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Jon Huntsman: Third place finish in New Hampshire primary is 'a ticket to ride'

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  • Munk Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Jan. 13, 2012 1:19 a.m.

    Ahh, people here in Utah are a fickle lot. We will turn on one of our own in a heartbeat.

    I happen to think the Romney has a heck of a chance to defeat Obama but I also feel pretty strongly that Huntsman is going to be sticking around for quite some time in one way or another.

  • Star Bright Salt Lake City, Ut
    Jan. 12, 2012 4:57 p.m.

    Grace, I don't think anyone would've been so against huntsman but for the way he went after Romney from the very first interview. He is the one who has been hateful and vindictive. He also is the one who tried to distance himself from the Church, and was a little snarky about it. You can be whatever you want, but when you put on one face and then turn around and hit it so that you won't get all the criticism that Romeny is going to face, some of us don't like it.

  • desert dweller SAINT GEORGE, UT
    Jan. 12, 2012 9:00 a.m.

    go home John your headed nowhere

  • Canuk SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Jan. 12, 2012 6:26 a.m.

    Old boonies: there's so much in your snarky post. . . Just who do you think we sheep are following? Are you indicating the Church has taken a position? Well you would be wrong! And what's with the "foreign" candidate? I guess Utahns have voted for "foreign" candidates forever. He didn't save the Olympics? News to me and to most of those who worked and volunteered in the SL Olympics.

  • Old Timer the boonies, mexico
    Jan. 11, 2012 7:48 p.m.

    Thats it sheep run your mouths against one of the very best govenors you have ever had in favor of what? A foreigner? Someone that you think saved your olympics? Not! Someone that was a one term govenor in Mass that didn't run for re-election because of the unfavorable numbers who disliked his 1st term? Comes to Utah "ONLY" to pick up free money with some phony dinner and speaking engagement? When it comes to being qualified for the office of president it isn't even close-Huntsman hands down. But you sheep do what your told and live by their "good" words! What a sorry situation.

  • Joey D WEST VALLEY CITY, UT
    Jan. 11, 2012 2:37 p.m.

    Dear Jon, give it up. You must have very bad math skills. Your GED is not serving you well!

  • Gr8Dane Tremonton, UT
    Jan. 11, 2012 1:48 p.m.

    "He's got a ticket to ride.... and I DON'T CARE!" .... the Beatles.

    Very prophetic.

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    Jan. 11, 2012 1:04 p.m.

    Jon ought to wake up and buy a ticket to ride back to his Salt Lake home.

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    Jan. 11, 2012 1:01 p.m.

    I have been a little cautious about Governor Huntsman running without his heart into it, especially when he is criticizing Governor Romney as Newt Gingrich does. It will be interesting to see what happens in South Carolina with Romney and Huntsman both targets for Newt Gingrich. If Romney's worth is $250 million after 60+ years working and the president of Apple made $350 million in one year, and bankers, other investors make pretty good and types of salaries with benefits, such as President Obama's new chief of staff from CITI bank. The President is against people making money? Who is going to pay taxes of businesses and families and individuals, if he has everyone on welfare? If 47 percent vote and don't pay taxes and that number has been growing over the years, who is going to pay taxes for the benefits these people get without paying taxes. We need entrepreneurs and investors along with workers to further our country as it has been developing over the past 500 years. We need to keep our nation free and that comes from good government with elected officials who either make it or get voted out the next election or so.

  • Grace Bakersfield, CA
    Jan. 11, 2012 12:46 p.m.

    Geez guys, be nice to your fellow Mormon and former Gov. I think that JBQ from St. Louie said it best: He ran a strange campaign. I had high hopes for him, I felt he connected better when campaigning. But Mitt has loosened up his scripted tightness and if he's the candidate ultimately, he better really connect in my freaky state.

    I just expected a little more civility from the people who claim sole residence in God's prime celestial real estate. Give it a rest and stop disparaging Huntsman on a personal level. We can do that with any subject, including Mitt's ancestors (PPP) and religion. I know how to, I'm 7th generation. Some posts here simply axe Huntsman because he doesn't pass their personal smell test. If religion is your issue, let's have open season here and relax your censor's grip. I was a Mormon for 35 years and ran every program and potluck while in your camp. But the minute I followed God's answers to my personal prayers, I was dispised, villified and castigated. I should write the book, but there is a better message to share.

    Leave it a good man who served his country.

  • ksampow Farr West, Utah
    Jan. 11, 2012 12:36 p.m.

    Huntsman was a great Governor. But something has happened to inflate his ego and deflate his awareness of reality.

  • Richie Saint George, UT
    Jan. 11, 2012 12:31 p.m.

    Junior you sure ain't like your father. He is a fine man but you fell off your Harley too many times. Please grow up and smell the roses.

  • gramma b Orem, UT
    Jan. 11, 2012 12:04 p.m.

    The man is delusional

  • John Pack Lambert of Michigan Ypsilanti, MI
    Jan. 11, 2012 12:03 p.m.

    Huntsman got less than 20% of the vote. This is hardly a good showing. It is definantly not looking like the first step on the path to victory.

  • MapleDon Springville, UT
    Jan. 11, 2012 11:55 a.m.

    The Huntsman campaign. Wow, that's money well spent.

  • Canuk SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Jan. 11, 2012 11:21 a.m.

    I don't understand why huntsman was on the front page of the paper (big coloured layout) - winning 3rd place and Romney was somewhere in the front section.
    Since the trib came out for huntsman, we should've left that to them.

  • JBQ Saint Louis, MO
    Jan. 11, 2012 11:04 a.m.

    Strange, strange campaign run by Huntsman. He basically comes from the same power base as Romney. He was the ambassador to China which means lots of interaction on behalf of Obama. It appears that he was some sort of "stealth" candidate only that he "lit matches in the middle of the night" while sneakin' around. Romney has some sort of magnetism that he is starting to build on. Huntsman just fizzled.

  • CJ Murray, UT
    Jan. 11, 2012 10:43 a.m.

    He got a "ticket to ride" alright ,,,,"the long and winding road " back to Utah. go Mitt!

  • rogerdpack2 Orem, UT
    Jan. 11, 2012 10:11 a.m.

    I thought 3rd was a good finish for Huntsman...at least he made the news and didn't get eclipsed. He...might...have a big of a chance as Santorum, at least...

  • giantfan Farmington, UT
    Jan. 11, 2012 10:09 a.m.

    By looking at those pictures, you'd think Huntsman just won the Presidency. What? He only won 3rd place in one state's Republican Primary? Well, I guess I can't fault him too much since this will be the high-water mark of his candidacy. Might as well celebrate while you can. And don't forget, Jon, the sooner you bow out, the sooner you can get on with the rest of your life.

  • Andy Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Jan. 11, 2012 10:03 a.m.

    Ride what?? His dirt bike? Ride back to Utah?

    Do us all a favor Jon, and ride away into the sunset.

  • Grace Bakersfield, CA
    Jan. 11, 2012 9:58 a.m.

    And yet Mitt spent $43 million of his personal fortune on his lost '08 bid...

    Just goes to show you that Americans still throw away unholy amounts of cash on politics while our poor and homeless continue to suffer. Our vets return to low opportunities and our kids go in debt for college loans that have an abysmal return on their investment. We could cite more waste and irrational use of our resources. Too bad we can't get a political process in this technical age where we just have televised debates, town halls and web-chats. Are there any Gates or Jobs out there with a true philanthropic/political solution?

    I understand our process and I believe that much good for our unfortunate can be done on the presidential level. Compassion is a trait of all our parties. Our debate lies in how we disperse it. Maybe John would have spent the same amount as Mitt had he the option, but why disparage either good man? Both have impressive lives, service and gifts to offer society.

    I would vote for any man who had given $43 mill to the starving, with or without a ballot.

  • atl134 Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 11, 2012 9:56 a.m.

    Ticket to ride? Are tuesday nights family home evening night for the Huntsmans?

  • plyxply SLC, UT
    Jan. 11, 2012 9:26 a.m.

    Huntsman's excited about third place, is this a participation sport like soccer where winning and losing doesn't matter, only that you tried?

  • DonO Draper, UT
    Jan. 11, 2012 8:53 a.m.

    Huntsman needs to know that So. Carolina is not remotely like New Hampshire. He may have "A Ticket to Ride" there but he'll quickly find "He's a Real Nowhere Man." If he truly wants to be president he needs to regroup and look four to eight years down the road.

  • rhappahannock Washington, DC
    Jan. 11, 2012 8:52 a.m.

    Huntsman has a huge problem: He is a ute. Romney has a huge advantage: He is a Cougar. Voting for Huntsman is voting for the BCS. Vote Cougars, and vote Romney!

  • photographermom South Jordan, UT
    Jan. 11, 2012 8:50 a.m.

    His ego s bigger than his wallet, He should have been out of this race months ago.

  • ute alumni Tengoku, UT
    Jan. 11, 2012 8:50 a.m.

    honor code:
    i think jonny jr would say that postum or coffee is hard to define.

  • no fit in SG St.George, Utah
    Jan. 11, 2012 8:32 a.m.

    Mitt must be wondering why the rest of his "friends" aren't just going away!
    According to the media, it is finally suppose to be his turn!

  • newintown WOODS CROSS, UT
    Jan. 11, 2012 7:52 a.m.

    Can't you just hear the chant, "We're # 3...We're # 3...We're # 3.... (yawn)?
    He has more money than sense and more blue than red,

    but he'd make a terrific running mate for the sitting POTUS. Better by far than Biden and with less needed damage control.

  • J-TX Allen, TX
    Jan. 11, 2012 7:38 a.m.

    Stick a fork in him....

  • DC Alexandria, VA
    Jan. 11, 2012 6:35 a.m.

    A ticket to ride to where? He's going to get 2% of the vote in SC and won't come close to winning even in Utah. He's just running now for experiences to put in his book.

  • Lowonoil Clearfield, UT
    Jan. 11, 2012 6:29 a.m.

    Thanks a lot, Jon, for planting an old Beatles tune earworm in my head today.

  • Honor Code Denver, Colorado
    Jan. 11, 2012 5:48 a.m.

    Huntsman - It's time to smell the "coffee" (in your case Postum). You're done, move on!!