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Published: Tuesday, June 25 2013 6:20 p.m. MDT

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Salt Lake City, UT

I'd vote for senior in a heartbeat, but jr. will never get my vote.

Sandra N

No, not unless he is the choice against Hilary.

Eden, UT

As a Republican, he will NEVER make it .... just become a true democrat as he truly is, maybe they will accept him ! My vote ... NEVER !

DN Subscriber 2

The big question is, for what Party? Jon Huntsman, Jr, is certainly no Republican. And, he is certainly NOT qualified to be President under any label.

However, given the erosion of the Republican Party and refusal to actually do Republican things, he just might get the nomination. If so, that would be the final straw and conservatives would leave split from the. party that left them and it would be the end of the Republican party forever.

Watch for the media to be Huntsman's unpaid cheerleader all along the way, once again seeking to get the least qualified person nominated, and thus hand the victory to another liberal Democrat.

Palmetto Bug
Columbia, SC

Huntsman is a republican, get over it. Just because he doesn't adhere to every issue in the republican platform doesn't make him a democrat. If the republican party becomes so closed minded as to not allow differing views and opinions the party will wither away.

Huntsman would be a terrific president.

Far East USA, SC

He clashed with his party by playing a leadership role in NO Labels, a group promoting non-partisanship.

Non-partisanship thinking puts the people and the country ahead of the party.
For the life of my, I don't understand how non-partisanship is a bad thing.

For the right wing of the GOP, partisanship is the goal.

Truly sad for this country.


He would definitely have my vote! I can think of only a few people that could possibly run against him that I would vote for over him. And as far as I know none of them are running. If his name is on the ballot, he has my vote!

Far East USA, SC

These comments highlight the problem that the GOP has today.

The vocal base wants a pure, right wing candidate. No deviation is allowed in anything, PERIOD.

Think man contributes to climate change? You're Out
Think a gay couple could be united? Unacceptable
Think a tax hike is acceptable if spending is cut? Take a hike
Think Obama has done anything right? Back of the line
Think that not every illegal should be immediately deported? You are a RINO.

How about a little leeway? Whats wrong with getting 80% of what you want?

Until the GOP allows a sensible candidate with the leeway to deviate from the hard line ideology of the far right, winning a national election is a dream.

In 2016, Huntsman would be my frontrunner. Christie would be a possibility.

But, the right would rather lose with a Rand Paul, Ryan or Cruz then to anoint a moderate with a chance of winning.

The Scientist
Provo, UT

I don't think the country is ready for yet another Mormon running for President. It gives the appearance that the Mormon Church is trying to take over the government of the most powerful nation on earth.

Are they?

Naval Vet
Philadelphia, PA


What a simplistic yet spot-on summary of the GOP. That's why I typically vote against it. However, I could see a moderate Republican like Jon Huntsman or Colin Powell winning my vote.

casual observer
Salt Lake City, UT

Intellectually, he is a good candidate, but he does not have or inspire the passion that is essential for success.

Sugar City, ID

There is only one constant thread in the Republican philosophy -- lower taxes on the wealthy. What else distinguishes Huntsman from the progressives? He probably will be the Republican nominee.

lost in DC
West Jordan, UT

dems could put forward a proposal allowing slavery, repubs would say no.

dems would then amend their proposal, saying only one slave per household. Repubs would still say no, but dems and their supporters on this board would say "repubs refuse to compromise, putting ideology ahead of country!" Huntsman, like hatch, would accept the dem proposal for only one slave per household so they could claim bi-partisanship and being able to work across the aisle.

Salt Lake City, UT

He should have stayed in the running last election. Had he done so, I think that his numbers would have increased as the pack thinned out, and would have gotten the nomination instead of Romney. He would have been a better candidate to run against Obama. I think he might have been able to beat Obama. However, given the candidates that will be running for president this next term, I don't think he'll have much of a chance winning the republican primary.

Roberts, ID

Obviously many of those making comments have their head in the sand. Junior is neither a Republican nor an active Mormon and has NO chance of winning the Republican nomination. If he runs as a Republican or as an Independent he will just be squandering more of Dad's money. Those of you who think had he stayed in the race for the Republican nomination that he would have eventually won have no understanding of the political process. He had no chance of ever winning and would have just thrown good money after bad.

Tooele, UT

Re: "I don't think the country is ready for yet another Mormon running for President."

There's the REAL issue.

Nameless, unreasoning, unjustified discrimination against Mormons is, of course, the last remaining "acceptable" American bigotry.

Salt Lake City, UT

I guess I don't know the political process. I think Romney got the nomination because every other candidates bumbling, past history, or extreme viewpoints caused them to lose favor with primary voters. If it had come down to either Romney or Huntsman at the end, Romney's history at Bain Capital would have had people voting for Huntsman. I think Huntsman had a better chance winning against the 2012 bunch than he does against those that will be running in 2016.

Palmetto Bug
Columbia, SC

I really don't care if Huntsman is an active member of the Church or not. I don't think he would have won the 2012 nomination had he stayed in the race but I do think he would have done better against Obama than Romney (even Obama's campaign staff believes so).

Hopefully Huntsman will be able to gain a following in 2016.

Providence, UT

Jon Huntsman's best bet, if he's interested in the presidency, is to run in a 3rd party. Moderation is sought by so many Americans that neither of the two parities in perpetual power can qualify. They're in the employ of BIG business at the expense of Americans' business. They can't see straight.

I'm not LDS, and I'm not hoping for a religious revival that favors LDS. What I am hoping is an America in which differences of opinion are accomodated, solutions to real problems presently ignored are possible, and the matter of "politics as usual" is buried alive.

Frankly, I'd volunteer for Huntsman's team if what he's offering turns out to be anything like what I've outlined! And I'm long in the tooth, VERY experienced in the way America was versus what it today is.

Phoenix, AZ

He is trying to take too big of a step; he needs to run for Hatches' seat.

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