Huntsman avoided directly attacking the GOP in his interview and said he cares
more about the future of the country than the future of the Republican Party.“It’s a time when people just want to know they’re
going to be OK,” he said. “Sometimes party politics can run counter
to the reassurance that people are looking for, so it’s a time when we
need to start thinking about what’s right for the country most of all. And
then I think party politics will follow.”========= Amen & AMEN!BTW -- This is why I did a write-in and
voted for Jon M. Huntsman Jr for President last Tuesday.
This would be a brilliant move for Obama. Huntsman knows China and he would be
a wonderful resource. He is also well respected.
Huntsman is not bad, for a Democrat. (Despite his pretending to be a
Republican)However, Obama could do a lot worse in a choice for
Secretary of State. Since China is our main competitor, or rather the place
financing all of our deficit spending, we really need to be on good terms with
them, and Huntsman did a good job as ambassador. But, I think Huntsman may be
in over his head on other confrontational relationships with Iran, Afghanistan,
Israel (which should be a friend, not an adversary) or thugs like Hugo Chavez.
Huntsman should have been the Republican nominee, he would have at least had a
fighting chance, undoubtedly would have had more independent votes. Huntsman
2016? I sure hope so, and if Republicans are smart he's the guy. These
"true conservatives" the tea party fantasizes about would get spanked
hard... as we just saw two nights ago! Americans are moderate, not right wing,
Huntsman was a lousy Presidential candidate. He doesn't have the gravitas
or the stature to be President. And I liked him before he ran for Presient. If
he has the opportunity to be Secy of State, he should be all over that!
@ LDS Liberal"This is why I did a write-in and voted for Jon M.
Huntsman Jr for President last Tuesday."Shame on you? I voted
for Johnson but neither of us got sucked into furthering the status quo.
Huntsman is good at no matter what task he takes on. He'd have made a
great president. Obama would be wise to use Huntsman in a lead capacity.
If Jon Huntsman had been the republican candidate he would be the President
today...I also did a write in for him as I believed that President Obama has
been ineffective(but I do hope he improves)and Governor Romney was just a
political egotist who thought he could buy the election...As the General
Authorities have said,it is time for prayer and healing and I do believe that
having Governor Huntsman serving in the capacity of Secretary of State would be
a tremendous thing...He is a very intelligent man,kind,decent,spiritual without
being a zealot,but most importantly capable of being very tough when he needs to
be...I would hope that he would serve if asked and such a high profile position
would most certainly assist him if he decides to run again for POTUS...At any
rate,having a member in such a prestigious position is nothing to sneeze at...
Doh! I could have done a write-in!Huntsman cam be secretary of
state but he should do it only on the condition from the White House: if he runs
for president, the White House can't give him a recommendaton smack in the
middle of the Republican primaries.
Huntsman, Rice, and Kerry are three of the most unpopular names Obama could
Having worked with Gov. Huntsman's staff at the State level it is obvious
that he is a motivator, and ornamental person that appear to have
"gravitas" but is more of an symbolic leader lacking detailed knowledge
of the nuts and bolts of government operations.
I like it! Good man.
If the repubs want to get back to leadership on a national level they need to
support guys like Jon Jr.
Huntsman is definitely finished politically in Utah.
The DN is milking the silly season for every ounce of rumor.Most of us are
just glad it is over. Why continue to torture us?
I like John, a lot, probably because so many tea partiers call him RINO. That
means he gets it, and isn't bending to the purist Republican crowd, meaning
he can think for himself.But I give him little chance at this. I
fear the days of bi-partisan reaching across the isle are dead.
@catsgiven how far on the wrong side of history Utah has been the last two
presidential elections I am not sure that is a bad thing for huntsman.
I would not be surprised at all to see Governor Huntsman join the
President's Adminstration, although I think Secretary of State is a bit of
a reach. I suspect between now and the end of the year we'll see who wants
to stay for the second term and who decides to go back to private life.
I could buy into this idea. He loves to be involved in leadership roles. He is a
gentleman that would add a little class to our Chicago bunch ruling the nation.
Go for it John Jr.add some leaven to the loaf.
If Huntsman had not displayed the bad judgement to quit the Obama administration
and run against him, he would have been in line for (and probably been promoted
to Secy of State). But inviting him back would be a step backward for the Obama
administration, which is not a serious possibility.
I suspect the job will be John Kerry's. Another across-the-isle possibility
would be former Senator Lugar. However, I would be absolutely ecstatic to
welcome Gov. Huntsman as my new boss, as would the majority of my colleagues who
It will depend on who can write the bigger check to the DNC, the Kerry or
Huntsman family; I'm sure the DNC got a pretty check with the China
ambassadorship appointment in 2009.
Those who say Huntsman is a RINO use a different definition of
"republican" that I can't agree with. Huntsman is conservative but
he's not willing to bow before the right-wing ideologues who are
responsible for scaring independent people away from the party. Just because he
believes in things like science and bipartisanship doesn't mean he's
not conservative. Hopefully Huntsman will take another shot at the republican
nomination in 2016; he would easily be at the top of my list.
I think this story is more about Utahns here wanting to be relevant, but Utah
cast its lot. The state may be at an all time low in terms of influence in our
nation's capital. Such are the choices you made.
As I have said before I also wrote in Huntsman for President. I'd be
curious to know how many people did. He was the absolue best candidate in the
Republican field this year (and yes, DN Subscriber 2), Huntsman is a real
Republican, not a far right wing fringe-dweller RINO).It pleases me
to see that Huntsman still puts the good of the country before ill-based
allegiance to a political party. I hope he is chosen to be Secretary of State.
He is well-qualified for the job, and would be a good one.
Call me crazy, but I don't think Huntsman left China on the best terms.
What's more, he should have known that there was a potential for
controversy just him being where he was. I can't believe that the
Ambassador to China wasn't briefed on the protest that he claimed to
stumble across. I don't believe that he has what it takes to be
on the international stage. He was Ambassador for less than two years. I do like
him as a national politician and think he could do a lot for this country. But I
don't think he's ready to be America's lead diplomat.
Sorry, but Huntsman is an empty suit. Not a whole lot of there there. A deep
(or even a shallow) thinker he is not.
Huntsman seems to have endeared himself to the left...
Bookings is a liberal think tank. He's not a Republican. His family moved
their maufacturing plant to Texas to take advantage of their illegal labor. I
don't think he is the man for the job. He's way to soft with China,
and his family would sell out America to make a profit.
All those who think Jon, Jr. is a Democrat are guilty of incorrectly positing
that to be a Republican one must have only a certain small and narrow subset of
values. It is just that kind of "non think" that lost this Presidential
campaign for Republicans. There are no longer any moderate nor
liberal Republicans, only conservative Republicans. In fact, the word
conservative has become synonymous with Republicans. This polarization of the
Republican party to the far right is the catalyst for most of the legislative
long jams in Washington. The Democratic party as moved more to the center in
recent years, despite Fox radio and conservative talking heads yelling daily
"socialist" at everything and anything the Dem's might propose.
Obama care was after all the product of a conservative think tank
and used by a Republican governor on the state level. It utilizes private
insurance companies, hardly the stuff of real socialism. Until the
far right and many conservative Republicans, especially Utah Republicans want to
embrace diversity within their party and not adherence to some conservative
rorschach purity test, they will do nothing to heal America, and guarantee
themselves loss of the Presidency in the next election too.
John Huntsman vs John Kerry: Well that sure shows what Obama is looking for.
Liberal. The burning question for me is. Has John Huntsman decided whether or
not he is LDS?
What a pipe dream. No way Huntsman will be considered for S of S, though he may
reasonably be considered some kind of undersecretary.The Obama
administration has shown its penchant for appointing intrusive ultra-liberals to
cabinet positions. John Kerry is tired of being a senator, he's
sufficiently non-pragmatic to be an Obama appointee, and he aches for the job.
His place in line can be overcome only by a lesbian and/or African American.
Since Susan Rice has been appointed the sacrificial lamb/scapegoat to take the
heat for the Bengazi disaster, she's out and will be busy testifying on
Capitol Hill for the next few months. I say the job will go to either be Janet
Napolitano or John Kerry, depending on which one kisses Valerie Jarrett's
ring the most convincingly. Kerry is much more of an appeaser and is less
masculine than Napolitano, so I'd guess Janet will get the appointment.Huntsman will get nothing. Valerie Jarrett will see no need for Obama to
appear non-partisan now that he has no more elections to wage.
I don't think Obama will appoint Huntsman again, but I bet he picks a
Republican for Defense. We shall see.
I liked Huntsman a lot. He was balanced, fair, seemed to have integrity, has a
mixed cultural marriage and family, great foreign experience, and is distanced
from his faith (if he even still has it). Unlike Romney, Huntsman won't
slam his faith and beliefs down the throats of the general public.
This President and his myriads of advisers and Chicago bunch doesn't do
anything without a political part in the whole process. Jon Huntsman Jr. will
be good for the country if he is allowed to do his job. At times, a person gets
a job because the Boss can then control what he does and says over the time
period that he is hired. Huntsman knows foreign affairs, Chinese,
and how to get things done the protocol way and leverage the country's
ability to work in such a large and small area with people. He has worked in
the environment, foreign affairs and with President Obama and for Hillary
Clinton.The President has inside information on Huntsman from his
previous tour in China so he has been vetted and was not involved in the GOP
primary too long.The Senators that approved him will be similar to
the ones before and should not be a hard process for him, either.We
need good people in government and he will serve the country well.
LValfreCHICAGO, ILI liked Huntsman a lot. He was balanced, fair,
seemed to have integrity, has a mixed cultural marriage and family, great
foreign experience, and is distanced from his faith (if he even still has it).
Unlike Romney, Huntsman won't slam his faith and beliefs down the throats
of the general public.Since when did romney ever slam his faith on
us?Or are you intimidated by Romney maybe?
I think Mr. Huntsman would make a good or excellent Sec of State. China is a
growing world leader and diplomacy is much needed in our relations with them.
My former Gov., Gary Locke, is the Ambassador in Beijing, and that has lead to
much more export and commerce with China for the US and for Washington state.
Just speaking the language is a huge plus. Mr. Huntsman is a good choice no
matter what his political affiliation. He is American, as any of us.
@ JayTee, not funny and in extremely poor taste.Did everyone see the
joint appearance of Van Jones and Mary Mat on Wolf's show? The GOP needs
to get over its toxic emotional issues and move on for the sake of the country.
"Huntsman seems to have endeared himself to the left..."And
as a Republican, this is a bad thing why? Someone who could draw voters across
party lines.... and some think this is a negative. Go figure.
@Aggielove"Since when did romney ever slam his faith on us?Or are you intimidated by Romney maybe?"Romney is not a man
who can separate his faith from politics and policies. He's not a man that
can put his 'faith on the shelf' while dealing with the public at
large. Gay rights, civil rights, abortion, women's rights, and marijuana
prohibition are some of the current issues that are gaining momentum. Romney
would not let these pass even if popular vote wants them b/c of his faith.Huntsman represents modern America with a multi-cultured family,
experiences, and acceptance of all. Romney represents old America, corporate LDS
white-bread you name it. I'm white but it's unnerving to see a
candidate THAT white bread.
Huntsman has quit his last few jobs when they were no longer convenient for him
- he it not "moderate", merely squishyLValfre - your
resentment provides no evidence of Romney's faults - merely your own
JustGordonThere are no more moderate liberals either, that's
why the country is divided. Huntsman quit at being governor, then quit at being
ambassador. He is an open door liberal that wants a one world order of business
I don't believe Jon Huntsman is a RINO, just a quitter!
It is interesting that we may all speculate on what will never be a ballot
issue, but I am happy to find out that Huntsman and I share some philosophy that
I hadn't imagined before. I also believe that a third political party
could be in order. How about having a Moderate Party? This presidential race
was close to a tie because Americans are usually more moderate than either major
party allows for. If Huntsman is offered the position as Secretary
of State, I would hope he would accept it. If he wants to run for POTUS in four
years, and there is no Moderate Party ticket to run on, I would like to see him
run as a Democrat. That would be enough to turn a thoroughly Red state Blue,
wouldn't it?I voted for Romney because I believe he was the
very best choice for the economy and I believe this is the year when a great
deal of change is needed in Washington to turn the economy around, and I
don't mean merely by promoting more spending. Romney has the best
understanding of economic principles of any candidate in the last 50 years, at
Huntsman is not evil and is far too smart to be a republican. He is exactly what
this country needs in a leadership role. He is progressive, compassionate,
intelligent, and fiscally conservative. He was republican in Utah because
that is the only way a person can get elected.
Do not normally vote republican, however NEVER vote a straight ticket. However,
I would have voted for John Huntsman!! HANDS DOWN!
When you bring the political opposition into your cabinet you are risking being
stabbed in the back!
Huntsman is as fake as Obama. If he became S of S, is there enough TV talk
shows for both him and the Obama's. Not sure. Don't like Huntsman,
never have, not even when he was Gov. But that is just me, doesn't mean my
opinion is right, I just don't like or trust the guy. One question I have,
why is it bad to be conservative. Why is it bad to believe in hard core
principals that we were raised on, at least I was. Why is that a bad thing. So
I am more of a conservative, bible believing, founding father believing, person.
Why is this a bad thing? People slam the conservatives because they are maybe
a bit more cautious in their beliefs, they put a little extra behind a law or
belief, might I remind you, exactly what our Fore Fathers intended, what Pres. G
Washington invisioned. I am just curious as to how we can be wrong now when so
many established and built our country on these same values. Just curious.
Remember when Republicans had Michelle Bachmann, Donald Trump, and Herman Cain
all beating both Jon Hunstman Jr. and Mitt Romney in the primaries?Ya - I'd say the GOP needs to be doing ALOT of soul searching over the
next 3 years....
Huntsman has about as much chance of becoming SOS as Utah has of hosting the
Olympics every 20 years.It's a nice Utah fantasy and nothing more.
This would be a great move. It will further paint the mean spirited radical tea
party Hannity conservatives into a corner.
One of the smartest moves obama could make.
I don't think he will be Sos. I think he ended that chance while trying to
vie for republican nomination for potus.
Funny. Most conservative analysts are saying Romney lost because he wasn't
Why would anyone hire Huntsman for a job?Huntsman quits everything
he does.He quit high school,he quit the govenornship,he quit his ambassadorship,he quits...Hunstman
is a quitter, don't waste your time.
I hope with all my heart that this rumor has substance. It would be a wonderful
bipartisan gesture on the part of the President, and it would be good for the
country.John Huntsman was a great Ambassador to China, and he would
be a marvelous Secretary of State. He has the diplomatic skill, the personal
charm and social polish, the mind, the connections (both personal and through
his father), and the temperament for the job. The country could not find a
finer person for the job.I also very much hope that Jon considers a
move into the Democratic Party. The GOP is no longer the right place for him.
He would be a rather conservative Democrat, like Bob Casey of PA, Joe Manchin of
W VA, and even (to some degree) Bill Clinton. He would be a great Democratic
Senator from Utah.Utah needs a vigorous, vital two party system, and
Democrats nationally need more centrists and moderates. A move by Huntsman into
the Democratic Party would be welcomed by most Democrats. Our party remains a
"big tent." Bill Clinton shows just how far a centrist Democrat can
@UtahBruin, what exactly did the founding fathers intend? Since they often
didn't agree with each other, which ones are right on which topics? How can
you be certain that you understand their points of view? (As much as we like to
think the founding fathers' work was universal, their views were a reaction
to their unique circumstances, which were very, very different from our own.)
How do they apply to the issues facing the country today? What other details
might have some bearing on the political decision-making that the founding
fathers didn't (in many cases, couldn't) consider?In
recent years, one popular conservative strategy is to claim that the founding
fathers support the conservative position. Too few right-leaning people question
such claims. Just because somebody says the founding fathers believed or did
this or that doesn't necessarily mean that it's true, that it's
that simple, or that it's right for America today.There's
nothing wrong with conservativism per se, but there's a huge problem with
trying to treat political positions as articles of faith. The operative word
should be "reasoning", not "belief."
No chance Obama appoints Huntsman. Zero.
What an ungracious comment by "The Truth", and not at all fair. Jon left high school to be a rock star, but when he tired of that
lifestyle, he earned his GED and earned a degree in international politics from
the University of Pennsylvania (the oldest of the Seven Sisters of the Ivy
League). He served a full term as governor of Utah, and left during
his second term (with an 80% job approval rating) to accept President
Obama's invitation to serve as Ambassador to China, where he served with
exceptional skill before returning home to run for President. Huntsman was an Eagle Scout. He completed an LDS mission. He served with
distinction as Ambassador to Singapore and Deputy US Trade Representative.What have you done, in your life, that even approaches this level of
Huntsman is terrific. The country would benefit greatly if he became Secretary
of State. I just hope he can accept that post without it hurting his chances for
a future Presidential run with the extremists in the GOP somehow feeling
If he accepted such a post, he would have to implement a shameful foreign policy
and be part of mutiple coverups of Obama failures. Obama would never let him be
the kind of Secretary of State that he would want to be.
"Monson said it would seem unlikely Huntsman would be brought back into a
Democratic administration after running against President Obama"Ummmmm Didn't our last Secretary of State run against President Obama?