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Published: Friday, Feb. 24 2012 12:00 a.m. MST

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T. Party
Pleasant Grove, UT

Mr. Jacobsen, you have an amazing sense of humor.

David King
Layton, UT

Huntsman just didn't catch on with the Republican base. Some will make snarky remarks to the effect that he was too "moderate" or "sane" for the GOP base, but I don't think that was his problem. Huntsman holds some pretty conservative positions. Remember his support for the Paul Ryan budget. He also didn't have support for individual mandates around his neck like some of the other candidates. His problem, in my mind, is the way he packaged himself. In the debates, he would say, in effect, "I'm not dumb like a lot of you. I want you all to know just how smart I think I am for acknowledging evolution and climate change. You guys are crazy, and, oh, I would like to be your nominee for President. If Huntsman had stuck to talking about tax policy, balanced budgets, and free market solutions to health care, people could have seen some of his conservative credentials. But for some reason he wanted to be the guy who comes to your party only long enough to insult it.

I used to be a fan of Jon Huntsman, until he ran some viciously negative ads against my candidate of choice, Ron Paul. This was after pledging to run a civil campaign based on ideas. And yet I still many people say how "civil" and what a "gentleman" he is, when he ran some of the most negative ads of the campaign cycle, when he had promised to do otherwise.

Salt Lake City, UT

Mitt will bet you $10,000 that's not gonna happen.

Keep dreaming, Republicans.

Sandy, UT

What do they say about wishes and fishes? If I was a betting man I would ,in a brokered convention you could pretty much count on Christy to be nominated.

Clearfield, UT

Huntsman would be a far better candidate than any of the ones running for the Republican nomination now. There is no quality candidate in the race at present.


Huntsman would be great for foreign policy, but his embrace of Paul Ryan's economic plan makes him not a good choice.

Paul Krugman wrote an interesting article, published today, "Romney's Economic Closet.". He comments on the fact that Romney stated the other day that we can't just cut spending because it will just shut down the economy. Romney, he says, is a "closeted" Kenseyian. But Krugman concludes, we, who don't believe in " trickle-down" economics shouldn't take comfort in that. Given the lack of moral courage exhibited by Romney now he is likely to govern as those on the right want him to--continuing Bush era policies...

LDS Liberal
Farmington, UT

Wishful thinking.

The problem is - the GOP no longer includes Moderate Americans.

Huntsman was right yesterday when he said - the GOP is broken.
And since it appears to be beyond any hope of repair, maybe it's time for a 3rd party option -- so the 66% [the vast majority of America - Moderates and Independants] have someone to support.

Ernest T. Bass
Bountiful, UT

Huntsman was the only candidate who gets it.
DC is failed, all the repub rhetoric in the world isn't going to change it.

Star Bright
Salt Lake City, Ut

Every time he opens his mouth he insults the people he wants to vote for him. For some reason he can't help himself. Everytime he does he betrays his father's good name that he has built up over many years.

Kamas, UT

Karl Rove last week: "The odds of a brokered convention are about the same as finding life on Pluto."

Mike Richards
South Jordan, Utah

Mr. Huntsman, will all of his millions, could not buy his way into the White House. He failed as a candidate when he had to win the hearts and minds of Americans in the early races.

He simply did not appeal to the Republicans who cast their vote. That is the only poll that matters. If he didn't appeal to a majority of the voters, it simply means that his viewpoints are foreign to those voters. If his viewpoint is foreign to them, why would he expect Democrats and independents to vote for him, a Republican, in sufficient numbers to win the election?

Salt Lake City, UT

Yep, Huntsman is exactly who we need -- a sort-of-moderate with wishy-washy principles (sarcasm off).

The Real Maverick
Orem, UT

The repub nomination has been so entertaining! Lacking in substance but extremely entertaining. From arguing about Mitt's lawn care to Newt's marriages to now Santorum's pork barrel spending.

Do any of them offer solutions? No.

Do all of them offer entertainment? You betcha!

Springville, UT

A fantasy, and interesting, but it isn't going to happen. Guys like Huntsman and Pawlenty must be saying "And I lost to these guys?"

Kaysville, UT

One year ago I felt like President Obama would not not serve a second term.
Now if I wasn't a working stiff, I'd bet $10,000 that Obama will be serving another 4 year term.
The current Republican candidates seem to have snatched defeat from the mouth of victory.
Abortion, contraceptives, the devil, religion bigotry and on and on.
No mention of what they will do with world affairs, the economy, the unemployed, returning Vets with missing limbs, PTSD and so on. Do Republicans really feel the devil is more important???
When 55% of registered Republicans state they don't like any of the GOP candidates tells me President Obama is going to return to the White House.
The Tea Party has effectively destroyed the Republican Party. The 2010 victories for Tea Party candidates was the best thing that could have happened to the Democratic Party.

Heber City, UT

"The Tea Party has effectively destroyed the Republican Party. The 2010 victories for Tea Party candidates was the best thing that could have happened to the Democratic Party."

"For they have sown the wind and shall reap the whirlwind." The irony of Utahn's being at the forefront of the very movement that has destroyed their favored party and made two favored sons unelectable ... Priceless.

Two perfectly good more-Reagan-than-Reagan-himself candidates sunk by the most conservative states in the union. I will thank the Tea Party throughout the next 12 years of Democratic administrations.

Salt Lake City, UT

"I'm not dumb like a lot of you." Factually true

red state pride
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Maybe when the Democrats come to their senses and realize they have a candidate who could possibly lose 49 states they could nominate Huntsman as their party's candidate. They all seem to love him- not sure why- he has some pretty conservative ideas.
What bothers me about this letter is the complete unfairness it advocates. How would that be fair to the other candidates who have fought like crazy for delegates over months and months. Then they get to the convention and oh by the way- we're giving the nod to Huntsman. The essence of unfairness. It's not going to happen anyway so make a choice- Romney, Santorum, Gingrich or Paul- you can also choose not to vote- it's your right as a citizen.

Orem, UT

That's the funniest letter I've read in a long time.

LDS Liberal
Farmington, UT

@Mike Richards
South Jordan, Utah
12:36 p.m. Feb. 24, 2012

He simply did not appeal to thos who cast their vote. That is the only poll that matters. If he didn't appeal to a majority of the voters, it simply means that his viewpoints are foreign to those voters.


Ummmm --
Is that kind of like with Al Gore and the majority of Americans, but GW Bush was selected instead?

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