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.
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.
Huntsman would have made a much better president than Romney. Much better.
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
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... :)
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
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: 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
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.
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
@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
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.
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.
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.
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 | 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.
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 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...
Do we really want a flip flopper as President? Someone who does everything to
pander to his radical evangelical right group? I don't!
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.