Dissecting Huntsman's debate debut

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  • az roadrunner Apache Junction, AZ
    Aug. 15, 2011 5:30 p.m.

    Huntsman appears to be laying the groundwork for a 2016 run, following what he asumes will be an Obama win in 2012 and the demise of the Tea Party shortly thereafter.

  • Amanda Jones SPRINGVILLE, UT
    Aug. 13, 2011 1:09 p.m.

    The problem with Jon Huntsman's debut debate is that he unfortunately wasn't at a debate . . . not really . . . he was at a one-off reality show.
    FOX questioners were quite happily determined to create tensions between candidates with a series of Jerry Springer-esque questions designed more to titilate than to inform.
    I would have respected the former Utah governor if had had the courage (ala Newt Gingrich) to insist that FOX questioners enable each candidate to describe how the nation and the world would be better if he or she were elected in 2012.
    Perhaps Huntsman doesn't want to be president badly enough to do the right thing . . . or perhaps he just isn't a courageous guy.
    What do you think?

    Amanda Jones

  • CougarKeith Roy, UT
    Aug. 13, 2011 1:14 a.m.

    I wasn't impressed! "I'm running on my record, not running away from it!" Then when asked about being a suporter of "Gay Marriage" he dodged that question like he was being shot at! Duck, slide behind an iron turret! Slide behind a 15 foot hill, he answered anything but the question posed to him! Talk about not wanting to be exposed as a Social Liberal, he dug a hole and hid in it like a mole! No way would he answer that question, and he'll continue to duck the question! I liked his, "I'll address it after I'm elected"??? What kind of an answer was that??? That was so rediculous I couldn't tell you the question I was laughing so hard! How do you vote for someone who won't tell you what he'll do when he's president until he's elected? Sounds like a Republican Obama to me? "Change Change Change!" What Kind of Change Barack??? "You know, the kind that has a change, different than what you are used too! Trust me it will change, just give me your vote, CHANGE CHANGE CHANGE!!!" Then he got elected! Look at what has happened! I was stupid enough to fall for that!

  • B Logan, UT
    Aug. 12, 2011 11:36 p.m.


    "It's a bit sad that a talented, well-educated centrist doesn't have a shot in politics today."

    Last time I checked, Romney still has the lead. Even in polls where Perry is named. Romney is a slightly right of center candidate.

  • speed66 Heber City, UT
    Aug. 12, 2011 10:05 p.m.

    Get real. Bachman has no chance of winning and that is good news for America.

  • Casca Orleans, IN
    Aug. 12, 2011 6:18 p.m.

    Why was Rep. Michele Bachmann exempted from being asked questions on illegal immigration? Her stance on this issue is far above the rest who stood behind their dais in Ames, Iowa? Was this leaving Bachman out of this social issue premeditated? Whether this was the case or not, she strands strong as this uncontrolled illegal immigration invader problem has been ignored by administrations for years. Bachmann will not tolerate any form of Amnesty as President. Every Sanctuary City and state that does not comply by cutting of these ordinances will lose federal funding. Its been said many times before, that American cannot afford to subsidize Mexico, Central America, Europe, Pacific Rim or other nation; its inhabitants impoverished and desperate illegal immigrants anymore? This illogical problem is crippling Americas economy by the massive payouts for families, which have migrated illegally across our sovereign border.

  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Aug. 12, 2011 5:32 p.m.

    "When asked about granting citizenship to undocumented workers, Huntsman took the high road. He simply refused to answer the question, dismissing it as irrelevant and impractical until the border issue is resolved.""

    That is not the "high road." That is the answer from a slick politician, dodging the question because he knows his policies are unpopular woth voters.

    Huntsman should be running for the Democrat nomination.

  • speed66 Heber City, UT
    Aug. 12, 2011 5:07 p.m.

    It's a bit sad that a talented, well-educated centrist doesn't have a shot in politics today. Huntsman would have huge cross-over appeal and would destroy most everyone else in the debate in a national election but he just isn't crazy-right enough for the current primary process.

    I admire Huntsman and while I probably wouldn't vote for him, he is the guy that looks to me to be the strongest contender in a national election.

    Instead we are going to end up with Gov Perry or Sarah "haven't announced yet" Palin. I don't think that Romney has much of chance against either. On top of being the master of the flip-flop, he is a guy that people tend to like less the more they get to know him.

    Hope Huntsman picks up steam but not expecting much now that Perry is entering the campaign.

  • Howard Beal Provo, UT
    Aug. 12, 2011 4:28 p.m.

    He stood out all in the wrong ways, simply not tea enough to be in contention for this nomination. A third party candidacy would yield more positive results...

  • Jonathan Eddy Payson, UT
    Aug. 12, 2011 2:58 p.m.


  • Mark B Eureka, CA
    Aug. 12, 2011 2:56 p.m.

    But what about the "reign of terror of the EPA" line? The agency came into being under Nixon, so keeping it is hardly radical. Maybe he's just code speaking to the polluters along the lines of: I know you can't dig an oil well or a coal mine without messing some things up. I've got your back. Your investment in my campaign will pay off big time.