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January 15, 2012
Peace out, Jon: Three reasons Huntsman’s quitting the race
Great for the general election. Not so great for the primaries. Jon Huntsman was long the odd man out in the 2012 election, the guy with just enough support in most polls to show up at most of the debates, but never enough to be the focus of them. While his politics found fans (particularly his early pro-science stance, which stood out from the rest of the GOP and he later flip-flopped on), he was attempting to be the un-cola in a year when every other candidate in the race was trying to prove exactly how conservative they were. Huntsman will end his campaign Monday (a day after winning an endorsement from The State, South Carolina’s largest newspaper) and will offer his support to Mitt Romney, a guy he didn’t hide his animosity towards. Here’s why:
one Huntsman never faced the kinds of controversy that faced Mitt Romney or Ron Paul did, he did face skepticism from the conservatives that he needed to impress during the season’s primaries. They skewed right; he skewed moderate.
two His most recent job was the U.S. ambassador to China, giving him three negative marks: One, he was a foreign affairs candidate in a campaign focused on the economy, he worked under Obama, and it gave some on the right xenophobic fodder.
three Perhaps the most damaging? He put all of his eggs in one basket — New Hampshire — in hopes he’d pull out a squeaker which he could build on. And his third-place showing was not enough to set that long-term momentum. source
(photo by Gage Skidmore)
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Great for the general election. Not so great for the primaries. Jon Huntsman was long the odd man out in the 2012 election, the guy with just enough support in most polls to show up at most of the debates, but never enough to be the focus of them. While his politics found fans (particularly his early pro-science stance, which stood out from the rest of the GOP and he later flip-flopped on), he was attempting to be the un-cola in a year when every other candidate in the race was trying to prove exactly how conservative they were. Huntsman will end his campaign Monday (a day after winning an endorsement from The State, South Carolina’s largest newspaper) and will offer his support to Mitt Romney, a guy he didn’t hide his animosity towards. Here’s why:

  • one Huntsman never faced the kinds of controversy that faced Mitt Romney or Ron Paul did, he did face skepticism from the conservatives that he needed to impress during the season’s primaries. They skewed right; he skewed moderate.
  • two His most recent job was the U.S. ambassador to China, giving him three negative marks: One, he was a foreign affairs candidate in a campaign focused on the economy, he worked under Obama, and it gave some on the right xenophobic fodder.
  • three Perhaps the most damaging? He put all of his eggs in one basket — New Hampshire — in hopes he’d pull out a squeaker which he could build on. And his third-place showing was not enough to set that long-term momentum. source

(photo by Gage Skidmore)

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January 10, 2012
21:06 // 2 years ago
January 8, 2012
Huntsman wants to bring term limits to Congress, to help end the never-ending cycle of politicians becoming lobbyists. This should be something everyone on this stage should support. Rick Perry goes further: He suggests cutting salaries and making members of Congress have day jobs — with Congress being a part-time deal. Which sounds a bit like pandering.

Huntsman wants to bring term limits to Congress, to help end the never-ending cycle of politicians becoming lobbyists. This should be something everyone on this stage should support. Rick Perry goes further: He suggests cutting salaries and making members of Congress have day jobs — with Congress being a part-time deal. Which sounds a bit like pandering.

9:44 // 2 years ago
Huntsman on working for Obama: “I will always put my country first.” …Mitt’s response: Do that by working under conservative principles. Huntsman’s response: “This nation is divided because of attitudes like that.”
Regarding non-superficial stuff: Huntsman had trouble answering David Gregory’s question of three programs to cut. But he supported the Ryan plan.
EDIT: Sorry, we messed this one up. Thanks to Aheram for pointing it out. 

Huntsman on working for Obama: “I will always put my country first.” …Mitt’s response: Do that by working under conservative principles. Huntsman’s response: “This nation is divided because of attitudes like that.”

Regarding non-superficial stuff: Huntsman had trouble answering David Gregory’s question of three programs to cut. But he supported the Ryan plan.

EDIT: Sorry, we messed this one up. Thanks to Aheram for pointing it out. 

9:19 // 2 years ago
January 6, 2012

"China Jon." Need we say more? A warning to all that the message in this video is fairly offensive towards Asians, but it’s worth noting that, though the person who released it goes by the YouTube handle “NHLiberty4Paul,” Paul himself is against the ad. For those not watching, the ad makes reference to Huntsman’s adoptive daughters (from China) and shows the presidential candidate speaking in Mandarin Chinese. ”I haven’t look at it, but I understand it’s an ugly ad, and I’ve disavowed it,” Paul said. “Obviously, it was way, way out order.” (EDIT: Apologies for the incorrect video at first — our wi-fi crapped out at the exact wrong time.) source

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20:13 // 2 years ago
January 5, 2012
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January 3, 2012

Sadder vote tally: The fact that Huntsman is behind Broken Image or the fact that Roemer is behind Herman Cain, despite the fact that Cain’s out of the race entirely? (30 percent of the votes so far, BTW)

22:03 // 2 years ago
December 16, 2011

washingtonpoststyle:

The GOP field, beyond the glare and noise.

Jon Huntsman: A study in understatement.

Mitt Romney: A Dudley Do-Right in a Kim Kardashian world.

Rick Perry: Confidence man.

Michele Bachmann: A life of striking certitude.

Newt Gingrich: The smartest in the room.

Ron Paul: The alternative, a force to be reckoned with.

Rick Santorum: The longshot.

Photos by Melina Mara (The Washington Post)

This is a post ripe for parody, friends. They’re staring into your souls and begging for your vote. Who’s staring the hardest?

12:35 // 2 years ago
December 15, 2011
Jon Huntsman sought to calm everybody down a little on illegal immigration, stating that we currently have the lowest rate of illegal immigration in the last forty years. He also urged everybody to consider that legal immigration drives innovation, citing one-half of current Fortune 500 companies being founded by immigrants as an example.

Jon Huntsman sought to calm everybody down a little on illegal immigration, stating that we currently have the lowest rate of illegal immigration in the last forty years. He also urged everybody to consider that legal immigration drives innovation, citing one-half of current Fortune 500 companies being founded by immigrants as an example.

22:45 // 2 years ago
I want to make sure that as President, I can disrupt the oil monopoly… we need to use a diversity of products, like natural gas.
Jon Huntsman, who also stated support for the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline as a means of American energy independence. Natural gas mining has become controversial in recent years, over health and environmental concerns posed by “fracking,” the explosive means by which natural gas is harvested from the earth.
22:27 // 2 years ago