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Huntsman: 'We're going to surprise a lot of people'


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  • JD Tractor Iowa City, IA
    Jan. 10, 2012 4:16 p.m.

    If Huntsman wants to surprise a lot of people with support, he needs to stop swearing at his rallies.

  • JBQ Saint Louis, MO
    Jan. 10, 2012 4:12 p.m.

    Mr. Huntsman states a lot of salient opinions and has a good image. However, he ran a very poor campaign. I'd say that Romney has turned him into toast. So far, Romney has run an excellent campaign.

  • Aggielove Junction city, Oregon
    Jan. 10, 2012 1:55 p.m.

    Surprise us?
    Stephan colbert is beating him today.
    So bye bye huntsman.

  • Rikitikitavi Cardston, Alberta
    Jan. 10, 2012 1:00 p.m.

    EARTH to Mr. Huntsman: First of all you only got the Governor position in Utah on the coat tails of your highly respected and deservedly respected father. Make no mistake, the media hatchet men are lurking the minute your numbers make some sort of blip on the radar which has not happened and may not happen. BTW: none of your closest buddies: Santa Claus, Tooth Fairy, Easter Bunny are real so don't wait around too long for some sort of gift.

  • Tom in CA Vallejo, CA
    Jan. 10, 2012 12:36 p.m.

    Mike (the left winger) In Cedar City said:

    "Boy, Are you right wingers afraid of Huntsman!"

    Not afraid anymore - he couldn't get on the VA nor AZ ballot.

  • Tom in CA Vallejo, CA
    Jan. 10, 2012 12:32 p.m.

    "Huntsman - We're going to surprise a lot of people" - this coming from the man who is excluded from the VA and AZ ballots. Not good.

  • atl134 Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 10, 2012 11:38 a.m.

    "It takes a terrific lack of economic intelligence to support Obama who has added more to the deficit than any President in U.S. History and has no economic plan. "

    It takes a terrific lack of economic intelligence to slam Obama for his deficits while probably backing a candidate (Romney) whose plan involves increasing defense spending and tax changes that'll reduce revenue by 180 billion a year. So Romney needs to cut entitlement/discretionary spending by 200-250 billion dollars just to maintain Obama's level of deficit.

    As for Obama's economic plan... the GOP filibustered it in the senate.

  • phillyfanatic LONG BEACH, CA
    Jan. 10, 2012 11:13 a.m.

    It seems to me that the Hunt talks and acts like....an across the aisle squish who would want to compromise with the Left even if he had the two houses of Congress. He seems to be bright and one who could perhaps fit in a Cabinet spot where he would have to follow the Prez' orders and being a pretty straight shooter type, he would do it. Prez? Not for me. I want a tough,mean , really pro-American guy like Newt to tell off the Dems and our international enemies. I cannot see Jon doing that.

  • deep in thought Salt Lake, UT
    Jan. 10, 2012 11:10 a.m.

    Huntsman oh boy

    Big article on Washington Post today, "Huntsman, Chameleon on the stump." Stuck me as funny since he has been calling Mitt Romney a chameleon in all of his ads paid for by daddy.

    Just wait until he gets the stinging heat of the media. We'll see if he stays so bold with his attacks on Mitt Romney when he sees what it feels like to be 5 feet from the sun. Can't wait to see when the media finds out he is the son of a billionaire who has never worked a day in the private sector.

    Check out this from politico this morning:

    "Huntsmanâs private-sector experience consists of having served as an executive at the firm owned by his billionaire father. Gingrich and Perry have between them about eleven minutesâ worth of relevant private-sector experience."

    Good luck Huntsman, I just hope you can take what you dish out.

  • Pagan Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 10, 2012 11:03 a.m.

    Go get 'em Huntsman!

  • toosmartforyou Farmington, UT
    Jan. 10, 2012 10:57 a.m.

    First Cain, then Bachman, now Huntsman can narrow the herd by dropping out after today.

  • M. Matchette Syracuse, Utah
    Jan. 10, 2012 10:56 a.m.

    The photo applied to the story (non-story) has a scant attendance. And what surprise is he talking about? A trick up his sleeve?

  • selway Paul, Idaho
    Jan. 10, 2012 10:01 a.m.

    It takes a terrific lack of economic intelligence to support Obama who has added more to the deficit than any President in U.S. History and has no economic plan. The entitlement society is broke with the debt greater than the gdp how can anyone think we are in good hands with Obama.

  • VictorVonTrap Draper, UT
    Jan. 10, 2012 9:44 a.m.

    Huntsman failed to qualify for Arizonas February 28 presidential preference election after his filing paperwork which was turned in only two hours before Mondays 5 p.m. deadline was rejected due to a notary issue, according to Secretary of State spokesman Matt Roberts. The Arizona Secretary of States office sent a letter to Huntsmans campaign shortly thereafter informing them that they are unable to certify Huntsman as a candidate.

  • So. Cal Reader San Diego, CA
    Jan. 10, 2012 9:20 a.m.

    Oh, he'll "surprise" people all right, like himself and his campaign:

    Out of today's Boston Herald: "The Arizona secretary of states office says Jon Huntsman has failed to qualify for the states presidential primary. A spokesman for Secretary of State Ken Bennett says the former Utah governor filed paperwork a few hours before Mondays 5 p.m. deadline, but that it was missing a notarized signature from the candidate"

    Good job, Hunstman! And if you happened to listen to his interview on the Today Show this morning, you saw him contradict himself in the same interview. 2-for-2 today.

  • Mike in Cedar City Cedar City, Utah
    Jan. 10, 2012 8:16 a.m.

    Boy, Are you right wingers afraid of Huntsman! So is Obama, that's why he sent him to China in my view. Are you afraid that Huntsman might lead the Republican party back to some kind of sanity? The truth is that Romney is just as moderate as is Huntsman, he just has no political integrity about running on his real positions. A political Chameleon if there ever was one. But the truth is that too many Utahan's have embraced extremest far right views anathema to most of the American People. These views are the after birth of John Birch society madness (who said among other nutty things that Eisenhower was a commie)and some of the views of Cleon Scousen. That craziness, coupled with a radical social agenda turned me from a Barry Goldwater Republican in the 1960's to a democrat today.

    I could never be comfortable with Romney the political "weathervane" but the country would be in good hands with either Huntsman or Obama.

  • Triple B Milford, NH
    Jan. 10, 2012 7:41 a.m.

    Already voted this morning. Put one down for Romney.

  • floridian navarre, fl
    Jan. 10, 2012 7:15 a.m.

    How come Gov. Huntsman keeps wearing what looks like a military-issue jacket? Don't know if he served in the military, other than as commander of the Utah National Guard. And, yes, he does come off as arrogant and 'better than you', just like Mr. Gingrich. Both of them are doing more to help the Dems in November than helping themselves get the nomination, which will not happen.

  • Itsjstmeagain Merritt Island, Fl
    Jan. 10, 2012 6:05 a.m.

    A far right zealot and liar like Romney and Newt is not electable given the choice between POTUS and them.

  • raybies Layton, UT
    Jan. 10, 2012 6:02 a.m.

    if I were a rich man... dawdle-deedle-dawdle deedle-deedle-deedle-deedle dee... all day long I'd fiddle fiddle fam... if I were a wealthy man...

    Huntsman is dreaming in the finest tradition of rich men...

  • MickO Williston, ND
    Jan. 10, 2012 1:41 a.m.

    This is news? C'mon Deseret - polls are giving him a single digit voter support, yet you keep beating his drum - telling us daily how well he is doing, that he has a chance to win, etc.
    And I read you for objective coverage?
    It gives me seious pause on anything else I read.
    I think the obamafied John should return to China.

  • Grammy3 SOUTH JORDAN, UT
    Jan. 10, 2012 1:16 a.m.

    To me Huntsman has no class were Romney does. Huntsman is so arrogant and no class there he acts like he is so much better than anyone else. I do so hope that Romney takes NH big time and goes on to win the whole thing. He is the one who can make a difference right now for this Country and turn things around. This is what he does best and this is why this Country needs him. He might not be a tea party guy but he knows how to change things and I do believe that he can take on Obama and win.

  • atl134 Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 9, 2012 11:32 p.m.

    "Do I sound like an extremist hack?"

    No, but you didn't claim being an ambassador was flip-flopping or somehow immoral because it was an Obama appointment so that would probably explain why you didn't sound like one. Nor did you claim that a Governor with 80% approval when re-elected is disliked in his state.

  • awsomeron Waianae, HI
    Jan. 9, 2012 11:20 p.m.

    I just counted a few people.

  • t702 Las Vegas, NV
    Jan. 9, 2012 11:04 p.m.

    It's great to see two politicians with Utah ties do great in NH. Good luck to both

  • OneAmerican Idaho Falls, ID
    Jan. 9, 2012 10:18 p.m.

    If there is a surprise here, it will be the surprise his campaign gets when the numbers strike a horrible blow to the viability of continuing on with his campaign. If he doesn't suspend tomorrow night, he will by the time the votes are in whenever the next primary vote is (South Carolina?).

  • SammyB Provo, UT
    Jan. 9, 2012 10:04 p.m.

    Huntsman attacked Romney the most in the debates. But what I am really disgusted about is how badly he took Romney's comment today out of context. Huntsman was interviewed on Fox news by a reporter that couldn't believe Huntsman was spinning it the way he did. But because of Huntsman, this is getting headlines all over the world. I truly believe Huntsman would do almost anything to destroy Romney.

    Also, Huntsman keeps saying how he is one of the common people. He comes from a family richer than Romney's and Mitt earned almost all of his fortune. Huntsman inherited his fortune.

  • A1994 Centerville, UT
    Jan. 9, 2012 9:33 p.m.


    Now, now. You can't be calling people who don't like Huntsman 'extremist hacks.' He was okay as governor (although the table had really already been set for him) and he seems like a really nice guy. I have read a little about him online and he seems like a good fit for an ambassadorship. He just doesn't have the credentials to be president.

    Mitt Romney, on the other hand, just based on the resume alone, has got to be the most qualified candidate in decades. Yes, he's a flip flopper, but what politician isn't? The guy has a law degree AND and MBA from Harvard. He's successfully saved a business and made it profitable and the Olympics. Winter Olympic Games are almost NEVER profitable. SLC 2002 turned a 100 million dollar profit! If that wasn't enough, he has leadership experience in the church as a Stake President. That's not a small job. Do I sound like an extremist hack? Or have I given some credible reasons why Romney deserves serious consideration for the office?

  • atl134 Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 9, 2012 9:15 p.m.

    "He was not popular with the majority of the state"

    He had an 80% approval rating in the state when he cruised to re-election. Unfortunately for him everyone became extremist hacks when he left so that they like Romney think an ambassadorship is shameful and that moderates are immoral.

  • BigRich Orem, UT
    Jan. 9, 2012 5:08 p.m.

    RE Lane Myer. If being a statesman includes arrogance I guess you're right as Huntsman displays more arrogance than any other candidate. His cheap shots at Romney are often juvenile; he shows a total lack of respect for Romney's campaign as opposed to others (just watch at the end of a debate how he avoids Romney at all costs while Romney shakes hands with everyone regardless of the shots they have taken at him). For my book, Huntsman was a poor governor whose accomplishments he mainly walked into. He was not popular with the majority of the state, did not represent the people's views on many issues including gay rights and alcohol sales. He pandered to Obama and obviously has a false view of himself as a viable candidate. That's why he's on the end of the stage in the debates and not in the middle.

  • Lane Myer Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 9, 2012 3:45 p.m.

    After listening to the debate on Sunday, I was struck that Romney is the politician and Huntsman is a statesman. It was so obvious. Mitt was saying whatever he thought people wanted to hear and John was saying what he believed was right.

    Unfortunately, the politician wins in todays elections.

    Too bad.

  • Thinkin\' Man Rexburg, ID
    Jan. 9, 2012 3:40 p.m.

    Save money -- give up! Not a chance, no personality, no inspirational message, no traction, no numbers.

  • plyxply SLC, UT
    Jan. 9, 2012 3:34 p.m.

    I see the DNews is still pumping their candidate John Huntsman, the future Democratic party vice presidential candidate. Huntsman must still be buying plenty of ad space in the DNews to warrant such coverage.

  • one vote Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 9, 2012 3:12 p.m.

    This guy needs a new hobby.

  • Carnak Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 9, 2012 1:20 p.m.

    Not a Republican.

  • atl134 Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 9, 2012 12:54 p.m.

    Huntsman has momentum but south carolina is not his target... his target is Florida. I think the way he sees it is that if he can outperform expectations and get something like 20% of the vote tomorrow while Romney underperforms and is in the low 30s (still winning by over 10 points over Paul or Huntsman) then either Santorum or Gingrich win South Carolina (that'll require evangelicals to coalesce around one of the two)... in theory Huntsman could be riding some semblance of momentum from New Hampshire into Florida if people are giving him a second look now. He's not going to get anything in South Carolina though if he gains a few points to get to around 6% there he could spoil it for Romney since in Suffolk's tracking poll Romney has fallen 8 points the past week and they've mostly gone to Huntsman so any gains Huntsman makes anywhere are likely to come at the expense of Romney. We still have a long time before super Tuesday and with how volatile this primary has been so far... perhaps team huntsman thinks they may be able to cut into Romney's position even more. They've got a month.

  • MoJules Florissant, MO
    Jan. 9, 2012 12:40 p.m.

    I am not pro Huntsman, but I do think it would be interesting if two very opposite Mormons were the last two standing.

  • So. Cal Reader San Diego, CA
    Jan. 9, 2012 12:26 p.m.

    Desperate times in his presidential campaign calls for desperate measures. He's looking forward to South Carolina? He'll still finished a distant 3rd place in New Hampshire. The key will be does he finally break double-figures in NH? A democrat in GOP clothing.