Jon Huntsman Jr. 'building some buzz' in New Hampshire

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  • wjalden Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Aug. 16, 2011 11:44 a.m.

    The only way Jon Huntsman, Jr. could build "buzz" is by taking up beekeeping. As Jon Stewart noted, Huntsman was the only Mormon running in the Iowa Straw Poll and he finished 2nd among Mormons - with 69 votes. He finished in 9th place, with the winner getting 4,823 votes, 5 candidates earning over 1,000, and the next guy above him, Newt Gingrich, getting over 5 times as many.

    The latest Gallup poll shows Huntsman with barely 1% of the vote, while Rick Perry has 29% and Mitt Romney has 18%.

    He might be running for veep. He might be running for Secretary of State. He might seriously think he has a shot at the presidency. He might just want his name in the papers. But the Snooze has to keep Huntsman's father happy by running these ppuff pieces, don't you?

  • prlim ROCHESTER, MI
    Aug. 16, 2011 6:29 a.m.

    I am a conservative Republican and a believer in the God of Israel and have never sent a dollar to support any politician. This year, however, I have sent money to support Jon Huntsman because I believe he has the best qualifications to be the President of the United States. The people I talk with see no problem with a Mormon being elected President. I believe he will be our next President.

  • Roland Kayser Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Aug. 16, 2011 12:05 a.m.

    Huntsman is running for president in 2016. This is his strategy as I see it: This cycle, republicans nominate a hard-line conservative like Perry or Bachman who loses to Obama. In 2016 republicans figure they are better off with a moderate who appeals to independents and centrists.

  • dumprake Washington, UT
    Aug. 15, 2011 8:37 p.m.

    Huntsman is completely irrelevant, he has no new ideas, no energy, very little support, and he's largely disrespected by conservatives. No donor should waste any of their money on Huntsman (he has plenty of his own), because he will not win anything this go round.

  • legalamerican Ogden, UT
    Aug. 15, 2011 5:57 p.m.


    Thank you for showing your lack of understanding. It makes it easy for us to immediately disregard your comment. If someone else ever tried to bring religion into a political setting, you would cry and cry and cry and pretend that your rights were being stomped on. But in this case, you are the one to do it. How about you leave the religion out of the political? OR, shut your mouth when someone else brings it up in schools or the side of the highway.

  • Independent Henderson, NV
    Aug. 15, 2011 3:26 p.m.

    Jon Huntsman is not generating a buzz anywhere but the Deseret News. Let it go!

  • FDRfan Sugar City, ID
    Aug. 15, 2011 1:22 p.m.

    economic prescription of cutting government spending including entitlement programs less regulation, lowering the tax rate.

    That's an automatic $10 million in contributions.

  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Aug. 15, 2011 10:38 a.m.

    Huntsman's progress (if any) is all in the minds of his campaign staff, and the ego of the candidate.

    Huntsman is wrong on most issues, and although right on a few, he lacks the enthusiasm or guts to actually implement them to the degree to make them successful.

    Just another politician looking out for himself.

    He will NOT be a VP choice! And should not be!

    Perry-Rubio 2012!

  • 1UScitizen West Valley City, UT
    Aug. 15, 2011 10:36 a.m.

    Anyone who would vote for Jon Huntsman could "Never" be considered a true American. Study-up on his religious convictions. he is L.D.S. after all...and the L.D.S. church operates and acts "Socialist" this is "NOT" propaganda...or smearing the's just the truth. if you think Obama has a socialist agenda...look into this guys'll see.

  • Go Big Blue!!! Bountiful, UT
    Aug. 15, 2011 9:55 a.m.

    Buzzzzz. Like an annoying yellow jacket waiting to be swatted.

  • Carnak Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 15, 2011 9:54 a.m.

    He is campaigning in the wrong primary. He should be with the Democrats.

  • justcap Provo, UT
    Aug. 15, 2011 9:30 a.m.

    I don't believe that Huntsman is campaigning to be president. I think he is smarter than that and is campaigning to be Vice President to whomever wins the Republican nomination. That is why the only people he attacks are Romney and Obama. He knows Romney would never choose him as running mate, so he's trying to cut him down so that Perry or someone else can win the nomination (see his efforts in New Hampshire and other places where Romney is campaigning hard).

    Does he have a chance at the presidency 2012? Absolutely not. But VP? There is a chance, if he plays it right.

  • Cats Somewhere in Time, UT
    Aug. 15, 2011 9:16 a.m.

    I think "vanilla" is the best word to describe his performance at the debate. I really hate to see him wasting all this time and money on something he doesn't have a snowball's chance of winning. The only people who are for him are Democrat strategists who keep trying to convince the rest of us that they are afraid of him. LOL!!!

  • plyxply SLC, UT
    Aug. 15, 2011 9:12 a.m.

    once again the DNews is pushing Huntsman, come on get real, he stands no chance running as a Republican because of his support of gay marriage and global warming taxes. It's a joke to come on and see your misleading headlines, they won't convince any voters that he is a legitimate, viable candidate. He will be Obama's running mate this year, so please stop with the Huntsman propaganda.

  • gramma b Orem, UT
    Aug. 15, 2011 8:55 a.m.

    I meant to say: "That sound was NOT 'buzz.' It was a large yawn.

  • gramma b Orem, UT
    Aug. 15, 2011 8:55 a.m.

    That sound was "buzz." It was a large yawn.