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Published: Monday, Jan. 16 2012 10:26 a.m. MST

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David King
Layton, UT

Quote by Jon Huntsman from the article:
"Today I call on each campaign to cease attacking each other and instead talk directly to the American people about how our conservative ideas will create jobs, reduce our nation's debt, stabilize energy prices and provide a better future,"

Mr. Huntsman, you mean like the distortion filled attack ads you made against Ron Paul, when he had offered you nothing but compliments to that point? It's great that you promised to run a civil campaign. It would have even been better if you had actually done it.

Also, I don't understand this business of endorsing people you ran against. If Romney wasn't good enough for your vote when you decided to run, what has changed? I don't get these quid-pro-quo games of I'll support you now so I can have my opportunity later. Have some principles! And no, saying "Romney is the most likely to defeat President Obama in a general election" does not count as a principle. What do you believe, Jon? And how does Romney fit into that when he didn't less than a week ago?

DeltaFoxtrot
West Valley, UT

I laugh at the thought of "conservative ideas" helping this nation to improve in any way.

Conservatism is all about maintaining the status quo. It certainly isn't going to help us get America back on track.

Ares
Cottonwood Heights, UT

@ Lisa,

You do realize that there was already an article about this written no more than about 12 hours ago right?

JNA
Layton, UT

I love Jon Huntsman and I love Mitt Romney, I love the fact that the two moderate Republicans in the race have huge connections to what many consider the most conservative state in the Union. These are good men. Secondly, I could not disagree with Deltafox trot more. Conservatism does not support the status quo, conservatism stands up against liberalism and progressivism that will ultimately destroy the very fiber of this nation as it destroys the family, religion, financial stability and moral standing of the USA. Liberalism and all it's hiding behind the lies of "its a choice", "the rich earn it off the backs of the poor", we're here for the downtrodden and the little guy" Liberalism is about the government and its minions gaining power. Putting to death innocent unborn children (hiding behind the digusting lie that it's a choice) getting welfare mothers and fathers so "hooked" on handouts that they feel it is the only way to survive just to name 2.

toosmartforyou
Farmington, UT

@ David king

Just because Mr. huntsman decided to run for President doesn't mean he forfeits his right to support another candidate when he finds it necessary to drop out of the race. Did you think the same thing 4 years ago when Mrs. Clinton decided to drop out and support Mr. Obama?

Dynamics of a presidential bid change; otherwise, no one would ever support anyone except their initial choice and that would be a waste of resources.

Just remember that the goal for Republicans is to see that Mr. Obama is a one-and-done term President. And regardless of DeltaFoxTrot's opinion, many millions share that sentiment. Newt apparently isn't the right man to effect the change, neither is Mr. Paul or any of the others, according to Mr. Huntsman.

ute alumni
Tengoku, UT

david king.
i hope you know ronny doesn't have a chance and continuing to support this guy is only going to ensure yomama. i hope you are ready for that.

A voice of Reason
Salt Lake City, UT

I was once a staunch liberal. I hated republican ideas. Then I went to school, studied different philosophies, governments, political concepts, economic systems, and along with my beliefs about morality- I changed. I went through a long cycle of being torn in my views. I was persuaded that something was right, then wrong, then right, etc. Ultimately I finally realized that in order to preserve freedom most effectively, that many (but not all) conservative principles were more acceptable and in accordance with the beliefs I placed most value in.

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With that, I would make two points.

1) That while people seem to think 'conservative equals ignorant' (or anything likewise insulting of intelligence) that I am living proof that someone can consider both sides and be persuaded through reason that many conservative principles are just and promote free agency.

2) That there is one thing I nearly abhor as uncivil and even promoting of a dangerous agenda, one of political bigotry, and utter intolerance- and that is when people mock even the existence of other opinions.

My beliefs may be about the status quo, but only in preserving freedom. If people disagree, they should move somewhere that doesn't protect freedom.

Grammy3
SOUTH JORDAN, UT

I have more respect for Jon Huntsman today than ever before. Thank you for your service and I especially want to thank you for seeing that you need to take this stand today so that we can move forward to have Mitt Romney become the one to run against Obama. In time you might be able to have another chance to run for President. If not you were a good Governor for our State and we the people of Utah are grateful for your service here in Utah.

David King
Layton, UT

@toosmartforyou

Jon Huntsman called Mitt Romney a "well-lubricated weather vane." He said in the debates that Romney's record of being 47th in job creation just wasn't good enough for America. Did he believe those things? If he did not believe them, he should not have said them. If he does believe them, he is now forfeiting his beliefs, likely for a return political favor. Either way, it's pure politics, and not a good thing for America.

I think the same thing about Hillary endorsing Obama or any politician who goes from saying another candidate is unacceptable to endorsing them the next day. It's putting the party above your principles, and I don't like that. I guess that's party why I am a Ron Paul supporter. He's willing to give a big ol' raspberry to the Republicans if they continue to abandon their core principles. To him, it's about policies and ideas, not just what party is in power. I don't buy into the "beat Obama at all costs" philosophy. Republican deficits and spending are still too much. I want America to do well. I couldn't care less about our two parties, who differ very little in essence.

VST
Bountiful, UT

Me-thinks Mr. King may have his "nose out-of-joint" because Huntsman chose to throw his support to Mitt Romney rather than to Ron Paul.

David King
Layton, UT

@ute alumni

What would Mitt Romney do about the Federal Reserve? What is his plan for balancing the budget, other than spending time on a futile balanced budget amendment effort? What specific cuts has he proposed? Will Mitt Romney repeal the Patriot Act? Will he repeal the National Defense Authorization Act? Will he insist that the United States only go to war with a declaration of war by Congress, and as a last resort? These are some of the things that are most important to me, and there is little distinction between President Obama and Mitt Romney concerning them.

I'll give my money and my vote to the candidate I agree with, even if some talking head says claims he has no chance. At the end of the day, I can live with the fact my guy might not be the most popular, because it's tremendously satisfying to fight for something you really believe in.

David King
Layton, UT

@VST
My nose is fine, although I guess I'm a little congested. Thanks for your concern.

Jon Huntsman is free to deliver his 1% support to any candidate he wishes. But my main point was to address a more general issue. If you are endorsing someone you once described as "increasingly unelectable" what does that say about your own position? Why do we always have to say, "well, I don't think he's fit for the Presidency, but the other guy is worse". There are way too many qualified and principled people in the United States to always be voting for the "lesser of two evils". If you don't support someone, you don't have to support them. Playing these party games of "best chance to defeat Obama" prevents us from ever discussing real issues, like foreign policy or our monetary system. That's my only point. Please tell me where you disagree with that.

DonO
Draper, UT

Huntsman gave a very classy withdrawal speech. Renewing the call for civility in the remaining days of the GOP primary was exactly the right thing to do, showing that he is a statesman as much as a politician. He also showed that he's a pragmatist by endorsing Romney, who will be the GOP nominee.

If he can put together a (much) better team of advisors and campaign managers Huntsman has a real shot at the presidency in the future.

VST
Bountiful, UT

@David King,

I think you made your point (four-times). We all got the message, but obviously this appears to be a very emotional issue for you.

From my point of view, although you obviously will not agree, it is not uncommon for "retiring" candidates to offer support or endorse other candidates still running for the same political office in spite of their differences of opinion during their campaign.

Moderate Thinking
Bogota, Colombia, AA

I think a lot of folks miss the point of many of the principles that Jon Huntsman has been trying to get across during his campaign. Namely, that you do not have to agree 100% with a person to work together with them. Did he wholeheartedly endorse President Obama when he agreed to serve as his Ambassador to China? I don't think so, but he saw the opportunity to serve his country as more important than making a political statement, and accepted the position. Huntsman made very clear in his withdrawal speech that he doesn't agree with all of Mitt Romney's plans and ideas, but that given the political realities, he believes that Mitt Romney is the best option. And, when you look at their beliefs and positions, it is fair to say that he is probably closer to Mitt Romney on a majority of issues than he is to any other candidate currently running for President. Huntsman has been trying to show us that you can work with those that you don't agree with 100%. I think its an important lesson for all of us to learn.

Gramajane
OAKLEY, ID

There is an old saying that I remember the meaning of but not the exact wording. It is something about choosing the words we speak carefully that they tend not to be on the bitter or hurtful side as we may later be called to eat them ourselves.
Another is
" there is enough bad in the best of us
And enough good in the worst of us
That it hardly behooves any of us
To talk ill about the rest of us"

So i think to speak about what WE plan to do
About what WE have done
And only VERY carefully about what others have done
with facts- no spin
Is the best way to let people make choices
And not try to see past mud slinging.
--- I'll give a lost saying
"to sling mud at another, one must get their own hands dirty".
Then

So. Cal Reader
San Diego, CA

I here I was waiting for that "ticket to ride" coming out of New Hamphshire. Glad to see him suspend. His campaign never got off the ground. Also, as much as I like Mitt, and he's my GOP candidate, Huntsman's support of Mitt doesn't little if anything for the Romney camp.

JWB
Kaysville, UT

We get seasoned by our personal experiences and this was one of those experiences for Jon Huntsman Jr. He comes from good stock and will be there doing what he needs to for our country and for our great citizens that are striving to keep the heritage we have. We are fortunate for people with courage to do what he has done and the sacrifices he has made for us as a country. His service for the many years has been a blessing for us but a sacrifice for his family and friends, also. He has been in the far outreaches of the world and mainstream that we all enjoy on a daily basis. His family and especially, his wife's service, has been beyond call and we need to thank them all. That doesn't mean their service will stop as his father and ancestors set his DNA up for excellence in service. This is a grueling campaign for the Romneys, also. People with principles are worth so much for our country. A President with principles will bring in advisors and counselors that will help continue our freedoms for centuries to come. We cannot thwart our heritage from our forefathers.

KM
Cedar Hills, UT

I'm confused. After the last debate Huntsman was shown to bash Romney and only Romney, and now he's backing him?

the truth
Holladay, UT

RE: DeltaFoxtrot

You living in the far past,
trying use 18th century definitions of conseravatism and liberalism,

the words have far diffent meaning than they did hundreds of years ago.

Conservatism, NOW, means consevring the american way of life, perserving the constitution, preserving freedom and liberty,
conset ving our foudational belief in God and that or right come from him and not government,

Liberalism, NOW, means liberating us of our rights and giving them to government, liberating our money from us, liberating our freedoms and the power of the people and replacing them with communism, socialsm and big government control over our lives, removal of God and any mention of God and giving all power to and rights to governmen. There is great disdain from the liberal elite of the common people making ther own decions and laws and having the power (and the states as well) (why else limit the size of the house a hundred years ago?. if were you truly for the people you would not do that)

My! have things changed.

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