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Published: Sunday, Jan. 6 2013 12:00 a.m. MST

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Salt Lake City, UT

Thank you, Mr. Stanger. Your hostility towards rational moderate Republicans is exactly the reason why the Republican Party is in decline nationally and accelerating towards irrelevancy. That suits me just fine.

liberal larry
salt lake City, utah

Jon Huntsman was the one republican that President Obama feared in the last presidential race.

When the Republican party comes back to reality, and gets over its current far right infatuation, I seriously hope that the face of the GOP looks like Mr. Huntsman. We need two reasonable, rational parties for this country to work right and hopefully Jon Huntsman can help the conservatives see the light!

Sandy, UT

One minor correction Mr. Stanger...

Gov. Huntsman did not give State employees another day off... He switch the employees to do their jobs in 4 days (10 hours each day). To make it possible for people who actually work to get to state offices either before or after work.

there was no "day off"...

As to your letter, I happened to agree with you about Huntsman and his political ambitions...

Ogden, UT

"He is not LDS or even a Republican. Remember his response to Fortune about being asked about his religion? "

And that is exactly why many support him, even those of us who wouldn't traditionally vote for a Republican. He's moderate. He's reasonable. He exhibits rationality and self-restraint that is absent in the extremist ideology of the Tea Party candidates trying to take over your party.

His statement on his LDS faith is to his credit, not detriment. In case you haven't been watching the news, LDS conservative Mike Crapo from Idaho was arrested for drunk driving in DC on Dec 23. In recent years, several LDS Utah politicians such as Kevin Garn were brought down by personal scandal. So apparently claiming strict adherence to the LDS or any other church doesn't guarantee good behavior, does it? I'm more concerned with a man's actions than his labels.

Patchogue, NY

I agree with Blue and Larry. The GOP needs to get more realistic if it wants to be relevant anymore. Huntsman would have polled better than Romney in the battleground states on which the election hinged. He was the first to distance himself from Donald Trump, who became a liability for the party, and criticized Romney for not withdrawing his support for Richard Mourdock after his rape comment which cost Romney the female vote. He would not have made some of the infamous gaffes Romney made and did not have his reputation as a flip flopper.

Huntsman had by far the most impressive resume of the GOP candidates. He had more foreign policy experience than all of the others combined and his was state was voted "Best "Best State For Business". His tax plan was endorsed by the Wall Street Journal during the primaries. He was a proven fiscal conservative whose more moderate social views are consistent with the demographic realities in this country.

As Obama's campaign manager Jim Messina stated after Romney was trounced in an election the GOP should have won, Huntsman was, and still is, the party's best chance.

Bronx, NY

I seem to remember the LDS leaders strongly counseling against questioning others faith.

South Jordan, UT

I wasn't aware that being Mr. Stranger's brand of religion or political party were a requirement for secular public office.


My understanding is that when Gov. Huntsman left office he had a very high approval rating. No?

A candidate like Huntsman has ZERO chance of winning the Republican primary race.

Romney only became the Republican candidate because he walked back and abandoned any history of moderation.
But the extreme conservative positions become a liability in the general election. McCain's pick of Palin excited the Republican base,
but lost him the moderates. As long as Republicans reject moderates it will be difficult for them to demonstrate they can govern and are worthy of national leadership roles.

American Fork, UT

It would have been even better if he told Fortune that his religion was no one elses' business.

one old man
Ogden, UT

Huntsman's only problem with other Republicans is that he makes sense and is not totally at the fringes of reality.

The Real Maverick
Orem, UT

Why does his religion matter? Isn't that a private matter?

It's letters like these that go to show that it's not the evil "liberal media" that is making the GOP look out of touch and radical.

You folks dressed in your 17th century clothing and writing letters like these about a fellow Republican quite honestly need little help in making yourselves appear out of touch and too radical.

Far East USA, SC

"Why did everyone vote for him? He is not LDS or even a Republican."

"Remember his response to Fortune about being asked about his religion? "I can't say I'm overly religious ... I get satisfaction from many different types of religions and philosophies,"

Newsflash. Most people dont want an "overly religious" president. I am betting that you dont either, unless it is your specific brand.

I know that some people have views like this. But most have better sense than to express them publicly?

Star Bright
Salt Lake City, Ut

I couldn't agree with Mr Stanger more. What has Jon done that hasn't been a result of his father's money and good name? Something? He does have a great opinion of himself and the press loves him, loved to stick his finger in Romney's eye every chance he got. Was it really over Romney rescuing the Olympics when Jon wanted the job? Sick of the DN falling in line.

Sandy, UT

Star Light...
You asked what Jon Huntsman Jr has done that was not the result of his father money and good name?

Let me give you some examples....

Do you enjoy the shorter times at the DMV? or that you can access the State Government through the internet to renew your business license, DMV, Motor Vehicles, etc forms.

This was done because Jon Huntsman wanted more things accessible on-line for the State residents.

Have you noticed that Utah has not been affected as much by the downturn in the ecomony? Why? because Gov. Huntsman pushed through some ideas to keep the State government smaller and save more into the Rainy day fund.

Have you noticed that the increase in education also went up during his two and half terms of office...

Huntsman did a lot for Utahan's that most residents never knew.

casual observer
Salt Lake City, UT

Jon Huntsman is yesterday's news. I hope he can find a place to contribute, but he will not be the leader.

Dietrich, ID

Why would the Republican Party change for Huntsman? Will he change for the majority of the republicans or there philosophy? I thought Huntsman was LDS don't know how active he is right now though. He will never be President. His philisophy some more Democrat or at least Libertarian than Republican.

Ernest T. Bass
Bountiful, UT

If repubs ever want to be relevant again, they need Huntsman. The far right is becoming more and more insane.

On the other hand
Riverdale, MD

Huntsman would make an exceptional president. He is a voice of reason and sanity in a party with an increasingly myopic platform.

Dietrich, ID

Seems like Huntsman alienates most of the Republican voice. Why he won't win an election as president.

Christian 24-7
Murray, UT

Why does religion matter you ask?

Two reasons

1. Religions teach values. If you research a religion's values, you know what the members of the religion have been taught.

2. By observing a person's life you can see if they live consistent with those values or not. While no one is perfect, you will get an idea of a person's integrity.

I have researched the religions of many candidates, and how they live their religions. It is revealing.

Try it with Obama, and you will see why liberals don't want anyone to consider religion.

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