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Published: Thursday, Jan. 12 2012 12:00 a.m. MST

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Furry1993
Clearfield, UT

Actually, Jon Huntsman is the only candidate who has a chance to beat President bama. Romney should realize the fact, and throw his support behind Huntsman.

Baron Scarpia
Logan, UT

Watch Huntsman come home and take on Hatch in the senate primaries...

Curmudgeon
Salt Lake City, UT

Huntsman is not likely to support Romney, because (1) he doesn't like Romney, and (2) supporting Romney would require him to abandon the moderate positions he has staked out in opposition to Romney's faux conservatism. But I agree that Huntsman is setting himself up for a vigorous 2016 run. He's young enough to bide his time, and smart enough to know that while he won't win this year, it's important to establish his name on a national basis. Watch for him to be campaigning for the next 4 years, kind of like Romney has done for the last 6 years.

John C. C.
Payson, UT

Huntsman has a chance if the rest of the state Republican primaries wake up to the significance of this comment from New Hampshire voter Cindy Goucher, 42, an unaffiliated voter from Derry (quoted in the Kansas City Star):

"'I'm more of a moderate,' she said, noting her interest in candidates who are more willing to compromise. 'I think as Americans, we all need to work together and be flexible, work as a team.'"

If Republicans ignore that truth, Obama will claim the vast middle ground of moderate and independent voters in our country like me, and will win.

Esquire
Springville, UT

The likely scenario is that Obama will win in 2012. This puts Huntsman in a good position for 2016. It is the way things work in the Republican Party. Could you argument just as easily been made about Romney in 2008, that he should have cleared the way for McCain? Instead, he used 2008 to get his name out and better known. Huntsman is entitled to do the same.

Mike Richards
South Jordan, Utah

Exactly what experience has qualified Mr. Huntsman to lead this country out of its economic catastrophe? Does fluency in Chinese solve our economic problems? Is he going to hire three million Americans to work for daddy? Did abandoning his job as Governor qualify him to be President?

He is nothing more than a quintessential politician who craves public adulation. Why would we want Obama Junior to become our next President?

pragmatistferlife
salt lake city, utah

Exactly what experience has qualified Mr. Huntsman to lead this country out of its economic catastrophe..that Republican policies got us into? I know, I know, it's all Freddie and Fannies fault..not true. They certainly have blame here but the key to the destructive behavior was the ability of the finacial institutions to bundle, and securitize mortages, and then completely hide the risk. Freddie and Fannie kept providing the gunpowder because the banks kept asking..no pleading for it. They were making billions off these instruments and had no idea the risk they had. Once the mortages were broken up and packaged, the risk was so complicated that the banks literly had rocket scientists trying to figure out the risks and they couldn't. The risks were so hidden that some genius then figured out he could make money selling insurance on them. Money from money..ooops

LDS Liberal
Farmington, UT

Furry1993 | 5:44 a.m. Jan. 12, 2012
Clearfield, UT
Actually, Jon Huntsman is the only candidate who has a chance to beat President Obama
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Agreed! The super vast Majority of America is Moderate, and he would have the Republican AND the Moderate vote. Big Tent Republican, ala Ronald Reagan.

The Obama team wants someone they can shred to pieces.

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Mitt Romney is struggling to hold 25% with the "Anybody but Romney" campaign within his own party for the nomination --- can't wait to see how well that plays out in the General Election with the 77% of America being Non-Republicans. That "Anyone but Romney" gives Obama a 77% victory.

And hardcore extremeist Republicans like; "Mike Richards | 7:51 a.m. Jan. 12, 2012"
will only assure an easy Obama re-election.

Hunstman would have had my vote.
I'll have to wait and see who the Libertarians select before I make up my mind to vote for Obama.

Esquire
Springville, UT

@ Mike Richards, you aren't suggesting we elect Mr. Wall Street to lead the nation, are you? Like we need these guys to do it to us again?

Uncle Charles
Where freedom and liberty reign, utah

Dear Esquire: You do know that Obama has received more money from GoldmanSachs than any other person in history, right?

You aren't suggesting we elect Mr. Wall Street for another term, are you?

one old man
Ogden, UT

Mr. Huntsman is the only Republican presidential wanna-be who is making any good sense at all.

That's why he can't win.

In the meantime, let's vote for Pete Ashdown to replace Orrin Hatch. Maybe something can actually be accomplished in Congress if there are enough of them willing to try to work out our national problems instead of simply trying to obstruct the President.

Ernest T. Bass
Bountiful, UT

Huntsman needs to run for Senate (getting ride of Hatch in the process would be a HUGE favor to us all). In four years he could then run for Prez. I think he would have a much better shot in four years.
The repubs simply aren't smart enough to get behind Huntsman.

Mike Richards
South Jordan, Utah

re: Liberal,

Am I a "hard core extremist"? Is the LDS Prophet a "hard core extremist" because he declares that marriage is only sanctioned between a man and a woman? Is the Pope a "hard core extremist" because he will not sanction birth control pills?

Just what is a "hard core extremist"? Is it someone whose philosophy differs from your own?

If that is the case, then Utah is full of "hard core extremists" because the vast majority of Utahns do not hold your views nor do they subscribe to your philosophy.

As citizens, we have a duty to uphold the Constitution that represents our will. You, a citizen, have that same responsibility. You, a citizen, who once wore the uniform, swore an oath to uphold the constitution. Now, you call those who keep that oath, "hard core extremists".

When did we amend the Constitution to allow public funded health care, to allow government take-over of car companies, to allow public funds to be used for oil drilling near Brazil, to allow $500 million to be paid to a solar company?

Mr. Huntsman drinks your cool-aid. He stands for nothing.

Ernest T. Bass
Bountiful, UT

@Mike Richards: Is unfettered greed going to lead us out of the economic depression?

Mike Richards
South Jordan, Utah

re: Bass

Absolutely not. That's why Mr. Obama has to go. His unfettered greed to steal jobs by regulating companies out of existance must go. His unfettered greed to steal car companies and then give those car companies to union members must go. His unfettered greed to steal the income from a hard working "rich man" and give that money to lazy people who will not work must go.

You knocked this one out of the ball-park by reminding us why Mr. Obama's unfettered greed has to go. (We can probably overlook his personal unfettered greed when he only pays 27% of his $5.5 million income but expects some "rich man" to pay 35% or more.)

LDS Liberal
Farmington, UT

@Mike Richards | 9:55 a.m. Jan. 12, 2012
re: Liberal,

Am I a "hard core extremist"? Is the LDS Prophet a "hard core extremist" because he declares that marriage is only sanctioned between a man and a woman?

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We (the Church and myself) are against gay "marriage" yet can still support civil unions.

"the Church does not object to rights for same-sex couples regarding hospitalization and medical care, fair housing and employment rights, or probate rights, so long as these do not infringe on the integrity of the traditional family or the constitutional rights of churches."

AND

We (the Church and myself) support a Woman's Right to Choose.
And does not support your false notion of legislation on ALL Americans.

"The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints believes in the sanctity of human life. Therefore, the Church opposes elective abortion for personal or social convenience, and counsels its MEMBERS not to submit to, perform, encourage, pay for, or arrange for....

The Church allows for possible exceptions for its MEMBERS in cases of .....

The Church has not favored OR opposed legislative proposals...concerning abortion."

i.e., mind your own business

and
Yes, you are an Extremist.

Billy Budd
Saint George, UT

Mike Richards

"Am I a "hard core extremist"? Is the LDS Prophet a "hard core extremist?"....

Comparing yourself to the Prophet?

Interesting comparison.

I have read your comments.

Everyone is entitled to express their opinion.

Your comments reflect the person you have become.

On the other hand;

I have read and/or listened to President Monson's talks, books and interviews.

I want to follow his example.

I strive daily to do the things the Prophet expects me to do.

I love and respect President Monson.

atl134
Salt Lake City, UT

A poll today out of south carolina has Huntsman up to 7% while Romney has fallen to 23% (insider advantage poll). If Huntsman snags just a couple more points from Romney, Romney could finish as low as third in South Carolina, and be in a very tough position moving forward if Huntsman starts to gain some traction.

atl134
Salt Lake City, UT

@Mike Richards
"His unfettered greed to steal jobs by regulating companies out of existance must go."

23 straight months of private sector job growth. No wonder you all think Obama stinks at his job... you think he wants to destroy America... and he's not doing a good job of destroying it.

1conservative
WEST VALLEY CITY, UT

If Huntsman is such a good candidate as some of our liberal democrat friends say, why isn't he leading the republican nominees?

Are voters in Iowa, and New Hampshire stupid?

Or is it that the demos. understand that Obama won't be re-elected and see that Huntsman is the closest thing they can find to Obama without actually being Obama?

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