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Published: Tuesday, May 6 2014 11:55 p.m. MDT

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Ogden, UT

With Huntsman in the race, the Republicans would finally have a candidate who could win the White House. Him running for president would be good news for the Republicans and the USA.

Cinci Man

How many years would he be willing to stick with the job? It would be a stepping stone to what?

Springville, UT

Oh please, it was miserable then and nothing has changed since.

Say No to BO
Mapleton, UT

Oh joy!
Be still my heart.

Virginia Beach, Va

It would be a shame to waste all that money just to lose again. He has no shot...none. Thankfully.

Kirkland, WA

Please don't bother, Huntsman ... you would not MAKE it through the Primaries. Period.

Murray, UT

He's too smart for the nat'l GOP, but would make a great centrist Dem.

Salt Lake City, UT

I think Jon Huntsman's assessment of the 2016 campaign situation is spot-on. The ultracon/tea party wing of the Republican Party would never let Huntsman, a comparatively more moderate conservative, or anyone like him, get anywhere near the RNC nomination. They apparently have more contempt for those they consider RINOs than they even have for the Democrats. The smear that Gov. Christie got hit with is a pretty good indicator of what would happen to Jon Huntsman if he managed to get any traction in the primaries.

On the other hand, if he were somehow able to win the nomination, he would almost certainly have broad appeal among mainstream Republicans, moderate Republicans, a large percentage of unaffiliated voters, and even a significant number of conservative and moderate Democrats who may not be thrilled with the prospect of Hillary Clinton becoming "Madam President". It is very possible that he could run away with a general election . . . if he could win the nomination; but the ultracons will end up foisting someone like Ted Cruz on the Republican Party, and the result will be four years (more likely eight) of President Hillary Clinton. And that's okay by me.

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Cottonwood Heights, UT

The big question on another possible Huntsman candidacy is:

Which party will Huntsman run on? He sure is not a Republican, or at least in line with any of the Republican platform positions.

Huntsman was a mediocre governor (at best), although a very good Ambassador. He should quit while he is ahead, and find some charitable operation or educational institution to fiddle with.

He is not fit to be President, even though I voted for him as Governor.

Cedar Hills, UT

run as a Democrat Jon - the GOP is done with you.


After Hillary gets finished answering the questions about Benghazi - the democrats MIGHT want Huntsman since Hillary won't be electable.

Huntsman's probably a little better than Biden. But not by much.

Othello, WA

I love watching people who have more dollars then "sense", waste money. Please please run again, just for the entertainment value. Such a do nothing genius, the guy has zero chance! Unless he switches parties, where they would happily welcome his left wing politics.

Orem, UT

Good grief. Didn't he get the message the first time?

South Jordan, UT

I hope he doesn't run again. At best, he would try to be a spoiler. I don't think he has a chance at all in the Primary. I personally think he likes to keep his name in the headlines!

Republican? No! Democrat disguised as a Moderate Republican (RINO? Probably.

Kuna, ID

Arrogance has no limits.

Woodland Hills, UT

Please, for the love of Pete......say it ain't so!

Salt Lake City, Utah

Wrong type of republican, could win the Presidency, but has no chance of winning the nomination.

Centerville, UT

Huntsman isn't positioning himself to run for president again. Rather, he believes the election math again favors the Democratic nominee, & he believes the most likely Democratic nominee will be Clinton. His intention, by putting his name out there with his praise of Clinton, is to try & gain a position in a Clinton presidency. He knows he doesn't have a shot at winning the Republican nomination, nor gaining a position in a Republican administration, if the GOP were to recapture the presidency. He is casting himself with Democrats.

Scio, OR

To get the middle 60% Clinton is going to have Huntsman be her Vice President. Many Americans are weary of the partisanship, so this compromise will be a huge selling point: A Democrat for two terms and then it will be Republican Huntsman's turn to be President. It hasn't been done for over a hundred years, but they'll be looking to shake things up. It just might work...

Tom in CA
Vallejo, CA

Actually - Huntsman would be a more reasonable Democrat than Hilary. But not much more.

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