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.
I am not pro Huntsman, but I do think it would be interesting if two very
opposite Mormons were the last two standing.
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.
Not a Republican.
This guy needs a new hobby.
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.
Save money -- give up! Not a chance, no personality, no inspirational message,
no traction, no numbers.
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.
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.
@BigRich"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
@atl134 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?
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.
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?).
It's great to see two politicians with Utah ties do great in NH. Good luck to
I just counted a few people.
@A1994"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.
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.
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.
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...
A far right zealot and liar like Romney and Newt is not electable given the
choice between POTUS and them.
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.
Already voted this morning. Put one down for Romney.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The photo applied to the story (non-story) has a scant attendance. And what
surprise is he talking about? A trick up his sleeve?
First Cain, then Bachman, now Huntsman can narrow the herd by dropping out after
Go get 'em Huntsman!
Huntsman oh boyBig 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.
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.
@selway"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.
"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.
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.
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.
Surprise us?Stephan colbert is beating him today.So bye bye
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.
If Huntsman wants to surprise a lot of people with support, he needs to stop
swearing at his rallies.