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July 7, 2012
I will not be attending this year’s convention, nor any Republican convention in the future, until the party focuses on a bigger, bolder, more confident future for the United States — a future based on problem solving, inclusiveness, and a willingness to address the trust deficit, which is every bit as corrosive as our fiscal and economic deficits… .
Former Utah governor and presidential candidate Jon Huntsman • Throwing a bit of shade on the modern-day GOP, which several months ago he was trying to woo. This isn’t a novel turn for Huntsman, really — despite endorsing his fellow well-coiffed Mormon, Mitt Romney, he hasn’t exactly been a model campaign surrogate; about a week after the endorsement he went on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” to proclaim that “gone are the days where the Republican party used to put forward big, bold visionary stuff,” and suggested he’d like to see the rise of a third political party. Rest assured, that’s not on-message surrogacy — we think Huntsman is being true to a conviction here. source (viafollow)
14:27 // 1 year ago
June 20, 2012
Jon Huntsman to join the liberal-leaning Brookings Institution
The Brookings Institution, a progressive policy and research group, announced that Huntsman will join as a distinguished fellow. The former Governor of Utah, and ambassador for the Bush and Obama administrations, has since been writing a weekly column for The Hill. Huntsman, who bowed out of the 2012 Republican nomination process back in January, has also endorsed one-time rival Mitt Romney’s bid for the presidency. (Photo via abjam77) source
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The Brookings Institution, a progressive policy and research group, announced that Huntsman will join as a distinguished fellow. The former Governor of Utah, and ambassador for the Bush and Obama administrations, has since been writing a weekly column for The Hill. Huntsman, who bowed out of the 2012 Republican nomination process back in January, has also endorsed one-time rival Mitt Romney’s bid for the presidency. (Photo via abjam77) source

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16:59 // 1 year ago
April 26, 2012
20:08 // 1 year ago
April 23, 2012
pantslessprogressive:

A couple observations from Buzzfeed’s recent Jon Huntsman story on the former presidential candidate loosely comparing the Grand Ol’ Party to communist China: this is one of those news items where I find more interesting news than the lede buried within the story.
First, Huntsman admits caving to peer pressure at the Iowa Debate, when he raised his hand confirming, along with all other candidates on the stage, that he would not accept a 10-to-1 spending cuts to tax increase deal:

“What went through my head was if I veer at all from my pledge not to raise any taxes…then I’m going to have to do a lot of explaining,” he explained. “What was going through my mind was ‘don’t I just want to get through this?’”
That decision, Huntsman said, “has caused me a lot of heartburn.”

Presidential pledges: my favorite “don’t I just want to get through this?” facade of the 2012 race.
Secondly, this Buzzfeed article proves Mary Jaye Huntsman, Jon Huntsman’s wife, is pretty awesome:

Huntsman jokingly blamed his failed candidacy in part on his wife, Mary Kaye, who told him she’d leave him if he abandoned his principles.
“She said if you pandered, if you sign any of those damn pledges, I’ll leave you,” Huntsman recounted.


We were actually keeping an eye on Zeke Miller’s livetweeting of this event last night, and the fact that, in his story, he focused on the China quote over the 10-1 thing is a little disappointing. Like PP, we found that way more interesting.

pantslessprogressive:

A couple observations from Buzzfeed’s recent Jon Huntsman story on the former presidential candidate loosely comparing the Grand Ol’ Party to communist China: this is one of those news items where I find more interesting news than the lede buried within the story.

First, Huntsman admits caving to peer pressure at the Iowa Debate, when he raised his hand confirming, along with all other candidates on the stage, that he would not accept a 10-to-1 spending cuts to tax increase deal:

“What went through my head was if I veer at all from my pledge not to raise any taxes…then I’m going to have to do a lot of explaining,” he explained. “What was going through my mind was ‘don’t I just want to get through this?’”

That decision, Huntsman said, “has caused me a lot of heartburn.”

Presidential pledges: my favorite “don’t I just want to get through this?” facade of the 2012 race.

Secondly, this Buzzfeed article proves Mary Jaye Huntsman, Jon Huntsman’s wife, is pretty awesome:

Huntsman jokingly blamed his failed candidacy in part on his wife, Mary Kaye, who told him she’d leave him if he abandoned his principles.

“She said if you pandered, if you sign any of those damn pledges, I’ll leave you,” Huntsman recounted.

We were actually keeping an eye on Zeke Miller’s livetweeting of this event last night, and the fact that, in his story, he focused on the China quote over the 10-1 thing is a little disappointing. Like PP, we found that way more interesting.

(via pantslessprogressive)

10:46 // 1 year ago
January 16, 2012
12:53 // 2 years ago

Comment of the day re: Huntsman suspending campaign

thischarmingsir:

Huntsman is an elitist. And that’s why I like him. Republicans need a leader who makes them eat their vegetables. A leader who doesn’t pander to the lowest common denominator, as all the others have been doing. A leader who finally says, “You know what? We’re the party of Lincoln. Let’s fucking grow up here.”

But no. He drops out and he endorses Romney. That’s politics for you.

So true. The pundit class has been quick to put the dagger in him, but the fact of the matter is, he was trying to do something slightly different — play serious in a GOP race full of wacky hijinks — and he didn’t get a lot of respect for it. That’s a bummer. Jennifer Rubin was right last night, but she was right in a way that reflected how wrong everything around Huntsman is, not Huntsman himself.

(Source: CNN, via thischarmingsir-deactivated2013)

11:38 // 2 years ago
Today our campaign for the presidency ends, but our campaign for a better and more trustworthy America continues.
Jon Huntsman • Speaking at the announcement of his campaign’s suspension Monday morning.

(Source: CNN)

11:26 // 2 years ago
Happening now: Jon Huntsman’s suspending his campaign. ”Today I am suspending my campaign for the presidency.” He just endorsed Mitt Romney.

Happening now: Jon Huntsman’s suspending his campaign. ”Today I am suspending my campaign for the presidency.” He just endorsed Mitt Romney.

11:24 // 2 years ago
8:59 // 2 years ago
January 15, 2012
Jon Huntsman’s campaign was never going to work. He finally realized that and will drop out to give Mitt Romney, for whom he exhibited no small amount of animosity during the debates, his support. In New Hampshire he preposterously told supporters that a weak third place finish, in a state in which he had campaigned almost exclusively, was his “ticket to ride” to South Carolina. But it wasn’t, just as his campaign wasn’t based on any natural constituency or rationale.
The Washington Post’s Jennifer Rubin • Offering up her harshly-worded take on why Jon Huntsman’s leaving the race. “If it was the GOP presidential nomination he sought,” she continued, “it was of a GOP in some parallel universe created by the press in which the darn Tea Party never arose, Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) was still speaker of the House and Republicans yearned for an isolationist foreign policy even to the left of President Obama’s.” While the conservative Rubin clearly has her opinions, there is a grain of truth here. Huntsman’s a likable guy, but this was not a campaign that worked in his favor.
23:38 // 2 years ago