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Published: Friday, May 27 2011 1:00 p.m. MDT

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Cats: All Mitt Romney has over Jon Huntsman is name recognition. I have to say I actually like them both. Jon Huntsman however, has more personality and charisma in front of a crowd, and consequently, may have broader appeal. I'm still unsure if Jon Huntsman's goals is 2016, but I think his potential is being underestimated. I have a ton of non-LDS friends that think Jon Huntsman is awesome. I can't say the same about Mitt.

Eugene, OR

Could it be Huntsman's plan is to run for the GOP nomination, lose, and then accept Obama's invitation to run as VP in 2012 - in a grand gesture of mutual "bi-partisanship"?

That's a far more likely path to the White House for him than simply running now with an eye on the 2016 GOP nod.

Howard Beal
Provo, UT

What I would like to see Huntsman do is sit out the Republican primary and let the Republicans nominate what is likely their extreme right candidate and the Democrats of course renominate Obama. Then he should run as a third party candidate perhaps with a Democrat running mate who has centrist leanings. I think this candidacy would go much further than any Perot candidacy (and he got nearly 20% of the popular vote in 1992). I think Romney could do the same thing if he lost in primaries. I think Huntsman with the right VP candidate could actually win. I think the people are sick of extreme politics. I think the people want somebody with a proven record of solid leadership. And Huntsman with the right person at VP, appealing to the middle who is basically ignored in our current political landscape, could actually pull something off radically changing the face of American politics.

brookings, SD

Ouch, there is a lot of religious litmus tests mentioned today. Does anyone else see it?

Salt Lake City, UT

Huntsman is exactly the kind of person we DON'T need for president, especially not now. We need a president who consistently makes his decisions based on our founding principles of freedom and limited government. We need a president who clearly states his core principles, and stands up for them.

Huntsman is a politician of convenience--not principle--which puts him all over the map. In other words, he makes his decisions based not on what's right, but instead based on which "group" he can most safely afford to offend. That's a sandy foundation which shifts frequently, and normally results in bigger government, less freedom, lower standards, and economic uncertainty.

Layton, UT

Mr. Huntsman,
Please don't run! We don't need another RINO in this race. Last time around we put forth a favorite of yours- Mr. McCain, yet another RINO, and look how that turned out. Please do the country a favor- don't run, and stay out of politics.

Howard Beal
Provo, UT

I see Huntsman as a reasonable politician who will work with others. I, for one, am tired of extreme politics, tired of leaders, whether they be from the left or right, that just want to call each other names and be strident in their positions. Huntsman has enough business acumen to get our economy going. He has enough compassion to listen to others. I hope he seizes on what I see as potential unique opportunity that appeals to the centrists of our country who want reasonable government and expects our politicians to work together to solve problems. I'm sick of party line votes on everything, we need someone who has the potential to bring our country together.

the greater outdoors, UT

dave said, "The GOP has been corrupted and will continue to be a sideshow until they swing back towards center where true Republicans reside."

I'd like you to lay out the issues and where "true Republicans" should reside on each one of them.

It's always interesting to hear Democrats tell conservatives that in order to be relevant we basically have to adopt their positions.

So dave, are you able to lay out 10 issues and tell us all where "true Republicans" are supposed to reside and why?

The Real Maverick
Orem, UT

Nothing screams easy Obama win for 2012 than a GOP ticket of Romney, Palin, or Newt (basically all the current leaders for the GOP's ticket).

It just goes to show the current state of that party. Lost and out of touch.

No solutions
No relevance
No victory in 2012

Bountiful, UT

The pundits treat him as an afterthought...he is an absolute unknown outside of Utah! My sister lives in San Diego with her husband and family and has never heard of him

DN Subscriber
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Huntsman is a nice guy with some real talents in the commerce field and did a good job as Ambassador. He might be cabinet member material (Commerce?) but he is not Presidential material.

Good hair and the ability to bend your positions on issues to suit the latest poles, and the inability to tell us how bad the other side's programs have hurt us are not qualities we need. His favoring "cap and trade" is one of the most repulsive aspects of this chameleon's performances.

He was a mediocre governor at best, never leading, just drifting with the winds of politics.

We don't need another RINO candidate, we need a true conservative!

Murray, UT

Is he going to challenge Obama for the Democratic nomination? That is where he belongs, certainly not on the Republican ticket. We had that last time with the nomination of Democrat Lite, McCain. Cap and Trade, illegal alien amnesty, the list goes on with this RINO. Who needs him? We already have his boss, Obama,,, who needs another radical liberal? We may as well keep the one we have.

In My Humble Opinion
South Jordan, UT

PeanutGallery, where is your evidence that Huntsman says/does what is popular, or offends the fewest people? Was it support of liquor laws which were against the LDS church's position? His support for civil unions when most citizens were against it? His pushing through the four day work week when many didn't want it?

LivinLarge, so anecdotal evidence is your basis? Your sister has never heard of the U.S. Ambassador to the 2nd most powerful nation in the world? Never heard of a man whom the President of the United States has mentioned several times? Does that say more about Romney, or your sister?

Petaluma, CA

The sequence of events in the Huntsman saga are off-putting for me. I find it distasteful that so soon after his interview with Time magazine in which he stated he still needed to do his due diligence before he would be comfortable answering the pressing questions of our day - he went to the K Street lobbyists. Now you might say, he was 'just' seeking financial backing for his run. Or you might say he was asking the corporate representatives what positions he needed to take, in order to get financial backing for his run. I love many of his statements, when he was willing to speak out. I would feel more comfortable with him than with Bachmann who speaking for a world divided, and I prefer Huntsman to Romney and Pawlenty, both of whom strike me as being willing to say anything, to get elected. But I doubt Huntsman is really prepared. Maybe next time. I would rather have him in the White House than the characters we will be choosing among, but I dont see him being ready for the run. The whole process seems out of hand, since the first primary is NEXT year.

ute alumni
Tengoku, UT

real maverick:
Nothing screams easy Obama win for 2012 than a GOP ticket of Romney, Palin, or Newt (basically all the current leaders for the GOP's ticket).

It just goes to show the current state of that party. Lost and out of touch.

No solutions
No relevance
No victory in 2012

what solutions from the demos, spend everyone else's money
demos relevance? spending, taxing, changing....all that was good
we will see. glad you are so sure.

Petaluma, CA

I just saw the latest CNN/opinion research poll taken after Huckabee and Trump gave up. Romney is at 15%, Palin is right behind, but Guliani is leading with 16%. They also asked who your 2nd choice was and Romney had 15% of those and Guliani had 14% and Palin was right there too. So... Guliani is statistically tied with Romney and Palin even though Guliani has not even been running much. Next thing, Guliani now says he is going to N.H. to test the waters. PS: Huntsman just got 1%. I find these poll numbers astonishing. Guliani was famously an adulterer. He never won even one primary, and only had the funds to really go after one race, in Florida and did not win. I suspect that people who are choosing Guliani over Romney are saying, anybody but Romney. Bachmann and Pawlenty must be crying right this minute. They came in after Cain who got 10%. Paul got 12%. So Bachmann and Pawlenty are not even in the top five nationally, although the bandwagon effect may kick in if one of them wins Iowa.

Lake Elsinore, CA

"not an easy decision" or "tough to define" ...

These recent quotes by Huntsman are not giving me easy feelings about him leading our nation.

Go Mitt!!

Somewhere in Utah, UT

To Cats | 7:16 a.m. May 28, 2011

You're re-writing history to fit your wishes concerning what happened with President Clinton. Sorry, Cats, your construction is totally wrong. Reagan had nothing to do with President Clinton's economic success. The economy was failing as Reagan left office, and totally stagnated during George Herbert Walker Bush's term in office. Clinton turned the economy around, and made it work very well. Also, in case you don't want to remember, President Clinton fought Gingrich and his cohorts to a sandstill when President Clinton wanted to retain a higher tax rate even though here was a financial surplus, and use the excess funds to balance the budget and reduce the federal debt. Gingrich wanted to run up deficits while giving the money back to the well-to-do.

I am grateful that President Clinton won. He was a totally wretched person, but a very good President. We need more like him . . . and NOT like any of the Republicans running for president in 2012 (except, of course, Governor Huntsman, who is the only decent the candidate the Republicans have).

Cedar Hills, UT


Could you specifically tell me what Clinton did to turn around the economy, as you say?

Park City, UT

@Charles | 1:26 p.m. May 28, 2011

I've been a republican since the 70's. I know what I'm talking about. At this juncture, I refuse to vote for most of those in my own party that trample on the foundations of the party. Why don't you extreme right wing loonies start your own party.

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