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Published: Friday, Nov. 15 2013 7:10 p.m. MST

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Interesting to find this type of article in the Deseret News. Apparently Romney is the only one worthy of weekly, almost daily, complementary articles before, during and long after the election.

Huntsman has no chance of winning a Republican primary. None.

That said, I think Abby Huntsman had it right. Mark Halperin's books (plural) read more like high school gossip columns than serious journalism.

Cedar Hills, UT

Huntsman a liberal - no surprise here.

Brigham City, UT

Huntsman was a great candidate, skipping Iowa was genius, where Huckabee won in 2008. We need more rich people in politics like Bloomberg who are not in it for the money and who fear few people and who want to spend all their money on good causes and want to " bounce the check to the undertaker."

United Kingdom , 00

When the opposing team says you are the only one they take seriously on your team, your team needs to take notice.
Jon Huntsman is probably the most overqualified person to be President of the United States because

1) Hes had a successful private sector career
2) He governed the NUMBER 1 job creating state (not 47th)
3) He has extensive foreign policy experience
4) He knows our most important trading partner like the back of is hand (also their language)
5) Fiscally conservative
6) Reformed Healthcare (without a mandate).

Can someone please explain to me why this guy isn't President?
Good luck Jon in 2016

Mark from Montana
Davis County, UT

Huntsman will never be elected president. He is too liberal for the right and too conservative for the left. Which means he would likely make a pretty good president. Neither power base is interested in someone that will work with both sides to get things done. Both sides are interested only in keeping the power they have and in gaining more. Governing is no where on either sides agenda.

Still Blue after all these years
Kaysville, UT

Huntsman needs to finally tell the truth and become a Dem. That's what he is.

george of the jungle
goshen, UT

Don't think he would want to have a conversation about that.

Freeland, WA

I happen to disagree. Romney tried to buy the election and ignored the 47%, mainly minorities. If he had become president, the country would be in shambles. I don't know that much about Huntsman, but I like his daughter and I think she has a good head on her shoulders. She must have gotten some of her great qualities from her father.

Washington, UT

As a progressive-liberal-socialist I know for a fact that one has to get the moderate centrists (liberal Republicans and conservative Democrats) to win a Presidentiad and only three (3) Republicans can fit that bill:

John Ellis "Jeb" Bush (1953 - )
Jon Meade Huntsman Junior(1960 - )
Christopher James "Chris" Christie (1962 - )

These are the only three (3) that can do it PROVIDED that they run as moderate centrists (liberal Republicans with a liberal Republican platform). The Grand Old Party (G.O.P.) must not saddle their moderate-centrists with a right wing platform like they did to John Sidney McCain III (1936 - ) in 2008 and Willard Mitt Romney (1947 - ) in 2012. As the Republican party (1856 - ) will not do this thus Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton (1947 - ) will be elected the forty fifth (45th) POTUS on Tuesday November 8, 2016.
Hillary 2016
Hillary 2020

Cottonwood Heights, UT

Lets see. He leaks something about Herman Cain. He falsely tells the 'enemy', Harry Reid, about Romney not paying any taxes for 10 years. He's lazy and whiny. He doesn't know if he is a member of his religion or not? Doesn't that describe a kid who was born with a silver spoon in their mouth and thinks he's so cool he can say and do anything they want?

For him (and his father) to help spread the rumor about Romney to Reid, that is deplorable. Like a spoiled kid, if he can't have something, no one can.

I could have voted for him before, but not now! My respect for the Huntsman's has dwindled. Talk about sore losers.

Virginia Beach, Va

I got weird vibes from the guy. First he wasn't LDS then he was, he served under a democratic President but he was a republican but he really wasn't. This book confirms my hunch from afar that he isn't a straight up guy. Reminds me of John Edwards in many ways where he is trying too hard.

On the other hand
Riverdale, MD

Given that Jon Hunstman already is what Mike Lee apparently now aspires to be, I think he's still got a good chance at elected office.

Mr. Halperin's reputation isn't exactly stellar. I would take what he writes with a grain of salt.

Salt Lake City, UT

Mark Halperin and Abby Huntsman share spot 479 on my list of most insightful opinion-shapers of 2013.

Salt Lake City, UT

Huntsman gets marginalized because he no longer fits in the Little Tent Republicans are building. Like Reagan, Huntsman represents Big Tent party politics - where Moderates are welcome to join in and participate. He's shown he cares about doing what's right - not what the party says is politically right.

New to Utah

What a revealing and refreshing article it clarifies what happened to Herman Cain. Huntsman is just too liberal for Utah and his daughter Abby an MSNBC host? Huntsman should stay in the private sector.

Layton, UT

One word: RUBBISH. Jon Huntsman, Jr. is the best, most CENTRIST candidate there is.

Springville, UT

Why would I care about what a book says?

Mr. Huntsman has shown more than enough during his last run for office to demonstrate he has ZERO chances to secure a nomination.

Patchogue, NY

This charge hardly rises to the level of a scandal. This isn't John Edwards sneaking around with a mistress while his wife is sick. It will take something more than this. And the book was written to make the authors a lot of money, which it is. Huntsman was the only sane and qualified GOP candidate in 2012 and he may be again in 2016.

Somewhere in Time, UT

I voted for Huntsman twice but I've never liked him. I think he is a total phony. I'm not impressed with his daughter either. I don't think he could be elected to anything in Utah again. I really respect his father, but not Jon, Jr.

Salt Lake City, UT

re: Truthseeker - is it Mark's books read like high school gossip columns? that would be the pot calling the kettle black. Interesting for her to say that.

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