Well done, Jon Huntsman

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  • Munk Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Jan. 19, 2012 9:33 p.m.

    I am so disgusted by a lot in this state how we so easily turn on our own. You all should be proud of this man, instead a lot of you make snide comments and backstab. Oh go ahead and take me to task for what I have just said, I will just laugh at you as I know the truth hurts.

    I applaud Jon Huntsman for having the courage to run and to stand up for what he believes, a trait in which I see a lot of you lacking.

  • Wastintime Los Angeles, CA
    Jan. 18, 2012 10:33 p.m.

    Gov/Ambassador Huntsman
    Thank you for your recent service representing our country. You were the only Republican candidate that seemed to have a grasp of foreign policy. Though I disagree with many/most of your policies at least you had the guts to chart your own course, like embracing science. I mourn the loss of moderates within the Republican Party. Maybe you should consider switching sides, or at least continue to be a voice for change in the Republican Party?

  • Hellooo Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 18, 2012 9:29 p.m.

    A third place finish in the New Hampshire primay after campaigning there full time is hardly reason to consider Mr. Huntsman serious contender for a presidential nomination. He never rose single digits in any national polls as a contender for the nomination, and never gather large contributions from a broad spectrum of the electorate. The best action of his campaign was to leave the race early before suffering a very poor showing in So. Carolina, which I am sure his polling indicated would be the case. Dreams of national granduer by individual politicians is normal, but a respectable news organization should be more circumspect in its praise than this article by the DNEWS.

  • So. Cal Reader San Diego, CA
    Jan. 18, 2012 7:01 p.m.

    Well done? I guess anyone can throw their hat in the ring, appear on some nat'l shows & sponsor come "community forums". This guy garnered a whopping 4% nat'l rating and was someone whose nat'l platform and agenda never got off the ground. He never connected with the GOP populace.

    "Huntsman said the personal attacks are not worthy of the American people and not worthy of this critical time in our nation's history. The candidates should instead talk directly to the American people about their ideas."

    I agree that such GOP infighting does nothing to strengthen the party and put their sole aim on the "incumbent in the office", but let's not be so naive. Huntsman was doing more than his fair share of mudslinging. But now that he's out such personal attacks are not worthy. Sorry, folks. Didn't see any leadership in this one from the time he announced his candidacy. It's all about electability, and he simply didnt have it & never got it. Ticket to ride, huh?

  • Sabrecat South Jordan, UT
    Jan. 18, 2012 4:49 p.m.

    @LDS Liberal

    "The truth is....Huntsman resonated with 75% of America - who are the vast silent minorty, Independant, and not Party afflianted"

    Given how low a percentage of republicans he got to vote for him in the primaries that statement is false on its face.

  • TheWalker Saratoga Springs, UT
    Jan. 18, 2012 3:13 p.m.

    Jon Huntsman was the ONLY GOP candidate who did not sign the pledge to support traditional marriage in America. This fact, along with his comments regarding 'hybrid Mormonism' made me feel unsure about what he really believed, and in what direction he would take this country if elected.

    Unless he can remake his image it is unlikely that he will be able to launch a successful bid as a GOP candidate in 2016, IMHO.

    He makes a good ambassador to China, though.

  • plyxply SLC, UT
    Jan. 18, 2012 12:48 p.m.

    At least Jon boy didn't come in very last, Cain and Bachman lead the losers in this race. Jon boy won't ever make a viable Republican candidate, he is more suited to running as Obama's vp.

  • Anti Bush-Obama Washington, DC
    Jan. 18, 2012 11:32 a.m.

    Anybody who's campaign makes a racist video and blames it on another candidate deserves no respect. I guess he would endorse a mad dictator like Romney over someone who will restore America who has become a facist regime.

  • AlanSutton Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 18, 2012 11:28 a.m.

    This article's adulation of Jon Huntsman has no basis in fact.

    If this paper were to obtain the facts about Senior's political contributions to both the Republican and Democratic parties and to Junior's most recent campaign in New Hampshire, it would find clear correlation between the father's contributions and the son's appointments to political office.

    All of Junior's so called accomplishments in life are due to Senior's contributions to political parties. And all of those contributions were given with the intent to get Junior appointed to political positions for which he is not qualified and which he could not obtain without his father's money.

  • mohokat Ogden, UT
    Jan. 18, 2012 11:20 a.m.

    @ opinion When Huntsman first started this dog and pony show he could not or would not admit he was LDS.

    @ Mike The above answer to opinion plus he said he would not spend any of his own money on his campaign. Another other peoples money guy. I don't like him. OK nuff said!

  • JP71 Ogden, UT
    Jan. 18, 2012 10:43 a.m.

    Jon Huntsman 2016!

  • a bit of reality Shawnee Mission, KS
    Jan. 18, 2012 10:17 a.m.

    Huntsman was a fantastic candidate. What does it say about the GOP that they so thoroughly rejected him?

  • opinion 47 SOUTH JORDAN, UT
    Jan. 18, 2012 9:39 a.m.

    Mohokat: What does Mormon anything have to do with this? What an ugly thing to say to someone.

    I think Jon Huntsman established himself as a viable future candidate.

  • Happy Valley Heretic Orem, UT
    Jan. 18, 2012 9:18 a.m.

    Thanks for giving us something to hope for, someone who puts America ahead of silly partisan slogans and empty headed promises.

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    Jan. 18, 2012 9:17 a.m.

    The thing to remember is that Huntsman didn't win with the GOP,
    who have been taken hostage by the lunatic fringe who are a very vocal minority.
    Watch GOP leaders Mitch McConnell and Jon Bohener,
    it's sad ti watch them struggle daily keeping the nuts from taking over the nuthouse.

    And we wonder why Congress only has a 14% approval rating!

    The truth is....
    Huntsman resonated with 75% of America - who are the vast silent minorty, Independant, and not Party afflianted.

    Huntsman was running to be the President of the UNITED States of America.
    The GOP Tea-Party has lost touch and have become focused on electing an ideological President of the DIVIDED States of America.

  • Mike in Cedar City Cedar City, Utah
    Jan. 18, 2012 9:15 a.m.

    Would that Romney had acquitted himself so well during this campaign. What bee flew up your pants mohokat?

  • UTAH Bill Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 18, 2012 8:44 a.m.

    Jon Huntsman can leave the stage with his head held high. Thank you, Jon (and your family) for all you've done and all that you're going to do. I hope to see your name amongst the choices next time around.

  • mohokat Ogden, UT
    Jan. 18, 2012 7:25 a.m.

    Well done Jon? You got your ego massaged and spent other peoples money. Oh did you find out you are a Mormon?

  • JoeBlow Miami Area, Fl
    Jan. 18, 2012 5:53 a.m.

    What is sad to me is that Huntsman never had a chance.

    It is sad that he was criticized for accepting Obamas request to be the Ambassador to China. Why is that a negative?

    I also feel that Huntsman was panned by the GOP base because he

    - embraced Science and took a common sense approach
    - refused to pander to those who want someone to bash EVERYTHING to do with
    the Democrats.
    - realized and stated that Obama was a decent Human being
    - would not take the hard right positions on any and everything

    We will never get anywhere in this country by being so politically divided.
    We need our politicians to work together and embrace ALL reasonable ideas, not just those of our own party.

    Why is this so tough for many to see (on both sides of the political spectrum)?

  • Roland Kayser Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Jan. 18, 2012 12:51 a.m.

    I heard one political pundit who said that the reason he couldn't catch on was not due to his policies, which are overall as conservative as anyone else's. It is because when he talks he sounds like NPR, not Fox News.