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Published: Thursday, Nov. 8 2012 7:00 p.m. MST

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LDS Liberal
Farmington, UT

Huntsman avoided directly attacking the GOP in his interview and said he cares more about the future of the country than the future of the Republican Party.

“It’s a time when people just want to know they’re going to be OK,” he said. “Sometimes party politics can run counter to the reassurance that people are looking for, so it’s a time when we need to start thinking about what’s right for the country most of all. And then I think party politics will follow.”


Amen & AMEN!

BTW --
This is why I did a write-in and voted for Jon M. Huntsman Jr for President last Tuesday.

I Bleed Blue
Las Vegas, NV

This would be a brilliant move for Obama. Huntsman knows China and he would be a wonderful resource. He is also well respected.

DN Subscriber 2

Huntsman is not bad, for a Democrat. (Despite his pretending to be a Republican)

However, Obama could do a lot worse in a choice for Secretary of State. Since China is our main competitor, or rather the place financing all of our deficit spending, we really need to be on good terms with them, and Huntsman did a good job as ambassador. But, I think Huntsman may be in over his head on other confrontational relationships with Iran, Afghanistan, Israel (which should be a friend, not an adversary) or thugs like Hugo Chavez.

Park City, Ut

Huntsman should have been the Republican nominee, he would have at least had a fighting chance, undoubtedly would have had more independent votes. Huntsman 2016? I sure hope so, and if Republicans are smart he's the guy. These "true conservatives" the tea party fantasizes about would get spanked hard... as we just saw two nights ago! Americans are moderate, not right wing, not ultra-liberal.

Salt Lake City, UT

Huntsman was a lousy Presidential candidate. He doesn't have the gravitas or the stature to be President. And I liked him before he ran for Presient. If he has the opportunity to be Secy of State, he should be all over that!

Wally West

@ LDS Liberal

"This is why I did a write-in and voted for Jon M. Huntsman Jr for President last Tuesday."

Shame on you? I voted for Johnson but neither of us got sucked into furthering the status quo.

Salt Lake City, UT

Huntsman is good at no matter what task he takes on. He'd have made a great president. Obama would be wise to use Huntsman in a lead capacity.

Benton City, WA

If Jon Huntsman had been the republican candidate he would be the President today...I also did a write in for him as I believed that President Obama has been ineffective(but I do hope he improves)and Governor Romney was just a political egotist who thought he could buy the election...As the General Authorities have said,it is time for prayer and healing and I do believe that having Governor Huntsman serving in the capacity of Secretary of State would be a tremendous thing...He is a very intelligent man,kind,decent,spiritual without being a zealot,but most importantly capable of being very tough when he needs to be...I would hope that he would serve if asked and such a high profile position would most certainly assist him if he decides to run again for POTUS...At any rate,having a member in such a prestigious position is nothing to sneeze at...

Dammam, Saudi Arabia

Doh! I could have done a write-in!

Huntsman cam be secretary of state but he should do it only on the condition from the White House: if he runs for president, the White House can't give him a recommendaton smack in the middle of the Republican primaries.

The Dixie Kid
Saint George, UT

Huntsman, Rice, and Kerry are three of the most unpopular names Obama could appoint.


Having worked with Gov. Huntsman's staff at the State level it is obvious that he is a motivator, and ornamental person that appear to have "gravitas" but is more of an symbolic leader lacking detailed knowledge of the nuts and bolts of government operations.

Oceanside, CA

I like it! Good man.

Ernest T. Bass
Bountiful, UT

If the repubs want to get back to leadership on a national level they need to support guys like Jon Jr.

Somewhere in Time, UT

Huntsman is definitely finished politically in Utah.

Third try screen name
Mapleton, UT

The DN is milking the silly season for every ounce of rumor.
Most of us are just glad it is over. Why continue to torture us?

Durham, NC

I like John, a lot, probably because so many tea partiers call him RINO. That means he gets it, and isn't bending to the purist Republican crowd, meaning he can think for himself.

But I give him little chance at this. I fear the days of bi-partisan reaching across the isle are dead.

spring street

given how far on the wrong side of history Utah has been the last two presidential elections I am not sure that is a bad thing for huntsman.

Henry Drummond
San Jose, CA

I would not be surprised at all to see Governor Huntsman join the President's Adminstration, although I think Secretary of State is a bit of a reach. I suspect between now and the end of the year we'll see who wants to stay for the second term and who decides to go back to private life.

Ivins, UT

I could buy into this idea. He loves to be involved in leadership roles. He is a gentleman that would add a little class to our Chicago bunch ruling the nation. Go for it John Jr.add some leaven to the loaf.


If Huntsman had not displayed the bad judgement to quit the Obama administration and run against him, he would have been in line for (and probably been promoted to Secy of State). But inviting him back would be a step backward for the Obama administration, which is not a serious possibility.

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