home and live the rest of his life in obscurity (eeping out of both Church and country concerns . . . for their well-being).