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Published: Monday, Jan. 9 2012 12:00 p.m. MST

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So. Cal Reader
San Diego, CA

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.

Florissant, MO

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

Salt Lake City, UT

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.

Salt Lake City, UT

Not a Republican.

one vote
Salt Lake City, UT

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.

Thinkin\' Man
Rexburg, ID

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

Lane Myer
Salt Lake City, UT

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.

Orem, UT

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.

Salt Lake City, UT

"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.

Centerville, UT


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?

Provo, UT

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.

Idaho Falls, ID

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?).

Las Vegas, NV

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

Waianae, HI

I just counted a few people.

Salt Lake City, UT

"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.

Williston, ND

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.

Layton, UT

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...

Merritt Island, Fl

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

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