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  • Hellooo Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 18, 2012 9:20 p.m.

    The reason that most Utah Republicans, and hopefully moderates and independents would vote for Mr. Romney over Mr. Huntsman is they prefer to have a finisher, rather than a fare weather friend. Mr. Huntsman enjoyed the fruits of about 6 years as Governor during a national and state economic boom. When the signs of the good times ending appeared with diminishing tax revenues and the need for the hard decisions that always follow such difficult times, Mr. Huntsman left the state for China and as the door was closing gave advocacy to some of his more left leaning views. Memories of abondonment are not easily forgotten, nor should they be.

  • The Real Maverick Orem, UT
    Jan. 18, 2012 8:14 p.m.

    Do we really want a flip flopper as President? Someone who does everything to pander to his radical evangelical right group? I don't!

  • Uncle Charles Where freedom and liberty reign, utah
    Jan. 18, 2012 5:37 p.m.

    @LDS Lib: you just don't get it and I'm not sure you ever will. As RedShirt said, it's not the question that is the problem, it's his lame answer.

    How am I supposed to trust him with the bigger issues of the nation when he simply can't share his thoughts about his religion. He was a missionary, right?

    Should we all be concerned that you are ashamed of us? You are quite funny though...

  • RedShirt USS Enterprise, UT
    Jan. 18, 2012 4:04 p.m.

    To "LDS Liberal | 3:31 p.m." the issue isn't the question itself, but how he answered the question.

    He was asked a question that should have been simple and straightforward, but he could not give it a straight answer. He gave the most politically correct answer he could. Is that what you want in a President, somebody who give the politically correct answer rather than giving an answer that reveals who they really are?

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    Jan. 18, 2012 3:31 p.m.

    RedShirt | 12:07 p.m. Jan. 18, 2012
    USS Enterprise, UT
    To "LDS Liberal | 8:50 a.m." if Huntsman is such a "straight shooter" can you explain the answer he gave when asked about his religion?

    =======================

    I can't explain why anyone else says or does something, no one can.
    That's assumptions running amok.

    FYI -
    Jon Huntsman was running for the President of the United States of America.

    Not
    Branch President,
    Relief Society President,
    Elder's Quorum President,
    Sunday School President,
    Young Men's President,
    or even Stake President.

    So who cares ab his answer about his RELIGION.
    It's moot -- it had nothing to do with it.

    Second,
    Religious afflicition can not be considered for Public Office.
    It's even written that way in the U.S. Constitution.
    I respect Gov. Huntsman's decision to obey the defend the Constitution.

    Third,
    He's out of the race.
    Why do you still seethe with such anger?

    You should be ashamed of yourself quite frankly.

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    Jan. 18, 2012 3:29 p.m.

    RedShirt | 12:07 p.m. Jan. 18, 2012
    USS Enterprise, UT
    To "LDS Liberal | 8:50 a.m." if Huntsman is such a "straight shooter" can you explain the answer he gave when asked about his religion?

    =======================

    I can't explain why anyone else says or does something, no one can.
    That's assumptions running amok.

    FYI -
    Jon Huntsman was running for the President of the United States of America.

    Not
    Branch President,
    Relief Society President,
    Elder's Quorum President,
    Sunday School President,
    Young Men's President,
    or even Stake President.

    So who cares ab his answer about his RELIGION.
    It's moot -- it had nothing to do with it.

    Second,
    Religious afflicition can not be considered for Public Office.
    It's even written that way in the U.S. Constitution.
    I respect Gov. Huntsman's decision to obey the defend the Constitution.

    Third,
    He's out of the race.
    Why do you still seethe with such anger?

    You should be ashamed of yourself quite frankly.

  • The Real Maverick Orem, UT
    Jan. 18, 2012 2:56 p.m.

    Hunstman is a lot more qualified and far more trustworthy than Romney if you ask me.

    Unfortunately, for Huntsman, he hasn't flip flopped a million times in order to pander to the radical right. Which is basically all Romney did. He sold himself out for the radical right. However, justice and truth will always prevail. Romney will fail.

  • RedShirt USS Enterprise, UT
    Jan. 18, 2012 2:36 p.m.

    To "Midvaliean | 1:21 p.m" your memory is really quite short isn't it. Huntsman gave a response to the question about his religion that was quite lengthy, yet said nothing. It was part of an interview that was published in Time Magazine in May 2011.

    The question is only loaded if you have no definitive answer. He turned a simple question into a convoluted answer that said nothing. He showed a huge lack of conviction.

  • Mc West Jordan, UT
    Jan. 18, 2012 2:27 p.m.

    A couple of months ago I read a article an east coast newspaper written about Huntsman in which the journalist wondered if there was some kind of rift between western Mormons and eastern Mormons because of the animosity he felt from Jon Huntsman toward Mitt Romney. What a shame to create that impression!

    I don't feel like Huntsman represented Mormons well during the campaign. Perhaps he served a purpose in showing that Mormons do not all think alike or take orders from the brethren in salt Lake.

  • PeanutGallery Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 18, 2012 1:30 p.m.

    Huntsman is a good man. But he's not a principled statesman, he's a slippery politician. He is not a man of conviction. He makes his decisions based not on what's right, but rather based on what's popular, or based on which 'group' he can most safely afford to offend. Thank goodness he's out of the running.

  • Midvaliean MIDVALE, UT
    Jan. 18, 2012 1:21 p.m.

    @RedShirt,
    Can you explain his answer? You want Jon Huntsman to tell us his spiritual convictions in a sound bite. The honest answer is it is really none of anyone's business. But here in utah a religious test seems very important. Lots of Mormons have not read all the doctrine and still subscribe to being Mormon, and the opposite is true as well. If you are a well read Mormon, why bring the media and public down on you for answering loaded questions?

  • RedShirt USS Enterprise, UT
    Jan. 18, 2012 12:07 p.m.

    To "LDS Liberal | 8:50 a.m." if Huntsman is such a "straight shooter" can you explain the answer he gave when asked about his religion?

    I read it, and it really wasn't very straight forward about anything.

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    Jan. 18, 2012 11:14 a.m.

    Uncle Charles | 9:48 a.m. Jan. 18, 2012
    Where Freedom And Liberty Reign, Utah
    Sooo, based on the first 4 comments, if Huntsman Jr actually was the Repub nominee all of you would have voted for him, right?

    ==================

    Between Huntsman and Obama....
    Who would I vote for?...Honestly?

    Huntsman, in a heartbeat.

    Now, Do you want to know why, Uncle Charles? [as if you really care.]

    Because I vote for the MAN -- and never ever the Party.

    FYI - I didn't vote for Obama last time, but I might this time.
    It depends on who ends up being the Libertarian nominee.

  • Uncle Charles Where freedom and liberty reign, utah
    Jan. 18, 2012 10:49 a.m.

    Blue: give us a few examples of what is considered a moderate, reality-based, pragmatic vision for a problem-solving future.

    What policies must be enacted for that to happen -- specifically.

    Obama is no Reagan. Good try though....

  • Stalwart Sentinel San Jose, CA
    Jan. 18, 2012 10:23 a.m.

    Pat,

    Huntsman would likely have fared far better on the national stage than the current lot. But then again, Obama is a moderate and look how the GOP treats him.

  • Blue Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 18, 2012 10:18 a.m.

    Uncle Charles,

    If my choice was between Huntsman and Obama, I'd have a tough time deciding. Yes, I'm generally a liberal, but Obama is no liberal; he's more like a Reagan-era Republican. If you doubt that, then you haven't been paying attention. Huntsman could absolutely go toe-to-toe with Obama in articulating a moderate, reality-based, pragmatic vision for a problem-solving future to give my grandkids.

    If my choice is between Obama and any of the current crop of GOP candidates, then I will enthusiastically work for Obama's reelection.

  • Uncle Charles Where freedom and liberty reign, utah
    Jan. 18, 2012 9:48 a.m.

    Sooo, based on the first 4 comments, if Huntsman Jr actually was the Repub nominee all of you would have voted for him, right?

    he could count on your donations, volunteer work, signs in your yards and in your cars showing your support for a Republican.

    Ok, I just stopped dreaming... :)

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    Jan. 18, 2012 8:50 a.m.

    Huntsman is a straight shooter, he is a man of conviction and INTEGRITY.

    Romney is a Flip-Flopper.
    He'll say only what people WANT to hear, regardless of reality.
    He'll say whatever, and more dangerous than that -- he'll DO whatever it takes to get elected - pick me, pick me.

    Let them Go.
    The rest of the nation can watch this trainwreck from a safe distance.

  • Ernest T. Bass Bountiful, UT
    Jan. 18, 2012 8:07 a.m.

    Huntsman would have made a much better president than Romney. Much better.

  • Midvaliean MIDVALE, UT
    Jan. 18, 2012 7:39 a.m.

    I have to agree with Blue. The fact that Huntsman was reasonable, would listen to the other side, and moderate, made him unelectable by all the rabble at the feeding at the bottom of the GOP party.
    I was sad the day he was no longer our governor and I'm sad that he can't run as a moderate Republican and win.

    Off topic, America needs MODERATES to run for president. Trying to rally the base of the GOP does the country no good whatsoever. It becomes an election based on catch phrases and buzz words. The same goes for the Democrats. Please give us MODERATE candidates. Stop doing what is best for your pocketbooks and do what is best for the country.

  • Blue Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 18, 2012 6:48 a.m.

    Huntsman is rational. Today's GOP will have none of that!

    Yes, he's very conservative, but he's also a principled realist - not a fire-breathing chest-thumper who panders to the lowest common denominator in GOP politics.

    Hence, he didn't stand a chance.