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Published: Sunday, June 1 2014 5:44 p.m. MDT

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skrekk
Dane, WI

Given that Huntsman supports equal rights for all Americans, could he even win the GOP nomination?

DN Subscriber
Cottonwood Heights, UT

The big question is not if his ego will force him to run. The big question is which party will he want to run on.

A good ambassador, but a mediocre (at best) governor. We can, and must, do better for our next President.

patriot
Cedar Hills, UT

I have to wonder sometimes what adivce some people get. Huntsman has zero chance of winning....he wouldn't even win the GOP primary.

estudiante
GRAND RAPIDS, MI

I had high hopes when Huntsman announced, but he ran what almost seemed a parody of a real campaign. At one point I thought he was working with Romney to make Romney look good in comparison.

kfbob
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

I doubt that the Republicans would want Huntsman. The Dems would probably be okay with most of his political positions, however why would you elect a liberal republican when there are thousands of liberal democrats that would be preferable? It is the same conundrum facing Chris Christie.

Also the non-partisan No Labels group is indeed a "liberal" think tank with a couple of RINO's involved to create moderate to liberal policies. There are indeed several liberals in the group but no real conservatives.

The_Laird
Patchogue, NY

@ DN Subscriber: Utah was named the best managed state in America and best state in which to do business when he was Governor. One could do worse. And right now, compared with mostly freshman Senators who are thinking of running, he at least HAS some credentials.

Oh Really?
HERRIMAN, UT

I was a Huntsman supporter until he ran a cavalier, at best, Presidential campaign. If he cannot take the process seriously, why should voters take HIM seriously?

Exercise4Health
Salt Lake City, UT

His dad is such a good guy.

I M LDS 2
Provo, UT

If Huntsman ran, I would return to voting for the GOP again. He was a great Governor, a fine ambassador, and he is principled to boot.

He'd have my vote.

Herbert Gravy
Salinas, CA

Please, no. Ben Carson is the answer to the problems which plague this once-great country. He knows what it is like to start with absolutely nothing and rise to great personal heights. Let's now make ANOTHER mistake.

RosaMaria
Laie, HI

Please NO, NO, NO. In my humble opinion he is an arrogant man, with an arrogant wife and children. We don't want people with the sense of entitlement in the WH

Herbert Gravy
Salinas, CA

That's "not" make another mistake. Thanks!

Furry1993
Ogden, UT

@Herbert Gravy 10:30 p.m. June 1, 2014

Please, no. Ben Carson is the answer to the problems which plague this once-great country. He knows what it is like to start with absolutely nothing and rise to great personal heights. Let's now make ANOTHER mistake.

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If I wanted a good neurosurgeon, I would go to Dr. Carson. Because I want a good president, I would NOT go to him -- he has neither the experience nor, from his comments, the temperament for the job. Because I want a good President, I will support and vote for Jon Huntsman, Jr. Electing Carson would be a huge mistake. Electing Huntsman would be the best thing for this country.

ChuckGG
Gaithersburg, MD

I doubt the current GOP crowd would ever nominate Huntsman although in the general election he'd probably do reasonably well. The problem is the GOP wants to nominate an ultra-conservative. In the general election there is little chance a conservative to the level the GOP wants would ever win. In the general election, you could get a Christie, Huntsman, or Romney, elected, but much more conservative and you will turn off the majority of Americans.

In a recent article I read there was a claim Obama won because "4 million conservatives stayed home and didn't vote rather than vote for Romney." Frankly, this makes little sense. 4 million people stayed home to allow Obama to win instead of voting for Romney because "he wasn't conservative enough?" That's cutting off your nose to spite your face.

If there is any validity to this claim, then the conservatives (read: GOP) stand no chance of winning the White House. You can't have an ultra-conservative to appease the GOP and then expect that person to win in the general election.

Look how the GOP treated Huntsman. He spoke some Mandarin and was ridiculed. No way they would nominate him.

sammyg
Springville, UT

A total waste of time and money if he chooses to run.

The best thing he can do is to just write to me and I'll forward to a real candidate, after I take my consulting fee.

Baron Scarpia
Logan, UT

I saw Huntsman recently featured in a documentary, Scaling Wind, where he and other Republicans express their support for wind energy and other renewables (including Pres. Bush and Terry Branstad).

The Koch brothers would crush any talk of that in a primary for the GOP, especially in the face of Obama's 'war on burning coal.' Remember images of Romney standing with unionized coal miners during his campaign to show his solidarity with the 19th century technology?

Sadly, Huntsman would represent the right kind of "big tent, center-right" candidate needed by the GOP to mount any kind of a challenge against Hillary. He's pro-business AND pro-21st century technology -- and he doesn't entangle himself with civil rights restrictions (e.g., gay marriage; voter ID) or anti-science rhetoric (e.g., teach creationism in schools; climate "hoax") -- a rare breed for the GOP that could attract independents.

FatherOfFour
WEST VALLEY CITY, UT

I would love to see Huntsman run. He would definitely have my support. Out of all the possible candidates the GOP has, Hunstman is by far the absolute best.

Third try screen name
Mapleton, UT

There's nothing worse than a politician trying to convince us that he's not a politician.

U-tar
Woodland Hills, UT

Hope not.

Furry1993
Ogden, UT

@RosaMaria 2:26 a.m. June 2, 2014

Please NO, NO, NO. In my humble opinion he is an arrogant man, with an arrogant wife and children. We don't want people with the sense of entitlement in the WH

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Huntsman was not the arrogant, entited Latter-day Saint with the arrogant wife and children running for president in 2012. That was the other guy -- the one who got the nomination. Thankfully the voters of the US agreed with your position that "We don't want people with the sense of entitlement in the WH" and sent them packing.

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