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Jon Huntsman Jr. building big New Hampshire team, changing tone


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  • CougarKeith Roy, UT
    July 27, 2011 7:40 a.m.

    I liked him as our governor until the alcohol laws changed, I don't like his "Moral" stand with "Gay Marriage" which he seems to lean toward rather than against. He speaks Chinese, Obama made a good choice for him to be Ambassador, He also can be a good man, but he would not be a very good President in my mind, unless you are comparing him to Obama, then he would be good. Joy_Steele has it all wrong, they got tricked into OBAMA along with a lot of Republicans, I am waiting for a Democrat to stick his/her hat in the ring for 2012, Obama is a sinking ship come election day he'll be nuked!!! As for the GOP, I personally will back the Tea Party Candadate myself! We have spoken LOUD AND CLEAR, and We are NOT THROUGH YET!!! The Majority of our nation is the TEA PARTIERS, and the Media and a lot of stupid people STILL DON'T GET IT!!! We want the ideals back that AMERICA was founded on, this is not a Free Candy Store, it's the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA and In GOD We Trust!

  • Joy Steele mesa, AZ
    July 26, 2011 7:37 p.m.

    Democrats are smarter than the GOP; they don't run anyone against their winner.

  • FDRfan Sugar City, ID
    July 26, 2011 4:52 p.m.

    Two significant indicators to me:1) Romney signs the Norquest pledge - Huntsman did not; 2) Huntsman removed tax on food. Loaded with information.

  • MapleDon Springville, UT
    July 26, 2011 4:42 p.m.

    I love the photo. Not flattering. But still priceless.

  • Mark B Eureka, CA
    July 26, 2011 3:40 p.m.

    Pardon me, but if I'm JH Jr., and the opportunity comes to be ambassador to China, it is hardly "kowtowing" to accept the invitation, especially if you've already seen all there is in Utah. And just how does Anonymous 12:42 know the inside of Huntsman's brain so well?

  • DonO Draper, UT
    July 26, 2011 3:41 p.m.

    No, gramma, I'm not on the Huntsman payroll but I do know the man well. Those of you in the bumper sticker slogan crowd who don't know him are the ones who are so quick to throw stones at him and others. It seems the less informed people are the louder they scream and the more they call others silly names. Sad commentary on our society.

  • Igualmente Mesa, AZ
    July 26, 2011 2:06 p.m.

    Junior is just out for a ride. The best he can do is pad his resume for some future attempt at public office.

    Being the beneficiary of birth into a wealthy family, did not instill the presumed credentials he thinks he possesses.

  • Anonymous Infinity American Fork, UT
    July 26, 2011 12:42 p.m.

    The Jon Huntsman, Jr. campaign is a silly waste of time and resources. He is not a conservative by any measurement. He cowtowed to the current president by taking the ambassadorial post to China with the sole purpose of parleying it into a run for the presidency. He knows he has no chance. His gamble is thinking that Mitt Romney has negatives that will spell doom to his candidacy, and he will ride in on his white horse and claim to be the nominee. I don't believe he can be serious about any of this. And I can't believe Jon, Sr. will put up any of his resources to support Jr. Jon, Jr. showed his true colors during his term(s) as governor and will have little support from the electorate across the country. He will not be a serious contender; not at all.

  • gramma b Orem, UT
    July 26, 2011 12:20 p.m.

    @plyxply. DonO is probably on the Huntsman payroll. I really wonder how many people who have known Jonny well throughout his life would call him a "man of integrity"?

  • Go Big Blue!!! Bountiful, UT
    July 26, 2011 11:57 a.m.

    Like a moth to the flame Jon seeks attention. Huntsman will never gain traction in this race because he is the least republican candidate. Jon would do better to claim new religion in the democratic party.

  • Straitpath PROVO, UT
    July 26, 2011 11:54 a.m.

    I don't understand this campaign. The only way it makes any sense is if he is running for 2016. If it is to personally take Romney down, it wouldn't be worth the effort or money. Or it could be that events would make him the candidate; a long shot but what else has he got to do?

  • plyxply SLC, UT
    July 26, 2011 11:24 a.m.

    DonO's been drinking the Huntsman kool-aid, haha! Any Republican who has standards and believes in integrity won't even give Jon boy the time of day. He's so enthralled with seeing his name in the paper he'll do or say anything to keep it there as long as possible.
    I voted for him, once, but never again. Big mistake as his agenda changed drastically after taking office and his true liberal side showed with his support of gay marriage and his denouncing of his Mormon heritage.

  • DonO Draper, UT
    July 26, 2011 11:04 a.m.

    Jon Huntsman Jr. is a man of integrity who has served Utah and this country extremely well. "Sharpening his focus" does not mean he's laying aside his civility pledge. Romney has his warts and it's fair game to point them out; he certainly has been pointing out everyone else's. It's difficult to know if Huntsman's campaign will take off this time around; the GOP field remains in flux and Romney's first place position is super-soft. Regardless of what happens in 2012, Huntsman will continue to serve his country with great distinction.

  • greenman108 Petaluma, CA
    July 26, 2011 10:32 a.m.

    still down at 2%.

    people who do not follow politics do not know who he is, or what he stands for.

    This campaign is a puzzler to me. I suspect the guy who posted 2016 has it right. Just a start, get out and be seen.

    I am concerned that if he does take down Romney, that will leave us with Tex A&M's one-time yell leader (Texas's masculine term for cheerleader) Gov Perry, the one willing to chatter about secession. Divisive pandering will assure we have no peace in the country nor in the world.
    Unity is the only answer to our problems.

  • gramma b Orem, UT
    July 26, 2011 10:18 a.m.

    @ one old man: "Changing tone" means he's going to start getting nasty. Everybody is ignoring his "civil" campaign, so he's going on the attack. Certainly he knows he can't win, but it sounds like, when he goes down, he hopes to take Romney with him. This is personal.

  • gramma b Orem, UT
    July 26, 2011 10:13 a.m.

    More of Daddy's money being spent to create the illusion that Huntsman is as fabulous as he believes himself to be.

  • Pagan Salt Lake City, UT
    July 26, 2011 10:05 a.m.

    Huntsman 2016

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    July 26, 2011 9:18 a.m.

    "Changing tone?"

    Does that mean he's starting to pander to some special interest group?

  • Bill Shakespeare Salt Lake City, UT
    July 26, 2011 8:19 a.m.

    I've got a good feeling about this. I think Jon is terrific!