Given that Huntsman supports equal rights for all Americans, could he even win
the GOP nomination?
The big question is not if his ego will force him to run. The big question is
which party will he want to run on.A good ambassador, but a mediocre
(at best) governor. We can, and must, do better for our next President.
I have to wonder sometimes what adivce some people get. Huntsman has zero chance
of winning....he wouldn't even win the GOP primary.
I had high hopes when Huntsman announced, but he ran what almost seemed a parody
of a real campaign. At one point I thought he was working with Romney to make
Romney look good in comparison.
I doubt that the Republicans would want Huntsman. The Dems would probably be
okay with most of his political positions, however why would you elect a liberal
republican when there are thousands of liberal democrats that would be
preferable? It is the same conundrum facing Chris Christie. Also
the non-partisan No Labels group is indeed a "liberal" think tank with a
couple of RINO's involved to create moderate to liberal policies. There
are indeed several liberals in the group but no real conservatives.
@ DN Subscriber: Utah was named the best managed state in America and best state
in which to do business when he was Governor. One could do worse. And right now,
compared with mostly freshman Senators who are thinking of running, he at least
HAS some credentials.
I was a Huntsman supporter until he ran a cavalier, at best, Presidential
campaign. If he cannot take the process seriously, why should voters take HIM
His dad is such a good guy.
If Huntsman ran, I would return to voting for the GOP again. He was a great
Governor, a fine ambassador, and he is principled to boot.He'd
have my vote.
Please, no. Ben Carson is the answer to the problems which plague this
once-great country. He knows what it is like to start with absolutely nothing
and rise to great personal heights. Let's now make ANOTHER mistake.
Please NO, NO, NO. In my humble opinion he is an arrogant man, with an arrogant
wife and children. We don't want people with the sense of entitlement in
That's "not" make another mistake. Thanks!
@Herbert Gravy 10:30 p.m. June 1, 2014Please, no. Ben Carson is the
answer to the problems which plague this once-great country. He knows what it is
like to start with absolutely nothing and rise to great personal heights.
Let's now make ANOTHER mistake.------------------------If I wanted a good neurosurgeon, I would go to Dr. Carson. Because I
want a good president, I would NOT go to him -- he has neither the experience
nor, from his comments, the temperament for the job. Because I want a good
President, I will support and vote for Jon Huntsman, Jr. Electing Carson would
be a huge mistake. Electing Huntsman would be the best thing for this country.
I doubt the current GOP crowd would ever nominate Huntsman although in the
general election he'd probably do reasonably well. The problem is the GOP
wants to nominate an ultra-conservative. In the general election there is
little chance a conservative to the level the GOP wants would ever win. In the
general election, you could get a Christie, Huntsman, or Romney, elected, but
much more conservative and you will turn off the majority of Americans.In a recent article I read there was a claim Obama won because "4 million
conservatives stayed home and didn't vote rather than vote for Romney."
Frankly, this makes little sense. 4 million people stayed home to allow Obama
to win instead of voting for Romney because "he wasn't conservative
enough?" That's cutting off your nose to spite your face.If there is any validity to this claim, then the conservatives (read: GOP)
stand no chance of winning the White House. You can't have an
ultra-conservative to appease the GOP and then expect that person to win in the
general election.Look how the GOP treated Huntsman. He spoke some
Mandarin and was ridiculed. No way they would nominate him.
A total waste of time and money if he chooses to run. The best thing
he can do is to just write to me and I'll forward to a real candidate,
after I take my consulting fee.
I saw Huntsman recently featured in a documentary, Scaling Wind, where he and
other Republicans express their support for wind energy and other renewables
(including Pres. Bush and Terry Branstad). The Koch brothers would
crush any talk of that in a primary for the GOP, especially in the face of
Obama's 'war on burning coal.' Remember images of Romney
standing with unionized coal miners during his campaign to show his solidarity
with the 19th century technology?Sadly, Huntsman would represent the
right kind of "big tent, center-right" candidate needed by the GOP to
mount any kind of a challenge against Hillary. He's pro-business AND
pro-21st century technology -- and he doesn't entangle himself with civil
rights restrictions (e.g., gay marriage; voter ID) or anti-science rhetoric
(e.g., teach creationism in schools; climate "hoax") -- a rare breed for
the GOP that could attract independents.
I would love to see Huntsman run. He would definitely have my support. Out of
all the possible candidates the GOP has, Hunstman is by far the absolute best.
There's nothing worse than a politician trying to convince us that
he's not a politician.
@RosaMaria 2:26 a.m. June 2, 2014Please NO, NO, NO. In my humble
opinion he is an arrogant man, with an arrogant wife and children. We don't
want people with the sense of entitlement in the WH----------------------Huntsman was not the arrogant, entited
Latter-day Saint with the arrogant wife and children running for president in
2012. That was the other guy -- the one who got the nomination. Thankfully the
voters of the US agreed with your position that "We don't want people
with the sense of entitlement in the WH" and sent them packing.
I really hope he does. He would be the only GOP candidate I would even consider
supporting. I would love to see him run with something along the lines of his
"No labels" mantra he does on satellite radio.
I sent this questionnaire and got no reply. If any official under oath would
make a choice and sign it? We the people could defend our Equality under all
laws now clearly broken with bribery.I am a public official under oath (or
may become one) and must have an opinion about the use of money or promises to
influence any public official in the discharge of his or her public or legal
duties.I agree that corporate political contributions are not lawful and
violate state and federal bribery statutes because of "corporate mission
laws" that protect share holders funds (from fraud/embezzlement); funds must
be spent on profit, potential profit or humanitarian expenditures only. So
intent cannot be freedom of speech but seeking influence for profit.Name(print)-. Sign-. dateIf you believe that corporate contributions
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unlawful by constitutional Equality Under All Laws. (original created Feb.
The GOP has no chance of the WH in 2016 unless a candidate like Huntsman some
how gets the nomination. Given the changing demographics and the declining
white male vote the GOP would need to gather more support from woman, hispanics
and the youth than they did in 2012. Huntsman would appeal to those voters but
any objective person would tell you that Cruz, Ryan, or Rubio has no chance.
I see some people referring to Huntsman as a liberal, which is baffling to me.
He isn't a liberal. He's a conservative, just not the kind of
politician that passes as "conservative" in the Republican party
today.He's much in the same vein as the popular conservatives
in Europe like Angela Merkel or David Cameron.
Jon Huntsman is a breeze of fresh air that the GOP is sorely lacking. He marches
to his own drumbeat which is closer to the pulse of mainstream America. He would
govern from the center which is not what the far right wants in a standard
Huntsman is a Republican that I can support and those are few and far between
Huntsman is intelligent, honest, principled, and believes in equal rights. That
is why he will never be president--unless he runs as a Democrat.
I think he was successful politically in Utah because of his dad. On the
national stage he just comes across as a light weight (some say he comes across
as creepy, but to try to not run afoul of the DN moderators, I will stick with
light weight).Some politicians have got "it" and some just
don't. In my opinion, Mr Huntsman is in the latter category.
Huntsman has been my preferred presidential candidate for many years. I've
heard him speak in person a couple times and always came away impressed.
He would make a nice candidate for the Democrats.
The fact that so many of the liberal people want Huntsman and would support him
is enough to drive the GOP away. And that is a good thing. I would love to see
the GOP run a canidate that didn't just represent socialism-lite to the
Democrat hard core socialist. It would be refreshing to have a 2 canidates that
represent opposite philosophies.
@Redshirt1701, those "socialist" programs that you sneer at are things
like Social Security and Medicare. I truly hope that the GOP picks somebody who
wants to dismantle these, like they did the last election. Then the Democrats
will win in a landslide.
Huntsman is a very bright guy and a realist, so he knows he has no base and no
constituency for a 2016 presidential run. He also is savvy enough to keep his
name "out there" by not saying unequivocally that he won't run. I
can see him as a viable VP candidate for a GOP right-winger who's looking
for a centrist to balance a ticket. I also believe he'd love to be
someone's Secretary of State, though I think he'd take any cabinet
position. All of that said, it would gladden my heart if he were to
run against Mike Lee.
>He isn't a liberal.Call him what you want, but a
big-spending statist is a big-spending statist, whatever letter his puts to the
right of his name.Personally, I don't need more people taking
my property and telling me what to do.
Huntsman should do us all a favor and ride off into the sunset. As they say in
Texas, he's all hat and no cattle.
Please don't. I found him to be arrogant and self-serving. Is he really
that intelligent to be part of a think tank? I don't think so. I'd
rather see Ben Carson be nominated. End of any long, drawn out primary.
Huntsman? No. He just loves to hear the sound of his voice. I wasn't
impressed with him when he ran last time. He's more like an empty hat.
There's just something about him I don't care for....maybe it's
that platinum spoon stuck in his mouth?
To "Laura Bilington" yes, we need to get rid of SS and Medicare. We
also need to get rid of Obamacare, WIC, SNAP, Medicaid, and all of the other
entitlement programs that we have.We can't just dump those
programs because promises were made to the American public that must be kept.
However, we can phase out those programs and return grown-up responsibilites to
each individual.Just look at SS. If you took your 6%, plus the 7%
that your employer pays into SS and added that to your 6% that you save in your
401K, you could retire at age 65 and never have to worry about money. However,
since the government is taking over 2/3 of the money for your retirement, you
money could possibly run out within 20 years of retirement.Tell us,
would you rather never worry about your retirement money, or do you want the
government to take 2/3 of your retirement and promise to pay you back part of
what they took?
Huntsman is a moderate. Therefore he will get no GOP support.Someone has got to steer the GOP away from the cliff. The crazies have been
in charge of the GOP for too long.Bring back the real Republicans,
the true Conservatives.
Huntsman's in the wrong party, he should run as a Democrat. He'll go
nowhere as I Republican. Personally, I think he's one of the worst possible
GOP candidates out there.
Furry.....Thankfully the voters of the US agreed with your position that "We
don't want people with the sense of entitlement in the WH" and sent
them packing?HMMMMMMMMMMMMMMThe Obama's and their
sense of entitlement wont be packing until 2016!
RedShirt, you wish to get rid of SS and Medicare. We also need to get rid of
Obamacare, WIC, SNAP, Medicaid, and all of the other entitlement programs that
we have. Do you think that, all of those on these programs have 401ks? No, they
don't. You may. I'm happy for you, if you do. So while those who do
have 401ks--which, btw, went pitifully down during the recession begun during
the last president's term in office and were rescued when Wall Street
recovered under this one's--they don't affect health care, children of
the poor, elderly, frail, medically needy, or hungry. Those with chronic,
longterm needs are beyond the help of charities and food banks. It then leaves
to those who would be fine without these programs, I do imagine, to step over
the bodies of those who have dies needlessly in the streets, of illness,
untreated chronic disease, lack of proper food and housing. Just a little bit of
the third world just to remind the others how fortunate they were not to be one
of those poor people...right?
Chuck, you really got it wrong!! 4,000,000 GOP voters stayed home because Mitt
is Mormon. Born-again folks really did "cut off their nose to spite their
face". Not a hard thing to figure out.
To "kargirl" there are many people who are not poor that do no have a
401K. Too many people don't bother to save for retirement because they
think that Social Security will be there when they retire.Yes there
are those that need long term help, but the current set of government
entitlements do not work. They are abused and have fraud rampant throughout the
programs.Going on welfare should not be so easy, nor should it be
RedShirt, it is neither. You must not know much about it. Lucky you.
per Baron Scarpia on page 1Ironically, JHJ is the exact type of
Republican that would turn off the religious right and tea partiers.
@Redshirt1701Socialist-lite doesn't become Governor of Utah and
certainly wouldn't then proceed to get re-elected in a 4:1 landslide.