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Huntsman a step closer to ambassadorship

Utah governor faced few questions during hearing

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  • I wonder
    July 24, 2009 7:10 p.m.

    Really people, there is a lot of spouting off at the mouth here. Think deep and hard, why would a man who is hell bent on destroying this country and everything it stands for choose a Latter Day Saint to go to China. Seriously, think about it, I do agree with some of you, I think that he is trying to eliminate the potential competition, do you think that he would do the same thing if Huntsman was an atheist and still good at what he does? I do, I also think that the global warming thing is a crock, anybody in their right mind knows that the earth goes through cooling and heating phases and that as much as we would like to think differently, we are not the end all of influences on this planet towards global warming. Just my thoughts looks like I spouted a little to.

  • Ted
    July 24, 2009 10:14 a.m.

    Jon Huntsman is an educated, informed, polished, well-prepared leader who will represent the U.S. in China extremely well. What he may do in the future is irrelevant...just like the far right wing of the Republican party. But should he decide to run for office again he will have my full support.

  • The Church in China
    July 24, 2009 9:25 a.m.

    Missionaries will soon be allowed in the largest country in the world, China. We need to be prepared to serve missions there. As 1/4 of the world's population is in China, a doubling of our missionary force will be required. How are we going to get there? Need more sister missionaries, need more couples serving. Exciting times!

  • j
    July 24, 2009 8:53 a.m.

    sad that so many people in utah can't recognize the great contributions of Jon Huntsman. So many conservative Utahns forget all the great things he's brought to and done for the state of Utah and remember his support for gay civil unions. It is sad that he is so disparaged after having done many great things for Utah. Utah's ungrateful loss is everyone's tremendous gain in a qualified ambassador to China.

  • proudamerican
    July 24, 2009 8:41 a.m.

    If opening up China to LDS missionaries is accomplished as merely an incidental part of his job, fine. But his role there is to represent the current administration, not the LDS church. Huntsman's intended focus on fixing the climate is quixotic, nutty, and pointless--particularly given the extreme unlikelihood of persuading a developing nation like China to replace cheap sources of energy (and hence prosperity), like coal, with more expensive sources. That said, I wish him well in his assignment.

  • Debbie from the Bible Belt
    July 24, 2009 8:30 a.m.

    In response to the person who posted this: As for a Mormon not being able to win in the Bible Belt, I think it's ridiculous that people in that region of the country rule out a perfectly fit person for the presidency based solely on his membership in the LDS church.
    My comment:
    It isn't that "PEOPLE" in the Bible Belt wouldn't vote for a Mormon...It is because the leaders in their churches preach false doctrine and hate about the Mormons. The preachers are afraid of us and think we are stealing their members. Then they try to discredit the Mormon faith and people with false information. In my town (Austin TX) the ministers and preachers have classes in their churches on how the Mormons are not true believers in Christ. How funny is that...our church would never hold classes on to discredit other faiths. My children have many friends that aren't LDS. They admire the standards that we uphold. They are confused when their ministers say these things about Mormons they know are good and have good values.

    Just my 2 cents.

  • Anonymous
    July 24, 2009 3:47 a.m.

    I certainly hope Huntsman's focus is on working with the Chinese in improving human rights and international relations and not in opening up China for the missionaries. His job is to represent government and not the LDS church. It would be very disingenuous to think that he would have that goal in mind with his new appointment.

  • T_H_R_O
    July 23, 2009 6:48 p.m.

    I'm sure Bennett and Hatch relished being in the general vicinity and associated with such a popular politician.

  • Superdell's taxpayer paid lawyer
    July 23, 2009 5:58 p.m.

    Congrats to the new Ambassador. He will help this country as we navigate the tricky relationship with China. He will be much better than our last ambassador who spoke no Chinese and was only appointed because he was the previous President's roommate in college. Look it up.

  • Pinstripes & Religion
    July 23, 2009 5:52 p.m.

    Wow, nice pinstripes!!

    As for a Mormon not being able to win in the Bible Belt, I think it's ridiculous that people in that region of the country rule out a perfectly fit person for the presidency based solely on his membership in the LDS church.

    How ridiculous would it be for me to go around saying I would never vote for Huckabee simply because of his evangelical ties? While I disagree with him on some spiritual or religious issues, he is still a good man. People down south need to grow up!!

  • Roland Kayser
    July 23, 2009 5:18 p.m.

    Barry Goldwater was pro-choice and pro-gay rights. Was he a liberal? Are those the only issues that count?

  • Cats
    July 23, 2009 5:14 p.m.

    I think a Mormon can win the Republian nomination. I just don't think a Mormon from Utah can win. I think Mitt has an excellent chance next time.

  • me so angry
    July 23, 2009 5:01 p.m.

    thats great for jon... congrats... he should have stayed in utah and completed his comitment before embarking on a career abroad... "no happy ending"

  • @ ridiculous
    July 23, 2009 4:54 p.m.

    Actually, I don't think Huntsman has ever changed his views about civil unions for homosexual couples. Before being Governor I don't think he had ever made an official statement about the issue. I could be wrong because I haven't read everything about Huntsman but I really don't think his stance on moral issues is as pliable as you claim.

    He has always stood firm in his opposition to gay marriage since as a religious man he consideres marriage to be a sacred religious ceremony reserved only for heterosexual couples. This however, is not the same as legal recognition of a household which is basically what a civil union is.

    In fact, one could argue that as a religious ceremony, no state or government has the jurisdiction to recognize any marriage because of its religious nature. Once could argue that a state or government only has jurisdiction to recognize civil unions of households under common law.

    Huntsman may not be as extreme right or 'true conservative' as some neocons like but he has greatly improved our State's image during his tenure as Governor and in my opinion served the state well the majority of the time.

  • ridiculous
    July 23, 2009 4:26 p.m.

    i would like everyone who supports huntsman for president to answer this question for themselves: was he ever considered good for the white house before he supported gay civil unions? be honest with yourselves. had you ever heard mention of that as a possibility before of his pro gay stance? no, and that is the point. he changes his veiws whenever it suits him. i didn't vote for obama, and i think he stands for all the wrong things, and could only support him as president, never agree with his veiws, but at least we can say he is consitant.

  • Wider scope
    July 23, 2009 4:20 p.m.

    Jon Huntsman is well-educated, well-traveled, and experienced -- in short, very cosmopolitan —- which is what is required in a world leader today.

  • An Observer
    July 23, 2009 4:15 p.m.

    The posting of liberals on here really really funny.

    We have a bunch of wacked-out extremist liberals calling those on the right crazy and wacked,

    What credibilty do those liberals extremists have?

    Huntsman is what he is a very liberal republican,

    so much so he probably really is more a democrat than republican,

    However is much easier to win office, currently, in Utah, as a Republican than a democrat.

    moreover,

    he professes support for conservative issues, but will NOT fight for any of them,

    he then gives lip service in support of liberal issues.

    Seems like he is trying to please everyone,

    and NOT stand for anything,

    a clintonian politician.

  • BobP
    July 23, 2009 3:59 p.m.

    Maybe Huntsman can convince Chine to let the LDS missionaries in.

  • Bye Bye
    July 23, 2009 3:09 p.m.

    Maybe Jon can get rid of that stupid soccer stadium's debt before he goes!

  • Ho Hummm
    July 23, 2009 3:03 p.m.

    What would that make you?

  • Jen in AK
    July 23, 2009 3:01 p.m.

    So he QUIT being Utah's Governor? Interesting. I guess all sorts of people quit for VARIOUS reasons!

  • re: To Voter | 12:45 P.M.
    July 23, 2009 3:00 p.m.

    So if I understand you correctly, real conservatives believe in global warming, are for corporate welfare (funding the soccer stadium), and are for civil unions?

  • @To Voter | 12:45 P.M.
    July 23, 2009 2:28 p.m.

    Conservatism, contrary to the false conservative RINO belief, is by definition right. The closer you get to the right edge, the truer you are to conservative principles. Anything left of right is liberalism to one degree or another. Any movement to the left of white is on the road to black with different shades of gray along the way.

    To promote moderate conservatism is like arguing for lukewarm ice, a moderate amount of adultery, a reasonable amount of theft, or a moderate sized government monstrosity.

    Every gain towards the left becomes the newly redefined starting point of conservatism until it becomes difficult to tell the difference anymore between the newly defined moderate conservative republican and the liberal democrat.

    Neither have or are guided by any foundational principles. Neither have allegiance to this countries constitution or it's people as indicated by Mr. Huntsman's desire to fix the world economy. Clueless as to the power limitations of government.

    The whole purpose in establishing a foundation of correct principles is to keep us from suffering the consequences of the violation of those principles.

    The logic behind moderate conservatism is lunacy and a symptom of liberalitis which is a mental disorder.

  • Ogden
    July 23, 2009 2:14 p.m.

    Good Bye King Jon and good luck this is the best thing that has happen since you took office and that is you are leaving.

  • To Voter | 12:45 P.M.
    July 23, 2009 1:23 p.m.

    Contrary to what you say, Governor Huntsman IS a real conservative. He's just not a far-right whackjob who hijacked the conservative label. We need a lot more like him if the Republican Party is ever to return to what it should be.

  • Voter
    July 23, 2009 12:45 p.m.

    Huntsman is an excellent choice for Ambassador to China, and will serve well there.

    Utah is better off with him out of the way with his "moderate" McCain-like views. Gary Herbert will be a better governor.

    Obama made a brilliant choice, not just selecting a qualified individual (who, surprisingly, was NOT a campaign contributor...) and at the same time making him part of the OBAMA team. Thus Huntsman is pretty well precluded from criticizing his boss. What better way to co-opt a potential challenger for the Presidency?

    While I would strongly oppose Huntsman for President (in favor of a real conservative), this is a most clever and devious scheme to knock out one of the most likely challengers.

    Best wishes to Huntsman in China. After that, not so much.

  • seijimugon
    July 23, 2009 12:39 p.m.

    No comment on the politics of it, but how about the suit Gov. Huntsman is wearing in the accompanying photo? Not very often that you see politicians wearing bold power stripes. (They look too wide to call "pinstripes.") Does he need to look taller? Anyway, it's just a look I found unusual, but not problematic.

  • by by rino
    July 23, 2009 12:31 p.m.

    We won't miss you.

  • Roland Kayser
    July 23, 2009 12:09 p.m.

    To Sam: I'm no so sure. With all the prominent republicans knocking themselves out with sex scandals, Mitt might be the only viable candidate left standing in 2012.

  • Who Cares
    July 23, 2009 11:21 a.m.

    Who cares what 'party' he aligns himself with. The point is he is the best candidate for this position and party lines shouldn't matter. He has served Utah very well as Governor and will be leaving with almost unheard of approval ratings. Gary Herbert has some very large shoes to fill.

    Party affiliation is lame as most people are so narrow minded they can't see past party lines. I'm tired of do-nothings being elected over and over just because they coincidentally join the popular party of their area.

  • Knowwhat
    July 23, 2009 10:44 a.m.

    Huntsman absolutely could win the primary, when he changes to his real party the Democratic.

  • J
    July 23, 2009 10:35 a.m.

    I most certainly hope that Governor Huntsman serves successfully as ambassador to Beijing and later as the president of the USA

  • Sam
    July 23, 2009 10:07 a.m.

    A mormon cannot win the republican primary in the bible belt.

  • Huntsman 2016
    July 23, 2009 9:14 a.m.

    There is a really good chance Huntsman could become president in 2016, if he wants to. Whatever complaints Utahn have against him, there is still no doubt he would carry the state easilly.

  • Colleen Stout
    July 23, 2009 8:39 a.m.

    Looks like Obama threw rival Huntsman into the Briar Patch~ We wish Jon well.