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Published: Wednesday, Nov. 28 2012 6:30 p.m. MST

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Richard Votaw
Sandy, UT

Huntsman has a future with the GOP???

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

"Look at Ralph Nader and the Green Party..."

You are assuming the 'Green Party' was a viable third party. That could be part of the problem.

LDS Liberal
Farmington, UT

Call me extreme --
My conscious is clear...

I voted for Jon Huntsman Jr. THIS last election 2012 -- [wrtie-in candidate].

The Scientist
Provo, UT

Jon Huntsman's only flaw is that he is a Mormon.

If the GOP rejects him, so much the worse for the GOP.

Mike in Cedar City
Cedar City, Utah

Huntsman no longer relevant in the Republican Party. What a blessing for him. He must really be "favored of the Lord".

Johnny Triumph
American Fork, UT

He's profiled in the Charlie Rose section of the newest Business Week

Farmington, UT

Huntsman would be no more viable a contender in 2016 than he was in 2012. The truth is, he was never a viable contender, and would never have even appeared on the radar, had it not been for the Joe-Kennedy-esque efforts of his father to promote the possibility. Just as in the original gubernatorial race where there were several more-qualified candidates than Jon, Jr., money (as in long-time large contributions on the national level) gets people's attention.

For those who recall, when Huntsman's name began to appear in pre-campaign headlines, he was being touted as a Tea-Party candidate. To any one who paid attention to what Huntsman DID as governor, as opposed to what he SAID during his campaigns, those early characterizations were straight off Comedy Central! It was at that point that it became clear that news outlets and other "thought leaders" were being worked via a carefully crafted spin campaign to get Huntsman's name bumped up the list.

I have the utmost respect for Jon Huntsman, Sr., as a businessman, an individual and a churchman, but I feel his love for his son may have blinded him to political reality.

Tooele, UT

@Chris B

So you're suggesting the Green Party has not attempted to be a viable third party? Even though they have ran candidates for office at every level of government and have even had a few successes in a several states like California, Arkansas and Maine, electing candidates to city council and state legislature offices?

Do I personally believe the Green Party has become a viable third party? Of course not. Any more than the Libertarian party, which has been around for decades, has any viability.
And if Rocky Anderson thinks his new Justice Party is going to sweep in and become that viable third party, I wouldn't hold my breath.

Could a viable third party emerge which takes ideas from both the Republicans and Democrats and adopts them as their own as a means to appeal to all voters? Sad to say, I don't think so.

George Wallace's American Independent Party tried it in the late 60's and it didn't work. Ross Perot's Reform Party tried it in the late the 90's and it didn't work. Ego, infighting and radicalism won out in both cases.

LDS Liberal
Farmington, UT

Bountiful, UT
@LDS Liberal,

So, you voted for Huntsman. Just before the election, you posted that you were going to vote for the Libertarian Gary Johnson.


True - I did, I was.
I've voted Libertarian for over 20 years.

I wanted the Republicans to finally dump their ultra-far-right-wing Tea Party Master Over-Lords and snap out of it, back to reality -- but, alas....

Huntsman was the only sane candidate to throw his hat in.

I mean really? --

Donald Trump,
Michelle Bachmann,
Rick Perry,
Flip-Flop Romney


Besides - I gives me the ultimate dig for the next 4 years.

I didn't vote for Obama,
I voted for the only Republican who really ever had a chance to win it,
a shame Republicans were too busy playing ideological puritans to actually consider winning the WhiteHouse.

Kearns, UT

Huntsman would have been slaughtered by Obama. I have a label for JonBoy, Progressive.

Heber City, UT

George Washington said it well in his final farewell address: "When party wins the people lose." Our parties are more interested in their survival than the people they represent. I will not financially support either party until they present issues and not character assassination and run smear campaigns.

Kearns, UT

I knew back when JonBoy ran for governor the first time that he was not a conservative, even though he said he was. Didn't vote for him then, wouldn't now. He wouldn't be where he is today if is Dad wasn't loaded.

SLC gal
Salt Lake City, UT

It may all but end his Republican career, but we all know he's a closet democrat anyway. Next election, he could say look I'm on both sides of the line, and voters will buy it hook,line, and sinker. As the last election has proven, the typical American voter will buy just about anything (note my total lack of party reference on that!)

South Jordan, UT

What a laugh! Huntsman lost my respect in his last months as governor of Utah before he left for Obama's China aasignment. I didn't agree with many of his ideas and policies. He drifts further and further off the radar for me. I would never vote for him for anything again!

Patchogue, NY

Jon Huntsman, as Obama's campaign manager Jim Messina recently stated, was the GOP's best shot in this cycle. He would have polled better than Romney among swing voters in battleground states on which the election hinged. Huntsman was the first to distance himself from Trump who later became a liability for the party. He would have immediately withdrawn his support for Richard Mourdock after his rape comment, making a difference with female voters and younger voters. He would not have made some of the infamous gaffes Mitt made. His record has been more consistent and he did not have Romney's reputation of being a flip flopper. Huntsman also had the most impressive resume of all the GOP candidates. His was state was ranked "Best State For Business" while Romney's was ranked 47th. He had significant foreign policy experience compared with none for any of the other candidates. He was a proven fiscal conservative whose more moderate social views are practical given the demographic realities in this country. He would have been the hardest candidate for Obama to build a case against.

Hunstman has the best chance to bring the White House back to the GOP in 2016.

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